Welcome to ARL

OK, as might be obvious to past visitors, I’ve scaled things back here for the time being.  This change mostly reflects a change in my own priorities, but also a bit of time needed for reflection on the purpose of this blog.

Originally, one purpose was to simply provide a place to organize certain resources that I was finding useful and interesting in my own life, a function that I think I’d like to preserve.  What has gotten a bit more tiring is the following and commenting on current events.  There is a point where these matters are either obvious to like-minded folks or they are simply irrelevant.  (Anyone who might be curious about what I mean can read this article.)

In the meantime, its time to advance the cause of my own reasonable life.  I’ll try to improve things here, which is likely to include both taking out the trash, so to speak, and some new additions.  Thanks for visiting. – HT

A Message To The ‘Left’ From A ‘Right Wing Extremist’

By Brandon Smith, reposted from alt-market.com

Some discoveries are exciting, joyful, and exhilarating, while others can be quite painful.  Stumbling upon the fact that you do not necessarily have a competent grasp of reality, that you have in fact been duped for most of your life, is not a pleasant experience.  While it may be a living nightmare to realize that part of one’s life was, perhaps, wasted on the false ideas of others, enlightenment often requires that the worldview that we were indoctrinated with be completely destroyed before we can finally resurrect a tangible identity and belief system.  To have rebirth, something must first die…

In 2004, I found myself at such a crossroads.  At that time I was a dedicated Democrat, and I thought I had it all figured out.  The Republican Party was to me a perfect sort of monster.  They had everything!  Corporate puppet masters.  Warmongering zealots.  Fake Christians.  Orwellian social policies.  The Bush years were a special kind of horror.  It was cinematic.  Shakespearean.  If I was to tell a story of absolute villainy, I would merely describe the mass insanity and bloodlust days of doom and dread wrought by the Neo-Con ilk in the early years of the new millennium.

But, of course, I was partly naïve… Continue reading

Quote of the Day

“The more I study the history of intellectuals, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit — replacing what works with what sounds good.” – Thomas Sowell

Honarable Mention (from the same article):  “At least half of our society’s troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all.

via On Christmas, Liberals Are By No Means Liberal – Thomas Sowell

The Fake Sound of Progress

Somebody told me that I’d always have to bow
if that was true I would have fallen apart by now
The more you think, the less you act their way
So can you hear this, the fake sound of progress?

Never reason with a fool, but is that unkind?
looks like I’ve lost my mind once again
I know it all sounds so contrived, but it’s got to me
you know I’ve got to be more than this
don’t frown, don’t scorn, cause I walk a different street to you
You look so worn, i bet that life has got you blown
but it will never get to me
Somebody told me that I’d always have to bow
if that was true I would have fallen apart by now
the more you think, the less you act their ways
So can you hear this, the fake sound of progress?
and I feel the way you hold, hold me back from this
Chances that I’ve missed, now they’re gone
Apathy is all I sense, the feeling’s too intense
Sitting on a fence and can’t decide
don’t frown, don’t scorn, cause I walk a different street to you
you look so worn, i bet that life is has got you blown
no body will ever get to me
somebody told me that I always have to bow
if that was true I would have fallen apart by now
the more you think, the less you act their ways
So can you hear this, the fake sound of progress?

All these words that I accounted for, never fear another day
always charged but I need more, make me take away
tell me now, can you hear the sound
of all these people falling down
growing back into the ground let me smile again…
SWING IT

Tell me now can you hear the sound, of the record spinning
round and round, for on and on it sounds like the same old
song that I keep singing, it sounds like

dah dah dah dah (yeahyeah sounds like) dah dah dah dah
(all these words that I accounted for, I’ll never fear another day always charged and I want more, make me take away, all these words that I accounted for, I’ll never fear another day, it makes, me, take, away)

somebody told me that I’d always have to bow
if that was true I would have fallen apart by now
the more you think, the less you act their ways
So can you hear this, the fake sound of progress?

yeah yeah yeah progress

make me smile again
(the fake sound of progress)

The Robin Hood Myth

Would sure love to see the extent to which these same relationships are now changing….just goes to show how democracy without restraint operates in the real world. Human nature being what it is, most voters simply want other people to pay for their stuff, rather than to simply be left alone. – HT

Quote of the Day

“Where there are no rights, there are no duties.” – Henri Benjamin Constant De Rebecque