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June 05, 2008


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Peter Brimelow lays out what he thinks libertarians ought to be making of the current immigration mess. Those who are curious about how we have come to this unfortunate, perhaps even disastrous, pass should find Brimelow's book "Alien Nation" an eye-opener.

* Oxford U. Press has just posted a gorgeous passage from the Man Who Is Thursday's translation of Ecclesiastes. At his blog, Thursday has a fun go at proposing a sweetly non-comprehensive taxonomy of female types.

* MBlowhard Rewind: I wondered if life without taboo is possible.



posted by Michael at June 5, 2008


Both the immigration and taboo postings are really about the obvious: the U.S. empire is collapsing, in just the way that the British empire collapsed. The cause is the same... excessive wealth leads to degeneration and collapse.

I'm not saying this is a good or bad thing. It's just the way things are. In an incredibly fat, rich society, everybody just wants to play and act like a dumb kid. Fewer and fewer people want to take on adult responsibility.

So, a larger and larger percentage of people turn queer to avoid the life of adult responsibility. Most of the educated heteros refuse to have children, preferring instead to whore and play. Any type of self-sacrifice, like military service or parenting, becomes the butt of the joke:

"Why are you martyring yourself to responsibility when you could be out screwing a different whore every night?"

To put this in perspective: I received a pedicure in the Phillipines by a woman who came to the house to serve me. Cost: $1 U.S. Just for reference, a pedicure in Kington, NY costs $25. Why? The cost is entirely the result of the revulsion that Americans feel for performing a humble service.

Symptom #2: The current oil "crisis" is entirely a self-inflicted wound. The U.S. has plenty of oil. The cost of a gallon a gas is directly attributable to environmentalist's demand for absolute perfection and a sanctimonious moral conscience. The U.S. Congress has made it illegal to drill for oil in the U.S.

A super wealthy society develops a dominant class of super spoiled brats who want to cloak their lives in angelic ideals. Anything that might soil their hands is off limits and delegated to the stupid lower classes who haven't yet earned the right to posture as sanctimonious spoiled brats.

The "oil for war" crowd might be better characterized as follows: "We don't want the filth. Let the fucking Arabs live with the filth. We'll stay clean and buy the product from the other side of the world."

The U.S. is an empire falling into pieces. The spoiled brats are becoming ever more demonstrative about their halos. Lower classes must be imported so that the spoiled brats can keep their hands clean and their halos firmly in place.

And, oddly, the spoiled brats have demanded that their obsession with whoring and homosexuality be normalized, if not sanctified. They've developed a fairy tail explanation to curse anybody who points out that they are just whoring:

"You're a bigot. I'm just like an oppressed nigger and you are persecuting me."

The whitest kid in the world, son of a wealthy CEO, can magically transform himself into a nigger by declaring himself a queer. Securing one's halo in place is the ultimate status symbol as the empire collapses. The male homosexual occupies the highest ranking in the status system because (a) he doesn't oppress women by touching them with his penis, (b) he doesn't produce children, the new bane of the earth, and (c) he devotes his life solely to self glorification and hedonism.

This is not a new invention. This is precisely the way that every empire goes down the toilet.

I don't know whether this is a good or bad thing. I guess I'll find out in the future.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on June 5, 2008 8:49 AM

Thursday says not one word about the bottom line, your bottom line, which figures prominently in your success or lack thereof with all three types of girls; maybe girly girls most of all, the very ones who never mention it.

Posted by: ricpic on June 5, 2008 11:32 AM

Thanks for the compliment, Michael!

Posted by: Thursday on June 5, 2008 5:43 PM

All you have to do to get a different picture of the US than the one ST posits is to get in your car and take a long leisurely drive through Minnesota (or Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska) and look at the farms and look at the solid stolid people who work the farms, and the townspeople in their shops and plants and offices. You don't have to be romantic about America or about these people, in their millions, to marvel at it. And to doubt that it's all about to collapse, just like that, pffft.

Posted by: ricpic on June 5, 2008 8:19 PM

You know, ricpic, I hope you are right.

I am so inundated in the trash culture of the intelligensia and artsy-fartsy crowd on the coasts that it's sometimes difficult to remember just how decent people are in places like my home town on the prairie of Illinois.

We will find out whether the values of the heartland prevail over the suicidal glamour of the coasts, won't we?

The contempt of the political and intellectual classes for those decent people is pretty obvious.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on June 5, 2008 9:52 PM

To put this in perspective: I received a pedicure in the Phillipines by a woman who came to the house to serve me. Cost: $1 U.S. Just for reference, a pedicure in Kington, NY costs $25. Why? The cost is entirely the result of the revulsion that Americans feel for performing a humble service.

The cost of living in thev US is much higher than in the Phillipines. If someone in the US could get by with charging $1 for a pedicure, they'd do it and destroy the higher priced competitors.

Symptom #2: The current oil "crisis" is entirely a self-inflicted wound. The U.S. has plenty of oil. The cost of a gallon a gas is directly attributable to environmentalist's demand for absolute perfection and a sanctimonious moral conscience. The U.S. Congress has made it illegal to drill for oil in the U.S.

The oil companies, not the environmentalists, have kept the cost of a gallon of gas artificially high by closing refineries and not building new ones when they could have.

The US doesn't have enough untapped oil reserves to meet our consumptio even if it all became available. We can't drill our way to oil independence. I remember the controversy over the construction of the Alaskan oil pipeline in the early'70s. It was constructed and the oil flowed, but consumption long outstripped the increase we temporarily got from it.

You talk about hedonism and how people refuse to be responsible adults. Personal conservation of energy must be one key component of dealing with the growing energy crisis. There is no outer limit to consumption, but energy sources are finite. Therefore, consumption will have to be reduced. We can do it voluntarily, or, in a Kunstlerian scenario, we can keep trying to maintain our extravagantly wasteful, consumption based economy until we hit a wall, and then conservation by scarcity will be forced on us.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on June 6, 2008 3:24 AM

Let's not forget that one of the main reason for the recent spike in oil prices has been the declining value of the dollar ...

All that said, I think ST's rant about the self-pleasures-seeking of the elites is a good one. God knows I see a lot of it, but I'm admittedly mostly a coastal person. It puts artsy people in a funny position. As an artsy person you often want to play the fun-loving irresponsible role in society, leaving the grown-up and responsible stuff to squaresville others. But what happens when the squaresville others have taken on a lot of boho, silly-kid attitudes? Do you, as an artsy, try to scold them back into being grown-ups? That's a drag. After all, what you really want to do is, I dunno, smoke weed and create kooky entertainments.

And the affluence question is an important one. Over and over again you see it: affluence brings leisure, which turns into self-indulgence, which often leads to silliness, often of a self-desctructive (or society-undermining) kind. Life becomes about amusing yourself. In a sense this is great -- having the luxury to experiment and indulge is wonderful. But maybe it can become a problem too. On the other hand, what do you do -- fight affluence? That's a hard sell, and I'm not sure that Sparta is my idea of a direction I'd like our society to take. On the fifth hand, I certainly think that importing tens of millions of foreigners to be our serfs is a crazy policy ...

No idea. I wish I had a solution to peddle. So I go back to hectoring the elites, telling them to grow up. I wonder if there's any point to it.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on June 6, 2008 10:53 AM

The US has oodles of oil. Eighty five percent of all the offshore areas off the coastal US are off-limits to any drilling or production. Huge chunks of the mainland are too. Sixty to 90 percent of all finds of oil and gas are restricted by environmental legislation, and the enviros are blocking coal and nuclear plants all over the US.

We simply have no idea how much oil the US has because so much of it is off limts to drilling and production. Hell, there's almost 2 trillion barrels of oil in the oil shales out west, and environmentalists are blocking that as well.

See the idiot environmentalists agenda at

Posted by: BIOH on June 7, 2008 2:30 AM

As it is now out of print "Alien Nation" is available as a free PDF download at

Posted by: Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. on June 10, 2008 9:21 AM

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