“The world conflict of today is the conflict of the individual against the state, … The names change, but the essence — and the results — remain the same, whether it is the individual against feudalism, or against absolute monarchy, or against communism or fascism or Nazism or socialism or the welfare state.”— Ayn Rand
Canada’s Maclean’s magazine recently increased its prices for men. Men ought to pay 26% more for the same magazine. It’s supposed to be a clever social commentary, but what exactly is the commentary? Must men die in all wars and pay for everything, too?
Something else is going on here. After the Second World War, feminism was supposed to make women financially independent, liberating women from their evil, patriarchal husbands (who forced young women into marrying them, obviously), but it turns out most women can’t compete in a fair economic competition against men.
“Nietzsche predicted that in the 20th century hundreds of millions of people would die because of the replacement of these underlying dreamlike structures with this rational, but deeply incorrect representation of the world.”
— Jordan B. Peterson
German author Raymond Unger analyzed the German psyche in his new book Der Wiedergutmacher (The Reparator). He concludes that the fatherless post-war generation, led by women, never grew up. Emotionally infantilized, the baby-boomer generation never rooted in its own nation. The hatred for its own people and fatherland stems from this emotional alienation.
In 1953, Albanian film director Yutkevich decided to portray the life of his nation’s greatest hero, George Scanderbeg, a true story.
Named after Macedonia’s Alexander the Great, Scanderbeg was taken hostage by the Ottoman Turks as a child. He was to be raised a Muslim and a slave.
For twenty years, he became the most feared warrior, even fighting the Albanians. He secured many victories for the Ottoman Empire as leader of the Janissaries, an elite infantry made up of captured foreigners.
On July 17th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17) took off from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Shortly after 1:20 pm local time, the aircraft crashed near the village of Hrabove in Ukraine. From day one, American intelligence services claimed to be in possession of images of the attack. Those images would prove that Russian-backed rebels had fired an SA-11 missile at flight MH17 from Snizhne.
Researcher David Lazer and others state that “shifts in the media ecosystem raise new concerns about the vulnerability of democratic societies to fake news and the public’s limited ability to contain it.”
The public’s ability to vet the mainstream media is equally limited, but why has that never been considered a threat to democratic societies? Modern democracies seem to have elevated official media to the position of government soothsayers whose truths may not be questioned.
The Rök rune stone found near Mjölby and Ödeshög, in Östergötland, Sweden, is from the year 800 AD (or early 9th century), and it contains the longest pre-Christian runic inscription ever found. The text contains a riddle that was never solved, until I solved it today.