Thursday, 16 November 2017

Australia and the End of Common Sense

Yesterday the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that 79.5% of eligible Australian voters had voted on the question of whether they supported same sex marriage in Australia. Of that total 61.6% voted in favour and 38.4% against. Yet another defeat for common sense, yet another victory for stupidity and insanity.

Something that 30 years ago people laughed at, 40 years ago when people said that legalizing homosexuality would lead to this they were ridiculed and yet here we are. We have abandoned common sense for emotionalism, we have abandoned family for anything goes. Two people of the same sex cannot make a baby but thats forward looking and we have abandoned that as well. How much thought has been given to the future?

This is one more nail in the coffin of the family and in marriage. From this point on the pressure for more social experimentation increases. More teaching children about sex and homosexuality. More pressure to embrace the unacceptable. More pressure to redefine marriage further. More stupidity and insanity. And now all presented as the peoples will.

Everyone who voted yes has given us a giant shit sandwich!

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Novelty, Our Strength is Our Weakness

I have thought for some time that often someone or somethings greatest strength is also their greatest weakness. The West has that problem, the thing that has make us great, novelty, is killing us. What is novelty? Novelty is liking the new and strange, and we do. Our Civilization was built on novelty, new ideas, new discoveries, new inventions, new technologies. The Civilization of the West is based on innovation, changing things, as many things as we can.

Before the Black_Death around 1350, the outlook of the West doesn't seem much different from any other Civilization. But afterwards things began to change, first the deaths of so many people changed society. Workers were in short supply and therefore wages began to be more widely paid. Before that time wages were rare, people worked either feeding themselves or for their Feudal Lord. Secondly educated people knew that the world had once been better than it was, they knew about the Roman Empire. They could read about it and they could see the ruins, ruins they couldn't build and in many cases couldn't even repair. Thirdly after this period there are inventions that no other Civilization ever developed. In the later Middle Ages both Plate armour and handguns were developed and only replaced when something better came along. In other Civilizations once technology reached a certain level then they either didn't develop further or they actively destroyed technology.

People often call this Idea of progress or the cult of progress, but I think that is putting the cart before the horse. I think that the reality came first and then people came up for a name for it, but calling it the idea of progress makes it sounds like it was all part of a master plan, it wasn't. Unlike other peoples, Europeans came to view the new as good, even better, it came to define their Civilization. It still defines it. The history of Western Civilization became the history of novelty, whats new, discoveries, inventions, people, ideas, music, art, whats new!

I started thinking about this when I was watching a TV series on music. An episode on the 1960's for example didn't feature music that was popular in that decade, instead it featured ideas that would be popular. In other words it was really a history of novelty in music. I started to notice it everywhere in the study of history. It wasn't about how people lived it was about novelty, about what was new and exciting. About what would change the future instead of being a study of it's particular time and place. But this idea is everywhere in our Civilization, the idea that things can be new and improved. And it's allied idea that things that aren't shouldn't exist.

Sometimes I tell people I'd rather be old fashioned then new fashioned, they always laugh because being new fashioned is something they have never heard before. But how often are we told that something must be done way with because it is old fashioned? Old fashioned is outdated, it most certainly is not a novelty and we are addicted to novelty. Whats the latest scientific discovery? Whats the newest technology? Whats new at the movies? What new songs are on the music charts? Look at this new idea, technique or book. Constantly we are bombarded with the new.

But how can it be that the new is always better, however that prejudice is very much a part of our Civilization. It is even acceptable to lie about the past to guarantee that the new will be better. In the past people thought the world was flat....no they didn't that is a deliberate lie. In the past people argued about how many angels could fit on the eye of a needle...no they didn't that is a deliberate lie. In the past (meaning before the person speaking was born) women were basically slaves...no they weren't that is a deliberate lie. These lies make the present seem better while always degrading the future they claim to won't so much. The past, present nor the future is important, only novelty is. Because it makes life seem much more exciting and full then it really is.

That helps explain why people think well of immigration when it is so harmful. Why people welcome the idea of Multiculturalism because it always offers something novel. You boring White people with your boring white bread culture is no match for the excitement of a new ethnic restaurant. The excitement of new suburbs, new faces, new cultures, even new crimes. The excitement never ends and isn't that what our Civilization is about?

Isn't our Civilization more exciting now that men don't run everything? Isn't it more exciting now that people can choose their gender? Isn't everything so much better now that everything is new fashioned!

Actually this puts everyone who opposed Liberalism in a very bad spot because in many ways they are right. Novelty is exciting and the new is novel and that is one of the defining points of our Civilization. And Liberalism provides that novelty, in fact it could not exist without it. But if we continue on this path then we are doomed. There is no future in a cosmopolitan and genderless people. We need to find an answer to this before our greatest strength destroys us.

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Fifty-Sixth Month

A terrible month, I had food poisoning, all good now but it put a big dint into my posting. So this has not been a spectacular month, although I have had some good numbers from some new countries.

My best day in the last month was the 17th October when I had 204 visitors. I had two equally worst days, the 26th October and the 3rd November when I had 37 visitors each.

October-November
EntryPageviews
United States
950
Australia
388
Russia
371
United Kingdom
125
Spain
112
Canada
86
Finland
56
Ireland
54
Brazil
49
France
49

September-October
EntryPageviews
United States
1190
Australia
422
Finland
131
Japan
97
United Kingdom
89
Canada
76
Germany
63
France
61
United Arab Emirates
40
Spain
40

The United Kingdom, Spain and Canada are all up.

The United States, Australia, Finland and France are down.

Russia, Ireland and Brazil are back in the top 10.

Japan, Germany and the United Arab Emirates are out of the top 10.

I have also received visitors from the following countries: the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Greece, Moldova, the Ukraine, Estonia, U.A.E., Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, New Zealand, Peru

I hope you enjoyed your visit and that you visit again.
Mark Moncrieff

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Teaching Teenagers about Traditionalism

See Also: Teaching preschoolers about Traditionalism & Teaching children about Traditionalism

At each stage knowledge must be taught in a logical manner, from small to big, from personal to impersonal, from simple to complex. Now that they are a teenager they will be able to deal with much more complex topics than before. For Preschoolers living a Traditional life is the best teacher. For children you can start to ask questions about how the world works and about how it should work. For teenagers you can start to get very specific.

Teenagers are infamous for being rebellious and unruly, but in many ways nothing has changed, they are learning and they are testing their limits. The biggest mistake of modern parenting is not to set limits, but to let the teenager find them out themselves. Do both yourself and your teenager a favour, set limits and expect them to be meet. And as they get older adjust them. But do not try to set rules for a 16 year old, that horse has bolted, set limits when they are young. I have sadly seen this mistake made more than once and it never works. Set limits early and they can be adjusted but they can never be set after the event.

Instead of covering the three principles of Traditional Conservatism, I will look at how to cover some controversial topics with your teenager.

Equality
Race and sex are real so we should treat them that way. In short people are different and if something is different it cannot also be the same. Equality says exactly that. But that defies common sense, let your teenager know that. And let them know that people are important because they exist not because they are all equally good at something. That if equality was real then everyone who was in the Olympics would get a gold medal. If everyone was equal then sport would be very boring, so would music and in fact every other human endeavour.

Purity Versus Corruption
Modern society is constantly trying to corrupt us and it does, but to corrupt us it needs for us to be  corruptible. We start off pure and it goes about corrupting us. It seeks to turn us against our Traditions, to pretend that there is no such thing as Order and to destroy our Families. It encourages us to do without thinking. One aspect that is being pushed to corrupt us is interracial relationships. It is amazing how many advertisements on TV show an interracial couple. But how many people want to raise children that do not look like them? I know someone who has one English parent and the other Sri Lankan, they look Greek, which of course they are not.

Tattoos, piercings, promiscuity, all of these are about corruption, about destroying our purity. About damaging who we really are and creating artificial people instead of our authentic self.

Loyalty
The most important thing to understand about loyalty is that it is mutual. If someone is not loyal to you then you should not be loyal to them. Be loyal to your teenager, but let them know that that is a two way street. Let them know that friends who are not loyal are not friends. A boyfriend or girlfriend who is not loyal is also not a friend. That includes schools and places of work, not getting your own way is not about loyalty and sometimes you have to put up with stuff, but do not be loyal when you are not being treated loyally.

Hopefully this will provide some ideas for you to go on with and help keep Traditionalism going.

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Teaching Children about Traditionalism

See also: Teaching Preschoolers about Traditionalism

This article is about teaching children between the ages of 5-12 about Traditionalism. Before the age of 5 it is best in most cases to show rather than tell. Show how family is important by visiting and talking about them, for example. But now you can start to talk about ideas and start asking them questions about how the world works and how it should work.

The three principles of Traditional Conservatism are:

Tradition
Order
Family

Tradition
Of course continue to celebrate the important dates in your families, community and nations life. Now you can start to talk about why they are important and why they should be remembered. Ask them why do we have public holidays? Why do we have special days, like birthdays? If they don't know tell them that it is important that we have our own special days. Days that are important for a person such as a birthday and as a community or nation such as public holidays. At this age you can start to really have fun starting your own traditions. In my family for example we had music nights were we only played music. You could read, or colour in, or talk or daydream, but no electronic devices. It was family time, with no interruptions. This works particularly well with a special meal or snacks. Use this to introduce your children to music they have not heard before, let them know that there is music older than them and even older than you.

Order
Why are parents and teachers in charge instead of children? Why does the dog sleep outside, why doesn't everyone take turns? Why are things this way instead of another way? Because there is order and everything has a rightful and a wrongful place. One activity I did was a goldrush, I did it near Easter and I bought a bag of small chocolates which became golddust and a large egg which became the nugget. I drew a map of a room and I decided where the golddust and where the nugget would be. I then gave the children some string and let them "stake" out their claim. Each child got at least one small chocolate, but then the rest was rewarded by their claim. It's a good way to talk about fairness and how life is not fair. When I asked the children I did it with was it fair that some people got rich and others didn't, they thought it was fair. 

Family
Try and eat together, if not every night at least once a week. Try to read to them at bedtime, it really builds up intimacy and trust. It's like having a secret, that belongs to you and that child and to no one else in the world. What children want is your time, they want to know that you care and doing things with them shows that. Point out the differences between the sexes and why each has their strengths and weaknesses and how together they can get over most of those problems.  Talk about why family is important and how family stretches all the way from the creation to the end of time. How we mortal but in a way family is eternal.

It's not to early to talk about Traditionalism, to lay the groundwork that can be built on in the future. Start early and if you have some more ideas I'd like to see them below in the comments.

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Teaching Preschoolers about Traditionalism

Recently on a Facebook group I belong to, someone asked the question "Anybody have any suggestions on how I can explain Traditional Conservatism to my kids?". I sent him a reply with some ideas, but I thought this is a good question that I would like to expand upon.

The first thing to remember is that a child's world is small, very small and it expands slowly. And the way things are taught to a child should be logical, from small to big, from personal to impersonal, from simple to complex. This is true for all teaching. You should never set your student up to fail if you can help it. It was explained to me as never give your students the final year exam at the start of the year. Instead build them up step by step until they can pass the exam.

The three principles of Traditional Conservatism are:

Tradition
Order
Family

Of course for preschoolers there is no need to tell them what the principles are. They can learn what they are first and then learn the names later. Remember, from small to large, from personal to impersonal, from simple to complex.

Tradition
The best way to bring out the importance of tradition is to live them and talk about them. Celebrate the important dates in your families lives, in your community and your countries life. At this age it is best just to do and to tell them how important it is, too much explanation will simply be confusing. Remember to have your own family traditions, not just for for the big occasions but also for everyday living. Have a sports day, or a music day, build your own family traditions. Make life both exciting and comforting.

Order
Order is about things being in their rightful place, preschoolers both love and hate it. Much of this is simply what you would teach preschoolers anyway. To make sense of the world they need to categorize things, to put them in order. Encourage that and let them know that things have their rightful place. Nearly everything you teach a preschooler about involves order, putting things in their rightful place.

Family
Talk about family history, visit family, show photos, talk about when you were growing up in the olden days, visit graves. Do not cut yourself or your preschooler off from the past. Let them know that the past created today, that it created them. That family is about love and blood.

For most people the things mentioned here will happen anyway, but it is good to have a reminder or to point out something that you might not have thought of.

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Melbourne Traditionalist Conference 2018

I am please to announce that in a years time, to the day, we will be hosting the Melbourne Traditionalists Conference. I have already secured a venue and have begun the planning for the conference.


Dates: 19 October 2018, Friday 7pm Meet and Greet
            20 October 2018, Saturday 10am - 5pm Conference
            7pm Banquet

Venue: The venue is very nice, old and beautiful in Melbourne Australia

Cost: $75 - $100 (Australian dollars)

What do you get for your money: 5 lectures, lunch and banquet, all non-alcoholic drinks. The cost will be inclusive of all of this.

There is still a lot of work to be done to turn it into a reality, but the first steps have been taken. For those who live in or near Melbourne there isn't much of an excuse not to come. For those further afield, hopefully a years notice is enough!

For those seeking further information please send me an email:   uponhopeblog(AT)gmail.com 

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