The History of the Decline and Fall of the Holy Roman Empire: Gibbon 
Read: 28th February 2019
Heres a table of the short lived emperors. Eight years on average was all you got to live once you were made CEO of ROME.
Another perk of male privilege. Who'd want to be a king?
Gibbon of the Victorian era, writes with a smooth style, long sentences meld into poetry. His work is a rhythmn as much as a historic record. Famous as a historian and philosopher, he read many original sources, in Greek and Latin. Languages that were taught to the more adept students of England.
His humour and depth shine through the work. Grinding along in the sea of words, we stumble on gems. Often wondering how many we miss.
|38||305-306||Constantius I Chlorus|
|41||306-324||Constantine I, the Great|
|43||324-337||Constantine I, Sole Emperor|
|44||337-340||Constantius II, Joint Emperor|
|45||337-350||Constantius II, Joint Emperor|
|47||350-361||Constantius II, Sole Emperor|
|48||361-363||Julian, Sole Emperor|
|50||364-375||Valentinian I, Joint Emperor|
|51||364-378||Valens, Joint Emperor|
|52||375-383||Gratian, Joint Emperor|
|53||379-392||Theodosius I, Joint Emperor|
|55||392-395||Theodosius, Sole Emperor|
|70||641||Constantine III and Heraclonas|
The Obesity Code: Dr Jason Fong 
Read: 19th February 2019
When we eat wrong our bodies flood with insulin. The insulin then makes you fat as it blocks the conversion of body fat into energy.
Fast once per week, and eat more meat. And stop eating carbohydrates.
Bacon and a deferance to the past.
Learnt a few more options ontop of Keto. Coffee good. Vinegar assists weight loss. Also fibre delays glucose rush. Eat fibred foods in preference. Avocado good.
One needs to plan.
Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand 
Read: 19th February 2019
A black and white tale. Poor Ayn must have really been scorched by the communists when she grew up in Russia. 1917 to 1926. The bad years.
I can relate to engineer Rearden. I am that engineer. The heroes run mines and forge steel. My job.
Profit as a reflection of human sweat and effort, not greed. A love of a job well done.
Do not let the left dominate the feels. They do not have a stranglehold on compassion. Find the words. When you submit to their arrogance, you commit the crime.
That there are no lousy jobs. There are only people who class sort and label jobs lousy. All work can be revalatory and should be esteemed.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Scott Adams 
Read: 9th February 2019
Talent stack. Most important. Don't specialise too much. Talk clearly. Surgery to fix the vocal cords involved experimental brain surgery. The mystery of life.
Watermelons, the Green Movements True Colours: James Delingpole 
Read: 2nd February 2019
Greens are life hating communists. Richard Attenborough as a Eugenist.
If you build it will they come: Rob Adams 
Read: 8th January 2019
Investing Through the Looking Glass: A Rational Guide to Irrational Financial Markets: Tim Price 
Read: 2nd January 2019
We need to get our NFA up. Stop getting foriegn debt. Find some energy assets.
Ordinary Men: Christopher R Browning 
Read: 30th Dec 2018
The power of myth: Joseph Campbell 
Read: 3rd Dec 2018
An interesting book written as a conversation between two seekers after truth. Campbell seems a shaman. A relgious polygot reaching across the myths looking for the common thread of humanity.
People should seek wisdom through experience. The communion is an act, a ritual, bringing people together. Avoid the scholars wisdom, seek experience.
I think in images, like Campbell. The Cathedral is a sacred quiet place. A gift from the past. From here find creativity.
Reading good books puts you in the collective conscious. A slow burning rapture. This then becomes a constant revelation that enters your life.
3 temptations of Christ: 1) man does not live by bread alone (avoid gluttony) 2) you can have all this, if only you bow to me (says satan) 3) do not be above others, above the concerns of flesh and earth (throw youself down from the temple, surely god will save you?)
Darth Vaders sick pasty face is the face of an unlived life. A bureacrat's mein.
The heroes journey. Confront the dragon. Find the gold. Win peoples hearts.
Thus Spake Zarathustra: Nietzsche 
Read: 3rd Dec 2018
Trigger warning. The equality tarantulas are shells of poison.
Nietzsche seems lost. Cast adrift in his nihilism he declares god dead. But no, perhaps his god is dead.
Man is a bridge, not a goal. That we stretch from generation to generation. He finds truth in the earth. In pain and scars. The scholar is weak. Hiding in theories. Man is not equal.
Actors lie. Like rattlesnakes. Ill.
The section on Great Events, whereby the firedog revolutionary is revealed in all it's awfulness, seems to make an appeal to old order, a condemnation of the totalitarian envy and cain-like anger, hidden ambition. The fire and noise and smoke are nothing. The fire dog slinks off revealed by the LOGOS.
Compelling description in the same chapter on land of earth being a living skin. A skin infected with a horrible weeping sickness called man. I think Nietzsche by this time was regretting catching syphilus. LOL. In the end his infection helped him along his path to insanity. That the little hidden lie is at the start of madness.
Wandering souls amongst the hills through the ever present aeons.
Surrounded by donkeys and the extremely ugly man, braying loudly in imitation of Stalin. Watch out for the parasites that mount on every strong one.
Dichotomy of leadership: Jocko 
Read: 28th Nov 2018
Modern Man in Search of a Soul: Carl Jung 
Read: 22th Nov 2018
Conservatism: Roger Scruton 
Read: 11th Nov 2018
Longer than a tweet, but short non-the-less, Roger summarizes the conservative history and adds to the conservative idea.
We have a past and a present that is being destroyed by the theory of Marxism. Utopians believe in impossible ideals and cannot perceive reality. it is pointless arguing with them.
Liberalism = individual freedom. Socialism = STATE ultimate. Sounds like fascism.
The French promise of Liberty and Equality can never work. They are opposed ideas.
Bottom up = conservative. Top down = socialist
Burdened by obligations, we should nurture the common law tradition. Patriotism is the rejection of tyrannical government.
Hume and Johnson were tories. Rejected the social contract.
Abstract socialist ideals leave death and destruction in their wake.
Socialism is a calling. They have nothing. They want to pull down everything, and make something new, yet everytime is death and carnage.
Tradition is an answer to eternal questions. The higher form of practical knowledge is granted by experience. With rights come responsibilities. Freedom is a by product of tradition, not a base value. The base human condition is slavery.
Hegel was Kant's arch nemisis.
The family is the key political unit from which all else is granted. Marriage is a tie beyond god.
Build Burkes little platoons - family, club, society, school, church, team, regiment, university.
The French revolution was a satanic revolt. Chrisitianity a genius that flows through all things already.
State power at best is an awful bureaucracy, at worse, Stalin.
Most classical liberals have become conservative.
Common law frows from a need, statute law from on high. Court law is created by people distant from reality.
Politicians are not budget constrained. They are not bound by reality.
Ideology leads to war. Friendship is the ultimate foundation of legitimacy. A good. And mimicked by fakers.
The 2 main enemies - political correctness and religious extremism. The creeping culture of liberal guilt.
Foriegners and immigrants have mounted the most rigorous defence of western traditions.
The marxists have assaulted the university and despoiled it. Murdering by rubber stamps. Communism is a disease of the mind. Socialism loves bureaucrats.
The correct response is a rediscovery.
From Zero to One: Peter Thiel 
Read: 21st Oct 2018
Competition is for fools. You want to be alone, in your own class.
The Last Lion 3: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965: Manchester and Reid 
Read: 14th Oct 2018
Remember Winston Churchill - engraved into a Marble footstone at the entrance of Westminster Abbey.
Churchill recalled with Colville, his secretary, twelve years prior, that the 24th of January was the day of the death of his father, Randolf Churchill. And Churchill also fortold to Colville that it would be the day he died too. And it was. 24 January 1965
I shall pursue and help circulate the record of his speeches from 1945 to 1955. His great period. Whereby he battled the onslaught of western Socialism in Britain.
Ignition!: John Clark 
Read: 5th Oct 2018
Uber geek chemist explains rocket fuel experimentation. Fairly hilarious. Was once a time we did things. John, that's and old school name, shows us how: Keep a humour, face danger with courage, brain your way through.
Strange to think we have reverted to one of the very first engine fuels: RF1. Rocket Fuel One is a refined Kerosene. Is there anything older? We, and Clark, did a big loop, a big circle and are back at Kerosene. I hear Elon is planning on using Methane for the Big Falcon Rocket, which may as well be using COAL to get to Mars. LULZ
I have a new word: Hypergolic. Fuels that burn on mixing. Sounds dodgy. Give me kero.
A pippette drop of an idea, and next thing we are blasting off to the moon. The Russians and Germans, whilst clever, were never in the race. You've got to be willing to challenge the orthodoxy to get a rocket up and down, with people in it. Bureaucrats just can't. The safety ethic is death to our adenturous spirit. Boys will be boys.
John helped record our race to the stars.
Elon Musk: Ashlee Vance 
Read: 15th Sep 2018
Got a weird syncronicity moment with this book. His childhood read spooky time familiar. Geek. Born in same year, 1971. Read shitloads. Engineering. Commodore 64. Programming. Atari. Dungeons and dragons. Get's stuff done. His talks on the Boring Company, makes him sound like an underground mining engineer. That's me too.
Got me some skin in the game. Bought a hundred Tesla shares, $300US per. Probably high, but this boy gets stuff done. The old school, collapsing swamp, will hate it. They will try drag him into an endless meeting set in hell. Then he will launch a last minute escape on a Big "Falking" Rocket. Better gear up.
The Geek will inherit the earth!
$136k NZ for a new model S autonomous. Going to do it.
Lit up a solid state rocket, hobby sized. Fizz and a roar. With a bit of tech these things are essential V rockets.
Roverandum - Tolkein - 
Read: 31th July 2018
A little dog takes a bite out of an old mans trousers to discover he is a wizard, a now angry wizard, with a hole in his pants and leg, who turns him into a tiny toy creature. Roverandum then has many adventures, trying to get home.
Tolkein creates the perfect grandfather figures in his old wizards. The archetype of friendly, wise, tough grandfathers. The best 1000 grandfathers ever, combined into one: the man-in-the-moon, and the ubiquitous Gandalf.
The dream scene on the dark side of the moon was memorable. Jungian.
A perfect book crafted for children, and to be enjoyed immensely by the reader as well. I read this aloud to my young daugther. Five chapters, only, and we were both sad when it finished, as we wanted it to go on.
Measure What Matters - OKRS the simple idea that drives growth - John Doerr 
Read: 29th July 2018
Coming off the Churchill biography, I was only going to be disappointed.
They got the simple part of the title right. It seemed they could have summarised the book in a two power point slide. The rest of the book was a sales pitch for all their google buddy companies. Read like a girl desperately seeking likes from her facebook friends.
The idea of OKR is simple though. And probably quite effective. In fact, I intend to give it a go in our teams. The book spend too long name dropping.
OKR is Objectives and Key Results. Set objectives, 3 or so key measures, plaster it up in public. Go for it. Sort of like an oath to yourself. An ancient blood oath to your kinsmen. The effort will be in keeping them from being new years resolutions, that are forgotten by February. Hence it comes back to good old fashioned management and communication.
KISS your objective. Measures should be numbers, not feelings.
I agree about the performance review chapter. Ditch them for more regular, low key reviews.
Manchester - ALONE - The Last Lion - Winston Chester Churchill 
Read: 14th July 2018
My favourite book ever.
A Churchill biography covering his life from 1932 to 1940.
Why is all this history hidden? This is so epic. This should be taught before all.
Our duty is to fight. If necessary alone.
Get yourself a goal. Strike an oath. Serve your future by preserving the past. The only reason we have such a glorious life, is due to the fighting spirit of your grandparents. This is why life is so easy, for us in the west.
Perhaps because life has become so easy, we so deliberately seek to sabotage our success. We dabble in ideology. Even the atheists use a religous structure to define their atheism. Such hypocrits. We need acknowledge that suffering is life. That suffering is good. That good is a choice. And so is evil. An easy choice.
His father was Lord Randolph Churchill, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Churchill was first elected while Queen Victoria reigned. He was 33 at the time in 1899 and had already lived a full life.
At the hairdresser
A man of my limited resources can not presume to have a hairstyle. Get on and cut it. One of histories great originals
Liked to build an image of a man who can handle his drink, but NEVER drunk.
A single glass of champagne braces the nerves, stimulates the imagination. A bottle produces the opposite effect.10 cigars a day, but rarely lit. 8am rising, 3am sleeping, afternoon nap.
Churchills friends, notable for, NO BORES, NO GARRULOUS, VARIETY
1 million English dead in WWI. Somme saw 60,000 dead on day one. 1923 Hitler pusch. 9 months in prison and he wrote Mein Kampf. 4000 opponents to Reichstag fire were sent to Dachau. Brownshirts enabled the terroristic election. 17M votes to 7M. Dictatorial power vote 444 to 84. Game over.
Churchill was hated by his political companions as he spoke loudly that he believed Germany would rise again. 1930.
What is the human capitalised value of the 5 million men killed in WWI. SB Stanley Baldwin & Neville Chamberlain were anti war. Competent but grim and graceless. Westminster built in 11th Century. After battle of Hastings in 1066.
the soul of Germany smoulders with dreams of revenge. Hitler was a
If a dog makes a rush at my trousers, I shoot him down before he bites. Pious platitudes, those seeking applause. British ambassador in Berlin saw it, Rumbold. But he was replaced. Second ambassardor called it too. That war was the goal of Hitler. Sir Eric Phipps. Churchill
A big French army best guarantee of peace. Yet international disarmers schemed. Nothing will save your country unless you can save yourself. Do not lose faith in yourself. Only the weak appease.
Too often the strong silent man is silent because he has nothing to say.
With free speech comes foolish speech.
The element of unexpected saves us from becoming subservient to the medicious logician. Are you asleep? I wish to god I were. What would you do if I died?
Embalm, bury and cremate. Take no chances. The educated, intelligent class who really ruled. The meticulous bowler hatted men who risked much keeping Winston informed. Chamberlain considered that offending the Germans would be disastrous. 1933 was the famous German book burning. England and France have been enemies for 1000 years. Laws are only effective when authorities enforce them and the public submit to them.
The man who stood against Nazi Germany when all around him ridiculed him and saved Western Civilisation is entitled to a few warts. Nationalism is a pejorative for patriotism.
In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill. Chamberlain, as chancellor of the exchequer blocked all military spending. His was a closed mind. March 9th 1936 Goring announced Luftwaffe size, against Versaille. The west submitted. Unwillingness to ACT. A repetition of history. The enemy of my enemy, is who? When NAZI's realised there was no limit to the humility and intimidation London would accept, to avoid war, they ramped up their program. 1936 Train quote:
Who is in charge of the clattering train, the axles creak and couplings strain; And the pace is hot, And the points are near, And sleep has deadened the drivers ear; And the signals flash through the night in vain, For Death is in charge of the clattering train.
Britannia, rule the waves is an invocation, not a boast.
No centralised political group is happy with individuals of independence, imagination, character, faith and steadfast view of public and private good. Isiah Berlin. Churchill was not selected for cabinet as Baldwin wished NOT to offend Hitler! Doom takes many forms. None so blatant as fixed bayonets. 1936 the Fuhrer retook the Rhineland; the West cowered. French Generals refused to attack. They were afraid of Germany going Bolshevik, and were somewhat happier with Fascism. Belgian King Albert WWI was a Hero. WWII version was the frivolous Leopold. Baldwin's appointment Inskip was after Ralph Wigram. Party politics starves the country of talent. Reminder of when Caligula appointed his horse to consul. In 1934 BBC banned WSC from broadcasting Lloyd George. Anti-nazi series. Hansard 11/12/1936: Called at Baldwin and Chamberlain. Scared of losing the election they sacrificed English security. Churchills phillipic: A philippic is a fiery, damning speech, or tirade, delivered to condemn a particular political actor. The term is most famously associated with two noted orators of the ancient world, Demosthenes of Athens and the Roman Cicero, although it can be applied to any speech of this type. Edward VIII. King January 1936 to December 1936 when he abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, a socialite. A NAZI sympathizer. Named Duke of Windsor after abdication. Prior he was the Prince of Wales. His father was King George V. Edward was followed by King George VI, his brother, Albert. Appeaser is a fundamentalist. They hold facts in contempt. Chamberlain blocked all defence spending in suicidal passivity. Munich pact was his poison. It gave Czech to Hitler. In the face of massive aggression the appeaser refuses to see evil. Churchill put Chartwell on the market, he was broke. Bad gambles in sharemarket crash. A Jewish man saved him with a loan in 1938. 7500 Jewish shops were destroyed on die Kristallnacht: crystal night. Rev Morley Hendlam was an outspoken appeaser of Nazi: an Anglican
The people of France and the army wanted to fight the hun, but their leaders did not. The four men of Munich danced their quadrille. The Fuhrer disliked Chamberlain, but dealt with him as he was malleable and cowardly. Supreme qualification for high office is TEMPERMENT, NOT INTELLECT. Satan was angelic in form. Ruled by intuition, not reason. The sequel to the sacrifice of honour is the sacrifice of lives. On Munich; 'Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting' On Mussolini: 'The Italians have a big appetite, but poor teeth.' A hun alive is war in prospect. BBC actively editorialised against anyone anti Hitler before the war. Politicians are dominated by sycophants. Yes men VERSUS the duplicity of dictators. Who is Sir Horace Wilson: traitor tinker spy Anschluss: Austria. Ancient Hammurabi laws strove to protect the weak from the powerful:the animus of the Hebrew scrolls and taken up by Christian bibles. Chamberlain towards Churchill: civility masking hostility. No more boot licking. We want a strong man who is not afraid. If you want peace, prepare for war. You must act to win. Lenin as
Bolshevik cancer eating into the flesh of the wretched being Bestial appetites and passions of communist Russia where 1000's had been murdered in cold blood
1st Sept 1939; Poland invaded. Roots of Polish invasion lay in Versaille, when a chunk of Germany was sliced off for Poland; Danzig. Kooky King Leopold of Belgium saw his people enslaved by the third Reich until his death in 1944. Spectacular self-delusion; self image was distorted Molotov; Nazi non aggression pact. Soviet Nazi Peace Pact. The British Ambassdor in Berlin, Henderson was an Appeaser. Forcing the weak to submit is far easier than confronting the strong, particularly when you convince yourself that the weak deserve it. 4AM. 56 German divisions, nine panzer divisions, crossed polish borders, Churchill was informed by Raczynski. Raczynski didn't trust English politicians and informed Churchill only. Chamberlain betrayed the Poles. AGAIN, but not attacking. He drafted apologia's to Germany, instead of fighting. 3 days slipped past, of bombing Warsaw. They fraternized with evil. All Polish cities were bombed heavily. The British ministers agreed to fight at midnight, yet told no-one, and let the opportunity slip past. They continued appeasing, betraying their word. At 730 he addressed the house, still appeasing. 30 hours later, no declaration. The Duke of Westminster was a supporter of Nazi's and virulently anti-semitic. The Duke and Duff cooper fought publicly over Hitler. The glory of England peace loving, but fearless, responds instantly to calls of honour. Not fighting for Danzig, but fighting to save the world from Nazi tyranny. It is a war to create impregnable rocks of individual freedom, the rights of man to be free. Exeter versus Graf Spee. Also Ajax and Achilles. 3 smaller ships destroyed the larger. First victory for the navy. Harwood the captain. Fought and fought and fought.
Roosevelt: Churchill had 50 ideas a day, 3 or 4 were good. Bu when he hit the jackpot is was the motherlode. Below decks the support for Winston was strong- the people love a fighter. Sunday, Sept 3rd 1939, England finally declares war. Fighting in Poland was on its third day. 4AM Fri 1st, Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd . The polish airforce was destroyed. Railways were destroyed. Bridges were demolished. Horse charges against Panzers. Hitler had not expected England to fight over Poland. Poland, still alive, needs fortify its will today. Polish elan was astonishing. They threw back the panzers for 3 days. Their gallantry gleams across the century French Gustav Gamelin, under pressure became timid and indecisive. A peace military leader, ill suited to war. The Generalissme of French Forces. Hitler gambled the west would be indecisive and gathered all his forces in Poland. In 10 days, the poles were beaten. 10th Sept. On 17th September the Russians invaded Poland. They were vicitms of 2 despots and betrayed by the French and the English. 100,000 polish soldiers and pilots escaped to fight on.
Churchills second BBC address:
The sensation and also the conviction that that evil man over there and his cluster of confederates are not sure of themselves, as we are sure of ourselves; that they are harassed in their guilty souls by the thought and by the fear of an ever-approaching retribution for their crimes, and for the orgy of destruction in which they have plunged us all. As they look out tonight from their blatant, panoplied, clattering Nazi Germany, they cannot find one single friendly eye in the whole circumference of the globe. Not one.The boring war - the first 8 months. We're going to hang out the washing on the Siegried line. Have you any dirty washing, mother dear? French: surely, hostile, full of grievances.
Who ever heard of blighty losing a war.Idleness a poison to man. Leo Amery, against Neville Chamberlain: 'You must get men of spirit that are likely to go as far as they will go, or you will be beaten still'
You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.Amery's pitiless attack shattered Chamberlain, and woke England. The response was FEAR. But a resolute FEAR. French jeu dispirit: 'God created one perfect place, France, but realised that he had gone too far so he created Frenchmen.' Daily Herald was the VOICE OF LABOUR. Schrecklichkeit - the stuff of nightmare. A spirit of corruption that infected all society - defeatism. On the eve of invasion, France had NO GOVERNMENT, NO ARMY COMMANDER, NO LEADERS. The French 'leaders' hated each other more than they hated the Germans.
Manchester - The Last Lion - Winston Chester Churchill 
Read: 24th May 2018
What a story.
A Churchill biography covering his life from 1874 to 1932.
Churchill was born in a palace, son of a Lord. His father hated him and his philandering mother ignored him. I get the sense that a chunk of Churchill's engine is a striving to get his parents attention. The desperate letters to his mother from boarding schools, pleading for her to visit him. His father died, syphilitic, without mending the relationship with his son. Churchill is an epic figure, genius, brave, orator, leader, flaws aplenty too. How much of his success can be seen from the angle of trying to get his dead father's attention. So sad.
His family were friendly with the royal family. His mother slept with royals, prince rooter who became King Edward VII. Lord Randolf fell out with the prince when one of Randolf brother's jilted lovers threatened to expose the root rat royal family. He was banished to Ireland, where Winston grew up.
Winston was a poor student. He only started to do well when he scraped into military school: Sandhurst. Yet he remembers novels he read in school, 70 years later. In the military he shone. He started to read. Gibbon, Schopenhauer, Aristotle, Plato. He fought in four wars, was wounded, also he was captured in the Boer war, later escaped. Became very popular after this and started his political career after a year of touring the country giving speeches. He made a lot of money writing for newspapers.
In politics he was a brilliant orator, people loved to listen to him. He swapped parties, from conservative to liberal and back. Very antagonistic. Made a lot of political enemies (made them feel foolish). Given a role in the Admiralty. He went to the Wright brothers to build an air wing for the British Navy! Flew 140 times before his pregnant wife Clementine begged him to quit as too many biplanes were killing their pilots.
As a popular voice, he was blamed for Gallipoli. Cast under the bus. Yet a craven admiral failed to attack the Dardanelles strait effectively. Turks were abandoning Constantinople! There was a two month delay after the initial attack. Plenty of time for the Germans to re-inforce the Gallipoli peninsula. Widely recognized that if the initial attack had been followed through with, WWI would have finished 3 years early. Kitchener betrayed him, by not providing infantry. Then there is the dig in, homosexual Hamilton. "dig, dig, dig" he chanted. The Aussies then called themselves diggers. When the official papers were released he was vindicated, yet Kitchener drowned when his boat was torpedoed.
Came into power in Queen Victoria's reign. He saw six Monarch's crowned. So much living in one funny, tough, literate, little man. Onto the next volume.
Hicks - Nietzsche and the Nazis 
Read: 21st April 2018
Nazi's --and-- their Opposite
Collectivism -- Individualism
Socialism -- Capitalism
Authoritarianism -- Libertarian
War & Zero sum conflict -- Production & trade
Instinct, passion, blood -- Reason
Nietzsche - Beyond good and evil 
Read: 8th April 2018
I was expecting a much more confusing hard to read text, but it was astonishly clear, almost opposite to what has been pushed upon him by pushers.
As the man who "killed god" he sure does talk about religion a lot. Many chapters on freedom, morality, religion, nobility, nations. This guy has been taken so far out of context, it is hilarious. Actually lots of it was quite funny. He holds no punches. A special true insult for every interest group. A solid kick in the balls.
Philosophers and their searching: "whoever dreams of them is a fool; the things of the highest value must have another, peculiar origin - they cannot be dervied from this transitory, seductive, deceptive, paltry world, from this turmoil of delusion and lust. Rather from the lap of Being, the hidden god, the 'thing-in-itself', must be its basis, and nowhere else". Stop looking and worrying chaps, its baked into biology.
Modern puritanical existentialists: "this is nihilism and the sign of despairing, mortally weary soul - however courageous the gestures of their virtue sound." Sad pathetic losers, stay away.
Socialists: "self-contemptuous cowards seek to blame their own failures somewhere else. Their pity is their most used disguise." Weaponised pity, dressed up activism, murderous beginnings, murderous endings.
Dummies, plodding thinkers: "philosophy should be done at presto tempo. Dare nuance and free spirit." Best I keep my mouth shut, or get the dummy label.
Chesterton - Orthodoxy 
Read: 26th March 2018
That the fairy tale is more true than science, logic and philosophy.
Play demands we do it again, just for the pleasure of it.
On madness, that the poet or artist rarely goes mad. The chess player, mathematician, philosopher: shitloads of nutters.
The man who kills himself, kills all men. The men that truely believe in themselves are in asylums.
Tradition involves giving a vote to your ancestors.
Christianity says nature is our sister.
Scruton - Conservatism - ideas in profile 
Read: 12th March 2018
The ultimate hypermarked html of conservative literature. 150 pages of links to other writers. Damn.
Historical description of politics from reformation through to today.
Values: Peace (through strength), Home, and Family.
Individual liberty is under attack. Liberals and Conservatives now stand side by side against collectivising forces from left and corporate right.
There are two laws. Natural or Common law. And politicised, corruptable, regulatory law. Law as a negative force: thou shall not.
Government is bottom up, AND must be by consent.
The "We" of membership is balanced precariously against the "I" of individual freedom.
Talk about duties, not rights. Where is your social capital. It is a form of capitalism. Revolutionaries tear down social capital and cause inflation.
Traders enable peace - capitalism is a self correcting system.
There is wisdom in habits. Solutions to problems we have forgotten.
Talk about Dignity as a value.
Equality is an evil value. Equality in outcome requires totalitarian death.
Marriage is an existential tie. Disloyaty to home a form of betrayal. Associations are the genius of the west. The little platoons. Shut down by Jacobins. Shut down by soviets. Join a club.
To read: Hobbes, Locke, Harrington, Jefferson, Burke, TS Eliot, Maistre, Rene, Tocqueville, Milton Friedman, Hayek.
Solzhenitsyn - Gulag Archipelago - abridged 
Read: 9th March 2018
The machine broke the kulak. It broke the back of Russia.
Ask not where the executioners came from, they came from the people. The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. The organs, like the UN, wore blue hats.
Article 58 - the most common fake arrest charge: Anti-soviet propoganda.
Tenner - 10 years. Twenty Five - 25 years. Double sentences common.
Concentration camps had been used by soviets since 1918. Well before Hitler. 80 million dead. No Nuremberg trials. No guilty. This book is the Socialists Nuremburg.
"We have to condemn publicly the very idea that some people have the right to repress others. In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, wea re thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations."
Macbeth's baddies were amatuers. They just needed ideology to enable them to kill millions. The evil doer with ideology remains dry eyed as they turn the meat grinder. Human dogma, political ideology.
The bigger criminal was the stoolie. The dobber. They were everywhere. The cruelest guards were from the prisoners ranks. Later, in 1950's, the stoolies began to be murdered, and the prison system began to break down internally.
Most of the prisoners were communists. The intersectionality of left wing logic. Eventually it turns on itself. The prison system was the engine house of Russia. When the prison system began to fail, the whole soviet system fell.
The church and its people were executed without mercy. Churches became prisons. The Solovetsky Islands. Many of the few survivors of the soviet camps had a common theme: belief in god. Gorky was condemned by Solzhenitsyn for his silence. Solovetsky was the cancer which spread.
Villagers, peasant lads. They worked and in their village simplicity they gave all their strength to their work and weakened very swiftly and then froze to death, embracing in pairs.
So many bodies, that when making concrete, the bones mixed with the gravel and became the foundations of Mother Russia.
Two bosses: the hammer and the anvil.
Screaming about fascists. Using that cover to justify ongoing systemic murder. Still the leftists scream about fascists.
Soviets encourage theivery. All property was ill-gotten. Theives ran camps. Children at the age of 12 were given 25 year sentences. Kids adapted and aspired to criminal activity.
Doestoyevsky - Crime and Punishment
Read: 27th Feb 2018
Gruesome study of people toying with the idea of a new ideology.
Raskolnikov acts. Murders with an axe.
A gifted student, but lacking in practicality, he decides that he should murder his annoying lady pawn broker, with an axe no less. In the aftermath of the kill, with the smell of blood and terror in the room, the pawnbroker's innocent sister stumbles in on his perversion, and gets slaughtered too. Parallelling the moral superiority of Marxist overlords, he kills, then has to keep killing. It's justified for socialist perfection. He has his ideology, his higher status, tricked up in sympathy for the poor. Sickened by the act, he goes mad.
Raskolnikov's sister Dunya is chased by an evil lawyer and manipulator, Luzhin. Luzhin is spurned and shoots himself.
Persuaded by Sonja, his friend, he confesses to the police. The clear eyed detective Porfiry Petrovich knew Raskolnikov was guilty and persuaded him to confess, to lessen his sentence. After 8 years in Siberia, stuggling with his ego, he accepts his suffering, finds faith, and begins to build himself afresh.
Stephen R Hicks - Explaining Postmodernism 
Read: 9th Feb 2018
Explaining Postmodernism - Ockham's Razor - Rousseau, Kant, Herder, Fichte, Schleiermacher, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Spengler, Heidegger, Russell, Wittgenstein, Ayer, Popper, Kuhn, Lenin, Sombart, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Rorty, Lyotard, Foucault, Derrida
Lays out the 200 year ongoing murderous fiasco that is Socialism.
Built on Nihilism, the socialists inability to reform society to their satisfaction, means their brains are dissolving as their world view crumbles. They have been pounded by the success of Liberal Capitalism. The Enlightenment hit the world in the 1600's: individual freedom, science, engineering, technology and logic (Locke, Newton, Bacon). It has gone from strength to strength for 400 years. But the insane predictions of socialists founders and prophets, starting with the Germanic Counter-enlightenment, gets progressively worse with every evolution.
Somewhat like Spock, the English enlightenment logical positivists have weathered the spittle of the revolutionary zealots, somewhat bewildered by their hatred. Rousseau gave socialists their bible. Rousseau who abandoned FOUR of his children to death in orphanages, wrote twisted sweet sounding words which fed the Jacobian murders of the French Revolution. In amongst his words he wrote "if a person acts as if he does not believe them [the government] he should be put to death." [the social contract 1762]. Hence he took the first step towards Hitlers Final Solution.
The french revolutionaries were rightfully put to death for their crimes of terror in Rousseau's name. Napoleon swept into power and became Dictator of Europe spreading the ideals of the enlightenment as a benevolent dictator. Germans didn't like that and schemed to undermine the enlightment. Beat by Napoleon, Beat in WWI, Beat in WWII, the German socialists hatred of western liberal society ran deep.
Kant had opened pandora's box for them. Hegel worshipped the state, and he opened the gates of hell upon us. Collectivist Right and Collectivist Left was borne. Distraught that socialism was getting crushed everywhere, they couldn't believe their eyes, so they tried to redefine their eyes. Anti-logic, Anti-reason, relativist, anti-human. Like thats going to work! The cynical Frankfurt school: Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard, Rorty.
The godsend to commie lovers - reject reason. Marx's predictions weren't coming true. They want power now. They hate the people, and want their pasty skinned intellectual buddies as the new feudal overlords. But they will eat each other in the end, their philosophy is borne in darkness.
Kierkegaard and Heidegger: emotions are grounded in dread and guilt. Marx: all should feel alienation, victimisation, and rage. Nietzsche: all we need is power. Freud: aggressive sexuality.
RAGE, POWER, GUILT, LUST, DREAD - no wonder they keep losing.
Their only weapon is words. Their experiment is failing. Rumours to bring down Othello. They destroy pride and morality. They hate beauty (see modern art). They attack family and even biology. Utterly contemptible. The enlightenment is proud of its history. It is confident for the future. We know the potential of man. Life is NOT a zero sum game. People are endlessly creative and we will accelerate modernity. Defend our history. Defend our beauty. Defend our culture. Defend our christian roots. Shield the Enlightenment flame against postmodern spawn of Cane.
Know our values. Love your home.
Enter the Bucko (Jordan Peterson).
Jordan Peterson - 12 rules 
Read: 1st Feb 2018
Twelve rules: An antidote to chaos - A metaphorical sword with which to make your way in the world.
Step up, accept the suffering and malevolence of the world, aim high, and be the one everyone looks to for strength at your fathers funeral.
A brilliant rendering of religious wisdom and scientific practicality. He's resealed the logic vortex which the enlightenment ripped open.
So much on the edge passion and more poignant humanity than you'll find in any socialist. A real desire to fix the holes in our hearts, one at a time.
Lets see how I go, from memory. Stand up straight with your shoulders back, treat yourself like someone you are looking after, tell the truth or at least don't lie, don't throw pearls before swine, tidy your room bucko before you fix the world, don't let your children do anything that makes you dislike them, pat a cat in the street and see something beautiful every day, don't disturb children who are skateboarding, lobsters taste good with butter.
And then: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday (beat your pb), pursue what is meaningful not expedient, listen, be precise in your speech.
I got the trifecta: Audio, Kindle and Hardcover. He does sound like a wise kermit the frog, and that makes it good.
We are flying to Melbourne in March to hear him talk. A new leader for individual freedom against collective terror.
Jocko Willink - Extreme Ownership 
Read: 12th Nov 2017
Well I stumbled into Jocko's work through Jordan Peterson. Now I am hooked to podcasts, and am looking for a pullup bar and three alarm clocks. I think I will make a muscle up bar, weld it out of pipe and 7mm flat bar.
His wisdom has the ring of centuries about it. The lessons of leadership are like glimpsing at the DNA of teams. Plenty he covers is applicable to everything. The motivation topics are really transformative and change how you think. The perspective of a modern warrior, someone who could kill, who has killed, lends his words extra thruthiness, no bullshit. You can tell would be pretty good guy to hang with. Be handy to have a V8 ready to go. The game of life!
Own it - your teams performance.
Smash it - your next project.
Powerpoint warriors - simplify your message.
Discipline - the slow march to victory. And it's Dichotomy: Surrender to your desires and sacrifice future victory for pleasure now. But is it pleasure when you have the key.
He's hilarious, insightful, scary and wise.
Jordan Peterson - Maps of Meaning 
Read: 13th Jan 2018
This is a big book and its going to take some time to get through it [11 weeks, whew]. Apologies Doctor P. I've listened to many hours of his podcasts. Bible series. Maps of meaning. Joe Rogan podcasts. Jocko podcasts. Done his understandmyself.com. So there's going to be some overlaps here.
1 Metaphysics - the myths and operating procedures of people. Source code that we aren't even aware of. Jordan talks of himself, and his dreams. Very cool Jungian throwback there for me. Back to books I read in the 80's. He's shocked with his self deception. His clever life of borrowed comments. Untruths. Needed a solid burning off. The catharsis of truth. Interesting as the post moderns have the same issue. Pre-packaged view of the world: "Everything is a power struggle. All success comes from white privledge." Done. Marxism rebooted in two sentences. Jordan has taken up the fight, and is a real inspirational leader.
2 Maps of Meaning - Dragon of chaos, Morduk the mesopotanian, rebel boy as hero, out of control chaos mother Tiamat, ocd ordered father. We do not forget our myths. Jung and biological memory. We hold these truths to be self evident. Don't be so sure knocking religion is a good idea, what do you know anyway. Nietzsche was trying to create a stronger Christianity, through thought fire. Common themes across all religions. Go out into the world my boy.
Our play as a child, is adult practise. Mimetic propensity of people. The unknown as an ocean around a small island of known.
3/4 We still walk in the valley of the shadow of death, all are capable of evil, know it. Cultivate a garden. Strive to understand and explore the unknown. Embrace the suffering. The death of christ not a full stop, only an example of the path. Get on it.
5 The hero throws themselves at the unknown, the fascist/marxist defends their temple of known perfection. Do you know evil? The devil is silent and loves rejection of exploration. Original sin as ruling in hell, versus serving and suffering towards heaven. We are creatures of discovery, of exploration. That is what makes us content, even whilst it hurts. Embrace chaos.
Solzenhitzen: Tell the truth and you can bring down a tyranny. The violent capo's: whom were crazy before they got in the concentration camp. Like the crazy vietnam vets, crazy before they went there. Circumstance easy to blame, than inner evil. Compelling descriptions of the communists in the concentration camps, still believing in the party, denouncing themselves and their family for their known. The artist, as the hero, outside the group, a little mad. Christ as the hero. Lawyers as baddies in interrogating jesus. Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to god the things that are gods.
Where is what you most want to be found? Where you are least likely to look. In sterquiliniis invenitur 'It is found in the cesspools'
Alchemy was the father of modern science. Newton as a proponent. The drive to explore, paralleled against the logos. How to make gold from lead. 2000 year journey. Hard chemistry discovered.
The fear of god is the beginning of wisdom
We must lift the heavy stone, and tell the story of the logos, bring back responsibility, eternally exploring, reject the certainty of satan and the lies of the post-moderns. Sure, no problem!
Looking forward to antidote to chaos.
Roger Scruton - The Aesthetics of Architecture 
1st Oct 2017 (started)
Philosopher king's attempt to disrupt the circular relative arguments of architectural relativists. Roger puts the architect and his medium at the centre of the artistic act. Elevates the practitioner as the creator. The revisionist high brow's are dunked. Dirty and good.
Lining up with Leon Krier, Poundbury, and having a pleasing discrimination for taste in buildings. Loves the Victorian styling. Rejects the glass concrete monstrosities. Post modern coffins no one wants to live in. The builder artist. Mason as high priest.
Ayn Rand - Anthem 
Read: 15th Sep 2017
To the point Rand book. Sits with 1984 and Brave New World. Probably too short for big brains. Nice punchy story written in 1937 as the socialists started trying to take over the world - Mussolini, Hitler, Lenin.
Equality 7-2521 breaks free from totalitarians, discovers electricity, wins a girl, struggles to freedom. Collective 0-0009 the dead man walking, know-it-all budding Stalin. Equality retires to the hills with the Golden haired one, and lives an idyllic Walden life, of struggle!
BIG LONG LIST TO SORT OUT
|The life changing magic of tidying||24 Sep 2017||Marie Kondo|
|The Strange Death of Europe||11 Sep 2017||Douglas Murray|
|The Big Lie||10 Aug 2017||Dinesh D'Souza|
|I drink therefore I am||03 Aug 2017||Roger scruton|
|How to be a conservative||22 Jul 2017||Roger scruton|
|My Early Life: Winston Churchill||30 Jun 2017||Winston Churchill|
|Mans Search for meaning||02 Jun 2017||Victor Frankl|
|Beowulf||06 May 2017||Seamus Heaney|
|Antifragile||21 Jan 2017||Nassim Taleb|
|Gulag Archipeligo (abridged)||28 Jun 2016||Solzhenitsyn|
|Turn the ship around||16 Apr 2017||L David Marquet|
|How to Fail at Almost Everything and still win big||31 Mar 2017||Scott Adams|
|Fooled by Randomness||08 Feb 2017||Nassim Taleb|
|The black swam: the impact of the highly improbable||29 Dec 2016||Nassim Taleb|
|The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire||28 Dec 2016||Edward Gibbon|
|The Gathering Storm: WW2||27 Dec 2016||Winston Churchill|
|The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, V3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965||11 Nov 2016||William Manchester|
|Excalibur: The Warlord Chronicles||05 Aug 2016||Bernard Cornwell|
|Waterloo||19 Sep 2016||Bernard Cornwell|
|A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich||26 Jun 2016||Alexander Solzhenhitsyn|
|The Foresaken: From the Great Depression to the Gulags: Hope and Betrayal in Stalins Russia||11 Jun 2016||Tim Tzouliadis|
|The Whale Road||12 Apr 2016||Robert Low|