Right Wing Fighter

Category: Ronald Reagan

The Nature of Knowledge

After writing my last post, I want to lay out my thoughts on knowledge more.

Knowledge is this: comprehension of the world and how it works.

By the world, I mean nature and the physical laws, plus mankind and how we operate. Since we’re part of the creation, I include us in the “world.”

You can think of each individual part of the world as an item to be understood. The world is filled with individual items that, when put together, make up the whole.

Now, most of what is considered “intelligence” today is the ability to add and subtract such items in our heads. For instance, if you enter an essay competition at school, you’ll be tasked with comparing this idea to that idea. It wont be a question of what you think: it will be a question of your ability to add and subtract what other men have thought. Your essay will be a comparative analysis of other men’s ideas.

Now, I’m going to introduce two concepts: seers and calculators.

The seer is a man that can see the items of the world clearly. As such, he has a clear picture of the world: he has knowledge.

The calculator has a mind strong for adding and subtracting items that have become ideas. An idea is a mental conceptualization of an item. As such, one may be a calculator without being a seer.

For the most part, there is little market for seers today. As noted above, calculating power is considered intelligence.

The problem with calculators is that they can’t tell if their ideas are true or not. They tend to pick them up from an authoritative source, like a professor. They then go on their merry way adding and subtracting such ideas as are considered authoritative without ever knowing for themselves if they are true or not. We saw a good example of this with Brexit a few weeks ago. Many intelligent people were disheartened and intimidated by the vote. They honestly felt the world had taken a step towards The End because of Brexit. This is the natural consequence of their false ideas. But they don’t know they are false. Having been inculcated from their youth, and not being seers, they don’t actually know what ideas about life are true or false. As such, they believe their authorities implicitly. And their authorities told them Brexit was the end of the world.

Seers, on the other hand, see the items themselves and make ideas from them themselves. As such, they are independent minds. This is not a point for ego: it’s simply a fact. Seers have average calculating power, and as such tend to avoid trials of calculating strength. A good example of a seer is Reagan. He could see clearly what had to be done and he did it. He was not a great debater and not an intellectual in the modern sense. He wasn’t a calculator. But knowing the world better than anyone else of his era, he knew what had to be done and did it. Thus he restarted our economy and ended the Cold War, the two biggest issues of his time. But watching him in debates or in discussions, you could see he was uncomfortable around the calculators: he knew he couldn’t match them for calculating power. As such, he tended to avoid them.

Another pair of examples are James Madison and George Washington.

Madison was the nerd of the founding fathers. He was a very high powered calculator, but a poor seer. For a good decade he followed Washington’s thinking. This is because Washington was a very practical, clear sighted man. He was a seer. Madison was not, and as such he needed someone to give him the ideas he was going to process. For a while this was Washington. Afterwards it was Jefferson. This is why Madison’s thinking went through such a violent change during Washington’s second term: he switched mental horses. He stopped thinking of the government as a practical measure to aid the people, as Washington thought. Instead, he picked up the anti-authority thinking of Jefferson, and went about trying down the government he was so helpful in setting up. Thus, in the end, Madison and Washington ended up enemies when they started as friends.

Now, some men, from time to time, are both seers and calculators. As such, they can see the items of the world for themselves and add and subtract items. This gives them an exponential increase in knowledge, because they can both see what is, and, by adding and subtracting, build knowledge through logical deduction. Thus they gain knowledge faster than they learn: every item they learn about, which they do every day, gets applied to what they already know. As such, lines are drawn, and they end up frequently gaining two items of knowledge for every one item of learning.

Men of this type are the great men of history. They aren’t dependent on others either to see the items of the world or to process them. They profit, like everyone else, from the learning of others. But the mainstay, the foundation, of their thinking is their own minds.

A good example of this is Otto von Bismarck, the first Chancellor of Germany. He managed, through diplomacy and carefully orchestrated wars, to unite Germany into one nation. It had been a divided and largely inconsequential group of small countries before his actions. Afterwards, it was the strongest power in central Europe. Bismarck could do this, because he possessed both the ability to see the items of the world, and the ability to add and subtract them from each other. As such, his knowledge of men and affairs, of nations, diplomacy and war, were greater than anyone else at his time. This mental superiority gave him the power he needed to succeed.

There are times in history when a man possesses only one ability or the other, and still does great things. Washington is a good example of this. But most often, the great man is one that can do both. He is a very rare bird indeed. The combination comes into national renown once every few generations, typically.

To recap:

Knowledge is the conversion of the world’s items into ideas.

There are men that can see the items and conceptualize them: they are seers.

There are men that can add and subtract them, drawing inferences from them: they are calculators.

Finally, there’s a very rare breed of man that can do both: he’s the great man of history.

Globalists Panicking After Brexit

If you keep your eyes on the news like I do, you know that Brexit has the globalists panicking. Consider these headlines:

The financial industry fallout from Brexit is about to get a whole lot worse.” – Daily Telegraph

Brexit waves batter global markets” – Financial Times

Money, Hate, And Hard Feelings: Brexit Fallout Continues In UK, Europe” – NPR

Listening to these people, you’d think the world was about to end.

In fact, that’s what they’re worried about. Oh not the world’s end, but their dominance of it. For decades they’ve run the economy and politics of the world, and they’re afraid of losing their power. That’s the big reason that there’s so much hatred among the globalists for the workers of America and Europe: the workers don’t see any reason that they need these globalists running their lives. As such, they are always living on a teetering branch, way up in the social tree. All it takes is a good stern wind to blown them down. Like Humpty Dumpty, their positions can’t be put together again.

This is one reason they hate Donald Trump so much. Having spent so many years among them, he knows exactly how to take the fight to them. This he’s been doing for about a year now, and the workers and red-blooded citizens of America are loving him for it. This terrifies the globalists, because it shows they are irrelevant.

You see, the globalists are living on borrowed time. They are just power seekers who can’t provide anything useful to society. As such, they have to maintain the lie that they are actually useful to the country. When problems add up, and they can’t solve them, they just propagandize how difficult it is to solve such tough challenges.

But the truth of it is that they can’t do anything about it. They are incompetent people. So when problems start to add up, and the people start looking for a man that can solve their problems, the globalists get worried. They try to use the carrot and the stick to get him to back off. If he doesn’t then they go full-bore attack mode, and try to destroy him. That’s what they’re doing with Trump. They tried the same thing with Reagan.

Their biggest fear is that it will become clear that they serve no useful purpose. To avoid this exposure is why they’re fighting so hard, both here and in Europe.

And that’s why they go loco every time a populist movement gets going. When that happens, the people begin to see that they don’t actually need the elites. There is no more desperate person than one who fears irrelevancy. And that is what the globalists are: irrelevant to the lives of the average person.

Have you ever wondered why there’s so much gobbledygook in politics? That’s why. They keep manufacturing falsities and nonsense because they’ve got to look useful. They are like the mechanic that makes up problems with your car to wring more money out of you.

And that’s why they’re panicking after Brexit: they’re afraid that the people see that they don’t need them.

The Right Wing in America is Locked in the Cold War

The reason that the American right wing is so useless today is that they are still fighting yesterday’s battles. In the 80s there was a real threat of totalitarianism in the world. The Soviet Union was on the march, and many leftists here at home still hoped to bring about Soviet style communism here in America. American patriots were trashed day in and day out in the liberal press.

But Reagan ended all that. Now, the Soviet Union is gone, and communism only exists in backwaters like Venezuela. Nobody in America is serious about bringing about communism anymore. But the modern right, the X Generation, who are in their early to late 40s, think politics is still a struggle against a crushing, tyrannic philosophy. The problem is the X Generation came into adulthood right at the end of the Cold War. Thus their minds were shaped right before an epoch shift. Their view of politics was outdated almost as soon as they got it. This has led to a kind of trauma, where the world they had just settled into was suddenly ripped out from under them.

You can especially see this in their dealings with Bill Clinton in the 90s. The right was utterly lost. They didn’t get some kind of footing until he was already halfway through his administration. Even today, they still struggle to reconcile their Cold War thinking to the Obama administration. They never actually figured Obama out, because he didn’t fit the communist mold they carry around with them. If you listened to a lot of talk radio like I did for the first six years of Obama’s administration, you could hear them day after day trying to figure him out. You may have been surprised at this, like I was.

The thing is this: people like to get cozy with a particular frame of thinking. People don’t like to change their thinking once they’ve settled into it. The X Generation settled into Cold War thinking, and then like I said it was pulled out from under them. It became irrelevant. For years they stumbled along in the wilderness, so to speak, trying to find their footing. They’ve never actually managed to do so. They just get kinda used to a president after a while. Since the right was more or less in its youth during Clinton’s administration, their aimlessness was harder to see. During George W. Bush’s administration, they didn’t want to oppose him since he was a Republican, and so again it wasn’t very noticeable.

But with Obama, it was stark and clear, though very confusing to look at. I kept asking myself “Why don’t these guys really nail Obama? Why do they keep dancing around the edges?” The answer is they are lost, like I mentioned above. That’s why they look like a bunch of half-balding old guys, intellectually speaking. They look like people whose prime has long since passed. The fact is they never had a prime to begin with – Reagan ended that when he won the Cold War.

So now we have a bunch of irrelevant kooks trying to be relevent in a world that has passed them by. That is why they’re always, embarrassingly, trying to get people fired up by talk about “liberty” over and over again, like it is self-evidently the purpose of life. Declaring “liberty” over and over again made sense when the left in America was doing the exact opposite, and was trying to stampede us into a top-down society. But nowadays it’s out of date because communism is dead.

And that, as a side note, is why they can never stop talking about Reagan and communism: they’re going back, in their minds, to a time when they were relevant.

Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?

Was Ronald Reagan a good president?

I’ll answer that in the following essay.

First, let me define what a good president is: he is a man that solves his nation’s problems at the time of his administration. We are too often inclined to measure presidents by our own problems. We can’t do this without being markedly unfair to these men. They can’t be expected to foresee and solve problems which in their era were much smaller.

So what were the main problems during Reagan’s administration? They were:

  • A bad economy
  • The Soviet Union
  • The decline of nationalism

The Economy:

When Reagan took office, inflation and joblessness were rampant. It was a terrible time to be a worker in America. It was also a terrible time to be an investor, since inflation was eating the value out of people’s money. The bad economy was also hurting government revenue, since a poor economy is a poor tax base. Economically, it seemed the US was sliding into oblivion.

By the end of his administration, the economy was cooking right along. Revenue was up for the same reason. People could get jobs more easily, keep them more assuredly, and optimism about the economy was high.

There were mistakes made that hurt the economy. For instance, Reagan did not end the free trade policies of past administrations, which allowed our trade deficit to grow. This hurt our economy, and allowed the continued erosion of our manufacturing base.

At bottom, Reagan’s administration was a good one economically. He made some bad choices, especially on free trade, but overall he got the economy rolling again.

The Soviet Union:

In 1981, the Soviet Union was marching across the globe. During the past decade they had overtaken us in many military spheres, especially in terms of strategic missiles. They had added multiple countries to the Soviet bloc of nations and were successfully intriguing in South America and the Caribbean.

NATO, on the other hand, was weak and disunited. Soviet efforts to weaken the organization had been going on for decades, and were bearing terrible fruit. Closet communists and socialists were in many positions of power, sending information and sympathy back to Moscow.

Britain was resisting the Soviet Union, of course. But there was little the island nation could do to oppose so vast a power. Only the United States was strong enough for such a task. And unfortunately we had been neglecting the task for years, and had fallen behind militarily. So when Reagan came into the presidency, he had little less than a disaster on his hands.

But he strengthened our relations with those who were willing among our allies to work with us. He reinforced the military and rebuilt its confidence in itself. He invigorated our national science establishment, which hadn’t been done since Kennedy and the Space Race. He reinforced American confidence by his own confidence. He made us believe we could win. And win we did.

Within half a decade of his administration’s end, the Soviet Union collapsed. The Red Threat disappeared from the globe, pushed over by Reagan. Defeating this soul-crushing tyranny is enough to guarantee him a place in history. Few presidents have done so much for the United States in the realm of foreign policy as Reagan.

Overall, he succeeded completely.

The Decline of Nationalism:

After the “disillusionment” of the 60s and 70s, American confidence had been shredded. Assailed day in and day out by the media, by academics, and by our surrender in Vietnam, our confidence in ourselves had been battered to bits. We didn’t believe in ourselves because we didn’t win anymore.

With the “disillusionment” of those two decades came daily assaults on nationalism. People were encouraged to think of themselves as individuals living in a vacuum, without responsibilities to their country or their fellow man. The military was scorned in many places. Veterans often didn’t advertise their service in order to avoid jeers and insults. It was a bad time.

Reagan worked a mild cultural revolution in America. By the end of his administration, veterans held their heads high, and nobody outside of college campuses dared insult them openly. They were treated with respect. It was no longer popular to criticize America. The vast masses of the public, who had been quietly patriotic for decades, finally felt safe to broadcast their patriotism since they had a friend in the White House. Over the course of Reagan’s administration, the poisonous forces of anti-nationalism receded and hid away. For the first time in years, they where the ones that kept their mouths shut about what they thought. Nationalism became popular and normal again. People felt safe broadcasting their love of country for all to see.

There were ways in which his nationalist revolution were limited. For instance, whilst military and intellectual nationalism were fostered, Reagan was not economically nationalistic, as noted above. Our economic policy was still globalist in nature. But he still re-nationalized our military and our thinking. In these crucial ways he was a great success. Because he won much more for nationalism than he lost, he deserves to be called a successful president for nationalism.

Conclusion:

For the reasons stated above, Reagan must be considered a good president. There were many issues that I didn’t address, but these were the main, pressing issues of his time. A president never gets to solve all of the problems he inherits. It is always a question of tackling the biggest problems first, and hoping that the next president can work on the ones farther down the list. That successive presidents usually fail to do so can’t be held against a particular president. He is only human after all, and must make do with the best arrangement he can get.