The Hippies were a strange bunch, as they embraced anything and everything that was the least bit unconventional. They were the vanguard of the anti-imperialists. They were the only ones to see the need to slow down resource consumption. Yes, they had bizarre beliefs. The free love, nudity and less hygienic practices were not just about being fornicating bunnies because they could ( now that they had The Pill ) but to radically and quickly form a new tribe to effect change they believed was the only answer to the apex of our power. Getting out of Vietnam saved their ass, but it also might have saved us from thermonuclear destruction ( as perceived at the time ).
There was the blowback to the beginning of the economic collapse. You know, that time where the pie starts shrinking and all classes and groups start fighting each other to lose less themselves ( Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter-all the same, fighting for more dwindling treasure. Back then, we were losing our economic colonies and now we are losing our PetroDollar colonies ). The Hippies were wrong in a lot of what they grasped at wholesale, but they were also bellweathers in some ways. One thing they got tragically wrong was the American Indians.
The Indians were never as tree hugging and peaceful as they were made out to be. The misunderstanding comes from the biological war that wiped out 90+% of them just as the Whites were beginning to explore and colonize. There was less resource competition after that, needing less warfare and leading to the myth of under-exploitation. But as was seen from the French and English proxy wars, the tribes had zero love for each other and gladly killed off The Others with the slightest encouragement or reward. They were no less tribal and territorial than Iraq or Syria is right now. And they didn’t save the Earth because of a religious bent but because they were way under carrying capacity.
With the introduction of horses, you can see a reversion to the norm. For a short time, all the tribes shuffled violently for territory and resources and greed and waste reared their heads as it does to all people everywhere. Human nature is human nature. To assume otherwise like the Hippies did bespeak their inexperienced age ( remember, anyone over thirty couldn’t be trusted ) and a bit of racism. You can equate one people to a pedestal, but the same thinking can assume them to be sub-human. The PC humpers assume rednecks are all bad, all evil, yet assume all Indians are spiritual? If everybody is fully human, they are share the same behavior.
The Comanche were at one time a far less fearsome group of mostly farmers. They were defeated and dislodged from their land and ended up in some crap location barely getting by. But when horses were introduced, they were the only group that successfully fully integrated them both as cavalry and hunting tools. As such, winning that arms race, they rose back up the food chain, displacing the less fortunate ( and, as is true tribally anywhere and from anyone, the bastards that they had targeted for revenge took the blunt of it ). But the price for empire was cultural disruption. Now having access to more buffalo, their economy changed.
They weren’t the only ones who changed their culture to change their economy to reflect the arrival of the Whites ( the Great Lakes area in general turned to large scale pemmican manufacture, the C-Rations providers of their day to the trappers and explorers and others ), but they are notable. Because women processed the animals in demand and more animals meant more wealth, the entire marriage culture was changed to allow for more wives. I would imagine, now that they were far better and mobile warriors, this included a lot of war bribes ( the euphemism for captured women ), to make up for the increased demand.
Other cultural disruptions occurred in the mad scramble for the new found wealth. As it always does. Think of the Soviets and their capture of the nobilities wealth, putting it to use to industrialize the country and give a secured income to all ( no matter how pathetic, it was security ). The Japanese industrializing in a few short decades ( our Civil War was a good lesson for those paying attention. They just didn’t focus on the military strategies needing to be updated. But they did recognize the danger of being defenseless if you were a farmer and your neighbor had factories ). The Chinese social disruptions with the One Child policy, essentially the cost of industrialization.
Culture change and forced immigration. Ring a bell? Sound about like Europe right now? Look at the future state failures such as England and Germany ( and yes, the US with our Latino immigrants ), so subsumed to the tune of political correctness ( again, I would recommend Black Pigeon Speaks on YouTube-his position is that PC is merely the controlling bankers policy of increasing their debt ) that they would rather be a minority culturally than think rationally. This is what choosing wrong looks like when events change. Hungary, on the other hand, won’t allow Muslim immigrants in. In the end, they will either revert back to a client state or leave the EU.
Britain will fragment if the Celts and other minorities have the will to fight joining the Caliphate. Germany may revert to fragmented principalities, if they have the will. At this point, the nation state sows the seed of its own demise by paying immigrants to occupy their territory. They come for the free money and/or the jobs, the bankers instructing the governments to accommodate them in a profit motive.
But even when you choose correctly, in the end you can still lose. The Comanche won all the battles and lost the war. They allowed greed and cultural disruption to fragment them, making them weaker to the outside forces trying to defeat them.
The forces throughout history that wax and wane are hard to predict. Sometimes large is safe and other times small is. Right now it appears decentralization and homogenization are the winner strategy. Who knows how long that will last. Or, even if it does prove to be so, you might choose to be slightly too small or too large and be defeated anyhow. Just as animal groups eat past the maximum carrying capacity and die off, so do human groupings. Fun times ahead.
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James, I saw your post on The Burning Platform. I gave your blog a shout-out. (I'm Vixen Vic on TBP website.) Hope you get some new readers. I know one thanked me and said your blog is cool. :)ReplyDelete
Most excellent! I can't believe you fooled another sucker into becoming a minion! Yeh, that Market Ticker guy writes great and I love him, but I've been bursting to call out his over the top propensity to call out the army of pitchfork bearers. When trillions are at stake, the only change, if we all demanded it, would be largely cosmetic anyway. He wants us to spend more money and loose focus on our own home at this vital juncture. I can see his point of view, but don't share it.Delete
I agree. Bearing pitchforks gets you in jail or killed.Delete
Yes, thank you. Said better than I.Delete
These leftist/counter-culture types, crack me up, protesting the very system that provided them with the luxury to have enough time on their hands to do so. That’s why you never see stupid shit like this outside of first world countries where people have more important matters on their mind, say, such as if they will have a meal to fill their stomach that day, or a roof over their heads the following week. People that reside in such societies don’t have the luxury to be liberal dolts.ReplyDelete
The leftist that I used to work with felt that the biggest threat facing mankind was climate change (as opposed to the far more likely job loss and financial destitution, followed by starvation and homelessness). Here was a guy that was physically fit to the level that he ran marathons. And every morning he hopped into his carbon spewing vehicle, and drove the 3 level miles to work (And yes, we would both end up jobless soon enough).
If you really want to watch a liberals head spin like Linda Blair’s in the exorcist, and explode, enlighten them with the uncomfortable fact in the link below, that their trotskyite mentors at the Frankfurt institute schools usually leave out of the revisionist history lesson.
This begs of a few questions? Do blacks ever refer to said natives as “evil Redey?” And do said tribes ever suffer from “red guilt.” Yeah, I’m having a little fun with it :D
A Cherokee posing with his slave:
At least the Hippies, who survived off the excess of the Industrial Economy, saw some problems with their system. Today, the Lefties are so beyond clueless ( driving to the Gore Warming protest ) they have zero redeeming qualities.Delete
Point taken. I actually kind of liked that old hippy dude that wrote the $50 and up underground house book.Delete
He definitely heard a different drummer to dance by. Survivalist/Hippie-they don't make many of them ( his Y2K book had a lot of background info ).Delete
That was something I never understood, the American Indian making war upon their fellow Indians, just a tribe by another name. Same living standards. Same land. And yet they chose to fight amongst themselves for - what ? More trees and bushes ? More animals to hunt ?ReplyDelete
Just never made sense to me.
"More animals to hunt?" Exactly. You don't wait for your population to grow too much or your food supply to fail, you claim the resources before you need them. That extra amount of hunting ground might come in handy in the future-so you secure it now before you need it. Your warriors must also be trained, so you need a constant source of potential tension. Look at it this way. Most male occupations were hunter/warrior. No society gives resources to perform a job that isn't needed. If resources were too abundant and there was no conflict, there would not have been half the population under arms.Delete