An American Renaissance
A different way of looking at things...
I’m in a different mood this morning. Not a great or bad mood; I don’t feel apathetic or whimsy, and I’m certainly not depressed or numb. I just feel… different.
Maybe it is because of all the adrenaline, testosterone, and cortisol that have been building and pumping through my system for weeks now? It literally seems that every few days some new political atrocity is revealed, some new insult on our intelligence is perpetrated – it is definitely overwhelming and it is no wonder so many Americans end up tuning it out. I don’t want people to do that (we need people to pay attention), but I certainly understand it.
So, as I sit down to write this morning, I find myself of a different mind – and, perhaps, an epiphany.
Anyone with a cursory knowledge of history will remember the Dark Ages. It was a 900-year period of European history that began with the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 A.D. and ended with the dawn of the Renaissance in roughly 1000 A.D. (Ok, I’ll admit… I had to look up the dates). The collapse of the most powerful and modern civilization known to man led to centuries of cultural darkness. Scientific and archeological advancements were almost nonexistent outside of weaponry (some of the most diabolical tortures can be traced to this time). Citizens fled cities that were falling into disrepair and the church retreated into rural monasteries. Government devolved into Feudal Lords who exercised complete control over the peasantry while art, literature, and the humanities ground to a halt. Exploration, inspiration, and curiosity died.
The thing is, I doubt the peasants living through the Dark Ages understood what was happening and I’m sure the Feudal Lords didn’t care.
Is It Possible We Are Living Through Our Own Dark Ages?
It would have to be a loose analogy, but the more I think about it the more I wonder…
Primary the Ruling Class (PRC) is a political organization I helped found several years ago to help people understand the political world around us. Whether you refer to them as The Powers That Be, The New World Order, or simply as an International Crime Syndicate there are undeniably people who have tried to order the world (and our country) to their advantage. At PRC, we have identified and documented many of these disparate groups and collectively refer to them as the Ruling Class. I’m wondering, though, if we shouldn’t start thinking of them as Feudal Lords?
The origins of our modern-day Ruling Class begin with WWII. Untold riches were earned by scions of industry and following the end of the war in 1945 that wealth allied with the leadership of the Western World to create international safeguards against such a conflagration from ever happening again. Since all wars are economic, the International Banking System became an integral part of this plan.
NATO, the United Nations, the CIA, the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Economic Forum, and the UKUSA treaty (‘Five Eyes’ intelligence agencies) were all founded and rose to prominence in the decades between 1945 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The wall coming down marked the end of the Cold War and arguably left these international organizations with unrivaled and unfettered authority.
So, if 1945 was the beginning of the end of the United States’ decades-long slide into reduced constitutional sovereignty, you could make the analogy with the fall of Rome. But, what evidence do we have that we are in a modern-day Dark Ages?
Man first landed on the moon in 1969. What breakthrough advances has mankind achieved since then?
The Wright brothers made history by inventing the first motor-powered airplane in 1903. It took just 66 years to go from powered flight to landing on the moon. That was 53 years ago and we haven’t advanced beyond that. As a matter of fact, we have regressed. Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, passed away from old age five years ago. What’s more, NASA doesn’t plan on returning to the moon until 2025 (Project Artemis III). Assuming there are no delays in NASA’s planning (Yeah, anyone care to make a bet on this? Anyone?), it will have taken us 50 years just to get back to where we were in exploration.
The world’s first nuclear reactor capable of producing usable amounts of electricity was invented in 1951. Although the nuclear sciences have advanced since then, no technological breakthroughs exist. We are still using dangerous, polluting, inefficient fission reactors. As a matter of fact, I recently wrote a Substack article on just such a breakthrough – and how the technology has been purposely suppressed. We must remember, Feudal Lords need peasants (serfs) – and the single biggest access to freedom for an individual or people is granted via cheap and abundant energy.
We can discuss advances in other industries, but do any of them really rise to the level of breakthroughs? Materials science, agriculture, and medicine have advanced, but can we cure cancer? Have we overcome (or, even slightly retarded) the aging process? Average lifespans in the United States are actually declining.
You might be thinking, “Wait a minute, Bill! Computers have changed the world! You can’t leave computers out!” Well, ok… but I think the story of the computer just supports my theory…
ENIAC was arguably the world’s first usable computer and was built in 1947. It took 24 more years (1971) for the first personal computer to be made available to the public, and since then… what? Computers have become smaller, faster, and have much more memory, but where is the breakthrough? We hear rumors of quantum computing and artificial Intelligence, but they are all just theories – none of it has actually been invented.
Have you ever complained about the lack of originality in movie-making? Are you tired of all the remakes? Salvador Dali, Jason Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol all painted prior to 1970. Can you think of the name of a single artist since then? I enjoy reading, but what modern author can you think of who will be remembered 100 years from now? Can you think of any modern-day philosophers whose insights into human nature are sufficiently insightful to be remembered for generations?
This Could Actually Be a Great Thing
I am a positive person by nature – I’m not a doom-n-gloom kind of guy. True to form, I don’t think spending the majority of my life in what I’m coming to believe is a mini–Dark Ages is necessarily all bad. This is for one very simple and very profound reason… After the Dark Ages comes Renaissance.
Renaissance is an era of rebirth. A rekindling of the human spirit for discovery, adventure, freedom, and exploration. The greatest advances in the human condition can arguably be assigned to Renaissance. Can you imagine transitioning into a world where politics doesn’t cloud human ingenuity? Where energy and raw materials are abundant? Where the oppressors are ignored and individual respect is the coin of the realm? I can. I can imagine it… and, it is wonderful.
How Do We Get There?
The 14th Century European Renaissance began in Italy but quickly spread to the known world. It just takes one people – one nation – to throw off the mental chains of the oppressors and stand for the human values of hope and dignity. I believe this is the struggle we are now engaged in and I realize all of our efforts and sacrifices are noble – because our cause is just and our kids are worth it.
You know what? I’m in a pretty good mood after all.
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As always, our Friday editions include a joke and a recipe - have a great weekend!
STUPID JOKE of the WEEK
My wife told me to stop acting like a flamingo, so I had to put my foot down.
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RECIPE: WAYGU RIB EYE WITH SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS AND THIN GREEN BEANS
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Australian Wagyu Ribeye
Coarse Sea Salt, to taste
Black Peppercorns, to taste
Season Waygu Steak with Coarse Sea Salt and Black Pepper. Preheat an iron skillet over high heat. Place steak in hot skillet and and cook 1 ½ - 2 minutes per side or until medium rare.* Let rest on a cutting board and prepare green beans.
Place some olive oil in the same skillet and lower to medium high. Sauté the shiitake mushrooms for 30 seconds, season with salt and pepper. Add thawed green beans and continue to stir fry for few minutes until hot. Season with Asian seasoning, sprinkle some sesame seeds and add some additional salt if needed.
Slice the steak and serve with green bean salad. USDA recommends to cook beef until it reaches and internal temperature of 145 °F.