A Brilliant Observation by Fred Reed

Go read.

Ours will be a stranger Dark Age than the old one. Our peasants brush their teeth and wash, imagine themselves of the middle class, but their heads are empty.

And they rule. We have achieved the dictatorship of the proletariat. Hod-carriers in designer jeans, they do not quite burn books but simply ignore them. Their college degrees amount to high-school diplomas, if that, but they neither know nor care.

Techno-baubbles, slick cars, shoddy built 3000sq ft houses in the middle of what used to be productive land. There is a biblical truth to what Fred is talking about here and so many parallels to Recovery Road it’s silly.

And the hits keep on coming. Informed (at least they believe themselves to be) Americans over beers last night discussed the current Dead Elephant crop of statists with gleeful abandon. “Hey, I like him. His plan is simple! He’s a former CEO!”.

I laughed myself silly. It’s like walking on a tour of a giant aquarium labeled with signs that say in big block letters, “DON’T TAP ON THE GLASS. IT’S NOT GOOD FOR THE FISH.”


A Very American Perspective

Recovery Road with Andy Stanley.

Part IV will be online sometime tomorrow. In the meantime, get the first three.

Andy’s message to this is very nation state ‘centric. That’s fine. Anything at this point will likely help.

Put on your rose colored glasses and harness up your magic unicorn for what the nation could be like if even just a fraction of the population did what he said. I would be floored if one – just one – congress critter stood up after watching this series and said, “you know he’s right. i suck, and i resign”.

Probably not going to happen, but it’s a nice thought.

The other practical side of the series (from a non-biblical PoV), is that these accountability standards apply to your tribe or the new version of our nation going forward.

Moral Authority comes from your ability to Walk Your Talk. In order to lead, or be led, Moral Authority must be part of the equation.


The World Will End on Tuesday

I was discussing this with Mrs. Matson over morning emails.

As an aside before I get to my point…

I have always found it astounding that the landscape and culture of a city can so drastically change in just a few square miles. Almost as if you pass into another country or world all together.

I digress.

My point.

After visiting the link, reading the bit that passes as an article, watching the video, and finally, reading a few comments, what is your take?

Mine generated a few questions:

  1. What is the percentage dispersion of EBT/Foodstamps in the county where I currently reside?
  2. How many of my suburban neighbors are on EBT/Foodstamps?
  3. What’s your plan for saying yea/nay to neighbor seeking help in crisis or troubled times?
  4. What is your plan for when said neighbor finds out that you do indeed have the ability to feed yourself in times of crisis?

I’ll be honest with you here. Even after two weeks of NPCC & the Recovery Road series with Andy, I’m still hesitant to change my fundamental way of thinking which is along the lines of extreme threat mitigation.

My first reaction is to load mags and prepare to repel boarders.

This is however, not how it works. Doing the above will not foment support from your neighbors and they are ultimately who make up your tribe.

The above story takes place within a relatively short drive of the Matson compound. I would imagine that could also be a doable walk for someone hungry enough.


Weekend Recap

Daughter #1 was baptized yesterday. Good stuff. Ginormous celebration.

When you have a moment, please go listen to Recovery Road parts I & II from Northpoint Community Church’s Andy Stanley.

You want an angle? You want to help restore something? Watch this series. Even if you are not a follower of Christ, there are so many useful bits of wisdom in this, it will benefit you.

Christ follower or not – I challenge you to work through at least one of these and see what happens.

End of Western Civ

Not referring to the class you slept through in your undergrad studies.

Comments are enlightening. Hat tip to CA @ Western Rifle Shooters. Glad you are out there.

See part six of this series. Sorry, I cannot do a direct link with their kooky flash stuff (my emphatic vote for HTML5). Lots of good parallels in there that will help shape the conversation about the Gates of Vienna article. Please, take the time to listen to Andy after you read the above and following comments.

“Capitalism with a conscience…”

Defining our tribe now and helping them prepare will help lessen the doom. Though, it is brutally hard to see what is coming and know that at the core it could have been prevented and that you are powerless to stop it from happening.