James Flory's MEMORY-HOLED BOOK REVIEWS

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Month: April, 2013

DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA by Alexis DeTocqueville

What happened was, a French nobleman went on a tour of the United States in 1831 with the stated purpose of studying its prison system. Instead, Alexis DeTocqueville ended up writing a voluminous treatise describing virtually all aspects of life in the young nation.

It is of course a vaunted document now, historically speaking, and justifiably so. It is literally a time capsule, a stirling portraiture of specific details on the society of the U.S. in its infancy. And needless to say, DeTocqueville himself, as a nobleman, was exquisitely educated. However, there were evidently a few select gaping holes in DeTocqueville’s education.

Specifically, he showed himself to be startlingly ignorant about anything related to the Vatican and the nature of Roman Catholicism. In several paragraphs he seems genuinely ignorant of the fact that it was the proliferation of the many Protestant sects in America that gave rise to “democracy,” and that “democracy” is actually irrevocably anathema to the Roman hierarchical model of society. Then, in another part of the book, DeTocqueville actually expresses earnest mystification over the relative timidity of Roman Catholic priests and laymen in the U.S. as compared to their European counterparts. He fails to connect the dots, so to speak, and see that the only reason that the Romanists were timid in the U.S. at that time was because they were in the numerical minority–and then DeTocqueville also notes in another section how that huge numbers of Romanist immigrants were being funneled into the U.S. at that time (and as still continues today). But, historically and experientially speaking, once the priests and Rome have achieved a majority in the U.S., as with everywhere else they have achieved a majority, they would and were no longer be timid in and about the U.S. and its affairs because, as with all the other other nations wherein Rome predominates, Rome soon literally controls the temporal affairs of that nation. It’s a historical fact that the dumbed-down American masses don’t know about today–and that’s because Rome, once in charge, has rewritten the history books–but for DeTocqueville, an extraordinarily well educated man, a nobleman, this ignorance is truly shocking to behold.

Also, it is clear that DeTocqueville naively idolized “democracy” in the same way that many early 20th-century muckrakers would go on to naively idolize socialism, likewise believing it to be a veritable panacea for the 5000 or so years of recorded history of mankind being unable to justly govern itself. We all know better than that now–uh, right?

So, as a purely historical document of anecdotal antiquity, this is a singular work worthy of the highest accolades. But whenever DeTocqueville waxes philosophical about systems of government, which is at least as dominant a feature of this book as the keen, hands-on, historical-societal observations, then DeTocqueville’s idolatry of “democracy” is quaint but little more than that; and whenever DeTocqueville broaches any topic pertaining to Rome, there is in fact an embarrassing dearth of knowledge here.

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4/2013

THE GENESIS FLOOD by John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris

Henry Morris was the scientist, John Whitcomb was the theologian. With this book they together created what Neo-Darwinian philosopher Stephen Jay Gould called “the founding document of the creationist movement.” It was published in 1961. I had long been aware of this book, I’d been wanting to read it someday, eventually; I finally did. Despite its being more than a half-century old, surprisingly little of it is in any kind of need of updating, as the issues, arguments, facts, and scientific principles are pretty much just like they were in 1961.

Morris’s particular field of scientific study, for which he certainly had all the right scientific credentials, was hydrogeology; which, as convenience–or dare I say the Lord–would have it, is exactly the kind of scientific background a man might need in order to be able to expound upon the possibles and probables of the Noahic Flood. And expound Morris does, and it is overabundantly clear that Morris knew a very great deal about what he was writing; truly, there is a great deal here about the actions and effects of lots of water upon lots of dirt.

But Morris doesn’t limit himself to just his particular specialized field of scientific study; this is so very unlike Darwinian philosopher-scientists, who have such a penchant for hiding behind their own particular field of study, so often feigning near total ignorance of other scientific fields, especially in the middle of a debate. Morris, as is now common among many leading Creation apologists, evinces a markedly more well rounded scientific education; he could and did herein write much about multiple fields of study, convincingly and scientifically. Creationists are of course held to a higher standard by the world and its exclusionary academic Darwinian priests, the fortunate result of this double-standard is the oft-repeated spectacle of leading Creationist apologists nearly always performing much better than the leading Darwinian apologists in debates, Morris being an early 1960s example of this phenomenon.

This book was a landmark achievement over a half century ago. The scientific and other information contained herein would seem to this reader to remain acutely relevant in our day. Typically, and expectedly, neo-Darwinians simply dismiss this sort of scientific treatise; on occasion they may deign to airily “refute” parts of it, but they can probably only do so by committing one or other of the assumptive fallacies which Morris and Whitcomb have already likewise exposed as being unscientific. For example, the aforementioned High Priest of Darwinism, Steven Jay Gould, ridiculed Morris’s Genesis Deluge account of today’s “fossil record” thusly:

“Surely, somewhere, at least one courageous trilobite would have paddled on valiantly (as its colleagues succumbed) and won a place in the upper strata. Surely, on some primordial beach, a man would have suffered a heart attack and been washed into the lower strata before intelligence had a chance to plot a temporary escape….No trilobite lies in the upper strata because they all perished 225 million years ago. No man keep lithified company with a dinosaur, because we were still 60 million years in the future when the last dinosaur perished.”

With this quote, Gould, like most Darwinists tend to do, has taken the complicated scientific principles which Morris lays out, then he mixes in some unscientific assumptions which Morris already exposed as such in other parts of the book (like the circular reasoning of how Darwinists date the rocks by the fossils and the fossils by the rocks, and the impossible problem–from the Darwinian account–of the gigantic geological overthrusts, etc.), and Gould then dumbs down the argument to where the average non-investigating plebe will be browbeaten into submission by Gould’s puerile rhetoric. So guys like Gould can go on appealing–as well as teaching–to the majority that long ago and far away in a distant land we and all other life forms came from a rock, and then he never even told us where in the Hell the rock ever came from in the first place, much less how the rock became alive; but that balderdash is considered “science” to unregenerate men like Gould, while he gets to have a mainstream-majority podium with which to mock a thoroughly scientific endeavor like this work of Morris’s.

The world is upside down, same as it ever was, just a different set of academic high priests overlording and suppressing empirical and logical dissent.

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4/2013

PERPETUAL PRISONER MACHINE by Joel Dyer

I checked out this book because I was hoping it would tell me what were the names of some of the elite oligarchs and corporations who are profiting from the modern American Prison Growth Industry. This book is a broader view than I had hoped. It deals in big-picture generalities, and only one chapter is devoted to the specific topic I was looking for, and even here the author tends toward citing in general the types of corporations that profit from the Prison Growth Industry, rather than naming names–though a few names of specific corporations are given.

What the author does a lot more of–no doubt rightfully–is blame all mediums of the modern mainstream media–news, movies, TV shows, etc.–for hyperbolically deceiving more and more taxpaying American citizens (those that haven’t been incarcerated yet) into supporting the greater and greater funding of bigger and bigger police forces, and the construction of more and more and still more prisons. Oh, he also blames–again, no doubt rightfully–the Law Enforcement Growth Industry itself. Only in America, eh? Hey, gee, if this wasn’t a free country, I’d swear it was something else.

The book is a quite effective basic exposition of the problem of the Prison Growth Industry from of course a secular vantage point, the author appears to be an impeccable researcher and capable writer whose only fault is that he subscribes to the accidental theory of history instead of the conspiratorial.

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4/2013