A few random thoughts

Posted by $ johnrobert2 8 years, 7 months ago to Politics
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As I sat listening to the Hallelujah Chorus, the 1812 Overture, Pachelbel's Canon, Wellington's Victory, and the end music to 'Mission to Mars', had an epiphany of sorts. I don't know if some of you may have thought of this, but the thought of it happening saddened me to the quick. The soaring beauty of the Chorus would be gone, the triumphant ending to the Overture is no longer heard, the stirring paean of the finale of the Victory, Pachelbel's continuoes and countermelodies would not enchant and the serenity of 'A Heartbeat in Space' would not soothe. Oh, how I would miss them.

What happens to all the beautiful music, the wondrous art, soul-stirring writing if the jihadis win and a worldwide, or even a continental Caliphate is established? In my mind's eye, I see the lights of human knowledge and beauty extinguished, never to cause the human spirit to soar and exult for a very long time, if ever again. I saw a world darkened in a greater sense than just the lights of streets and cities gone.

I read a book some time back by Tom Kratman called "The Caliphate". I hope you make it a part of your 'to read' list.


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  • Posted by edweaver 8 years, 7 months ago
    I wonder if there would be an underground just like during prohibition in America.
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    • Posted by CircuitGuy 8 years, 7 months ago
      Look at things gov't bans: Trading sex, foreign labor, and drugs. People find a way to provide what other's want/need in exchange for money. I suspect every common good/service extremists ban on pain of death has a thriving black market in areas they control.
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      • Posted by $ 8 years, 7 months ago
        True, if specie is the medium of exchange, only those who have it will get. Which means the connected and the wealthy, much as they have it today. Only they can afford to go abroad where these are readily available or have purchased the freedom from oversight the hoi-poloi must endure. Corruption (baksheesh) is a way of life. Using barter as a medium of exchange would be chancy at best as the seller would set the price (taking the illicitness of the requested product into consideration) and the cost/benefit ratio may be too great to warrant the penalty if caught.
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        • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 8 years, 7 months ago
          it will do them no good unless it's a. in small enough sizes or weights or denominations to spend and b unless they spend it. or c. use it within at least a self sufficient community to back the value of some more easily used method of exchanging the value of labor and storing the value of excess to current need.

          Thus the definitions of money and wealth go right to the top of the list.
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  • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 8 years, 7 months ago
    What's left is Ode To The Common Man a mocking salute to those who with choices, chose to remain ....common and then they learn to salute and serve the party in Arabic.

    good choices add to that Sibelius Finlandia
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