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Have There Ever Been More Courageous Men? By Jared Taylor

This is an incredible story of courage against daunting hardship. From Jared Tayler at unz.com:

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I’m going to tell you what may be the most heroic story of courage and endurance in history. It’s the story of Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition of 1914 to 1916.

Shackleton, an Anglo-Irish polar explorer, had been deeply disappointed that the British had been beaten to the North Pole by the American Peary expedition in 1909 and that Norwegians under Roald Amundsen had been the first to the South Pole.

Robert Peary, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Robert Peary, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Olav Bjaaland (1873–1961), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Olav Bjaaland (1873–1961), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition would save Britain’s honor.

It was to be the first crossing of the continent, following the line on this map – crossing the pole, then continuing on to Ross Island.

Another team was to leave supplies in several places from the interior to the coast, where a ship would pick up Shackleton and his men.

The expedition was an utter failure. The men never even set foot on Antarctica. And yet, even in failure – in an ordeal that lasted 617 days for most of the men – it was one of the all-time great achievements against incredible odds.

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I’m not “Brave”;You’re Just a P—y. By Dr. Naomi Wolf

Sorry, there’s no middle ground between courage and cowardice. Dr. Naomi Wolf refuses to play along with those who choose the latter. From Wolf at naomiwolf.substack.com:

On courage. And on the DMs that I am sent that seek to justify cowardice, at a time when some bravery is needed from us all.

Some people who love me advised me not to write this essay, and not to use its current title. “Take the high road,” I was advised.

Usually that is a good idea, but not in this case — not at this moment. In this essay I need to talk about some people — mainly privileged people, people who could make a difference in areas where most can’t — who are trying to justify their monumental, world-changing cowardice, at a time when we all need to be at least somewhat brave.

I am done with tolerating this quietly.

For a year and a half now, after it became clear that this crisis was never about “the virus” but rather about a global bid to kill off our free world and suppress all of our freedoms — since I and many others have been publicly vocal about this danger and doing all we can to alert our community — that is to say, humanity — I’ve been getting direct messages (“DMs”). And they are all kind of similar. And they gross me out. Here’s why.

In the DMs, people whom I know socially or professionally — people from journalism, from politics, from medicine, from science (most of them upper-middle- class ‘men in suits’) — say something like: “Naomi, I really respect your actions right now. I totally agree with what you are saying. But of course I can’t say anything publicly because [fill in the nonsensical, craven reason].”

The nonsensical and craven reason that follows this shameful message is typically something along the lines of, “My boss will get mad at me” or “My professional peers will have a problem with my speaking up.” It’s never even, “I have bills to pay.”

Your boss will get mad at you, O you who DM?

Do you understand what is at stake? If you continue to comply and collude with what has become a tyrannical oligopoly, your kids will live as slaves and as serfs forever.

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The Evil of Militarism, by Bionic Mosquito

The more militaristic a society gets, the more cowardly. From Bionic Mosquito at lewrockwell.com:

The evil of militarism is that it shows most men to be tame and timid and excessively peaceable.

Heretics, Gilbert K. Chesterton (eBook)

I think we see this at the sporting events and parades, when the crowd roars its approval for the military fly-by, the color guard, the hero who just returned from combat.  The crowd roars because they are happy that they didn’t have to go.  “Let’s you and him have a fight.”

The professional soldier grows evermore courageous as the crowd grows timid – well, evermore courageous in the eyes of the crowd.  Maybe it is better said that as the crowd grows more timid, the professional soldier appears to be more courageous – it is all relative, not absolute.

his the Pretorian guard became more and more important in Rome as Rome became more and more luxurious and feeble.

Vietnam helped bring on the tremendous malaise of the 1970s, with high unemployment and high price inflation.  And the four years of Jimmy Carter, who – to my recollection – might have been the only president since Herbert Hoover to avoid initiating or extending any major military conflict.

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