A Paleo Guide for the Holidays: January.

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Please
remember the Center for Libertarian Studies' LewRockwell.com and
the Ludwig von Mises Institute in your acts of "reckless exuberance"
and generosity this year.

Anticipating
your needs, LewRockwell.com gives you this guide as a service to
paleos who have to move about in this "best of all possible
worlds" or as we like to think of it, "the current barbarism"
to keep up your morale. We do this "pour encourage les autres."

Holidays
is a corruption of Holy Days. This presumes that some days are set
aside from others as to be honored or sanctified. Thus when you
here "holiday" you may remind others [or remember to yourself]
that the term refers to days that are Holy. Remember those who only
have holidays are living in a deracinated state and need your prayers.

January
1 is of course New Years Day. Here the fun literally begins.
We just shifted over from last year [2001] to this year [2002].
So what happened two-thousand and two years ago that we started
counting from? The birth of Jesus. A day important, sacred….Holy
to Christians.

But
EVERYBODY uses 2002. We live in a secularly-counting Christendom.
We used to note in documents by adding "A.D." That is
an abbreviation of the Latin for Anno Domini [in English "Year
of Our Lord"]. Time was that legal documents would have both
the "A.D." and the charming addition of, "….and
the [whatever number it was] year of our independence from Great
Britain."

The
enemy tries to separate our lives, particularly our public life,
from linkages to Christianity. But here they are tied to Christ.

The
enemy has no prospect of getting this to change. I tell you three
times, I tell you three times, I tell you three times: The enemy
has no prospect of getting this to change. Be gleeful in this.

What
would they have us do, count from the day of the founding of the
United Nations? Or from the French Revolution? Oh that's right,
that was tried, along with the Church of Reason [not currently affiliated
with any publication or foundation of the same name].

To
quote Aquinas, "God has fastened the world with Time, not in
Time."

Efforts
to enumerate this planets revolving around the sun from human events
have failed.

The
enemy cannot get us to go to some other number, so they console
themselves with removing the "A.D."

One
of my New Year's resolutions: I will add "A.D." to my
datings.

Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day. What sort of silk purse can a Paleo make
from this? Celebrating the Reverend "Dr." by closing government
offices is poor consolation.

Most
of the civil government should be closed most days. All of the government
should be closed down some of the time. And clearly many parts of
government should never be reopened on this side of Hell.

But
what is a Paleo to make of celebrating this intellectual descendent
of W.E.B. du Bois?

Remember
there are two intellectual traditions among black Americans on what
to do in the aftermath of slavery's end for improving the conditions
of their brethren.

DuBois,
living and writing in Harlem, drank heavily of Karl Marx. He linked
Marx's labor theory of value as it applied to a proletariat and
added race to the mix. This would be amusing [Lew, I feel another
article coming on....] to note Karl Marx's racial opinions and see
what black Marxists have to say about the subject.

DuBois
advocated the use of government power to achieve [in his eyes] racial
justice. He wanted more than ending state segregation but pushed
the entire panoply of racial quotas and compensation for prior losses
incurred by slavery. Is it any wonder that American Communists in
creating popular front groups critical of anti-black racism in America
called their groups, "W.E.B. du Bois Clubs?"

The
other tradition follows Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee
Institute. He hated the fact that his fellow blacks were giving
the dirty end of the stick in America. But unlike du Bois, actually
worked at risk to himself to improve the conditions of his brethren.

Look
in Peter Brimelow's Wall Street Gurus for a contemporaneous look
of Booker T. Washington's useful advice he followed at Tuskegee.
Remember that while du Bois safely wrote in New York, Booker T.
was negotiating directly with the Ku Klux Klan safety for his brethren.

Booker
T. was making higher education available to his brethren at Tuskegee
at a time when segregation was getting particularly nasty.

In
my opinion the "high water mark" [low water mark?] of
anti-black racism came with Woodrow Wilson showing D.W. Griffiths'
Birth of a Nation nightly at the White House for Congressional delegations
to get the Congress to mandate FEDERAL segregation.

Albeit
in a non-Christian sense, Malcolm Shabazz, followed in the intellectual
footsteps of Booker T. Washington, despite spouting some duBoisian
ideology. Yet Malcolm Shabazz was looked upon as being the more
radical.

In
a profound sense he was. For real independence, self-reliance, solid
families, to wit, a black bourgeoisie, cannot be good for white
racists.

So
where does that leave a Paleo and M.L.King?

Remember,
despair is a sin, for it rejects the possibility of God's grace.

A
modest suggestion: celebrate Robert E. Lee's Birthday, which
by one of those wonderful coincidences [God's Grace and Humor?],
is on the same day. Or at least close enough for government work.

Bobby
Lee's birthday is a state holiday in some southeastern states of
these United States. A charming coincidence with membership in the
late, lost and much lamented Confederate States of America.

Robert
E. Lee is a better man to honor than Martin Luther King.

There
is more than character here.

Lee
was a reluctant secessionist. He believed with President Buchanan
[I believe General Lee was in error in this matter, but that is
a cavil] that states could not leave the Union of their own accord
and that such action was treason. However, President Buchanan, believed
the federal government also lacked the Constitutional authority
to use force to coerce seceding states back into the Union.

Lee
was opposed to slavery and advocated the Confederacy end it post-haste.
In this he anticipated General Cleburne of the Army of Tennessee
who sent in early 1864 a proposal for arming slaves and ending the
peculiar institution.

Lee
joined the southern cause because he felt a loyalty to his native
home, Virginia and could not, to quote him, "…raise my sword
against Virginia…" Unlike, someone convinced of a cause,
then un-convinced of a cause, but was not rooted in a place, i.e.
Benedict Arnold.

Thus
Lee followed secession with the majority of southerners who stood
for a voluntary Union. Even at his most aggressiveness in war he
referred to the Union enemy as simply "those people."

In
most alternative histories of a successful Confederacy: Robert E.
Lee is looked upon as Jefferson Davis's likely successor.

Does
anyone believe that a victorious Confederacy, guided by the tone
of a Robert E. Lee as their first peacetime President, would have
been as harsh as the defeated southern states were after both the
War and Reconstruction? If they do, I believe they don't understand
humanity.

In
real history, when Lee left his manse at Arlington, his wife left
the management of the properties with her black servant. At the
end of the war, the servant gave a faithful accounting of what was
there [and what the Union government had taken].

Robert
E. Lee's character, particularly in a victorious Confederacy, would
have, if not precluded, ameliorated the attitudes of southron society
from the harshness Booker T. Washington saw.

My
plan is to celebrate Robert E. Lee's birthday and pray for the soul
of Martin Luther King.

January
3, 2002

Alan
Turin [send him mail]
an attorney by training, works in the computer industry.

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