Not the First Time

For those who are repeating that the COVID hysteria will be over soon, here’s a reminder: airports still require that you take your shoes off 20 years after 9/11.

A trained seal would already learn its lesson and not expect stolen civil rights magically to come back once “the danger” passes.

Another Chapter of the Patriot Act

Masks are bad not only because they are uncomfortable and useless. They are bad because they are the first step in our training routine. We are being trained like circus animals to accept stupid mandates that inconvenience us and don’t exist for the rulers who mandate them.

The next step are mandatory vaccines. But it won’t be the last one.

I have the Patriot Act on my mind a lot because what we are experiencing is identical. People who are in absolutely no danger are running around bug-eyed, ready to relinquish every civil right to assuage their irrational fear.

We have been losing our civil rights since year 2001. Pretexts vary but the trend remains. The ruling oligarchy says “boo!” and we relinquish every right.

We are pathetic.

No, You Can’t

Nothing means you can safely socialize. Only your rulers are allowed to have normal lives, hang out with friends, travel, and educate their kids. You, on the other hand, are a walking disease. Eew, go away, you nasty prole, you stink.

Are we ever going to get fed up? Even the sheep-like Spaniards have protested. Germans are rising up. Are we ever going to catch on or will we keep obediently hiding from the oligarchy’s view on command?

Can a Great Book Vanish?

In Cultural Amnesia, Clive James tells the story of Pavel Muratov, a Russian art critic who had to escape from the revolutionary Russia that had no place for intellectuals. The Spanish fascists’ slogan “Death to intelligence!” wasn’t original. Russian revolutionaries had discovered it long before.

James is a great admirer of Muratov’s magnum opus The Forms of Italy (Obrazy Italii) and is saddened by the idea that the book has been completely forgotten:

CAN A GREAT book vanish? The fate of Paul Maratov’s Obrazy italii (which I prefer to translate as The Forms of Italy, exercising my prerogative as one of the few people alive who have ever picked up a copy of it) suggests that it can. The book is seldom mentioned now, and the name of its author does not crop up often even in histories of the Russian emigration after 1917

The history of humanism in the twentieth century has managed to bury Obrazy italii, and nobody cares. Our idea that if a book is good enough it can never disappear is thereby proved false, because Obrazy italii is one of the most dazzling books of its type ever written. Can something so wonderful be allowed to vanish? Muratov himself was probably reconciled to the possibility.

Clive James was wrong, though. He didn’t count on the great powers of Google Playbooks, which does compensate us somewhat for everything that Google takes away. Playbooks has 5 different editions of Muratov’s book. All recent, all complete, and all very affordable.

It turns out that a great book can’t vanish, after all.

I took a peek at Muratov’s text, and yes, it’s as dazzling as Clive James says. No, there’s no English translation but I’ll tell you all about the book.