Voice vs Exit — is the USA the Microsoft of nations?

I recently took an online course, “Startup Engineering,” taught by Balaji Srinivasan.

Here’s a fascination talk about emigration and technology.


6 thoughts on “Voice vs Exit — is the USA the Microsoft of nations?

  1. Ed K

    Small wonder book is not written, printed and sold…

    Visits to Turkey, Atlanta, North Carolina, bars in Lviv, and
    who knows what we are not being told…

    I guess a true Libertarian in the libertine usage of the word?

    Some years ago we were told he wrote children’s books only
    to be smoked by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

    We were told he was researching Ukrainian history? Then
    told he was writing about Afghanistan.

    This guy could sell used iceboxes to Intuits.

    Maybe we should think Obama junior?

    Where is Elmer? We need a poem today.
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    Poem of the Man-God


    In 1959 when the “Poem” was put on the Index of Forbidden Books, it was described as “a badly fictionalized life of Christ” (L’Osservatore Romano, quoted by Cardinal Ratzinger in a letter to Cardinal Siri, 31 January 1985). Catholics were warned that it was not to be considered as revealed by God, and in fact, under the rules of the Index, no one, not even a priest, could read the volumes without a serious reason (e.g. to refute its errors) and the permission of the bishop or religious superior. Despite Roman judgements against the work its promoters have continued on their merry way, publishing and promoting it without interruption.

    In 1966 when the Index was abolished many thought this meant the works listed on it could be read. Cardinal Ratzinger addressed this issue with respect to the “Poem of the Man-God,” in the aforementioned Letter saying,

    “After the dissolution of the Index, when some people thought the printing and distribution of the work was permitted, people were reminded again in ‘LOsservatore Romano’ (June 15, 1966) that, as was published in the ‘Acta Apostolicae Sedis’ (1966), the Index retains its moral force despite its dissolution. A decision against distributing and recommending a work, which has not beeen condemned lightly, may be reversed, but only after profound changes that neutralize the harm which such a publication could bring forth among the ordinary faithful.”

    In 1993 Bishop Boland of Birmingham, AL wrote the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about “Poem” on behalf of an inquirer. Cardinal Ratzinger responded by letter, which the bishop then quoted in his response to the person, who shared it with us. The response noted that because of continuing interest in the books the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had requested the Italian Bishops Conference to ask the publisher (who as I noted never in the past has complied with Roman decisions) to have a disclaimer printed in the volumes that “clearly indicated from the very first page that the ‘visions’ and ‘dictations’ referred to in it are simply the literary forms used by the author to narrate in her own way the life of Jesus. They cannot be considered supernatural in origin.” Whether this has been done I don’t know.

    So, quite apart from any supposed value that these writings have for helping the faith of Catholics is the promotion of the tendency to self-judgement in areas already judged by the hierarchical authority of the Church. Since the duty of submission to the Magisterium is part of the divine constitution of the Church and necessary for salvation, whereas, private revelations (even authentic ones, which this is not) cannot oblige in faith, it should be an easy call what the loyal Catholic should do. Is it forbidden? In the strict canonical sense (legal prohibition and sanctions for violating), no. Is it grossly imprudent to read things which the Church has discouraged in the strongest terms? Yes. Is it a bad use of time when there are writings of the Magisterium, of the saints and the Catechism that are not being read? Absolutely.

    But people claim that never have they understood Scripture as when they have read “Poem.” Understood in a certain way, as explained by Maria Valtorta! But this way the Church has said is not according to its mind. Catholics do well to follow the Holy See in this.



  2. Ed K

    This was a great video. I am sure you enjoyed it, smiled
    and felt good.

    But it does not address you specifically does it? Except if
    you accept dreamland.

    Exit does not really address the concept of obligation to
    heritage and forbearers does it?

    Rather it implies running from responsibility is o.k. if it
    makes you feel good and the end result appears good.

    So I ask, is this a modified cultural Marxism?

    Destroy capitalism and insert nebulous society of whatever?

    I am still waiting for a book about history of Ukraine? Or at
    least internet article.

    Are there any other idealistic Fulbright scholars walking around?

    Dreams are ethereal and fade unless acted upon. Action
    for results? Words recorded in some media?

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  3. Roman


    I am flattered that my expatriate status leaves you feeling abandoned. Some responses to your myriad observations:

    – I am still American by passport, taxes, and property ownership. I also remain a part of the libertarian movement through my advocacy and writing. I am still in the fight, though I’m not committing to it to your unreasonably high standards. I don’t see myself ever engaging in politics. It’s not who I am or who I want to be. It’s a contest for the reprehensible.

    – I am libertarian but not a bit fan of the libertine. I believe in what author AJ Nock might have called “a strict court of taste and manners.” These to function better in homogenous societies.

    – Yes, that video did put a smile on my face. I love having an outlet to escape an overgrown, abusive and increasingly arrogant government. Taxpayer flight is one of the few things that puts on check on the psychopaths in politics.

    > Exit does not really address the concept of obligation to
    heritage and forbearers does it?

    – My heritage is Ukrainian. Whatever dues I owe to formal American institution I think I paid with my three combat tours. I am free now. I don’t owe them anything. My deal with the devil is done.

    > So I ask, is this a modified cultural Marxism?

    – As is often the case, I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    > I am still waiting for a book about history of Ukraine? Or at
    least internet article.

    – A book about Afghanistan is next. How about a little patience. My Tea Party Book came out only this month.

    – I recently encountered the poem “Horatius”: And how can man die better/ Than facing fearful odds,/ For the ashes of his fathers,/ And the temples of his Gods . . .

  4. Ed K

    The idea or basis of exit is to escape obligation and
    responsibility for current environment.

    This escape fits into the definition of Cultural Marxism
    as cited below:

    “Cultural Marxism is a term used to by some people
    to describe what they perceive as an attempt to undermine
    western civilization through internal cultural means, rather
    than direct economic, party political and military means
    following the fall of the Soviet Union, thereby bringing
    about a Marxist revolution.”

    “The Frankfurt School defined as the ‘essentially destructive
    criticism of all the main elements of Western culture, including
    Christianity, capitalism, authority, the family, patriarchy,
    hierarchy, morality, tradition, sexual restraint, loyalty,
    patriotism, nationalism, heredity, ethnocentrism, convention,
    and conservatism.’

    Under Critical Theory, anything emanating from the
    west is to be libeled and attacked…. All blame for societal
    and economic ills are to be shifted to the west.

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    So an American Military officer has obligation to try to
    demonstrate errors of American governance and do
    something about those discoveries.

    So you are in minority, big deal. So are many of us.
    Many of my contemporaries can no longer continue the
    fight. We depend on finding new blood and courage to

    I have a second cousin in Ternopil. We have a mutual cousin
    buried at Normandy. My cousin buried at Normandy shares
    your heritage but died for freedom.

    On the other hand, you discovered the problems Eisenhower
    spoke of in his fair well address:

    An Exit strategy is not the correct option for an able fighter.
    You are better than that!


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