Western Civilization Hangs in the Balance, and it’s Not Looking Good

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When he embarked on his journey to discover a path to India Christopher Columbus’ lead ship was the Santa Maria. Built in 1460 it measured 62 ft with a crew of just 40, the Santa Maria would take Columbus to the New World and would change the course of human history.

Half a century earlier there was another man who sailed ships who didn’t change the course of human history. His name was Zheng He and he commanded the Chinese navy during the early 15th century. His Treasure Ships were not only larger than the Santa Maria, they were more than six times the size, measuring 440 feet long with a crew of 600. And Zheng had an armada of them at his disposal during his seven Treasure Journeys between 1405 and 1433 that took him as far away as the Red Sea and the east coast of Africa.

Zheng’s navy was by far the most powerful the world had ever seen and he used it to explore and initiate trade and tribute routes. And what did the Chinese do with this extraordinary power? Nothing. After Zheng’s death, the Treasure Journeys stopped. The Chinese had traditionally been an inward-looking society and after Zheng’s 30-year exploration aberration, the old tradition returned.

Why are we not speaking Chinese today? Why didn’t the Chinese conquer the world (or at least try) when they had a navy exponentially superior to anything else in the world? Why did the kingdom that gave us paper and gunpowder not go on to dominate the world of commerce or ideas? Because the Chinese had very little competition in the area of said ideas. Ruled by an emperor who was all-powerful, competition in the realm of ideas was rarely tolerated in China for most of its history, and nevermind flourished. What the emperor said was gospel. And the emperor said we stay home.

Similar kingdoms held dominion over wide swaths of land yet had a very limited impact on the world beyond. The Mongol empire comes to mind, which was the largest contiguous empire in human history or the countless Muslim empires, up to and including the Ottoman Empire. Robust competition of ideas did not exist in those empires any more than it did in China, and indeed most of us do not speak Mongol nor Arabic nor Turkish.

Now compare that to the West. At one point the British Empire covered a quarter of the world’s landmass and a quarter of her people. Today more people speak English than any other language on the planet. There may be a billion people speaking Chinese, but 95% of them live in China while 95% of the English speakers don’t live in England. Similarly half a billion people speak Spanish and less than 10% of them live in Spain.

Beyond that, almost every aspect of life for most people today is the result of Western ideas. Cars, phones, planes, elevators, televisions, cameras, computers, MRI machines, DNA testing, heart transplants, nuclear power, space travel, fracking, movies, advanced agriculture and much much more. For all intents and purposes, the West developed the modern world. And for all of its current deprivation, it is extraordinary.

So what accounts for the difference in the impact between what the Chinese accomplished over the last thousand years and what Europe did? Simple. Competition. And, in particular, the competition of ideas.

Competition, more than any single thing, is responsible for the advances of the West. Between countries, there’s been competition. Within countries, there’s been competition. Within religions, there’s been competition which sometimes split sides across countries and between them. And the competition was relentless, frequently resulting in bloodshed and oftentimes in war, sometimes lots of both. In addition, alliances shifted regularly between countries and within them. There was rivalry, there was espionage and of course, there was betrayal and treachery.

The real competition that helped to create the world we live in evolved in the centuries following the collapse of the Roman Empire. What we know of today as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Britain didn’t exist then. They formed over hundreds of years of competing tribes, towns, and estates that evolved into domains and then into kingdoms.

Initially, chieftains would compete with one another for the loyalty of local peasants in an effort to increase their power and holdings using such incentives as more food in exchange for their labor or fealty. Those chieftains would eventually evolve into local nobility and continue to expand their lands. Later, particularly in times of more instability dukes or kings would compete for the allegiance of local nobility by offering lower taxes or more freedom than their opponents.

The reality of this can be seen in the evolution of European nations, particularly France, Italy and Germany. The ebb and flow of borders over the 1500 years since the fall of Rome has been nothing less than stunning. And each of those nations, plus Britain and Spain were the core drivers of the evolution of civilization over the last 500 years.

All of that evolution came about because of competition, whether driven by ideas, religion, or simple power. At different times over that span, the French were fighting against the British, the Spanish, the Papal States, Austria, the Prussians, the Russians, and more. At other times they were fighting alongside those same nations. Britain, Italy, Germany and the rest of Europe have similarly chaotic histories.

And it wasn’t just external fighting. France, like most Western countries, saw vast amounts of internal strife as the landed gentry and various regions fought one another for dominance or liberation. The same holds true for religion. While Christianity dominated Europe, the reality is that it battled with Islam for dominance for centuries and at one point in the 8th century only being stopped at Poitiers in France and 900 years later at the gates of Vienna, Austria. Simultaneously Christianity battled itself bloody for the 500 years following the Reformation.

As if all of that chaos wasn’t enough, sometimes power and religion made for strange bedfellows such as when Francis I of France partnered with the Muslim Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Great in the 16th century to fight their fellow Christians the Hapsburgs who controlled much of Europe beyond France at the time.

The most obvious outcome of all of this fighting and the shifting of alliances was a competition of ideas for everything from developing improved weapons of war to advances in art and architecture to science and math. Whether it resulted in competition to build the largest cathedral or the most luxurious palace, the most accurate painting style, or the most efficient gun barrel, such advances were the fertilizer that fed modern civilization. It’s no wonder that this is where the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and advances such as flight, DNA, computers, cellphones, and the Internet originated. So too freedom of the press, speech, religion, and free markets, resulting in widespread prosperity and freedoms never before seen in human history.

All of that hangs in the balance as Western nations face the catastrophic amalgamation of the woefully uninformed left, the rapidly increasing anti-freedom Muslim populations, and increasingly despotic governments willing to abandon fundamental Western principles in their pursuit of power. The $64,000 question is, how do we maintain those principles while increasingly those among us detest them and technology makes it easier than ever to target and marginalize those willing to stand up for them…

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Very good read, Vince.
To me, I see the Left and Islam as having one thing in common: the need for a slave class to support them.

In the West, that slave class is the taxpayer and the Left is formed of people who are dependent as well as those who would dole out taxpayer cash to them.

In Islam the slave class consists of poor Muslims who must sell themselves or their children to wealthy Muslims as well as a dhimmi class of non-Muslims willing to live under Islam as paid servants.
When Saudi Arabia (for example) had camel races their riders were small slave boys and they died in great numbers. Then the camels started dying from a mysterious disease and the Saudis had to import dhimmi veterinarians because there wasn’t even one Muslim vet in that Kingdom.

So, there’s a convergence between the West’s Left and Islam.
In the long run, if the Left and/or Islam win their war on Western civilization, the Left will lose to Islam and its supporters will either become dhimmis who work themselves to death for Muslims for pay, or slaves who work themselves to death for Muslims for free.

that slave class is the taxpayer 

Here’s the difference between slavery and paying taxes (and I can’t believe that I have to spell this out):

The slave in the United States was chattel, and it was usually a lifelong sentence. Slaves had nearly no way to change their status. Without the agreement of the master, they could not even buy their own freedom.

The taxpayer can vote every two years for representatives who are able to change the tax codes in the taxpayer’s favor.

To say that taxpayers are slaves is stupidity of the highest conceivable order.

The slave in the United States was chattel, and it was usually a lifelong sentence. Slaves had nearly no way to change their status. Without the agreement of the master, they could not even buy their own freedom.

This is exactly what the leftist ruling elite have in mind for the non-ruling elite.

The founder/fathers of this Country were extremely well educated in their time relevant to the history that preceded them. It was from that education that they could craft together the type of government that benefited from the mistakes of the past. Self governing on a land as large as America and peoples as diverse had not previously been done with any success.

Were we to have not deviated to the extent that has been done to our founding principles in the Constitution, this experiment in self government would continue to this day. Unfortunately, and as some say by design, the efforts to deconstruct those principles to a large extent has been successful.

We have been placed in this time and at this place to remedy the cancerous effort to install tyranny by a minority. The vast majority of Americans know something is wrong, it is the boiling frog in a pot analogy. Slowly at first and when it becomes inevitable that the pot will boil, that is the end.

Our sociopathic overlords have themselves designed a government almost impenetrable that has taken from the people what has been bequeathed from previous generations.

Ronald Reagan perhaps has said it best:

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.

Ronald Reagan

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The advancement of civilization and the distractions it provides causes people to stray from religions. Many find comfort and reassurance in religion while others find the restrictions and prohibitions uncomfortable. In the modern world, it requires great amounts of faith.

The Islamic approach is to simply destroy anything that competes with Islam. So, they seek to return the world to the 4th century. That’s fine, as long as they would keep it restricted to their own territories and societies. But, that’s not what they are doing now.

Islam did not exist in the fourth century.

OK, pardon me. But, the point is they want the world to revert back to ancient times so there is no competition with their religion. The 4th century could be as good a target as any.

America needs to pull out of the United Nations and made those other Nations close their own Borders and protect their citizens

A good piece.

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These sharia supremacists should be sent back to the hellhole from where they can. Fuck them and fuck islam. We celebrate Christmas in America. You don’t like it get the fuck out of here.

We don’t come over to your shithole country denigrate you non-peaceful religion.