I grew up among people who detested the Catholic Church. With one notable and noble exception: my paternal grandmother to whose prayers —I am certain— I owe my conversion. She was born late in the 19th century and lived to see the death of Queen Victoria, both World Wars, and men landing on the Moon. She grew up with the new century in a house on Montevideo Street, in what is now downtown Buenos Aires. She remembered a time when most streets were dirt paths flanked by “zanjas” (a trench or ditch) to collect the rain water. Before she reached the age of majority, the city was completely changed. There were four or five decades when Argentina was a vast farm, feeding Europe with all kinds of agricultural products. The standard of living of Argentines was among the best in the world. Back then Argentina did not produce poor people, so the poor laborers had to be imported mostly from Central Europe, Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland, etc. Once they arrived here, they worked hard and soon prosperous Argentine citizens. The Director of the National College was French (Jacques), most bankers were English (Shaw, Tornquist) , tradesmen were Northern Italians —mostly from Genoa and surrounding areas— food trade workers were Spaniards from Galicia, etc. The Catholic identity of the country was strong but there were many new ideas coming in. Fascism, Communism, Anarchism, arrived undetected inside the heads of the poor Central European immigrants. Those ideas gave birth to the Progressive era. It officially started with the first Yrigoyen administration in 1916 and lasts until today. I call them derisively “the saviors of the Motherland” because that is what all of them pretend to be: “salvadores de la Patria” — I would not want them to save me from ruin, believe me.
Those were the days when Grandma was young. She was a frontier bride. When she was only 17 years-old, her father a recent widower, gave her permission to marry. The Spanish influenza was beginning to affect Buenos Aires when my grandparents decided to move south. They settled in a small town in Western Patagonia. My grandfather went there to administer a sawmill, my grandmother became one of the first teachers of the Patagonia. My great-grandfather returned to Glasgow where he died in 1931 of old age. He never saw his daughter again. At 17, grandma was fluent in English, French, and Spanish and could read, write, and talk in those languages like a native. Her abilities were not that rare among the inhabitants of Buenos Aires, where speaking French was de rigueur among the upper class, and English was absolutely needed to commerce with the country’s best customer, the British Empire.
By 1910, Argentina was one of the top ten economies in the world. Argentine pesos were backed in gold, silver, and Bank of England notes. International commerce was king.
Ah! but a National Bank filled with gold and silver ingots, resting placidly in a far-away capital was too much of a temptation for some. After half a century of uninterrupted prosperity, the Argentines got the Progressive bug that arrived at the same time with the deadly Spanish influenza: a pest upon a pest. In 1916, President Victorino de la Plaza ended his presidential term and welcomed Hipólito Yrigoyen, head of the Radical Party (a member of the International Socialist) to the Presidential Palace in Plaza de Mayo.
Ever since those days Argentina has been trying hard to make the Progressive square wheel work. The opulence of the early 20th century is long gone. Poverty afflicts more than 30% of the country (some say almost 50%) and people that can speak English and French are no longer common. In fact, an alarming number of Argentines have trouble communicating in Spanish, illiteracy statistics are scary, and teaching in schools is largely reduced to leftist indoctrination. Argentina is among the international top ranks in one thing though: taxation. Hardly a single peso changes hands without the government getting its cut. Even checks and ATM extractions are taxed! If this is beginning to sound familiar to our American friends up north, it is no coincidence.
Radicalism, Progressivism, Liberalism —it has many names— has conquered the world. The story began long ago. The Spaniards were barely beginning to conquer the Americas when Luther was successfully heading a rebellion against papal authority. In the centuries to follow, the rebellion was going to extend from the Protestant countries to the intellectuals of the whole world, not as a religious rebellion but as a rebellion against the prevailing establishment. That was simply an echo of the devil’s rebellion against God the Father. To this day Liberals of all kinds still consider fatherhood enemy number one. In the aftermath of World War II the Liberals were sitting on top of the world.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “ […] For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? […]” — Matthew 16:24-28
That was an amazing accomplishment for the prince of darkness, who managed to destroy Christendom in under five centuries. He succeeded in leaving the kings and the nobility of the world emasculated or dead, the Church divided and confused, and nature itself at the brink of collapse. Liberalism of the left and the right were his main tools. He is a master of the false option: “Would you allow me to kill you, or will you kill yourself?” It is painful to contemplate how many fools are actually pondering that offer.
Now, here in the streets of Buenos Aires I hear people talk. It is amazing to hear how things have changed. Juan Peron is no longer idolized and — this astonishes me — today he is frequently cursed openly, something that would have been unthinkable only a few decades ago. Governments are still trying to make the square wheel of Liberalism roll and that will not change any time soon. One thing has changed though: almost anyone can see the solid wall of reality looming in the horizon, while governments keep advancing at high speed, flooring the gas pedal with abandon. Yes, Liberalism has conquered the world but now it’s time to pay that bill. Jesus put it in very simple words: conquer the world, lose your soul.
A growing number of Americans seem to be waking up to the fact that a country cannot get in debt forever, and cannot invite the rest of the world for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Argentina did that and the results are there for anyone to see. The global wild party that had its small beginnings in 1517 is now coming to a close. Liberal-Progressive movements like the Democratic Party in the USA, and the Peronist-Radical compact in this neck of the woods, are losing ground fast. They can still come back for a short time because their power is still formidable. And yet the writing is on the wall: “conquer the world, lose your soul.”
In its late stages, the forces of Liberalism are taking over the “high moral ground”. The conquerors of the world are now desperately trying to become a moral system that will judge everyone. Final judgment however belongs to God. The grand moral pretensions of Liberalism are a sure sign that their final days are at hand.
Let no one deceive you in any way; for [Christ’s] day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. — 2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4
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A very connected short video:
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RECEIVED VIA EMAIL Mr STEELE’S WORDS ARE TRULY LUMINOUS
The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism.
All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending?
America, since the ’60s, has lived through what might be called an age of white guilt. We may still be in this age, but the Trump election suggests an exhaustion with the idea of white guilt, and with the drama of culpability, innocence and correctness in which it mires us.
It is also the heart and soul of contemporary liberalism. This liberalism is the politics given to us by white guilt, and it shares white guilt’s central corruption. It is not real liberalism, in the classic sense. It is a mock liberalism. Freedom is not its raison d’être; moral authority is.
When America became stigmatized in the ’60s as racist, sexist and militaristic, it wanted moral authority above all else. Subsequently the American left reconstituted itself as the keeper of America’s moral legitimacy. (Conservatism, focused on freedom and wealth, had little moral clout.) From that followed today’s markers of white guilt—political correctness, identity politics, environmental orthodoxy, the diversity cult and so on.
Today’s liberalism is an anachronism. It has no understanding, really, of what poverty is and how it has to be overcome. It has no grip whatever on what American exceptionalism is and what it means at home and especially abroad. Instead it remains defined by an America of 1965—an America newly opening itself to its sins, an America of genuine goodwill, yet lacking in self-knowledge.
Let’s stipulate that, given our history, this liberalism is understandable. But American liberalism never acknowledged that it was about white esteem rather than minority accomplishment. Four thousand shootings in Chicago last year, and the mayor announces that his will be a sanctuary city. This is moral esteem over reality; the self-congratulation of idealism. Liberalism is exhausted because it has become a corruption.
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This is one of your best articles of all time, Carlos, & every person in the Western World NEEDS to READ & HEED its very, very wise words & act upon them NOW! I’d never heard of Shelby Steele, but he is another man who’s leadership is urgently needed in order for humanity to survive. It IS the decisive spiritual war. Vast majority of people have been led so far astray by satan that they can’t even recognize their evil master. Please, Lord! Come NOW!!!
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Sue, please see the video on the right column in the Uncommon Knowledge section. It is worth watching!
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The handwriting is in the wall for the current left. Fukuyama wrote “The End of History” (as I understand it – I didn’t read a word of it) to celebrate the complete triumph of liberal secularism. History has a way of not going quietly into its training cage. Such an arrogant and silly title (again, I didn’t read the book) is only possible if the mantle of secular liberalism is dropped onto others who violently disagree with the liberal secular worldview.
There are those who seem to believe that euphemisms have to power to alter the essence of a thing. Thus we are encouraged by the massive apparatus of state power to use the current approved euphemisms for troublesome knots in the social fabric. I am old enough to understand that words have both meaning and associations. One may control the assigned meaning and force others to align themselves with a revised definition, but the associations are not as easily controlled because they come from actual experience. When the assigned meaning of things is at increasing variance with what is experienced, incoherence increases. There is a world-wide breakdown in coherence that is becoming obvious to even those who are most thoroughly propagandized.
There are many examples in history (which seems to be trundling along very nicely in spite of Mr. Fukuyama) of breaking points where a population veers suddenly away from an enforced line of thought. It usually happens when incoherence becomes too costly and too obvious to be sustained. One can imagine the last days of Imperial Japan, the Third Reich, the Soviet Union for large and dramatic examples. There are many less dramatic examples. If the left continues to exert increasing pressure on the lever of white guilt, the handle will break leaving them without their accustomed method of control. The lever already shows signs of metal fatigue. The last election in the US should have caused a different kind of alarm to the left.
Coherence is a product of truth – of what is. Incoherence is a product of fantasy or how we might like things to be. It seems that incoherence has infected even the Church.
We wait in Christian hope for a correction in the stock market of ideas, but we remember that the children of the father of lies will be with us until the end of days.
Yes, the cadaver is beginning to smell. I am curious to see what will happen during this lent season as we enter the fifth year of Pope Francis reign … Today is the 17th day of February. This May 2 coincides with the 17th day of the month of Iyyar when God sealed the doors of the Ark and it began to rain over the whole world for the first time.
Genesis 7:11 “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.”
[EDITED: I wrongly believed that May 2018 had a blue moon. There will be a blue moon in March] The sign of the Great Pentecost, the Great Catch of Fish after the Signum Magnum? This is what St John Bosco announced:
“There shall yet come a violent hurricane. Iniquity is at an end, sin shall cease, and before two full moons shall have shone in the month of flowers, the rainbow of peace shall appear on earth … Throughout the world a sun so bright shall shine as never seen since the flames of the Cenacle until today, nor shall it be seen again until the end of time.”
I hope this is not yet another disappointment after the dates and prophecies appear to coincide. May 2 is also the day the Church celebrates St Athanasius the champion of orthodoxy!
RECEIVED VIA EMAIL: I too had noted the image of St. John Bosco. There are two full moons in March, and depending on the latitude, March can be the month of flowers. We have flowers breaking ground here in February, one or two. There is no way one would call this the month of flowers. There are always two or so snow storms in March here. If the wind is from the south it will be warm. If the wind is from the north it is cold.
Whichever way the wind blows we pray for truth to break out.
I went to Amazon and read some quick reviews of The End of History. The author apparently believes in perpetual motion and not in free will. He seems to say in the book that he cannot envision any scenario involving the collapse of liberalism and liberal capitalism. Out of a kind of evolutionary selection, soon all societies will be the same. Perhaps I have too much imagination, but I can imagine hundreds of scenarios of collapse. The seeds of collapse (in my view) start with increasing incoherence – sort of social entropy – as groups and individuals pursue their interests at the expense of others. Governments will grow until they choke. They seem incapable of governing themselves, only others. Demographic collapse, interlocking debt, culture wars, wars of aggression, data chaos due to data wars. We observe in nature that organisms grow until they exceed homeostatic balance and then the balance is reasserted. You can say it is done by natural selection, or you can say that it is divine providence, but it will be done. World War I came as a big shock to the managers who fashioned it in secret. It swept away most of the players and reset the game board.
If you have never read “Liberalism is a Sin” by Dr. Don Felix Sarda Y Salvana, it’s worth your time.
Two quotes from the book:
“Liberalism is the root of heresy, the tree of evil in whose branches all the harpies of infidelity find ample shelter; it is today the evil of all evils.” [Pg. 22]
“Liberalism “is, therefore, the radical and universal denial of all Divine truth and Christian dogma, the primal type of all heresy, and the supreme rebellion against the authority of God and His Church. As with Lucifer, its maxim is, ‘I will not serve.’ ” [Pg. 16]
You can read it free here:
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I read it. It is a classic. I also translated a very good analysis of that work. You can find it here: https://casorosendi.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/liberalism-sin-iniquity-abomination/
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