Escape From a Clay-Footed King

ClayFootedby Glenn Fairman6/24/16
When you finally gin up the courage to extricate the fangs of the parasite from your throat, there is bound to be some blood spilled, and the European Union has been that monster. It is a utopian construct impressed down upon the diversity of thought and action of autonomous peoples; an unblinking Master with an end towards pale homogenization — a materialist mockery profaning one’s ancient freedoms.

In an era of quaking hearts, the lost political virtue of sovereignty is traded on an economic calculus like so much bread on a weighman’s scale. Such timidity is inconsistent with the frigid air of hyperborean freedom. For true men, men not yet debased by the accumulation of goods and the promise of ease, the goads of pain, risk, and manly liberty will ever trump the sheepish triad of complacency, acquiescence and subordination. In the final accounting, men who choose to live as cattle should not complain when they are called upon to die like them.

If the heft of your pocketbook holds precedence over your will towards free self-determination — rendering you a subject of an abstraction rather than a citizen in your own land — then you deserve the derision of your chains, and much more.

If this artificial European House of Cards cannot bear that one serf should escape the velveteen bonds of a Clay-Footed King, then to quote Nietzsche: “That which is falling should be pushed.”


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22 Responses to Escape From a Clay-Footed King

  1. Steve Lancaster says:

    In 1991 the USSR hit the trash bin of history. This was so disconcerting to Marxists of the Frankfort school that they sought to recreate the USSR with all its bureaucracy and bad management in Western Europe. It did not matter that “the people” had repeatedly said that oppressive top down command economies were not desired, after all they did not have the vision of the anointed and what did they know anyway?

    25 years later another bloated, inefficient, socialist monster is facing oblivion. It is only a matter of time, not serendipity until the next exit by plebiscite. I wonder when the officials in Brussels will recommend force to keep the EU together? Will Germany be told to mobilize to keep France in the EU? or Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway?

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    If the heft of your pocketbook holds precedence over your will towards free self-determination — rendering you a subject of an abstraction rather than a citizen in your own land — then you deserve the derision of your chains, and much more.

    Today, it has been interesting to listen to the clueless eunuchs and lying totalitarians bemoaning the economic and racial disaster which will result from Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Richard Haas is a particularly despicable exemplar of this type. His performance on The New Hour was noteworthy. His claims were hysterical.

    Few have come out and said that a nation is entitled to maintain its culture and economy despite what Marxist Internationalists claim to be correct.

    As I have said before, these Internationalists wish to destroy nations, their institutions and cultures. Without common cultures and institutions, nations begin to fragment. This is exactly what the Internationalists want. Fragmented populations result in weak nations.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      That “If the heft…” line was a good one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. It’s hard to keep up sometimes.

      Now that Britain has taken steps to save its culture, let’s take a moment and enjoy some of the best of our own, brought to you by Mr. S and Johnny Mandel.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        This piece shows how good Sinatra was. The opening verse is a pretty difficult one to sing. It is not very melodic and the accompaniment only gives the singer the slightest hint of where to go.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          I respect your musical opinion on this, Mr. Kung. And I love the six (or so) beats of silence before Frank tears into the main chorus.

          Frank is incomparable. You know my deep love for Bing Crosby. He is the very voice of Christmas. And I posit that no one has ever, or ever will outside of angels, sing a better version of An Irish Lullaby. And yet, it is probably best if a Bing fan never hears the same pop song sung back-to-back by both Bing and Frank. Frank puts so much life into a song while Bing has his smooth croon. For love songs, Frank beats all others (perhaps even the angels).

          This is surely why Sinatra puts so much oomph into “My Way.” He really did end up doing things his way. But he started out, much like every other wannabe singer, to sing in the style of Bing. At some point he did indeed start to do things his way and never looked back.

          And if Bing can’t sing “Somethings Gotta Give” with the same dynamism as Sinatra, there’s no way Sinatra can touch Bing on many of his holiday or folksy songs. Imagine Sinatra singing An Irish Lullaby. (And could anyone sing this song with the charm of this other Crosby?)

          That’s one thing I encourage about writing. Don’t everyone try to sound like Charles Krauthammer. Find your own passion and personality. Do it your way.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            I like Fred Astaire singing, “Something’s Gotta Give” in “Daddy Long Legs”. Perhaps it helps that he sings it to Leslie Caron just before starting to dance with her.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Here’s that version. And the Sinatraphile decision is . . . [drumroll]

              Nice rack on the broad. Okay, I think that was indeed a good version. Love the orchestration. Nice, big, full Hollywood strings. A pleasant dance number. Frank can’t do that. Few can.

              I thought it would be interesting to take a look at a version by the Frank sound-alike, Harry Connick Jr.

              This version is jazzed up and definitely upbeat. The voice is good, of course. I’m not as thrilled by his treatment. Kind of cliched. But the horns definitely swing.

              Now let’s listen to a chick do it. LeAnn Rimes. Never head of her but she came up on a YouTube search. On second thought, don’t go there. But what a great reminder at what passes for talent these days.

              I wasn’t aware there was a 1962 movie with that title starring Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin. But I can’t find a version sung by Dean Martin, although you can hear Sammy Davis Jr sing it here (the first song, incorrectly marked as Dean Martin). And I won’t say a word against Sammy.

              • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

                I was watching this on my other computer as I wrote my comment.

                Nobody, not even Gene Kelley, is a patch on Fred Astaire when it comes to this type of scene.

                Of all Astaire’s dance partners, I like Cyd Charisse the best.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Astaire floats above the floor like few others. And I have nothing against Gene Kelley. Astaire’s “drunken” dance in “Holiday Inn” is terrific (starts about 2 minutes in).

                Pity (or glory in) the female partners who had to dance opposite this guy. You had to be good, but how could your talent not be overshadowed?

    • Steve Lancaster says:

      You don’t have a country without borders, culture and language

      • Timothy Lane says:

        To be precise, you need borders for a state, and you need culture and language for a nation. With all 3 you have a nation-state, a concerpt that liberals obamanate.

  3. FredB says:

    Commentators on NPR (with their hair on fire) are bemoaning what they call “nationalism,” confusing this vote with what I consider patriotism, which is quite different from nationalism.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    The below link is to a very clear-sighted piece on the why the U.K. should leave the EU. It lays bare the lies and falsehoods, which the Europhiles have sold the people’s of Europe. But it also goes over some of the problems which will be faced by the U.K. once Brexit takes place.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/06/12/brexit-vote-is-about-the-supremacy-of-parliament-and-nothing-els/

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I wonder if Brexit was about the supremacy of Parliament. Or was it to avoid being deluged by Muslim “refugees?” Or was it both of these reasons and more? Who knows? It bothers me that neither socialism or Islam was mentioned in that article. It’s also arguable that Brexit was about Utopia failing once again. I’m not sure anyone knows what happened or why.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        See my post under Leigh Bravo’s “The Demise of Europe” article.

        Or was it to avoid being deluged by Muslim “refugees?”

        Like France, Britain’s Muslim “problem” is much older than the recent happenings in the Middle East.

        Both countries took in millions of Muslims from ex-colonies starting in the early/middle 1960’s,mainly for cheap labor. See how business interests are either short-sighted or have not other interests than the bottom line?

        In fact, Eastern Europeans are a big irritant to many Brits. Something like 850-900,000 Poles are presently residing in the U.K. and providing cheap labor. I am sure there are similar problems with Bulgarians and others.

        I read yesterday that about 3 million E.U. citizens from the continent live and work in the U.K. while only about 1.2 million Brits live and work on the continent. Who does that sound like is gaining the greater advantage?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Evans-Pritchard did some good reporting on the early Clinton scandals 20 years ago.

  5. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Today Britain has a new prime minister and she has appointed most of her cabinet. Looking over the names she got rid of and those she has appointed gives me reason to believe that Brexit is going through.

    Note, I did not say that Britain is going to become more conservative.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Mr. Kung, let’s have a friendly side bet, although this will be hard to keep track of in the long run as well as to judge when an exit has actually occurred. Even if Britain pulls back, it will still be deeply tied to the continent through trade deals, etc.

      I expect almost nothing to happen but smoke and mirrors. We’ll see. What’s the wager? I’ve got a butt-load of cherry tomatoes I could trade against whatever you have.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        I have no doubt that Britain will have strong ties to Europe through trade. This was the case before the U.K. joined the Common Market or even before there was a common market.

        To my mind, the most important thing about Brexit was the taking back of political power. This weakened the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels who could and did act arbitrarily in too many case.

        Sadly, my garden is not doing so well this year. Even my rosemary bush is hurting. Maybe come September things will improve, and if this turns out to be the case, I will be able to supply you with plenty of rosemary, basil and oregano. But I think I will be taking your cherry tomatoes by the bushel.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Your rosemary bush is hurting? Interesting. Over the winter last year, it was the only greenery in my garden other than the juniper and heather that wasn’t at all bothered by the wet and cold. And it’s growing gangbusters now. Wonderful stuff. Wonderful smell.

          My tomatoes are going crazy. Absolutely crazy. Lots and lots of them. Maybe too many. I could freeze-dry them or something and send them on their way.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        There are a couple of key phases. The new prime minister will have to initiate the withdrawal from the EU. After that, it will take time to work out all the details, which is why the estimate is for a couple of years to complete it. For a relatively short-term bet, that first step would probably be the indicator either way.

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