Speech given at the CFER Rally in San Diego
Excellent speech. Really inspiring.
In case you haven't seen it, Robert Tombs and David Abufalia (both Cambridge University professors) have started a new site www.historyreclaimed.co.uk which aims to fight back against the Far Left view point which is trying to rewrite history. The various articles make for interesting reading and might provide some food for thought for you and future articles.
And the other very random thing - -did you know that Edward R Murrow, the man who basically invented US broadcasting news was a devotee of Marcus Aurelius?
The notion of socializing type O blood the way race is socialized is going keep me chuckling for a long time. It brings clarity where I, and perhaps many others, have needed it. But the words "We are not spoken for" really made me think. If I understand correctly it goes to issue of agency and the inability to tolerate a subject population acting freely on its own behalf. Getting on with life through those virtues you stipulate just like they were .....er....fully human!! A rankly unconscious condescension. Here in Australia I find myself resisting colleagues who want to apply the kind of thinking you are criticizing to relations with Aboriginal people. The buzzwords - white privilege, acknowledging post colonial guilt, and the ritually repeated formulas, more about testifying to the pure intentions of those that utter them than the actual human condition of Aboriginal people, which predictably proceed along these lines: "I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live and pay respect to the First Nations Peoples." I can't help but see that it is the very lack of those stipulated virtues in Aboriginal families and in my own family that are killing our children - in my case my son, in an Aboriginal friend and 40 year AA member, her daughter. I know that the history of African American and Australian Aboriginal people is quite different, but as an American long resident in Australia I can't help but see the common tendency to blindly 'speak for' others and not allow them to speak for themselves.
“The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.”
–Martin Luther King “The Three Evils of Society" 1967
Michael, have you seen this timeline re: the "Mississippi Burning" murders? https://lononaut.blogspot.com/2021/08/mississippi-burning-first-definitive.html
I will never forgive myself for missing this. I was in San Diego that weekend. I could have made some important connections. Thanks for fighting the good fight.
Well said. Thanks for reminding us of virtues, how quickly people forget. I’m blessed to have my children enrolled in a classical academy that focuses on virtues such as these listed.
Very powerful. Thank you, Michael. (Someday, I hope to write as well as you.)