Max V: Rationalist

The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their correct names.

Semper paratus.

6 responses to “Max V: Rationalist

  1. Boon Vickerson is out there

    Max is quite the thinking man.
    I thought this is well said, dovetails with Max’s philosophy.

    “The propaganda of the State relies on a selection of cant terms — “democracy,” “equality,” “freedom,” “human rights,” “reform,” “progress” — each an unqualified abstract conceptual designed to prey upon human credulity. As all sophistical language, such words are intended to make what is evil appear to be good, & what is good appear to be evil; to bait the trap, & oil the machinery for the Big Lie. They are for grinding down persons into a mulch called “The People,” & evaporating their human souls. I would not propose to overthrow the Government, for that would only put me in control of the machine, & make me responsible for its preservation. Instead I would propose to calmly & persistently dismantle it, from the ground up, & in the only way I can imagine it could ever be peacefully dismantled.

    I revert once again to the first political principle of Confucius, & Orwell. The true reform of a political order begins when we resume using words for what they mean — & with their necessary adjectival & adverbial qualifications, in sentences that parse, & admit subsidiary clauses where & when required. It thus begins by discarding the slogans, the clichés, the formulae, the bullshit. It begins by distinguishing Heaven from Earth, & recognizing the transience of earthly arrangements, & therefore the inapplicability of absolute terms to non-absolute realities.

    Not slogans, but prayers, will advance liberation. Here, to my mind, is the most radical political agenda that was ever enunciated in Planet Earth:

    Pater noster, qui es in caelis: /

  2. Good Initiative by Max V. Its a bit lengthy but I hope it catches on.

  3. When asked why I ready myself in different ways always said”common sense”.I used examples like Katrina/Sandy to show folks even with warning lacking in so many ways.I also use the example of a spare tire in your car,hope you don’t need it but good to have,that said,though better then nothing get a full size spare if you just have donut,better then nothing but full size way to go even with space occupation of it.I like rationalist though,and ,as it seems “common sense”seems to be missing to a large part in this country will give it a shot,won’t though if used a lot be long before being a rationalist is considered evil/un pc ect.!

  4. Marlo Stanfield

    I miss Mag’s Bennett from Justified, she could keep a secret and didn’t ask questions to the wrong people. When people ask me the wrong questions I know I am being probed. I ask my self why are they bringing that up? The only people who need to know your business is those in your  line of succession. Which may or may not include obvious choices like family. We are into the sixth year of his presidency and there are millions of fence sitters who haven’t went to Sports Academy or some other big box and picked up a cheap as hell NIB (new in box) AR15 for $700 and change? They also haven’t dropped ten pounds a year for each of those six years in office. And the biggie in his sixth year in office can’t run a 10K, having only added a mile in each of those six years in office. Changing labels won’t move these people.

  5. Regular Old Bob

    Very good article. Right on, Max!

  6. Speaking plain is good. As Hayek put it:
    “The most effective way of making people accept the validity of the values they are to serve is to persuade them that they are really the same as those which they… have always held… The people are made to transfer their allegiance from the old gods to the new under the pretense that the new gods really are what their sound instinct had always told them but what before they had only dimly seen. And the most effective way to this end is to use the old words but change their meaning.

    Few traits of totalitarian regimes are at the same time so confusing to the superficial observer and yet so characteristic of the whole intellectual climate as the complete perversion of language, the change of meaning of the words by which the ideals of the new regimes are expressed….

    If one has not one’s self experienced this process, it is difficult to appreciate the magnitude of this change of the meaning of words, the confusion it causes, and the barriers to any rational discussion which it creates… And the confusion becomes worse because this change of meaning of words describing political ideals is not a single event but a continuous process, a technique employed consciously or unconsciously to direct the people. Gradually, as this process continues, the whole language becomes despoiled, and words become empty shells deprived of any definite meaning, as capable of denoting one thing as its opposite and used solely for the emotional associations which still adhere to them.”
    — Friedrich Hayek, “The Road to Serfdom”