Hello! For once in a blue moon, I’m on holiday. I wasn’t exactly sure what to write about this week, so here’s a general scoffing at a few things, perhaps coupled with random observations from the road.
Putin is dead nine times over, and Ukraine has won the SMO thrice. Still, ZATO needed a game-changer, a magic weapon of super-duper significance. And it is the Javelin M-777 HIMARS depleted uranium Patriot Asstroglide Storm Shadow F-16! If - big IF - these not-bad fighters make their way to the 404, then we’ll all get a kick out of videos and photos of them being blasted from the sky. *yawn*
The United States of ‘Murica is an exceptional nation. A beacon of democracy, rules-based order, degeneracy, usury, and sodomy to the world. So it is that the debt ceiling debacle isn’t really a big deal. It’s just more retardery from a dead empire. The only interesting thing - and this may be the margaritas typing - is that the pending gloom and doom threatens SSI payments. They’ll paper over it again this time, probably. Yet, sooner or later, and likely sooner, the show’s over. Fear of losing their precious “I done paid mine!!!” monthly checks keeps BOOMERS(!) and (shhhhhhhh!) Silents in places like Texas from supporting things like secession. It’s ironic that — ah, heck. *yawn*
Not! To! Worry! Tim Scott will save us! Vote for Honest Timmy, GOP-ites, and no one, and I mean, no one will call you “racist”. Okay, they’ll call you that until stage ten is in progress, but at least you can waste your vote on a nice guy who tells the truth. Timmy is right: ‘Murica is not in decline. ‘Murica is dead and decaying and has been for some years now. Given all of the other GOP hoodlums, not to mention RFK— There’s not going to be an election, so let’s just yawn through this one and move on.
Even the deep state’s ability to generate havoc has declined markedly in just the past few years. On Christmas morning, back in 2020, for reasons, they detonated an RV-load of explosives allegedly just to knock over a server tower … for reasons. This week, the best they could do was lazily drive a U-haul truck up to the White House. The only item inside the truck was a Nazi flag. If this was a DS attack, then it ranks among the lowest and saddest of all their many attempts. On the other hand, it was a Nazi flag, and Lil’ Ze has been MIA for some weeks now, so… Anyway, on to citrus trees and whatnot.
“Closed for the Season”. That’s what the sign at the Orange and Citrus Shop said. The doors were indeed locked, and the lights were off. That made it impossible to buy a basket or pecan roll or whathaveyou for housewarming gift purposes. Thank goodness the grocery store sells whatever that was I grabbed without looking. But I want to know exactly what season shuttered the fruit stand. Spring? Or is this an advance on summer? Tourist season? Baseball season? The rainy season? I suppose some questions just aren’t meant to be answered.
I also suppose this little excuse for a column has reached the natural endpoint. They can’t all be winners, right? We’ll be back next week, hopefully with some substance. In the words of Curly Bill, “Well, bye”.
Kiev’s mighty counteroffensive against them mean, overly aggressive, and all-but-defeated Russkies started about a year ago. Or six months ago. Or around New Year’s. Or last week. Or never. Last I heard, Lil’ Ze, decked out in tactical high heels and a rainbow-colored camo SS uniform, was leading his fifty and sixty-year-old conscripts straight to the gates of Moscow. Rumor has it Joe Wilson (R - South Israelina) and Hunter Biden (D - Eightballistan) were in the van, guarding the Asstroglide supply.
By now, you know the drill. The Russians, the only people really “in the know”, say very little. ZATO and its wholly-owned media spew forth a constant stream of lies. Part of the Clown’s lying comes genetically from something passed down by their father. Another part, a very large part, comes from plain old arrogance, a collective drinking of the Jonestown-esque Kool-Aid. Vladimir Putin, leader of the free world, called out the genesis of this diseased mindset during his Victory Day speech last week: "We believe that any ideology of superiority is inherently disgusting, criminal, and deadly”. That ideology, if unchecked, leads to forcible attempts of supremacy, which leads to conflict, which leads to death. How deadly? Some current estimates from the SMO, not necessarily exact, place the number of dead Ukies and ZATO ringers somewhere between 300-400,000 KIAs, with total casualties drifting toward one million. That kind of deadly.
The rulers of the dying yankee empire have subtly begun to shift their distracting focus away from their inevitable defeat in Europe. Your neighbor who still flies the Ukrainian flag, and who probably still wears a face diaper, is in for a rude awakening. She didn’t bother to check Lil’ Ze’s panicked “treason” comments as redacted the other day by the WaPo. She likely thinks, if that’s possible, that Evgeny Prigozhin is a tantrum-throwing lunatic and not, as Larry Johnson astutely surmised, a master of something similar to the CIA-SAD’s brand of misinformation and distraction in the cause of paramilitary engagement. She’s probably not worth talking to, but if you have to, please be kind. By then, if not already, she’ll likely be all-in on the next obvious unwinnable conflict - with China. The Clowns are already planning to give Taiwan the Ukrainian treatment, as evidenced by some recent idiotic admissions by Rep. Seth Moulton (D - Israechusetts) to the Milken Institute. Yes, that (((Milken))) Institute. In brief, the Clowns are willing to bomb Taiwan’s semiconductor industry out of existence, a multi-trillion dollar global techno-economic catastrophe notwithstanding, just to make life a little more difficult for Chairman Jiping. The very good news is that evil retarded schemes like that are driving Taipei closer to peaceful, willing reunification with Beijing.
Clown World’s disastrous Taiwanese plan heavily relies on hypothetical naval power. The USSA historically conducted four types of warfare in order to gain and hold global hegemony: 1) deception, 2) terrorism, 3) short-term expeditionary tactics, and 4) sea-based power. Arrogance lies like a fog across all four. DC’s Navy (now, “Gay-vy”) was, for the past century or so, very competent, very dangerous, and very effective. All post-modern problems aside, to a large degree, it still is. It faces two insurmountable problems this century. The first is that it cannot sufficiently defend its costly capital ships against missile attacks. The second is the pervasive arrogance among the flag officers, the political trash, the fake military intelligentsia, and the just smart enough to watch “Top Gun” ‘Murican public.
It’s been this way for some time. Have you, dear reader, ever heard about the 1970’s wargame wherein the tiny Belgian air force “sank” the Big John, CV-67? I didn’t think so. Cruise and the Bruckheimers may have omitted the fiasco from their otherwise entertaining movie(s). The Belgians “won” that battle due to their ingenuity and skill, and due to ‘Murican military arrogance.
It’s been this way for a very long time. Have you, dear reader, ever heard of the Battle of Savo Island in 1942? Of the Solomon Campaign during WW2? A small flotilla of Japanese ships blasted the daylights out of the combined Allied fleet, scoring a major, nearly casualty-free victory for Tokyo. Again, the root cause was ‘Murican military arrogance. US Rear Admiral Richmond Turner admitted as much:
Never misjudge the other guy. And treat all enemies as what they all can be - lethal adversaries. Of course, the US went on to win the War in the Pacific. In fairness to all concerned, mistakes were made around Savo by all parties. Once the grandeur of his nighttime victory wore off, IJN Vice Admiral Gunichi Mikawa was roundly criticized for not further pressing his advantages. Whereas the US succumbed to arrogance, Mikawa gave in - and not without good reason - to over-cautiousness.
Today, the primary factors that contributed to the inevitable US/Allied victory over Germany and Japan, practically guarantee Sino-Russian victory over Clown World. If one has ten minutes, then it might be instructive to play with this Coalition Builder model. Know that the data is out of date (e.g., they still list a Ukrainian navy), and multiple factors are missing. Still, one can directly pit “NATO”, backed by “Japan”, “Taiwan”, etc. against “Russia” and/or “China” and then assess the probable outcome(s). Summary: Clowns lose.
Back to the SMO, here’s a VIDEO that shows how well Brandon’s master’s counteroffensive is going. That was (emphasis on the “was” part) ZATO’s massive ordnance and fuel depot in Khmelnytskyi. I do not have precise figures, but it had to be thousands, if not tens of thousands of tons of ZATO munitions, or TNT equivalent, were destroyed in something approaching a Hiroshima-class explosion that registered somewhere between 3 and 4 on the Richter Scale. Perhaps a half-billion, if not a full billion dollars worth of “counteroffensive” supplies gone in an instant.
If the MOD’s operational pattern is discernible, then it looks like a long series of episodes of watching the Clowns deliver armament after armament to the 404, letting those weapons take their place in the various cauldrons, and then annihilating them with artillery and missiles strikes - a strategy of allowing the enemy to continually defeat and disarm itself. The Khmelnytskyi offensive is much more aggressive. Perhaps it is a sign of a change in pace. Or, it could be the case of an opportunity too good to pass over. Either way, an enormous trove of potential firepower just ceased to exist. This is obviously a win for Moscow. But it is also good for the entire conflict, even as far as the Ukrainian people are concerned; the fewer weapons there are, the fewer men will be killed wielding them. For the people in western Ukraine, this wake-up call comes with an added radiological effervescence, the result of the UK ignoring Russian warnings about ZATO’s mini-WMD of choice (see Serbia and Iraq), depleted uranium.
There’s also the double-edged angle for literal Americans and other real Westerners: none of those destroyed weapons can ever be used against us by our satanic foreign overlords. That’s good, as is the overall disarming of the Clowns, and the fact Clown constituent countries no longer have the capacity or funding to sufficiently replenish lost supplies. One downside is the loss of potential underdog initial material supply in the inevitable event of domestic unpleasantness. Still, all things considered, it is for the best.
In closing, a somewhat unsettling notion has grown in my mind for the last month or so. It regards a thinly-perceived strategy of the Clowns in their desperate attempts to remain alive and in power. Call it a great internal leap, maybe a lateral leap. I’ll keep an eye and a few neurons on it. For now, remember to never, ever trust, follow, or depend on the Clowns. They have ways of making their arrogant, evil insanity look desirable. Don’t fall for it. It is a psychological factor that only leads to defeat. Let all of that affect the Clowns alone.
In keeping with the recent theme of book promotions, I’ll recommend Disintegration and Losing Military Supremacy, both by Andrei Martyanov and Eisenhower At War, 1943-1945, by David Eisenhower (the General’s grandson). Of course, now is the time to purchase as many copies of The Substitute as one can afford.
This piece was published at Perrin Lovett on May 17, 2023.
Hummingbirds for Hedgehogs, Cats for Mice: General Commentary AND a Review of LA POUDRE AUX YEUX by Justine Reix
Late last week, I learned that SBU stormtroopers had arrested Gonzalo Lira again in Kharkov. He stands accused of, much like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, telling the truth. Here’s praying for the best for him, his family, and his friends. I suppose emailing Tony Blinken the suggestion Lira is really a lesbian basketball druggie will not help as, of course, he and all other honest men can expect zero assistance from the imperial Yankee government. Today’s book review deals with government incompetence, dishonesty, and callous disregard - getting there in just a moment. Just the other week, all three characteristics were on full display when Joe Wilson (R - South Israelina) dropped House Res. 322, which might as well be known as the “Hey! While We’re Being Totally Wicked And Stupid, Let’s Declare (Unwinnable) War On Russia Act Of 2023”. Don’t worry, you, your children, and your grandchildren will pick up the potential tab for that.
Also, not too long ago, I learned of a terrible misdefinition of the “Sigma Male” of Socio-Sexual Hierarchy (SSH) fame. Many a right-winger, including the author of the original taxonomy, were amused at the reporting on the subject by one writer at VICE. She got it wrong, obviously, but I’m not entirely certain it was all her fault. Many illegitimate sources have out-of-the-blue claimed expertise in all things SSH. It may be a case of her not looking deeply enough, instead becoming satisfied by what she saw blathered all over creation (and TikTok). There was also the subtle feeling of Gekaufte Journalisten at work. Some SSH ideas help the heterosexual male members of the right and are thus anathema to Clown World. Regardless, writers like her get paid to produce content. Given everything, I found it difficult to fault her too hard.
But I did look into her, finding this:
What a beautiful … book!
It turned out to be not such a bad book either. Here’s my Review of La Poudre Aux Yeux: Enquête sur le Ministère de l'Ecologie by Justine Reix, JC Lattès (2022) (US) (FR).
La Poudre Aux Yeux, (Powder in the Eyes), is the tandem call for better ecological policy, and a discovery that government does not necessarily work as promised. It is not, as of yet, available in English. That may deter the casual non-French reader. However, I am told that multiple digital parties have assembled easy-to-use translation services. So there is hope for the intrepid reader.
My Amazon review, below, essentially summarizes most of my thoughts on Reix’s book. However, I will first share a few more specific revelations for readers of my blog and, especially, the gangs at Reckonin’ and Abbeville. After all, agrarianism is a major theme for Southern People. It even received titular and topical treatment in Alan Harrelson’s (hey, bub!) doctoral dissertation at MSU, Native to the Soil: Twentieth-Century Agrarian Thought in the Upland South. Agrarianism is inescapably linked to ecology and environment matters. We all have to live somewhere, and most of us would like our somewheres as pristine as possible. Over the past few years, for reasons related to chemtrails, railroad fires, DNA-altering “vaccines”, and more, many on the right have changed their thinking about environmental issues. We all remain at least somewhat suspicious of the government and its (often corporate) owners.
A primary expertise of mine is in spotting and understanding evil trends in political matters, which is very, very easy. This helped markedly in appreciating Reix’s realization that France’s Ministry of Ecology might not do the best job of representing the interests of the French people. For her part, I suppose she is and was an idealistic, liberal young woman who perhaps thought things semi-worked as advertised. I was relieved to see, despite coming around to the harsh truth, she never lost her fire regarding her core concerns.
However, many of my readers may not know it, but I was briefly, for one class in one college quarter, a student of Eugene Odum, the “father of modern ecology”. The class might have been entirely conducted by a graduate student, and I may have forgotten 97% of what I learned, but there’s still that 3%, right? There’s also the fact that I appreciate a clean environment. Many of the principles of modern “climate change” ecology I not only disagree with but know to be disproven, observably and mathematically. Reix covers some of that, but innocently and not in any raging or pushy fashion. I do agree with her on many of the other matters she discusses. Much of her caution and advice, especially as to what individuals and families can and should do, is sound. The great geostrategic and economic changes of the past year are literally forcing some of her proposals on the world; she called for a lessening of globalization, and that’s what we’re getting. Families in rural Doubs, France, and in rural northern Alabama are already practicing better ways that look suspiciously like traditional ways.
For the Amazonians, I noted one particular point that I and Reix both found saddening - the fact that many young people are actively foregoing family formation and children out of fear of damaging the planet. There are other factors, economic and cultural at work, but this trend is real. I hope it ends immediately. Our greater ecological risk is damaging ourselves more than or to a higher degree than the Earth. And the only people who should have to fear are the people who have wrecked our fields, streams, towns, schools, economies, DNA, tranquility, sanity, and nations. Kids, that is not you; have no fear. Get out there, be happy, and have a bunch of children!
Also, keep those children out of organized schools and, to the greatest extent possible, out of the dying postmodern culture. While discussing potential corrective ecological approaches, Reix quotes a Léo Cohen, p. 138 (Kindle), on a similar entangled subject: “Quand on oblige les parents à mettre leurs enfants à l’école dès l’âge de 3 ans , on ne parle pas d’éducation punitive . Il y a une bataille culturelle à mener (When we force parents to put their children in school from the age of 3, we are not talking about punitive education. There's a cultural battle to be fought)”. I do talk and write about “punitive” education, all the time. The schools in France, as-is, work much better than those in the former United States. However, they still force parents to send their children to be forcibly instructed in whatever the force of the state decrees appropriate. Interestingly, many of Reix’s personal suggestions, such as buying, growing, and living locally, appear most compatible with the concepts of homeschooling and parental (not state) control over children.
There are other points I could make, though I think those work here. So now, please read my (5-Star) review submitted to Amazon, in French (translation follows):
Colibris pour Hérissons
...and in English
Hummingbirds for Hedgehogs
In closing, I gently correct Mademoiselle Reix. Lovely little hummingbird, ignoring the learned wisdom of the TikTok kings, while Bateman may be a Sigma gone maliciously insane, there are two more plausible classificatory explanations. First, if the story of American Psycho was fictitiously “factual”, then he is most likely an Alpha gone maliciously insane. Second, if the tale was a delusional dream, then, to me, it appears more likely than not he is a delusional Omega (possibly a delusional Gamma) gone maliciously, delusionally insane. Nonetheless, thank you for your dedication and spirit clearing away the powder.
This piece has been published on Perrin Lovett.me on May 10, 2023.
*Note: TL; DR? A concise, Amazon-friendly review resides at the end of the following:
Political science - in the future, the present, and the past. Gubmint. Hello, it’s another book review. Before we get going, I’d once again like to drop an analogous quote that I often attribute to the late, great philosopher, Joe Weider, from a 1980s essay on weight training: “In bodybuilding, everything works, but nothing works for long”. That is, as any student of the iron can relate, true. And so it is with politics and most other public human affairs. As many have noticed over the long centuries, just about any form of political association and governance, regardless of how one feels or thinks about it, can and does work for some duration. But then, just as free isolating the biceps provided a route to growth yesterday, at some point stagnation and even regression sets in. A change is necessary and, generally, inevitable. Many iterations of the cycle of the state have posited; pick one (or three) and observe the patterns.
Evidence circulating in early 2023 suggests that the West, or what the West has allowed itself to become, has run its course. The legitimate foundations of Christianity, the Greco-Roman legal traditions, and the heritages of the various European nations are today and for some time, wholly ignored and, in fact, shunned. The allegedly liberating replacement ideology has also fallen flat. Emulating the great, original lie as told in the Garden, every last facet of the Enlightenment has proven a malicious deception. If one seeks both a comprehensive summary of how this process unfolded, trapped, and affected America, AND one wants a highly plausible way forward, then I am happy to report we have a new guide of great worth:
T.L. Hulsey, The Constitution of Non-State Government: Field Guide to Texas Secession, Shotwell (2022) (Shotwell) (Amazon).
A few points of initial clarification:
First, I must gently refute the author’s kind, self-deprecating autochthon assessment, from page 15 (Kindle):
One will certainly be forced to use one’s mind, a challenge and a reward. Hulsey’s authority to present such a challenge may casually defy Max Weber’s trinitarian taxonomy, though I think he leans strongly towards “charismatic” influence, as bolstered by ample subject-matter historicity and implicit, fluid construction of creative ideas. In other words, it is a fully displayed case of Bloom’s logical taxonomy on and of the seventh order. In other other words, Hulsey writes to us in both a thinking and thoughtful fashion. In case one is wondering, that is rare. Who needs lower academic credentials when one has such a book? As I noted in my much shorter Amazon review (below), in The Constitution of Non-State Government, Hulsey presents “a doctoral-level dissertation”. Here, I will note the book appears to have been partly intended, perhaps subconsciously, for an audience with an average Mensa minimum standard IQ. It is so drafted by someone I suspect of personally being at least a standard deviation north of that already lofty mark. None of this, by the way, should deter the new reader. It is, rather, encouraging evidence of the value of the author’s “harrowing challenge”.
Now, something that temporarily vexed my hard head, and which doesn’t really comport with the modern/post-modern notions of political science: what is a “Non-State Government”? These words cut through the neoliberal idiocy of our day. One may have noticed, even if one is unwilling to yet admit the realities, that the era of ideology is over. Hulsey’s is a book that graciously accepts the correct order of man’s nature, with identity first, followed by society or culture, and then, and only then, by politics - with attendant political labels. This book looks beyond the concepts of the modern “state”, an artificial construct, allowed by the laws of physics to work for a time, but, like all constructs of disingenuous modernity, destined to fail. Regardless of what some hold for propositional truth, a nation is no more than a defined group of somehow-related people. They necessarily have to live somewhere, and so the true state or nation is but an expression of their existence, together, and in the corporeal world. Hulsey more than explains the differences between the real and the faux, and the reader will do well to dispense with his preconceived ideas about the who, what, why, and how of government. In brief, what’s proposed is a government - just not the kind we’ve been lied to about all our lives.
Next, Texas. The Lone Star State and Republic is as fine a place as any to examine Hulsey’s ideas. In fact, given its relative uniqueness, it may be the best place to do so. Given the author, it all certainly makes sense. However, just as one shouldn’t remain hung-up on “isms”, one should understand that Hulsey has really novelized a generally applicable solution. His ideas, while based on natural, universal axioms, are largely Western in origin. While the implementation of his plan might not be universally practical, it is universally advisable to consider many of the points made. Polygenesis aside, people, one might have noticed, are different. What works for the European may or may not work as well for the African or the Asian. That said, what is offered is a blueprint, which may be modified as needed or if needed. These are concepts that could effectively serve many populations, if not exactly to the same scope or degree. They are certainly, as expressed, compatible with 21st-century Texans, and probably also with contemporary Carolinians, Germans, Poles, and other Westerners. It really depends on who, precisely, accepts Hulsey’s afore-noted challenge.
One last thing: religious argumentation. In now ancient Anglo-American jurisprudence, there is or was a maxim of constitutional or statutory analysis that held strict assessment of some questioned law or thing, against a founding, “absolute” authority, should be withheld as a “nuclear option” of last resort. For example, if a court is asked to decide whether a new law violates the First Amendment’s prohibition against fettering the press, the wise judge(s) would first see if the law might be confirmed or condemned by some lesser measure, like the concept of being voided via vague language. The armchair lawyer will make of this approach what he will, and he is informed if he realizes it was a rationalized thing of the past, with our existing “state” governments having succumbed to Tully’s admonition, “the more laws, the less justice”. Herein, as he masks his genius, Hulsey also openly states he has avoided religious authority in grounding his otherwise reasoned and logical designs. He succeeds in doing so. Yet, what he conceptualizes is highly harmonized with religious, particularly Christian thought. This is, in my mind’s eye, highly synonymous to Tolkien’s constant downplaying of Christian analogy in his works. One can only reply: “Yes, yes, as you say, professor. It’s not overtly there. It merely suggests itself to the mind and heart repeatedly and honestly”. This reviewer finds the result pleasantly remarkable and further proof of intellectual veracity.
Construction and Style
The Constitution… is divided into two essential parts. There is more through them both, rather than between them, a transitioning nexus that acts more as a bridge than a barrier. The first part deals well and fully with the philosophical nature of man, his attempts at society and government, and a few of the follies of our long history. This is the part that may challenge the casual reader the hardest. If one reads from Kindle, then make use of the defined terminology feature. Otherwise, have ready a sound dictionary. Hulsey uses, correctly, almost every term in our doctrinal vocabulary. In fact, about the only one I missed was “ochlocracy”. He uses, instead, the self-defining synonym “mobocracy” on page 136 (K).
The second part, which I will examine hereafter semi-concurrent with the first, is an actionable how-to guide for building a new and better society. Over the years, in more than a few columns, this reviewer has given reader assignments regarding preparedness in one area or another. Most of these calls have gone publicly unanswered. Yet, Hulsey has entertained what I previously thought were critical structural issues - and then some. Best of all, his instructions are based on a whole-process reality. The casual reader will find this section more relatable and, hopefully, inspirational.
The transition, as I’m calling it, which flows from cover to cover, is a cogent summary of many historical trends, deeds, and misdeeds that have led us in the United States to our somewhat uncomfortable present. One will get a decent examination of the paradoxes, hypocrisies, double standards, and inexplicable stupidities that have come to define that thing on the Potomac and its relationship with us.
As for style, Hulsey deploys an authoritative and entertaining methodology that seamlessly blends itself into all concepts throughout the book. In two words, it is “well written”. Like a river, it has a current, understated but strong, that pulls the reader along. Rather than being tempted to overanalyze the copious information, as encountered, one is advised to assume a floating position, head up, and enjoy the educational ride. And, by “copious”, I mean the literal sense of the word. For a shorter-to-average-length book, this one stuffs everything but the proverbial kitchen sink into one package surprisingly commodious and uncluttered. How Hulsey managed that is a bit of a mystery. Just know that it works. And delightfully well.
Philosophy Leading To Action
Herein, I had originally thought I wanted to step-by-step review my assorted notes in order to paint an accurate and lauding portrait. However, once I exported my remarks and highlights, I found I had assembled 22 pages(!) of them. That dog won’t hunt, so, for a better examination, I have condensed a few things. Looky here:
At the end of the day, the reasonable and responsible, the kind and the wise, are after justice, particularly in matters of law, economy, and political construction. I quote myself (and a better mind) from 2013:
Aquinas simplified man’s relationship with God’s determined order: “Divine law is not in conflict with natural law, but it reaches human beings by a different route, revelation.” And, so on to positive, man-made laws. And, with all history as a guide, what “reaches human beings” is, at best, muddled, both by our various mental incapacities and by our, ahem, nature. See any and all attempts by man to govern himself for examples of our natural perversions.
Within his first explanatory segment, Hulsey, via a header, defines exactly what (and to a surprising degree, “why”) he’s interested in:
A mouthful? Yes, but with deep instructive meaning. More on that in a moment.
First, lock up the sacred cows of modernity! Hulsey has come for them. In addition to dismissing the enlightenment modern state as dead, much like the extinct auk (big penguin), he specifically notes the passing of the United States as we knew, remembered, or mythologized it. He is particularly hard on the Fourteenth Amendment and the overall transformation of the old American Republic (before Evil Abe) into the US Empire. The former United States, he boldly, rightly deems it. Let none forget nor neglect the fact the tyrant Lincoln murdered two (modern) super-states. Congratulations, Yankees … you, too, lost.
While quickly but keenly surveying Western culture, economy, and philosophy, Hulsey notes that the roots of all manifestations of such esoteric ideas are not products of the ideas, but of our identities. The roots are ancient, and if history has shown us anything, it is that if those roots are to lead to flowers, there must be a degree of planning involved as to how, theoretically and actually, things work in the real world. Libertarianism is one of the “isms” easily, steadily shown the door. If libertarians, conservatives, liberals, and other ideologists would simply look at the present changing world order, they would see several of Hulsey’s points already in action. China and Russia are two different countries full of different people. Yet they both have adopted a somewhat amalgamated “whole process” approach, as to economics and political structure, that works for them by cobbling in what is proven and excising that which is not. Again, the labels matter less, much less than the substance.
The “proposition nation” fantasy of false Americanism is slaughtered. Lysander Spooner is in there too. There’s so much more. This little book is a home for vindicated rebels. And for those who do learn from past mistakes and want to move on. Part of this process recognizes three concepts I hold dear, and which should have been used a little more frequently: interposition, nullification, and, of course, secession (p. 142 (K)).
Back to the heavy heading: Hulsey proposes (and not in any way a novel suggestive sense) a Kleristocracy (note “ww”, p. 295 (K)). That means, and one will have to read along somewhat carefully, a “sortive democracy”. That means, and it all really does flow beautifully concept-to-concept, a well-defined and regulated lottery selection system. Again, silence objections - all justifying groundwork is meticulously built and cited, including copious, irrefutable legal justification. It works, it will, and it has previously.
Why is it critical? “The political machines of the modern state have institutionalized democratic elections to simultaneously pander to the democratic ideal while narcotizing its realization”. P. 116 (K)(emphasis mine). “VOAT(!)”, everyone practically screams every two to four years. And where, exactly, has all that electoral mania led us? We have been pandered to and narcotized. And worse. As Hulsey noted, channeling John C. Calhoun, the pandering effect brought about a noticeable “tyranny of the majority” which gave way to a lingering illusion truly ruled over by an (evil) oligarchy. The historical truth is the opposite of what all scream these days: “Sortition: the [random, organized selection] appointment of magistrates by lot is thought to be democratical [sic], and the election of them oligarchical”. P. 177(K)(quoting Aristotle).
If one desires to unwisely argue with THE Philosopher, that is one’s own business. Just know that this, to us, seemingly incomprehensible system has, in fact, worked very, very well for several high societies throughout history. Chief, in this reviewer’s mind, among them was the Venetian Republic, which lasted and, mostly, thrived for 1,100 years! P. 148 (K).
The way Hulsey breaks down the admittedly complex process of Venetian government is methodical and, to some, I suppose, humorous. As is this meme, appropriated from Vox Day, which, in deeply, slap-the-CONservatives fashion, essentially makes the same point(s):
Having fun? This book and its viable ideas are fun. To further quote Hulsey, p. 152 (K)(double emphasis mine):
The reader will quickly move through various defensive supporting positions: from the blatantly modern obvious, back to the genuinely philosophical, to the (comfortable and otherwise) Christian justification. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the positively optimistic.
What is proposed is a form of monarchy, though one “closely watched” and checked against abuses. A system that curbs “elective majoritarianism with the use of sortition – random selection of officeholders”. P. 169. Officeholders each with “skin in the game”. P. 170.
One will admit this or virtually anything else, is preferable to the dead or dying status quo. Hulsey, in his final drafting and revision during 2022, made some astounding predictions regarding the collapse of the postmodern US order. One regarded the letters “TX” and “AU”, which I will leave to the reader to joyously discover - simply put, what he theorized is now happening. He also semi-predicted, by a suppositional ponder, “the crisis that will prompt the final self-destruction of the American Empire”. P. 215. “That fatal crisis, entirely of the Empire’s own making, might be ignited by the replacement of the dollar as the primary world reserve currency…”. Id. Done and dusted, as of April 2023; the triggering event(s) likely being the Empire’s retarded move to kick Russia out of SWIFT and into the Sino-Russia briar patch of MIR-CIPS, coupled with the realization of half the nations of the world that the US is simply not a safe, sane place to leave valuable reserves. Entirely of its own making…
Part Two, “Instantiation”, is perhaps more relatable to the average reader. And in it, one finds the seeds of the new Texan Kleristocracy. The “how-to” really kicks in around page 300, Kindle. Therein, Hulsey deals squarely and comprehensively with things like public education (lower and higher), criminal justice, military matters (to include 21st-century issues like cyber warfare), energy, agriculture, trade, industry, and (gold) money. He puts forth very concrete ideas, many of which the reader may have previously dared to think about, yet without finding anyone to explore them. You’re in luck today!
One matter that I have previously wondered about, that few others appear to have considered at all, is what happens to nuclear weapons and related problematic issues in the inevitable event of the breaking or Balkanization of the (former) United States. Hulsey has the answers. Read this and more of his “future” assessment. Read, too, the extensive history at the end of the book of literally all prior secessionist movements - from all fifty states.
There is a lot to this book, all of it informative, entertaining, and inspiring. Before I close, I include my 5-Star review as previously sent to Amazon. One supposes they will post it according to their schedule, God willing and the AI don’t rise.
Five-Star Amazon Review:
As always, the world this century is changing. A realignment has occurred internationally, creating new geopolitical, economic, and moral opportunities. Domestically, the United States, if one is entirely honest, has seen much better days. Texas, ever home to bold, determined men and women, is forging ahead. In early 2023, legislation was proposed in Austin that would create a sovereign gold-backed State currency. When this happens, Texas will have the first sound money between Mexico and Canada in over half a century. This remarkable phenomenon is one of several accurately predicted by T.L. Hulsey in the drafting of his fine book, a year or so before it happened.
The Constitution of Non-State Government is packed with remarkable, inspiring information on many subjects, all woven together into a moving tapestry that lays hold of the reader and does not let go. This book was written by an author with a keen understanding of philosophy, religion, morality, economics, and history. Within the well-designed layout, the presentation is also constructed in essentially two larger or overarching parts. The first is a doctoral-level dissertation about … us, about our nature - our social and political inclinations and interactions as humans - the good, the bad, the, yes, ugly, and the plainly mysterious. The reader will recall some of what has been forgotten while learning entirely new subjects and terminology. Then there comes what this reviewer calls it a transitioning, though it is seamlessly integrated throughout the entire text, a transition from ancient, medieval, and pre-contemporary history, to the present, with a full recounting (and it’s hard to think of something Hulsey left out; how so much was packed into a relatively short book is a riddle!) of the exact methods and episodes that transformed the Founders’ America into what it has become today. Many misconceptions are gently if keenly corrected along the way.
The second great part is an actionable blueprint for a grand, proud, and peaceful new nation, The Republic of Texas. One should please hold any preconceived objections until after one has read through the legally, morally, historically, and mathematically-justified proposals. A new nation formed of ancient wisdom and structure. Grab a hat; the reader is going to Venice! Though the matter is well explained, sua sponte, the interesting title refers to the formation of something other than the kind of “modern” nation-state gifted to the West by the (un)Enlightenment. The plan is to avoid the traps that have rendered many or most modern and post-modern countries archetypal factories of oppression, dissension, chaos, and dystopia. More misconceptions are put to rest, including so many misdirected “-isms” and “-cracies”. It will all make sense upon a full reading - and then some. Perhaps best of all, should one wish to substitute another state or area for “Texas,” then one will find a system that, while perhaps not universally perfect, will provide the starter seeds for a strategy that many, many good and proud peoples will find beneficial. A marvel.
Hulsey also deploys a writing style that is both professorial and deeply affectionate. And, furthermore, attention-getting. There is a palpable sense of both a honed fire and a learned kindness in his words. Those, all of them, one would do well to begin reading now. This is a rare and masterful work. Bravo!
Bravo, indeed. Change is not coming. It is here. Regarding the term “secession”, like it or not, we may well have it forced on us. Thus, it would pay to be prepared in advance. In parting, Hulsey’s work is like a socio-political tree, a mighty oak: The copious philosophical and historical basis acts as the root system; the structure of the new state as the sturdy wood stuff above ground, and; the be-greened and flowered towering majesty? That is up to us, up to you, dear reader. Read The Constitution of Non-State Government: Field Guide to Texas Secession, green up, and flower into the future!
This piece was published on PerrinLovett.me on May 3, 2023.
Perrin Lovett is a novelist, author, and small-time meddler. He is a loveable, unobtrusive somewhat-right-wing Christian nationalist residing somewhere in Dixie. The revised second edition of his groundbreaking novel, THE SUBSTITUTE, is available from Shotwell Publishing and Amazon. Find his ramblings at www.perrinlovett.me. Deo Vindice!