Quote Of The Month


The definition of a Dark Age is not one in which we have forgotten things; it is a time when we no longer know we ever knew them. We appear to be entering a Dark Age for a fairly large part of our population. Of course that makes self-government nearly impossible, but the smart one in charge have a remedy for that.

Jerry Pournelle

6 responses to “Quote Of The Month

  1. A prescient and powerful observation by Pournelle.
    Think of the kids born after 1980; Many don’t know how to tie their shoes because of the wonder of Velcro; or, can’t tell time without a digital read-out. Or, can’t add, subtract, multiply, or divide without a calculator Then, think about all those “liberated and educated” young gals. Most can not cook to feed their families. And the millions of parasites living, for generations, on the dole. These people do not know how to work, but they sure think they know who to blame when the EBT cards run dry.

  2. The Dark Ages was a ‘fear’ term coined by lovers of Empire to convince people that large central governments must exist in order for civilization to exist. People who love freedom should challenge this Dark-Age meme. Information destruction is a whole other thing and has not happened at all.

    • Jimmy the Saint

      The mass of small local governments didn’t work out well for much of the peasantry, and was generally unable to repel either the Vikings or the Muslims. It’s always a trade-off.

  3. People are always finding reasons why self-government cannot work, while making absolutely sure nobody ever has a chance to try it, to find out.


    To paraphrase Behan, “There is no human situation so miserable that it cannot be made worse by the presence of government.”

  4. The only argument slaveowners will accept is that you have the military power to free yourself from them. Fight slaveowners to a stalemate or better, then live anarchy in a place with a great climate.

  5. Cassandra (of Troy)

    Repositories of intellectual weapons will be just as important for future gens as the physical ones, funny how most concentrate primarily on the martial aspect of the conflict & kinda ‘forget’ about the part that comes after the guns eventually fall silent.