sounds like he made the best choice given his circumstances
“Belarusian officials say that when Neumann was in Ukraine, he became suspicious that he was under surveillance. Taking only a map, a rucksack and some belongings, they said, he crossed the border into Belarus in August of 2021, whereupon he was detained by military personnel. After arriving, he immediately asked for protection.
” ‘Belarus is very nice,’ Neumann said, ‘and I feel safe in Belarus, especially compared to my compatriots in America.’ “
Remember that guy who tried to start a Bible study and was beaten into a coma and left on the floor for dead?
Jan 6 protestor in an American prison.
Granted, the jailers are unassimilated African immigrants so it’s not quite normalized behavior yet.
From the NPR article:
“He was identified to the FBI by a tipster who reportedly said they were a family friend.”
Make sure to vote against that in the most important midterms ever.
as opposed to what?
i have an FBI liaison that wants to know
Oh, you mean wat do.
i guess sit at home on election day and garumpf about the powers that be
That’s the thing about goals, they come from deeply held desires.
Political engagement was always fake (ref. Iron Law of Oligarchy), but there’s still a desire to engage in politics.
The problem is that in our system, political engagement through the proper channels is the currency that props up everything you hate: tranny story hour at the library and so on.
Goals are generally very personal, but political goals by definition require engagement with the crowd.
the alternatives sound like either political disengagement or engagement through improper channels
conservatives are nothing if not proper so it’s a pretty bleak outlook
With regard to proper channels, I recommend an attitude of lawful neutral.
With regard to the next channel, I would recommend thinking seriously about which horse to hitch your cart to.
There’s going to be a winner and it’s going to be something different from what’s there now.
But do everything lawfully and without malice to the system as it is. The second mouse gets the cheese.
The first mouse gets beaten into a coma.
My advice is to keep an eye out for strong horses and where the hammer of persecution is likely to drop next. That’s not disengagement so much as wariness.
lemme know when you pick a horse
The horse I’ve picked is me. Everything external is diplomatic relations with large foreign states.
And if a foreign power declares war on me, I probably did something stupid.
Excuse me, declares peacekeeping mission.
or something very right?
just going to de-nazify this region over here…
Generally no, but very occasionally yes.
Snowden at least had the sense to flee.
Let me put it this way: I look up to Pat Tillman in a few ways, but not for his brains or wisdom.
Has anyone heard of the whistle he was blowing when he got friendly fired?
He was under the mistaken impression that the military is full of good people who just needed the truth and then everything would change.
That was self-delusion.
He could have looked around him instead of trusting in a stereotype he picked up from movies.
Our culture is crafted by intelligence agencies and literal Russian oligarchs to produce attitudes that will serve their interests.
These people were not Pat Tillman’s friends.
He wanted to see the good in people because he wanted to see the good in himself.
The Bible says to pray for your enemies, not to pretend they aren’t your enemies.
But pretense is the great sin of the white race.
It’s why the Jews have such an easy time in the West. Con jobs are like the tango: it takes two.
You need a mark who wants to believe you can give them heaven on earth and shipping is free on Prime.
That’s where the real joy of “the game” comes from. It’s comeuppance for fools.
It’s seeing someone try to buy happiness over and over and selling them a dream in exchange for everything they own. Maybe the hardship will teach them something.
And it’s funny.
Setting that character aside for a moment, I don’t want to grift. I just understand it.
I don’t think it’s funny when a wheelchair-bound grandma gets crushed to death for being dumb enough to think the trucker convoy was real politics.
But a lot of people thought that was funny, because it’s ironic.
Crushing grannies is real politics.
She thought she was doing politics, then reality did politics to her.
You can at least see the humor on the intellectual level.
It’s like America’s Funniest Home Videos for a more jaded age.
Anyway, my advice is to become obsessed with judging people’s character, and put off hitching your cart to a horse until the last possible moment.
My experience is that extreme disappointment is the rule.
Character correlates strongly with reluctance to take on additional responsibility, because people without character don’t count the cost or intend to pay it.
Lots of horses can put on a good show in the first mile but in this race it’s the 100th mile that counts.
No one who understands how far 100 miles is starts that race with an enthusiastic smile. You want the guy with the grim determination because that means he’s done this before and knows what’s about to happen to his body and mind.
And, pro tip: I’m super secretly not a leader at all, I just do it so I can become intimately familiar with the problems leaders face in the field.
I put myself through this on the off chance that someone important will eventually listen to me and actually learn something.
You’ve started serving a dissociated parietal rather than your goal, which was serving your own parietal.
I see this trend in the Christian ‘alt-right’ (forgive my use of this terminology – there simply is no colloquialism for distinguishing between the legitimate and illegitimate factions under the umbrella of this general category) where popular figures, some of whom could even be considered luminaries, vehemently reject the title or role of leader, despite it being ‘asked’ of them by their audience. Not so much asked outright, but put forward by the very nature of a host of others looking to them for vision, guidance, and morale. It certainly speaks to the veracity of their moral integrity, because like you say:
‘Character correlates strongly with reluctance to take on additional responsibility, because people without character don’t count the cost or intend to pay it.’
However, if Biblical history is at all indicative of how God interacts with his devotees, it’s such that he seemingly purposely selects men whom we would interpret as unlikely candidates. Abraham was old and childless and had not inspired renown prior to God’s ordination. David is the prototype of a ‘Sigma’ king – he spends much of his early life in obscurity, and subsequently, on the run from Saul’s persecution (Saul being a pretty standard Alpha). Jesus himself is the ultimate archetype of the unlikely king – born in a manger, keeps the company of outcasts, rides in on a donkey, etc.
I’m certainly guilty of this myself – rejecting the designation of leader (not that I’m in a position in which others look to me for leadership) – but in my experience, it’s such that God doesn’t lend people qualities just to have them adorn one’s interior, but to be expressed meaningfully in the world. I don’t believe it’s an accident many of us, who were marginal figures for much of our lives, are being ‘initiated’ in what would traditionally be the conditional prerequisites for ‘careers’ in statecraft – discernment, wisdom, discipline, etiquette, moral character etc.
This is all to say if and when we are called to service we shouldn’t shy or cower from it by prematurely disqualifying ourselves – but accept it humbly and with solemnity much as one accepts his duties in this life.