Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is arguably the greatest American creation, despite being the one thing we have not tried to export. Around the world there are American outposts selling degeneracy of various sorts, along with the supposed ideals of the American empire, but you will never get a sales pitch on Thanksgiving. It speaks to the nature of the current ruling elite that gratitude is not something they think about when trying to change the minds of people abroad.

Regardless, the long holiday that is upon us is special. It is a long weekend of doing little more than giving thanks for what we have as individuals. We do not give thanks to our overlords for anything. We do not give thanks for our stuff. We do not even give thanks for the great fortune of being an American. It is much simpler and more honest that all of that. It is a day to be happy that you are alive, you have friends and family and you are able to enjoy those things.

What makes the holiday better than most is that it is at least a four day weekend and is slowly becoming a weeklong affair. Within living memory most people had to work Friday if they wanted to get paid for Thursday, but that is long gone. Most employers give their people Thursday and Friday off, except retailers, of course. Many offices now close up early on Wednesday. All week offices are light on staff as people use their personal time to extend the holiday.

If we had any sense as a people, we would make the whole week a national holiday, maybe even shutter retail for a few days. Friday is the start of the Christmas shopping season, so giving the retail people a few days off in advance would be the decent thing to do, but our greed heads will never go for it. Big box retailers now force their staff in on Thursday night to get ready for Black Friday. After the revolution, the people doing this will be hanged first.

The funny thing about Thanksgiving is it does not celebrate any of the things that have come to define America. There is no soulless gift giving. Christmas has been turned into an orgy of material self-indulgence. It is reasonable to say that what goes on in this country around Christmas is grotesque. Our other holidays are civic affairs designed to celebrate the government or warmongering. Usually, they are on a Monday so we get a long weekend, but they have no meaning.

Thanksgiving is unique in that it is about you as a person taking time to think about the good things in your life. The big traditional meal with friends and family focuses the mind on those human relationships. Even in these easy times, life is hard, so taking time to count your blessings is a gift you give yourself. Being grateful is one of those odd things that just makes you feel good. Having a long holiday to eat traditional foods and be grateful is an amazing thing we have created.

It is the gratitude part of it that gets to the heart of the current crisis. All around us are people doing nothing but showing their ingratitude. America is filling up with ingrates who do nothing but complain. One can possibly understand the ingratitude of black people, but the endless complaining from new arrivals is maddening. Even worse is seeing useless weirdos freeriding on society complain that the rest of us are not thanking them for being parasites.

Joe Sobran put it best. “The white man presents an image of superiority even when he isn’t conscious of it. And, superiority excites envy.” That is the heart of the matter and probably why we invented Thanksgiving. It is our nature to build and create, which is why we are naturally grateful for what we have. A people who built a great civilization out of nothing have a lot to be thankful for, so having a long holiday to take our time and be grateful makes a lot of sense.

Even now, with all that is going on, we have plenty of reasons to take the next few days to count our blessings. The Good Lord in his wisdom has provided us with enemies who possess none of the qualities we respect. They may have inherited power, but they lack the ability to wield it responsibly. Like men on death row, our betters walk around with an expiry date on them. It is a long struggle, but we know that in the end we will prevail and for that we must be thankful.

Of course, we also have the community of dissidents that is slowly forming up to provide fellowship and support as we struggle though this age. Those of you who were at AmRen last time certainly know what I mean. You come back from such things humbled and grateful, because you have been reminded of how fortunate you are to be alive in this time. To be blessed with a life of struggle, to have a reason to be better each day, is the greatest gift of all.

I want to thank everyone who comes to this site to read what I have written or listen to the Friday shows. Special thanks to the many people who fill up the comments every day with commentary that is often better than my posts. This is one of the best comment sections on the internet. It is something people often say to me. Posting will be light the next few days, but the comment section will be open as always. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and thank you for all that you do.


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79 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. A particularly well-stated and heartfelt piece, Z. Belatedly, happy Thanksgiving to you and all our fellow dissidents.

  2. Ingratitude. It is a common idea that pride is the root of sin; “It was pride that made Lucifer the Devil”.
    But when you read St. Paul in Romans one, he seems to think it was ingratitude. When I read this (forget where), I said, “huh?”. But as I studied it & thought, I could see it. “What have ye, that ye have not received?”

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  3. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you Z and all of my fellow dissidents here. One of my favorite things about this site are the reading recommendations from Z and other commenters here.
    I’ve ordered at least fifteen books the last year alone based on titles provided by people here. That alone is worth the price of admission. The feast this year was a but different in that my family pretty much has had it with everything and mentally is now in a “Eff those who hate us, what do we have to lose!” mindset. Nothing was spoken about this, it is a shift in body language, changes in what the younger ones – my nieces and nephews – are doing.
    Both of my nieces changed their majors, one is now majoring in nursing and wants to work in the ER, the other switched to accounting and is asking my father about being an actuarial as well. Both said they wanted something practical. They and my nephews also asked about starting gardens in the spring. I also got quizzed on a lot of history. No politics were discussed at all, save for Cuomo mentioning that he might run for mayor of NYC, what a joke.
    It was a wonderful evening, I haven’t been able to say that in quite some time. God bless everyone here and enjoy the day!

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  4. Whatever our national travails, today my family is together and enjoying the togetherness. Our overlords have not yet spoiled that, at least.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Z. 👍🏻

    I know you play things close to the vest but I hope you have family and friends to spend the holiday with.

    I don’t always agree with your takes but keep coming back to read them. Keep up the great work.

    Blessings to you and yours,
    mmack

  6. I’m certainly thankful for this blog and the commenters here too. A lot of other sites I’ve been on have shut down or become moribund but Z keeps going and his commenters bring lots of genuine enlightenment to the internet! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  7. Blacks never say please or thank you. Growing up I’d ask my mom for another piece of cake, my dad woul whack me ” what do u say” me, I thought I was grammartically correct..me.?-him..Please…me, could I have another piece of cake…whack..what do u say? Me ummm, please may I have another piece of cake..please? Whack- no u idiot- thank you..u say please may I have another cake..thank you

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving to z man and the other brilliant commentators here.

    You are not alone.

    Strength and honor

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you – and to Z.

    Regarding Z and the commentators, I’m thankful for knowing that I’m not alone. I’m also thankful that more and more people are coming our way, even if they continue to stick with their colorblind CivNat fantasy. But even that’s alright. Most of us took the same path.

    Enjoy the feast.

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving

    Agree with the 2nd last paragraph. We are blessed to be at the frontlines of this fight.

    It is worse to be a Boomer – struggle for nothing, build nothing, live for nothing, die for nothing, sell out your grandchildren for nothing, just to see your society destroyed as you die but not even have the capacity to know why.

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  11. If I don’t start the day with Z Man then it’s usually downhill from there. Thanks for doing what you do, dude! You’re one of a kind, sir!

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  12. “To be blessed with a life of struggle, to have a reason to be better each day, is the greatest gift of all.”

    No, no, thank YOU, Zman.
    This one really, really needed to hear that.

    Happy Thankgiving everyone, thank you all for being so great!

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  13. A white pill to go with the pumpkin pie.

    Along with the lack of soulless gift giving the other reason Thanksgiving hasn’t been assimilated into the GAE is that while it’s a food holiday, it’s cheap food made from scratch. Valentine’s, Easter, and Halloween have processed candy with a good profit margin, while there aren’t any hand rubbing Jews getting rich off the shekels from sweet potatoes and cranberries.

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    • The traditional Thanksgiving meal is rich in New World foods, and whether historically accurate of the first thanksgiving or not favors ingredients that would have been local to New England.

      • Because we prefer the white meat to the dark–heh–I make an herb-roasted turkey breast on Thanksgiving. It is unfailingly excellent, if I do say so myself.

  14. I thank God for my family and friends. I thank Him for giving me a curious, rational and realist mind; and thinkers like Zman to feed it.
    Z is absolutely spot on that rampant ingratitude is the acid that dissolves our communities. But hard times make good men; and I thank God that those white men who are grateful for life’s former blessings will once again kindle the fire for civilization building. Happy Thanksgiving every one!

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  15. Happy Thanksgiving, Z-Dawg! May God bless your hard work in striving to open American eyes! God bless America.

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  16. Thanksgiving is such a deplorable-approved holiday it surprises me that it hasn’t been canceled (yet). Blacks are too clueless to understand that indigenous peoples (“injuns” to us blue-eyed ice devils) are no more willing to ally themselves with the embarrassingly infantile and volatile black community than is any other aggrieved group. But that should not stand in the way of them insisting that anything YT approves of is inherently racist and cancel-worthy. How they missed Thanksgiving is a mystery.

    Perhaps they misinterpret “Black” Friday as some flavor of reparational gibsmedat. It sounds sorta like it could be a day of [White] atonement and [black] looting.

    I shouldn’t be so bitter and snarky on a holiday that has long been one of my favorites. So if you will excuse me now, I’ll be over at HeyJackass! monitoring the body counts in real time and counting my blessings for my White lineage.

    Enjoy the holiday, all.

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    • “Blacks are too clueless to understand that indigenous peoples (“injuns” to us blue-eyed ice devils) are no more willing to ally themselves with the embarrassingly infantile and volatile black community than is any other aggrieved group.”

      There are seven indian reservations in this state (they refer to themselves as indian not native, a construct white womyn). In any case, many younger indians eschew indian culture and instead dress like ghetto blacks. It is baffling, as are wiggers.

      “Blacks are clueless” and few here but not their influence.

    • I recall back when college SJWs were the big thing they would bitch every year about Thanksgiving. It also was apparently a ritual time for freshman college students to become estranged from their families during their visit home after their first semester.

      I think covid broke college because you don’t really hear about that stuff anymore, or perhaps the millennial puritans just aged into the workforce and the zoomers are too dumb to have any ideological thought to begin with.

      • Sixty years ago I was a college freshman and less than a week before Thanksgiving President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. I traveled home for Thanksgiving but it was a listless affair with the memory of the somber state funeral in Washington DC so fresh in everyone’s mind. I don’t remember much about the rest of the semester after November but I do have a vivid recollection of returning to college after the Christmas break and everyone’s stereos in our dorm were blasting non-stop Beatles’ “She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”! A page had turned and a new, not very edifying, world called The Sixties was upon us.

  17. Happy Thanksgiving to Zman and to those who comment here, I am grateful to all of you for what I have learned. I don’t think I’ve missed a day since I found this site many years ago.

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  18. Happy Thanksgiving to Z and his readership! Especially thankful Z’s health is restored. May God bless.

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  19. Today’s posting is an archetypal example of the power of words to express an important idea and communicate the feelings that accompany the recognition of true wisdom. This is essential gift of Zman. He is the shaman that lights the path for all dissidents on the road to redeeming both ourselves and our nation. Without this guidance we are lost. Without this knowledge we are powerless. Without this inspiration we are defeated before we even start.

    I am grateful to be here among my kind and know that I am not alone. Thank you all for being my reason to keep on keeping on.

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  20. “It is our nature to build and create, which is why we are naturally grateful for what we have. A people who built a great civilization out of nothing have a lot to be thankful for, so having a long holiday to take our time and be grateful makes a lot of sense.

    Even now, with all that is going on, we have plenty of reasons to take the next few days to count our blessings. The Good Lord in his wisdom has provided us with enemies who possess none of the qualities we respect. They may have inherited power, but they lack the ability to wield it responsibly. Like men on death row, our betters walk around with an expiry date on them. It is a long struggle, but we know that in the end we will prevail and for that we must be thankful.”

    This is utter delusion, Z.
    What you call creating and building a civilization out of nothingness, Nature calls corruption.
    You will not prevail. In the end, all the ice will melt and timeless paradise will exist once more. A different word for timeless paradise: nothing.
    Before the beginning there was nothing and in the end, nothing will return again.
    All Civilizations fade, for all Civilizations are perversions of the timeless, nameless, flawless perfect that is Paradise.
    How can you ever see the Truth, it only holds absolute Terror for you. I don’t blame you for holding on to your delusions of what Civilization truly is.

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    • The peerless aroma of pumpkin pie baking slowly in my gas-fired oven wafts into my nostrils as I type. I’d call that a pretty neat civilization!

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    • All the downvotes! As a civ skeptic, I agree with KingKong to an extent. It is an artificial world created within the natural world, and it is possible to be over-civilized girly men. No doubt about it today.

      Plus, it’s a Near-Eastern thing, so I was taught. (Getting speculative, but if you believe the myth, Rome— the standard for some— could’ve been called New Troy. Maybe the Byzantine Empire was just a homecoming, in a sense.)

      Anyway, there is the part of me that has wondered why people of northern- and western-European origin would be so attached to this Asiatic Thing, and how much of ourselves we’ve been alienated from by it. As if our people were hopeless until grafted onto it. Wondering loudly lately.

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  21. You come back from such things humbled and grateful, because you have been reminded of how fortunate you are to be alive in this time: To be blessed with a life of struggle.

    Amen!

    And a blessed Thanksgiving to all of you happy warriors!

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  22. Thank you for the insightful writing and for providing the platform for excellent commentary. I have learned and laughed out loud reading this blog and the comments.

  23. Thank you, Zman, for being a flicker of light in the darkness. I’m grateful to have stumbled across your site long after we tired of trolling NRO. It is about the only place online worth a read let alone a comment now. Best of luck on your move and forthcoming book (the latter was good-hearted snark) in 2024.

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  24. Zman,

    I am grateful that, what now seems like a long time ago, I stumbled across your Theory of Everything. That was the first time my eyes were opened to the truth of what is going on around us. I have been a daily reader since. Last year I bucked up and subscribed to the premium content, but really to support the main site. It’s the best bargain on the internet. Like you, I am thankful for the commenters, from who I have also learned a lot. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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  25. Infrequent commenter here, “here” being Argentina, where we don’t have the holiday, although many of us (14 plus million) are thankful this week!

    I fully agree with the sentiments expressed by others and Mr. Z´s splendid post. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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  26. In the early 1980s I was stationed in the service in Germany, where they shut down all their stores on Sunday, save pharmacies and gas stations. It was wonderful. The city, Frankfurt, where you recently were, was quiet and people went on strolls after church. Some cities and states in America used to have Blue Laws. I remember Virginia did in the mid-1980s, under a law dating to 1610, but their law was overturned in 1988 by the state supreme court, corrupted by the metastasizing U.S. government parasites in Northern Virginia and the leftist parasites at UVA in Charlottesville. The companies that brought the lawsuit, Kmart, Circuit City and Hechinger, all later went bankrupt. Small justice. After the revolution, the Blue Laws return, everywhere. And: Happy Thankstiving! https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1988/09/24/end-of-era-va-blue-laws-overturned/973256a3-30c9-46b3-a461-534e0c954c47/

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    • Blue laws still exist in certain counties in certain states. And, sure, in theory… GREAT idea! In practice… I certainly wouldn’t want it to be a universal prohibition. And my opposition is practical as well as libertarian. Do you want to shut down restaurants… breweries… wineries… distilleries…? How’bout museums… sports stadiums… amusement parks…??? I mean… geezus… just PONDER all the ramifications both for members of the general public – consumers, customers – and those who want to or need to work on Sunday for whatever reason.

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  27. Thank you, Zman – for your tireless work and stimulating thoughts. Thank you for not anathematizing disagreement with you. Thank you for providing a forum for the best commentariat on the internet, from whom I have learned so much. May everyone here be blessed with family, friends, and good fare at a time when we pause and give thanks for our lives. I have been blessed far beyond anything I ever deserved, and this nascent ‘fellowship,’ even if it’s not in person, has provided me with so much mental energy and ideas and comradery. If I have any earthly hope, it is because of men like you all. God bless you and may our hopes and prayers and people prosper.

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  28. Zman, you have been a gift to me and many others. I’m thankful for you even being blocked (with good reason) by you.

    This is a hopeful, powerful excerpt-
    “Even now, with all that is going on, we have plenty of reasons to take the next few days to count our blessings. The Good Lord in his wisdom has provided us with enemies who possess none of the qualities we respect. They may have inherited power, but they lack the ability to wield it responsibly. Like men on death row, our betters walk around with an expiry date on them. It is a long struggle, but we know that in the end we will prevail and for that we must be thankful.

    Of course, we also have the community of dissidents that is slowly forming up to provide fellowship and support as we struggle though this age. “

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  29. Thank you, Z Man, for your dogged devotion to your blog and podcasts. I don’t agree with every one of your takes, yet amid the corrosive fetor of Regime and Enemedia-Pravda hate propaganda, your works form one big breath of fresh air.

    Thank you, fellow stalwart dissidents, for what my Dad would have called your “common decency.”

    Thank You, Lord God Almighty, for Your blessings upon us.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  30. The Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote:

    “True literature can exist only where it is created, not by diligent and trustworthy functionaries, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”

    I am thankful for all the madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels and skeptics, as well as all the autists, doomers, zoomers, and boomers, who have created and advanced this true thing we are all a part of.

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    • I’ve been talking about the uniqueness of Thanksgiving all week…It just suddenly struck me that there is nothing like it, anywhere..My Canadian friends are mystified by it…Lincoln created this holiday for political purposes, but it transcended that long ago..I give thanks to our Creator for giving us the wisdom to create such a holiday…

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      • Happy Thanksgiving, pyrrhus. If you feel like sharing, I am curious about the mystification that your Canadian friends feel towards Thanksgiving. Is there something inauthentic in setting aside a specific day for gratitude?

      • Thanksgiving exists in Canada too, though. It’s in October, families meet over a turkey dinner and the media is pushing extra propaganda about the evilness of White people.

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      • “My Canadian friends are mystified by it…”

        What on earth? We have our own Thanksgiving. Likely imported with the United Empire Loyalists. Though in truth, I never thought about it. And like someone else pointed out, our harvest season is earlier, so our Thanksgiving follows suit.

  31. Thank you Z for the daily keen insight & that goes to all the posters here as well! You’re a sharp group of blokes! Nice that we’re pretty troll-free, n’est pas?

    I close with a daily prayer:

    Thank You Heavenly Father for the air that I breathe, the food that I eat, the liquids I drink & the pillow upon which I lay my head. Thank You for my health, the means that I have & Thy will be done with it. But most of all thank you for sending your son to die on the cross for my sins who I accept as My Lord & Savior. That is a debt I can never repay. Please have mercy on me for I am a sinner. It is in Your Son’s precious Name I pray, Amen.

    Happy Thanksgiving to All.

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  32. Agree that T-giving is best US holiday, but can’t resist being a bit contrarian, so apologies in advance.

    “What makes the holiday better than most is that it is at least a four day weekend and is slowly becoming a weeklong affair.”

    4 days is plenty. 3 days are plenty. Most people don’t know what to do with themselves with too few much free time. That’s why after Turkey, they want to go shopping, go to a movie, or watch football on the idiot box. Believe it or not, people with decent jobs are generally more content by many metrics when focused and in the flow at work.

    Probably the best thing to do after eating, would be some touch football with the fam in the backyard or something.

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  33. I am so thankful that defiance lives on in the hearts of dissidents everywhere. Keep the fire burning, comrades.

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  34. That was a beautiful post.

    This is a holiday for us alone in these dark times but one day we will celebrate it again in victory for it does not resonate with those enriching us. Right now I can hear the sounds of the workmen building a house next door. I guarantee you they’re all Mexican. For them it’s just a weird white holiday or perhaps they are paid more today.

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  35. It’s funny, we haven’t exported Thanksgiving but I keep seeing Black Friday sales from lots of foreign sites I visit. So, looks like we’ve stripped out the unprofitable nonsense about being thankful and exported the essential commercial piece. Because of course we did.

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  36. Happy Thanksgiving to Z and all who post here…May you be surrounded by those who care and love you this Thanksgiving…

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  37. Thank you. That’s all I was going to say, but I was prompted that my comment was too short. So: Thank You!

  38. The people I care to know I’m thankful know it, so no use in virtue signaling about it here. That said, I’m also thankful to have been a part of dissident politics in its various incarnations for nigh 45 years now. It’s been one helluva ride with a great lot of you. Thanks and Godspeed to you all (especially the Jew enthusiast pagan bastards).

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    • Lol Thanksgiving is always on the Day of Thor. Because Deep Waves resonate quietly but forcefully through the Millennia 😆

      Happy Thanksgiving and may you and all others of good faith ride the Waves of Victory 😁

  39. Happy Thanksgiving to all here especially our host. Hope to hear more on your future digs. As for gratitude, in all honesty, the worst insult I would feel would be to accuse me of ingratitude. I try to check myself everyday in prayer and silent contemplation that I never become an ingrate in anything. Been very blessed for sure.

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  40. I am grateful for my family and friends

    I am grateful for the life l lead

    I am grateful for my allies in the dissident community

    I am grateful for the hope of victory that lives in my heart

    I am grateful for the burden of being less insane in an age dominated by the more insane

    I am grateful for the meaning my enemies provide

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who partake

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  41. First off, I want to extend a big THANK YOU to Z. Discovering your writings and your wisdom was one of the best things I’ve ever stumbled upon. I appreciate all of the work you put in to make this one of, if not the very best, site to visit.

    Secondly, I want a second thank you to all of the incredibly bright folks who comment here. You truly are brilliant minds and I salute all of you for enlightening me and making me better every day.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    • I’ll second what Citizen said, and say thank you to Z for his tireless efforts to produce superior content every day.
      I honestly don’t know how you do it.

      And thank you to the commenters. I have learned quite a bit, and a few have changed my view on a few things.

      Thank you for the excellent insights.

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