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Reckoning Time: ‘The World We Voluntarily Threw Away’

03 June 2015 @ 20:12

Presented here are remarks by Subotai Bahadur, a man I have never met or directly communicated with, but whose intelligence I admire.

He expresses my thoughts exactly:

All the old paradigms are shifting or dying. Constitutional government and law are mere memories here in the US, and are mysteries in most of the world. The Westphalian nation-state is attacked from within and without. Civilizations face barbarians again, and lack the will and confidence to resist.

Barbarians win sometimes. And they only have to win once for everything to come tumbling down, weakened from within.

The Romans in Britain after the withdrawal of the legions would understand, and the citizens of Rome itself once the barbarians figured out that tearing down the aqueducts would tear the heart out of the Empire. The subjects of the Sung Dynasty understood when Jebe Noyon’s light cavalry swept around their armies and destroyed them. As did the citizens of Kievan Rus when they found out that facing Mongol horn bows with sticks, rocks, and icons was militarily ineffective.

We are at or beyond the tipping point, within and without. The clashes of civilizations and barbarians, and between civilizations can no longer be settled with a return to a status quo…. And we are led by…

Well, I ran across something yesterday that fits:

AMERICAS POLITICAL CLASS: If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal that he too was having a sexual affair, which led to the election of a new Speaker of the House who now has been indicted for lying about payments covering up his sexual contact with a boy. THIS is who I’m supposed to consent to be governed by???!!!???

This will not be resolved peacefully. Many of us will not survive, nor will our children. And whatever resolution results will be far worse than the world we voluntarily threw away with both hands.

It is imperative that we who seek to preserve all that is Moral and Right and Wise — The Permanent Things — get our own houses in order by Reforming our Souls first and then by banding together to face the coming Night and it’s Terrors.

You say it will not be easy? But it will be easiest of all possible resources. It will not be an easy choice for a body, but it is the only one for a soul. Not, it is not an easy path. But there are already people, even dozens of them, who over the years have maintained all these points and live by the truth.

So you will not be the first to take this path, but will join those who have already taken it. This path will be easier and shorter for all of us if we take it by mutual efforts and in close rank. If there are thousands of us, they will not be able to do anything with us. If there are tens of thousands of us, then we would not even recognize our country.

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Live Not By Lies


  1. 03 June 2015 @ 20:27 20:27

    Reblogged this on That Mr. G Guy's Blog.

  2. 03 June 2015 @ 21:53 21:53

    Respectfully, there are two things Subotai Bahadur leaves out of his scenario.

    First, that America retains the power and capability to destroy any enemies we might have many times over. America, come what may is still self-sufficient in water, food and energy. And Nuclear weapons remain the ultimate answer at least at this point.

    As an aside, even with an anti-semitic American president in charge, this is also why Israel isn’t going anywhere either. That and G-d’s divine protection.

    Second, let’s also not forget the absolute carnage our military dealt out in Iraq and Afghanistan even with their hands tied with absurd ‘rules of engagement.’ Imagine what they’d do unleashed with a real leader and a real cause.

    I see this going one of three ways. We will renew the Republic our fathers gave us, although it might take the equivalent of an American Sulla to pull it off. Or we will become Rome.

    • Adobe_Walls permalink
      04 June 2015 @ 19:04 19:04

      Having the capability means nothing without the will and we have already become Rome.

  3. 03 June 2015 @ 22:25 22:25

    Good stuff, Bob. Here’s some more grist for the mill:

  4. Shermlaw (RS) permalink
    03 June 2015 @ 22:34 22:34

    If you’ve not read it, may I suggest Iain Pears’s The Dream of Scipio which is absurdly good and deals with the issues Bahadur discusses. Specifically, Pears looks at the end of civilization and the right and wrong reactions of various players to that end. I’ve read it twice and it’s one of those meaty, philosophical novels worth your time.

    • 03 June 2015 @ 23:32 23:32

      Thanks for the advice – I’ll give it a lookover.

  5. rkae permalink
    04 June 2015 @ 01:07 01:07

    One player got left out of dramatis personae on that capsule of the Clinton scandal: Jesse Jackson. The “reverend” who was counseling Clinton through his “tough times” was, at that very time, involved in a twisted affair of his own.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    30 July 2015 @ 12:30 12:30

    …the truth of History, takes no prisoners, America ruled by Fake Outrage over Dribble.

  7. Longtrail permalink
    03 December 2015 @ 11:53 11:53

    Concur fully with Subotai and Solzhenitsyn. Agree I must repent and repair my soul.

    I became acquainted with Subotai on Belmont Club. He is one of the top three commenters on that site. Searched him on net today and found this. Typical brilliant commentary from him.


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