It’s The Bogeymen’s Fault

When the Vikings sacked the monastery at Lindisfarne, the Anglo-Saxons, trying to figure out what happened, came to the only logical conclusion. God was angry with them.

“In this year fierce, foreboding omens came over the land of the Northumbrians, and the wretched people shook; there were excessive whirlwinds, lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the sky. These signs were followed by great famine, and a little after those, that same year on 6th ides of January, the ravaging of wretched heathen people destroyed God’s church at Lindisfarne.”

–The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

What followed in Britain as well as the rest of Christendom was more than just a military response to the Vikings. There was a spiritual revival. The secular authorities contributed to the Church and invited the bishops and priests into the granular management of society. The Church reformed religious orders and cleaned up the monasteries and nunneries. The role of women in religious orders was also diminished at this time. In other words, Europeans responded to a pagan assault by getting right with the Almighty.

Oliver Cromwell was pretty sure he was in God’s good graces. After all, he went from minor political figure to the head of the parliamentary army to the Lord Protector of God’s people, the English. After the disastrous military expedition into the Caribbean and a Royalist revolt, Cromwell came to the obvious conclusion. God was not happy with him and the English people. He set off on a campaign to restore liberty of conscience and promote both outward and inward godliness throughout England.

In the early 19th century, Abolitionists were sure that slavery was an offense to God and its presence in the new world would bring an end to the America Experiment. The people of Yankee New England were convinced that America was the city on the hill, the savior of mankind. They still believe this. The lyrics to the Battle Hymn of the Republic make this quite clear.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel, Since God is marching on.

The winning side of the Civil War blames the war on the siege of Fort Sumter by the evil white men of the evil South. The truth is the Abolitionist fanatics were spoiling for a fight. They truly believed that slavery was an offense to God and the only way to get back in the good graces of the Almighty was to end it by any means necessary. American Abolitionists grew out of the Clapham Sect, a group of evangelical Anglican lunatics.

We are now fully in the post-Christian era so the schools no longer teach kids the religious origins of the present lunacies. Instead, an array of bogeymen and evil spirits are conjured as replacements. Blacks are where they are, despite three generations of Progressive programs to help them, because of the mysterious demon called “white privilege.” No one can describe how this works, but our betters are sure this demon travels in the book bags of college students.

Sometimes bad juju is the cause of trouble as we see in this article about the George Soros funded attack on Dallas cops.

When the shots rang out in Dealey Plaza in 1963, their reports ricocheted off the tall buildings surrounding the green park. One bullet caught an innocent bystander. One found the governor of Texas. Two more, of course, struck and killed President John F. Kennedy, and in those few seconds frozen in time, the city of Dallas was instantly branded: the City of Hate.

A little more than 50 years later, the shots have rung out in downtown Dallas again, just a short stroll from infamous Dealey Plaza. There are some eerie circumstantial similarities, to be sure. But this time the target was not a president—it was police officers. And the political obsession of the moment was no longer the Cold War but racial division, the remaining scar of America’s greatest sin: slavery.

Notice the residual language. Sin is a Christian concept so if there is no Christian God, there can be no sin. That’s too complicated for the modern lunatic so they appropriate the language of their spiritual forebears, without thinking much about the implications. In this case, the modern lunatic thinks we have not fully atoned to the invisible forces of nature, for the sin of slavery, so we are having another spasm of black rage. How one can get right with the Great Spirit is never explained, but it means punishing the bad whites for some reason.

The modern era is riddled with these sorts of bogeymen and evil spirits. The Southern Poverty Law Center exists for the sole purpose of scaring old Jewish widows with stories about Hitler. Adolph is no longer a flesh and blood historical figure. He is a permanent spirit-force that takes the form of man, usually a Republican politician. Similarly, the KKK has become the Eye of Sauron, watching every dusky fellow in the country. If a brotha is not on his toes, a cop will pop out of thin air and shoot him for no reason.

Our current ructions are over who is to blame for angering the Bogeyman.

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Severian
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” How one can get right with the Great Spirit is never explained.” Someone *will* come up with an explanation, though. And since in human affairs pendulums always swing back twice as hard, my money is on somebody coming up with a highfalutin’ academese version of “so what?” Something like the old “Positive Good” justification for slavery, but with HBD buzzwords. Remember, liberals “fucking love science,” so they’ll go along with it as soon as they start getting mugged in sufficient numbers. It’s not gonna end well, and the end is coming sooner than we think, I’m afraid.

Saml Adams
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Funny how the third stanza gets left out of virtually every rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The only time I’ve heard it performed in public was at the National Prayer Service after 9/11. And likely a bit of intentional foreshadowing. But I would add a bit of clarification on the laying of the entire mantle of abolition on the shoulders of New Englanders. Most of my family were hard Scots-Irish veterans of the Revolution who came West to claim the in-kind payments of land for Continental and Militia service. Mine turned north from Kentucky and others turned… Read more »

coyote
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coyote

helter skelter, finally. white on white, bleeding red.

guest
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guest

It’s especially ironic because the USA are DE-facto the least racist country on the planet, not racist to a fault, and that Trump is the only racist people can even name is a proof of this. Whitey is afraid to tell his black neighbor to turn the music down, let alone anything else, blacks are treated like holy cows in India, when one wanders into the street, you don’t dare to honk, honky doesn’t honk, let that sink it. The evil White racist is more of an urban myth, similar to big foot at this point, we believe he is… Read more »

Fuel Filter
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Fuel Filter

Here’s what I think is a compelling case that BLM is Obama’s KKK. http://christianmerc.blogspot.com/2016/07/blm-is-obamas-kkk.html Opening paragraph: ~~~~~ Just like Southern Democrats of the past with their charming smiles and warm handshakes that disguised their use of the Ku Klux Klan to handle the dirty work of keeping blacks down and intimidated so that they could not exercise their Constitutional rights of political discourse, President Barack Obama has begun to use the Black Lives Matter organization to the same purpose.  ~~~~~ Please do read the entire piece. The Nation of Islam, the New Back Panthers and  BLM *must* be designated domestic… Read more »

Fuel Filter
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Fuel Filter

One more thing:

When Blacks lose their patience, cities burn

When Whites lose their patience, nations burn.

A word to whatever “wise” Backs may, or may not, be out there.

Ivar
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Ivar

I’d like to think you are right, Fuel Filter, but I am not seeing it this time. The tough talk is mostly among the old folks.

alzaebo
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alzaebo

Worse news on the westernrifleshooters perspective:
100 of 163 countries depend on the US for the majority of their food supply.

Fuel Filter
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Fuel Filter

Withdraw that money.

Let’s then see what Charles Darwin has to say.

guest
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thezman: blog suggestion, a new blogroll/links section called Z-Sphere, where you put links to sites of your regular commenters, such as a Severians http://www.rottenchestnuts.com/

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Great write up, as always. My only input is that sin is not only a Christian concept, it sprang forth, first, from Judaism. Rabbis regularly discuss human sin and forgiveness when explaining Torah and Talmud teachings. I don’t mean to be picky, but I felt a need to clarify this, Zman.

alzaebo
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alzaebo

Sin was the city goddess of Babylon.
Many Jews wanted to stay with civilization, and not go back to tyranny under the tribe of Judah, who, 137 years before, had betrayed the Ten with false accusations of treason, that Judah might rule supreme in their southern province.

“Dwell thou not in the house of Sin” and “Follow thy not the ways of Sin” are political exhortations.
Everything in the Bible is political, not a trace of magic in it. Quite easy to understand.

alzaebo
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alzaebo

They were so oppressed they had their own quarter, with it’s own gate- the one they let Cyrus use to get in.

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Uh, yeah… got it. This hasn’t much of anything to do with what I remarked on. And really, my earlier comment, which is still true, wasn’t meant to detract from what this whole article was about, so I won’t even begin to try to make heads or tails over what you mean.

alzaebo
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alzaebo

Sin is such a… flexible… abstract concept.
So, do you forgive me? Or will you never forget?

Perhaps we can think of more brilliant abstracts popularized by these brilliant semanticists, these wordsy philosophers, who promise to explain everything and explain nothing, nothing at all. They are better than the rest of us, you see. Wonderful ideas, like multiculturalism, tolerance, socialism, feminism, legalism, civil rights, immigration, the One World… a Torquemada, a Holocaust, an Apocalypse, the Other Sons of Abraham…

alzaebo
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alzaebo

I spoke in anger, perhaps our host should remove the post.

A brother has taught synagogue and speaks Hebrew, but I can no longer bear the unthinking, sneering condescension of plagiarists and fabulators. 10,000 books in Torah and not one to tell you the Abraham’s more famous title!!

I side with the Dirts. Who are you to think that you should be forgiving us!?!

I rage because all do this. Left, Right, Jew, goy, ethnic, non.
We defend monsters. Defend them first and most! So self-unexamined.

alzaebo
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alzaebo

I blew it. I agreed with 5MilesOut, yet allowed myself to get stupid angry.
My comment was from too far in the outfield. Since I can’t erase this embarrasment, allow my apology, and I refrain from further.

Jews forgiving others is like Calvinists calling others sinners.
All the narratives we live under and serve- nearly all of them are false.
Yet at least we have a history, abused as it may be.

Doug
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Doug

The cops and BLM’s are shooting the wrong bogeymen.
It would be a miracle if they ever figured out who the real enemy is.

UKer
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UKer

Funny how we change, yet never change. We still believe in mysterious forces punishing us, such as Gaia frowning at mankind burning coal and oil, we still believe in prophets like the stained Obama whose miracles will save us all… well you at least if not we Brits though he did try over Brexit, bless him. We even believe in the power of collective prayer through divine right of hashtags. As for the gathered wisdom of Marx, the great book is always available to guide our thinking even though it was written in another time and place. Seems we always… Read more »

UKer
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UKer

Sorry, typo. For stained read sainted. Nah, on second thoughts, maybe I was right.

alzaebo
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alzaebo

You’re seeing the dynamics of social, or group, instinct at work.
Most err by trying to understand it as individual traits.

Groups are not individuals- different rules apply.
The good news is that such instinctive processes are universal, ancient, and most of all, predictable.

Doug
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Doug

Have to tell you UKer, I’m not a part of your “We”, and there are a lot of us not We’s, as in I Won’t! and MYOB! here in dirt people land.

alzaebo
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alzaebo

After reading the military tribunals of the British soldiers after Bunker Hill, I have a different picture- even though I’ve never read the double deceptions of Howard Zinn, and never will. Sam Adams was a mobster boss whose Mohawks gang ruled Boston with drunken violence. The King had repealed virtually every Parliamentary act upon the colonies, except for a tiny tax to pay for the colonial police- they had been called in because of Adam’s increasing tyranny. Also, smugglers in the fantastically lucrative tea trade, such as Madison and Hamilton (who rode around in a gilded carraige, a pimpmobile of… Read more »

alzaebo
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alzaebo

May I include the obligatory “But!” before some start screeching like scalded momkeys. This is not to blame (((Them))) (as I’m a member), but to why understand evil repeats: History is not written by the winners- it is written by the sociopathic 2% to hide their crimes. Sociopaths lack empathy and remorse, they happily will do anything, even to their own, to rise. Empathy, not intelligence, is the key to group trust and function. We, the 98%, well intentioned normals (that includes the 98% of Jewry) realize never or too late that the narrative was false. The next generation doesn’t… Read more »

alzaebo
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alzaebo

pss- I call this “People believe their own bullsh*t”

Doug
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Doug

I think you believe your own revised history.

Uncola
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Uncola

The common thread in the aforementioned and eloquently stated illustrations originates in antiquity: Ignorance (mental laziness?) leads to fear which in turn results in superstition. Superstition defined: “A widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event.” And, speaking of the eighteenth century abolitionists, and Clapham Sect, (whose opponents sardonically labeled them the ”Clapham Saints”): I sometimes wonder regarding the former slave trader by the name of John Newton , who ironically penned the timeless Christian Hymn “Amazing Grace”, and his influence upon William Wilberforce and friends during that era. Supernatural causation… Read more »

Thud
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I have a large American family and until recently a home in Ca and when I am over this summer I’m considering looking for another home in Utah. I was once convinced to move stateside completely as I felt circa 2002 that I was going to need to flee the socialist destruction of Britain.The problem is now and you no doubt disagree I feel that Britain is slowly but surely on the right track whilst America is heading? that’s the point I don’t know where its heading.My family have faith (somewhat shaken) in the strength of character of the majority… Read more »

Karl Horst (Germany)
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Karl Horst (Germany)

If you can deal with the weather, Ireland isn’t a bad place as is much less populated than the UK. You only need to prove your grandparents came from Ireland, you don’t even have to be born there to be considered and Irish citizen.

prusmc
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prusmc

Thud : Great choice. Hitlery is 10 points ahead in Utah.

Doug
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Doug

It is a far better place than anyone can tell you, no matter our warts and all. Remember, here in America, it all begins with each of us. That is the beauty of it. And no tyrant or power on Earth can take that away. The scope of the people here is larger than themselves. Regardless of the crooks and tyrants running things for now, in fact in spite of the sonofabitches, it is the land of the free.

RobM
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RobM

Zman… great essay ( as usual, and how do you do it? ) .. You brought a smile to my face as you affirmed an epiphany I had about the lead-up to the Civil War last year. I was reading Midnight Rising, by Tony Horwitz ; a book about John Brown and the attack on Harpers Ferry. From it, I came away with what you just alluded to… that abolitionists were spoiling for a fight… and this was ongoing for many years up until Lincoln was elected. John Brown’s story was fuzzy to me, and though I knew of him,… Read more »

Dan Kurt
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re: RobM’s epiphany

Search out the rare 1970’s book by Otto Scott THE SECRET SIX to see how the crazies drove the Nation into war. The book was published and then killed by the publisher: the New York Times. A similar fate happened to the book TRAGEDY & HOPE and the movie IDIOCRACY.

Dan Kur

Dan Kurt
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Kurt not Kur!

Dan Kurt

Severian
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William Lloyd Garrison (editor of The Liberator) was quite open about it. He called the Constitution “an agreement with Hell” and couldn’t wait for the South to secede… so it could be crushed militarily. It’s also significant that in the fight over Kansas, the proslavery guys were literally right next door, but the Jayhawks all came from Massachusetts (shipping rifles in cases marked “Bibles”). Too bad Beauregard fired on Ft. Sumter — the Union would’ve invaded anyway, but the peace ticket would’ve made a lot more sense in 1864 if it were calling off a senseless invasion….

RobM
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RobM

Yeah, Severian, the Kansas stuff was touched on in Horwitz book above, as John Brown was murdering / terrorizing farmers in Kansas before deciding to start a slave revolt with arms from Harpers Ferry. It is too bad Ft. Sumter was fired on, but.. as things were going, if not there, it was going to get touched off somewhere… because those angling for a fight in the north wanted it so badly.

RobM
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RobM

Thanks, will do.

Fuel Filter
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Fuel Filter

Some joker who calls himself the “national minister of defense for the People’s New Black Panther Party” wants all Blacks to migrate South and take over 5 Southern states.

Babu (yes, that’s this guy’s first name) Omowale used the interview to claim five states as belonging to the “Black Nation”: Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.

These dindus are playing for keeps.

Let’s see how that plays with all those armed White Southerners.

Not too well, I expect.

BTW, isn’t that what Liberia was for?  Opportunity missed;  “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine”. 

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/10/exclusive-new-black-panther-leader-country-within/

james wilson
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james wilson

Pretty funny. After black people have been following white people around for 150 years they are going to pay their own way and keep the utilities running. They gave it a go in with a couple new settlements back late in the 19th century. It didn’t work out well, and the didn’t even have to carry gang bangers.

Doug
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Doug

If you look around these days, secession is in the air. To the clouds Secession is an existential threat, aside from the dirt people having arms and using their consent, second to none. The black supremacists movement doesn’t have to pay for a thing when the cultural marxists will sponsor them to whatever tune is required if it is possible to turn the south into Detroit, Baltimore and South Africa south of the Mason Dixon line. They have waged this cultural genocide across the United States since the opening of Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. One aim is the continuation of… Read more »

Karl Horst (Germany)
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Karl Horst (Germany)

I wonder if George Soros is the Ragnar Lodbrok of our age; destruction of the known world at the hands of barbarians who only seek to rob and pillage for financial gain. The methods may have changed, but the results are the same.

Drake
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Drake

Hard core leftists are the most religious people I know. Not Christian or any other religion, but very faithful. They believe in climate change with a fervor not seen at most churches. They believe in government, multiculturalism, and all their other nonsense with a love and faith that only the most devout Muslim has for Allah.

That is part of our political disconnect. When conservatives or libertarians try to debate them with logical rhetoric, nothing penetrates their shield of faith. It’s like teaching my dog algebra.

Al from da Nort
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Al from da Nort

Great essay in a thematic sort of way but I don’t get everybody going down the rabbit hole of the REAL cause of the Civil War being northern religious fanatics. The abolitionists were a factor for sure, but it is highly disputable that they, alone, were the sole sufficient cause of the conflict on account of there being so many other equally likely candidates. To begin with, and to snap back to the present, how about two pretty incompatible economic systems increasingly in conflict as both developed towards their climax ecosystems. In an interesting parallel with today there was an… Read more »

james wilson
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james wilson

The antagonisms which provoked the war were many it is true, but the match was a little woman who’s book gave the righteous a proper religion for crusade. Separation was not enough, no, a reckoning there would be. And the reckoning continues everywhere unabated and unexamined.

RobM
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RobM

As a “rabbit holer” I’ll only say, that my epiphany was due to of all the stuff I’ve read or watched about the Civil War, the abolitionists zeal for war, for conflict without quarter to the South was NEVER touched on. All I ever knew was the North was there and finally had enough of the South and was resolute, and the South went nuts when Lincoln was elected and decided to fight. The fight for gay rights and the way the left has been forcing their agenda and anti-religious jihad on normal America made me think… huh, this is… Read more »