Our Lord has granted us one of the most precious blessings in war. Our enemies are ignorant. They are clever—they have brains, as all human beings do. But imagine a rickety fence against a cannon: that’s our contemporary journalist against Chesterton. Imagine a squirt gun against a battering ram: that’s our contemporary educator against Pope Benedict.Not far from Emerson:
The history of persecution is a history of attempts to cheat nature, to make water run uphill, to twist a rope of sand.It's hard to see the benefit of the enemy's negative intelligence when the enemy so obviously owns the tanks and bombs. But occasionally it shows up even within the ranks of the enemy. This is from a Robust Debate within Satan's Anglican division:
The first motion, on combating climate change, anticipates the global summit that is due to take place in Paris in December. It urges governments to “agree long-term pathways to a low-carbon future” and endorses the World Bank’s call for the ending of fossil-fuel subsidies. It also looks inward, requesting the development of new “eco-theological resources” and encouraging parishes and dioceses to encourage a fast for climate change on the first day of each month. The second motion, on investments, says that “urgent action to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels” is required... It welcomes the recent disinvestment by the Church’s national investment bodies (NIBs) from oil sands and thermal coal and urges them to “engage ROBUSTLY with companies and policy-makers on the need to act to support the transition to a low-carbon economy”. For some, the threat of disinvestment did not go far enough. The Revd Hugh Lee wished to amend the motion to threaten disinvestment from oil companies within three years “unless they have committed to ceasing oil exploration and reducing production consistently with limiting the global temperature rise to two degrees celcius”. Clive Scowen described the threat of disinvestment as “rather peculiar”. He argued that oil companies “like nothing better than be shot of troublesome activist shareholders. It will not leave the boards of BP and Shell quaking in their boots but singing in their bars.”Robust Debate as usual. Start with total genocide (except the Chosen), bid it up by a factor of 10 at each step. KILLING EVERYTHING (except the Chosen) is NOT ENOUGH! ONLY A TINY BABY STEP! WE MUST KILL 10 TIMES EVERYTHING (except the Chosen)! NO! THAT'S JUST A TINY BABY STEP TOWARD A TINY BABY STEP! KILL 100 TIMES EVERYTHING (except the Chosen)! But note the unwelcome intrusion of Scowen, who seems to have been visited by a strange hallucination of momentary common sense. Plain fact: Disinvestment enriches the rich, like everything else Satan does. Disinvestment will actually increase the activities of oil companies. Needless to say, he is shouted down and Robust Debate continues in the Correct Direction. Kill everything but the Chosen, AND make life easier for oil companies. Thanks, Ralph.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.