Dark Modern Times

Reading about the past helps one draw more accurate inferences concerning events that surround us today. Hopefully, anyway.

A point in history I often consider is WW1. If nothing else, the Great War serves to remind me of the existential sufferings that must follow a people who blindly subject themselves to inept, third-class leadership and the psychosis of collectivist whims.

Once more, it seems we find ourselves led by those who seek to ruin us. We ought to have learned our lesson by now. With rare exceptions, history is riddled with the wreckage of depraved rulers and failed bureaucracies.

With all its inverted truths and active fallacies, our modern world seems most analogous to the Dark Ages to me. I imagine the centralized tech and banking monopolies we suffer today as corruptible medieval Rome- strangling, altering, and filtering knowledge to maintain power and enrich their coffers. Modern Western nations, with their incestuous leaders and gluttonous bureaucrats, are nothing more than a collection of feudal states serving the new Neo-Corporate Fascist system.

There is hope. History is filled with nameless, courageous individuals who stood strong, dragging the rest of us out of our collective fog.

I have no idea who the men in these images are. They look to me as men of conviction.

We are not all soldiers, lords, popes, or kings. Still, we should chip away where we can. One small commitment I am making is a return to reading physical books. I grow weary of my nights staring at screens. It seems there isn't any substance to it. The cognitive rewards that come naturally from reading books are something we can all benefit from.

World War One: The Unheard Stories of Soldiers on the Western Front Battlefields: First World War stories as told by those who fought in WW1 battles by various authors is a good book to read if you are interested in the stories of WW1 soldiers in their own words.

I highly recommend any of these books to anyone interested in history and the nature of things.

1. Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell

2. Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Extermination-1939-1945 by Saul Friedlander

3. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

4. John Adams by David McCullough

5. Einstein by Walter Isaacson

6. The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson

7. The Death of Money by James Rickards

8. Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose

9. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

10. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan

11. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

12. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

13. The Bill of Rights—which is the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the United States. Powers not delegated to the government by the Constitution are reserved to the States, or to the people.

E pluribus unum