By Jacob van Flossen
Novel epitomizes the spirit & understanding of this web site: What happens as Federal entitlements continue to explode! Confusion, intrigue, suspense & violence, illustrate social & psychological dynamics that led to the Obama Revolution--changes, which threaten the continued existence of America.
Before Obama, Americans were subjected to a Century long propaganda barrage, influenced by Marxist & Jacobin values. Answering that attack is the purpose of this web site. In the dynamic interaction of the novel, you will find the most compelling argument. Carefully plotted, Return Of The Gods combines graphic realism, historic perspective, chivalric romance & numerous subplots, to directly challenge the wisdom of what has passed for political analysis during the past sixty years. The scene is America--with the mainstream media in the throes of "politically correct" mythology--as the Welfare State breaks down under the weight of entitlements, and chaos & revolution appear inevitable.
In the midst of a Kiplingesque day of reckoning--theme & title taken from the Kipling poem "The Gods of the Copybook Headings," who return "with terror & slaughter" whenever a people follow the false Gods of the Market too far down the path of wishful thinking--normal men & women pursue survival, love & romance; while conspirators on both the Left & Right maneuver for advantage.
Combining ideological conflict with a story of elemental passion, the author puts both politics & passion into a perspective seldom, if ever, found in contemporary literature. In projecting challenges to traditional values, through well drawn & appealing characters, the author seeks a sense of the timeless quality of the human drama.
Tired of an intrusive culture, which treats Government as the ultimate solution to human failure while denying each of us, tradition & privacy? You will love RETURN OF THE GODS!
More important: It will suggest a wealth of ways to fight back!
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We have observed that our fellow Americans are very poor at geography. While it is easy to blame crumbling educational standards--a corrupted educational community, more bent on compulsion driven egalitarian goals (addressed to somehow reversing the division of labor that led to all human progress from the pre-historic society), than orienting children in relation to either place or heritage;--there may be yet more basic phenomena at work.
A compulsion for uniformity, which leads to a trivialized perception of the importance of the context of human action--because cause is never fully analyzed by those committed to a predetermined result--is the common causation for both geographic ignorance & a general decline in educational focus in the social "sciences" & related disciplines--as well as much else that is very wrong in any contemporary social milieu. In focusing, not on past experience, struggle & the profound differences between elements of a species, but rather on the wish lists of humanists pursuing a forced leveling of Mankind; studying place has simply gone the way of traditional purpose & function. Educational institutions that once had a more eclectic role, are now reduced to acting as guidons in a compulsion driven war on Nature.
Our October Feature, Losing America's Multi-Generational Purpose, dealt with a wide array of areas, vital to the ongoing future of a people, where perspective has become clouded--if not myopic;--and the focus has become almost entirely on things of the moment, with little attention to either past struggle & achievement, or the future continuity of rooted Americans or any other people. While most "innovations" (the social changes discussed) were heralded as reforms or improvements, by those who challenge traditional values; they will hardly pass rational analysis.
The Founding Fathers urged the importance of Faith & Religion, in securing the moral conscience, essential to a preservation of the political culture, which they established. Yet over the past century, there has been a growing de-emphasis on the importance of Religion in preserving cultural institutions. The ACLU & other such groups, addressed in Chapters 3 & 13 of our Debate Handbook, linked below, have aggressively attacked any connection between a State, or local subdivision, and any Faith based institution. This, while starting with a reasonable plea that the right of dissent be respected, has gathered momentum; rapidly morphing into a demand that any public display or community observation by a local political institution be prohibited: Dissent morphing from an individual right not to participate, into a "right" to prohibit a community from carrying on its religious traditions!
Many American communities were founded by persons of a particular Faith, who came from across the sea to found their own community for the explicit purpose of practicing that Faith. This is but one example of a vast array of instances where multi-generational purpose has been confused. Why & how?
While Americans no longer study geography, as once we did--a focus on each place in the context of every other place;--the concept of "place" has certainly not been abandoned. Indeed, it has morphed in some cases with a mystique to which a variety of social magic has been attributed. Thus, former President George W. Bush, sought in 2006 to justify a path to citizenship for millions illegally in the United States, on the premise that America would by such mystique make us all as one (Bush On Immigration). Unfortunately, for his credibility, he chose to ignore millions, here, for generations, reflecting varied origins & personality types, who have chosen not to accept the cultural concepts of the Founding Fathers--concepts that reflect particular personality types.
We have discussed the Norman Cousins attack on the former educational emphasis on understanding differences between the distinct peoples of the earth, in several articles (example, Surrender By Subterfuge). Spurred, by his efforts, as well as the more general Egalitarian attack upon American exceptionalism, a former emphasis on the 17 & 18th Century settlement, economic & political development of the 13 British colonies, on what is now our Eastern seaboard, has been vastly reduced, often replaced by curricula that glorifies 20th Century agitations & attacks on the surviving cultures from that settlement. Even without critically examining the philosophic (Egalitarian, Marxist & Fabian Socialist) underpinnings of that agitation, it must be obvious that shifting the emphasis from the roots of a culture, to attacks on that culture, is not consistent with the continuity of the people who created that culture.
A symptom of this confusion of place, personality & history, has been the sudden shift in the late 20th Century, from identifying peoples by their racial origins, which reflect an actual genetic history & particular ethnic struggles, to lumping all together by continent of origin; which trivializes both purpose & ancestry, without actually addressing the role of physical geography in ethnic development.
You do not preserve a culture or political system, carefully designed by particular people to reflect historic values & social proclivities, by gradually--or not so gradually--replacing their posterity, with those who share neither those historic values nor social proclivities; not by telling yourself that it was somehow the geography--not particular individuals, with particular personalities--who created your culture.
Cousins' attack on traditional education, above, called for a confusion of the purpose of education--basically from understanding reality, into a pursuit of fantasy for ulterior purpose. Certainly the changing perspective & the refocus on what is significant in American history, represents a confusion of function as to the development & preservation of civilization; a shift in perspective from the creation of a civilzation to the pursuit of wish lists. But these are only part of the loss of focus in the last Century.
Consider the morphing of "Welfare" (see Jefferson's exposition in Reality), from institutionalized Charity to a corrupting "entitlement." Or the increasing intrusion of a Federal Government, given no role in local education, medical care, or personal problem solving, in the Federal Constitution, into such areas, today. If this does not involve confusion of function, how may one describe it?
Education & health care are both intensely local, immediate & personal. The relationship between a teacher & student; between a physician & patient. Having layers of bureaucracy intruding on those relationships can only interfere with the necessary adjustments to individual need; can only squander public resources. This is perfectly obvious! Why then the push for intervention?
The explanation lies in what is being replaced by that intervention. This includes not only the ability of a teacher or physician to innovate, without fear of a Federal check list; but all the nuanced influences, derived from idiosyncratic community, social or economic, factors. What is under attack are the economic & cultural factors, unique to any particular community--the actual "diversity" intrinsic to Federalism: The inevitable consequences of the actual inequality of Mankind! Whether the motivation is primarily compulsion or envy driven, it represents a confusion of function, possible only because of a loss of focus on the fundaments of law, economics & human interaction.
You can not improve the performance of one group--or one community--by taking decision making, in their own affairs, out of their hands.
You do not encourage true problem solving, by forcing a uniformity of approach in every situation.
One of the first essays, when we launched the predecessor to this web site in October, 1998, dealt with the Compulsion For Uniformity, the neurotic pursuit, which provided a common motivation for Communism, Socialism (including democratic, Fabian & Nazi varieties), Jacobins & those mistakenly called "Liberals," in contemporary America. Consider again, the array of separate indicators of our loss of the former contextual focus on rational human action; first as separate & unconnected; then as examples of a pervasive malady. Is there really any doubt that the identified compulsion has been a major factor? Or that the perceived need to seek uniformity among the actual variations of Mankind--whether of race, sex, class or place--is, in fact, largely compulsion driven?
Each such movement that has pursued uniformity in the human condition, has also sought to blame definable high achievers for the woes of the general population. In postulating a non-existent uniformity of potential in any society, there is a missing link to anything justified by experience. The vicious Blame Game is a substitute for that missing link.
You do not improve the lot of some, by blaming others for their problems; or by promoting envy & resentment, rather than emulation of those who have fared better.
You do not help those who fail, by excusing bad decisions, increasing dependence upon political "entitlements," or encouraging hatred of those who succeed.
And in disparaging personal qualities, which make anyone unique, you sabotage the potential of any individual, community or nation, to rise significantly in the future.
Conservative Debate Handbook>>
Chapter One---A Simplified Overview of the Constitution
Chapter Two--The Right To Keep & Bear Arms
Chapter Three--Leftist Word Games & Religious Freedom
Chapter Four--James A. Reed of Missouri's Summary Of League Of Nations Debate
Chapter Five--The Rape Of Tolerance (How The Left Keeps Indians and Negroes Dependent)
Chapter Six--James A. Reed Address on the "Voice Of The World"--Case Against Disarmament
Chapter Seven--The Lies Of Socialism
Chapter Eight--The Feminist War On Love & Reason
Chapter Nine--The Moral Bases Of A Political Society
Chapter Ten--Universal Suffrage: Threat To Liberty, No Guarantee of Virtue
Chapter Eleven--The Battle Over Patterns Of Personal Identification
Chapter Twelve--The Political Spectrum
Chapter Thirteen--How To Recognize The Bigot In The Argument
Chapter Fourteen--Economics & Common Sense
Chapter Fifteen--Immigration & The American Future
Chapter Sixteen--Myths & Myth Makers In American "Higher" Education
Chapter Seventeen--Issues In The Debate Over Abortion
Chapter Eighteen--An American Foreign Policy
Chapter Nineteen--"Civil Rights" vs. A Free Society
Chapter Twenty--Medicare--Panacea Or Death Potion?
Chapter Twenty-One--The Semi-Autonomous Family
Chapter Twenty-Two--Perspective & Focus--A Closer Look
Chapter Twenty-Three--Notes On Method & Purpose
Chapter Twenty-Four--Senator James A. Reed Demonstrates Effective Use Of Irony & Satire
Chapter Twenty-Five--Democracy In The Third World, Destructive Egalitarian Myth
Chapter Twenty-Six--A "Progressive" Income Tax--Destructive Socialist Misnomer
Chapter Twenty-Seven--The Persuasive Use Of Images
Chapter Twenty-Eight--Public Schools: Issues & Reality; Education & Politics
Chapter Twenty-Nine--Cause & Effect, Avoiding Obvious Error
Chapter Last--Conservative Potpouri
Postscript--A Note Of Caution As To Other People's Motives
American Foreign Policy At The Crossroads (Kosovo)
How The Welfare State Works!
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George Washington's Farewell Address
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John C. Calhoun's Fort Hill Address
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"The Gods Of The Copybook Headings"
Kipling's "An Imperial Rescript"
To Answer Feminism
Fake "Liberalism" (Social Democracy), Communism & National Socialism>>
Compulsion For Uniformity
Left Undermines Biblical Faith>>
Cult Of "The Holocaust"--Golden Calf Of The 20th Century
Edgar Allan Poe On British Utilitarians
Poe On Creative Writing>>
Philosophy Of Composition
A Developing Literary Corner
Constitution of the United States of America
Introduction, Truth Based Logic
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