“The side that knows when to fight and when not will take the victory. There are roadways not to be traveled, armies not to be attacked, walled cities not to be assaulted.” —Sun-Tzu
We live in dangerous times, when a new kind of leadership is required. Visionary and ruthlessly strategic. New leaders who are faced with the complex life-and-death challenges of today’s situation—and are determined to win, must act the way that Sun-Tzu advises.
Sun-Tzu urged leaders to “plan and calculate like a hungry man.” Machiavelli defined a policy not by its excellence but by its outcome. Livy showed that the vigor to face down adversaries must ultimately come from pride in our own past achievements. “Never mind if they call your caution timidity, your wisdom sloth, your generosity weakness,” he wrote. “It is better that a wise enemy should fear you than that foolish friends should praise.” “Men often oppose a thing merely because they have no agency in planning it,” Alexander Hamilton said, “or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.”
Shrewd intellect will be necessary to pick battles wisely and prudently, because effort doesn’t matter. Outcome is the only measure. Can we set participation trophies and egos aside? History has shown that’s almost impossible to do until the ranks of the martinets, the boastful goofs, and fools are thinned from leadership in the crucible of conflict.
This blog will continue until everything that I write is deemed to be “hate speech” and it is shut down.
Now a few general thoughts.
Never trust the FBI. Not ever.
In 2016, the FBI pushed a hoax that President Trump betrayed his country even as they plotted a coup by falsifying warrants and offering perjured testimony.
In 2020, the FBI flagrantly ignored the many crimes of the Family Biden, and the nasty old man at the top who actually betrayed his country.
A Reflection Back on Sparta
According to the historical text “Apophthegmata Laconica,” Leonidas of Sparta actually said “Molon Labe” upon being told to surrender his weapons by King Xerses. “Come and take them” is a fairly accurate translation.
“Come back with your shield – or on it,” was noted by Plutarch as being the way Spartan mothers would bid their sons goodbye when they went off to war.
Mothers were so stone-faced and stoic about having their children face death in battle honorably. One responded to news that her son had been killed was to very matter-of-factly state, “Then his brother can take his place.” Another Spartan mother greeted her deserter son was recorded as pointing at her vagina and threatening to un-birth him.
Losing your shield was seen as the ultimate act of failure in Spartan society, because your shield not only protected you, but the man next to you. Spartans who lost their shield in battle were expected to recover it, or die trying. Those who didn’t were labelled deserters, and even their own mothers would disown them. It’s a metaphor for keeping your honor… an essential ingredient for life then and now.
Kipling’s City of Brass failed. Not everyone in the City was a cur, but there were not enough good men and women to sustain it and the results were obvious as told by the great Kipling.
Do you know how to catch wild pigs?
You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.
When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.
They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.
Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.
That is what we see happening in America & Canada. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.