Why Read Good Books?

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What does reading good books do for us?

First, they provide a factual, historical perspective on the way the world works and how people work, including our politics, philosophy, theology, and psychology.

Second, reading good books enhances and expands one’s vocabulary, the correct use of English (not American) grammar, and the ability to express oneself accurately. The better your vocabulary, the better people will treat you, the more persuasive you can be, and the more credible you appear.

Thirdly, you’re less likely to be conned into destructive, dead-end worldviews like Socialism, Collectivism, and Altruism, and you will know enough to recognize and avoid cults, propaganda, and Dysgenics programs.

Fourthly, you will attract and be able to socialize with the right people – people who can assist you in achieving more success in life.

More benefits mentioned in an article by Annie Holmquist:

  1. Reading Great Books engenders a spurious intimacy with greatness
  2. Great Books make students excited and satisfied
  3. They make students feel independent and fulfilled
  4. Great Books build respect for study
  5. They create awareness of classic books
  6. Great Books introduce the big questions of life
  7. They create models on how to answer those questions
  8. Great Books provide shared experiences
  9. They create gratitude for learning

Many great authors and achievers were and are self-educated, many never attended school or attended very little school, but they were all readers. This article about the exceptional author, Eric Hoffer, by Michael Dirda, is an inspiration. I recommend “The True Believer.” Excerpt from Dirda’s article here:

“Eric Hoffer was, if anything, even more remarkable than his book. When ‘The True Believer’ was published in 1951, he was a largely self-educated longshoreman, aged 50 or thereabouts (there is doubt about his actual birth date), a barrel-chested guy who earned his living by loading and unloading ships on the docks of San Francisco. Close up, Hoffer was genially round-faced, bald, with big hands, seldom going outside without a cloth cap on his head. He lived by himself in a single room, owned next to nothing except his work clothes, some writing supplies and a library card. When he spoke, he revealed a slight German accent and a marked tendency to grow excited about ideas.

“In the museum world, there is a category called “outsider art,” that is, painting and sculpture created by untrained “folk” artists. Hoffer practiced what one might call “outsider philosophy.” He simply followed his own lights, his own intelligence.”

Robin Elliott

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Helping the Poor in Africa? Think Again

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Western countries have dumped trillions of dollars into Africa and nothing has changed, except for more wars, corruption, famine, overpopulation, savagery, rape, drug addiction, and killings. When the Europeans leave, the countries collapse like dominoes. Then the US, the UK, and Canada start sending “aid.” So why should that aid stop? Before you jump to any confusions, read this article to the end. You may be surprised.

Most people have lost their perspective of value because of their mass exposure to Altruism that is heavily promoted throughout the Liberal/Socialist world and most Christian churches. Altruism is always the precursor of Socialism.  Witness Nazi Germany and any other country headed into Socialism. It is the enemy of Capitalism and the Producers of the world.

“1 Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 

“4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.” John 12:1

The average black IQ in sub-Saharan Africa in 70 – borderline retarded. The vast majority don’t have the intelligence to change their lives. In fact, the US Army won’t even recruit anyone with an IQ below 83 – they’re too stupid, and they actually pose a danger to their fellow soldiers. And throwing money at them is like giving them a fish; they eat for a day – IF the money isn’t stolen before it gets to them, as most of it is.

So why do people like Trudeau import them to Canada? Votes. Welfare recipients vote for Liberal hand-out governments. Add Dysgenics, and we understand. Peter Hitchens said, “When I was a revolutionary Marxist, we were all in favour of as much immigration as possible. It wasn’t because we liked immigrants, it was because we didn’t like Britain.”

And here’s the kicker, folks: In every concentration camp and prison, in every group of afflicted people, no matter how dire the situation, there are a few who will rise above their circumstances and do well. This is a historical fact. For example, in Apartheid South Africa, I knew of a rural, illiterate black farmer who rose from abject poverty to become a multi-millionaire by trading pumpkins. These people have the intelligence, the drive, and the personality to succeed. They take advantage of their circumstances to prosper and help many others in their community.

These are the people to help, and not through the ridiculous, unfair, Liberal Dysgenics program of Affirmative Action. Entrepreneurs/Producers identify and work with these self-motivated, focused, intelligent people. We are ready to help them rise and do well.

95% of the fake refugees that are imported en masse by Liberal governments never intend rising about welfare. They are not Producers by choice. Throwing money at them is absurd.

Do some homework and see how small the percentage is of every dollar you give to many charities, while the rest is eaten up by fat bureaucrats, and when that tiny percentage is sent to Africa, 97% of its stolen by warlords and corrupt politicians. Missionaries in Africa are the worst people to sponsor.

If you knew what I knew, you would never send a cent to Africa, especially via charities. Why don’t you start with helping deserving people in your own family, then your own town, then your own country? If you insist on sending money to Africa, send it to truly deserving people that you know personally or that a good friend knows personally. Or help someone who has proven themselves as an entrepreneur in Africa and partner with them. I lived in Africa for 45 years; I know how Africa works.

Robin Elliott

Newspeak in “Post-truth” America

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To cover up a serious deficiency in vocabulary, North Americans make up words and hideously distort grammar to express themselves. With the advent of socialist Liberalism’s LGBT promotion, new words are being made up every day and truth is increasingly being censored. Newspeak is already in place in America and Canada, but its gradual introduction and the threat of government and legal punishment, the semi-literate proles don’t even notice it and ignore it if they do.

This article and video add clarity. The lyrics of music have changed from Leonard Cohen’s “For now I need your hidden love, I’m cold as a new razor blade – you left when I told you I was curious, I never said that I was brave.” to “Rap Music’s” violent lyrics. As Erik Nielson writes in Rolling Stone, “It is laced with profanity. It is gleefully misogynistic and full of violent rhetoric. And, most important to the case, it calls out Jane Doe One and Two by their real names, ending with the lines, ‘You’re gonna end up dead… because I’m coming for your head, bitch.'”

Our TV and radio news announcers/script readers are a far cry from the high standards of years gone by. They drop their g’s (thinkin’, goin’, eatin’) like teenagers and mumble, revealing how standards have dropped. And of course, all their scripts are politically “correct” and heavily censored by their Liberal bosses.

Edward Sapir wrote that “Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society.

And so “homosexual” and “lesbian” and far less complimentary descriptions have been changed to “gay.” Gay mean’s happy. As opposed to straight people who are not happy? The inference is there.

Dysgenics uses the word “diversity” to describe the dumbing down of the European origin nation through interaction and interbreeding with lower IQ races. Crime Minister Justin Trudeau calls people who illegally cross our Canadian border as “irregular immigrants” and prefers “peoplekind” to “mankind.” The ever-increasing herd of morbidly obese people is referred to as being “big,  large, plus-sized, beautiful, full-bodied, heavy.” In fact, obesity is so “accepted” and “embraced” that the sector is growing exponentially.

Kopin Tan writes in Barron’s, “For its 2016 word of the year, Oxford Dictionaries selected “post-truth”—which sounds to us like two words, but which reflects a world where objective facts matter less in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. In a post-truth regime, you might say that pride and prejudice trump sense and sensibility.”

Reading the classics and other good books, understanding language and history, expanding one’s vocabulary, a solid knowledge of grammar – these things are all but gone in this society, which has made it ready for Newspeak.

Robin Elliott

“Their Adaptability is Their Strength”

 

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A Japanese researcher said of crows in Tokyo, “Their adaptability is their strength. Albert Einstein said, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything,” said George Bernard Shaw. And Darwin wrote, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” 

Newton’s First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force. How, then, can we become more adaptable? How can we handle change better and make it easier to do so? How can we learn to start over more effectively, to adapt more successfully, in order to surf the waves of life instead of being drowned by the changing tides?

For me, the first lesson is not to be attached. Anything that we think we need – any person, circumstance, result, feeling, object, or recognition, especially concern about what others thinkwill control us – our thoughts, decisions, actions, results. Attachment is like an anchor in life. It hinders, retards, blocks, blinds, and disturbs us, and it diverts our attention. Religious cults wish at all costs to control their adherents, so they use fear and they keep them as busy as possible. People who are too busy don’t have time to think. People living in fear are seldom creative.

The Budhha called attachment “the source of all suffering,” and Vishal wrote that attachment is another name for disappointment and pain.

The second thing is to learn to fast track your adaptation by connecting with and learning from the right people. When I am confronted by seemingly overwhelming technical issues, I know who to turn to for assistance and advice. Another person is ready to give me good financial advice, and yet another, spiritual advice.  You become like the people you spend the most time with. Many of the best mentors are dead; they live on in the books they wrote and in the books written about them. Reading Ayn Rand’s books will teach you a good deal more than many courses in economics, philosophy, and political science.

The third is to increase your self-esteem, self-reliance, and self-image. You do this by setting goals and accomplishing them. The discipline required to do this and the sense of success will add immeasurably to your self-esteem. When you are disciplined, you know you can rely on yourself. People without self-discipline usually suffer from poor self-esteem, and they avoid change and find it hard to cope, usually reacting with aggression and blame.

John Wooden: “Adaptability is being able to adjust to any situation at any given time. In life, we all know that we can only be sure of a few things, specifically death and taxes. We can also count on change. We need to recognize change, grow with it and learn from it. Since change is inevitable, people who are inflexible, bullheaded or stubborn will never make it to the apex of the Pyramid. If we want to succeed, we must readily adapt to circumstances as they unfold—this includes both what we cannot change and what will take some time to change.”

Robin Elliott

 

 

Patterns Reveal the Future

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After being released from a long stretch in prison, he found himself staring at sharp things, pocketing a cigarette when it was offered to him, even though he didn’t smoke, putting his arm around his plate and wolfing down his food, constant pessimism and cautious optimism, constantly looking over his shoulder and scanning crowds, feeling that forks were a luxury and appreciating silence, taking long showers, and overseasoning his food, among other things.

Cops can often identify newly released prisoners by their patterns of behavior.

“Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is Enemy Action.”

Ever heard that? Patterns of behaviour make sense; they predict behaviour and choices, and therefore outcomes or consequences of that behaviour, and they reveal the past to some extent as well. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Personality types, r/K Selection – these are all indicators of future results. Socialism is predictable, too – look at Cuba and Venezuela.

Before WW2, Patton, Churchill, and Rommel studied military history, hence their success. Military colleges teach the writings of Sun Tzu (the Art of War.)

When young women are choosing a man to marry them or considering a marriage proposal, they are wise to ask searching questions and do their research to be able to predict whether or not the man is marriage material. There will be revealing patterns from the time he was a young boy.

People are accused of racism when stating statistics and facts that are uncomfortable to people who have been brainwashed to buy into the Liberal doctrine. Let’s look at Africa as an example. No country that has been granted their “freedom” from colonialism by a European country has thrived.

They all sink into Third World poverty, corruption, and decay. Their infrastructure deteriorates, the crime rate, murder rate, inflation, political turmoil, dictatorships, and unemployment rise, the lifespan shrinks, and they need foreign aid – often from the same countries that educated them and brought them civilization. Then they claim refugee status in the very countries that once colonized them. The pattern is clear and predictable. People seldom change, and general racial behavioural patterns and racial IQ doesn’t change at all. The average African IQ south of the Sahara Desert is 70. I lived there for 45 years. I know whereof I speak.

Robin Elliott

 

How to Make the Hard Changes You Know You Need

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How capable are we of changing our minds? Seeing things from another perspective? Changing direction? Leaving something or someone or some organization? Starting over? After all, change is difficult, uncomfortable, foreign, yet necessary for progress; just ask Blockbuster or someone who converted from Atheism to Theism or a person who changed their faith. What is the solution?

We know that Starting Over is hard. It takes courage and commitment. But if it is, indeed, often the key to achievement and progress, What stops us? Is it just gutlessness and discomfort? No. Here are the main reasons why we don’t change, even when we know we should:

  • Fear of the Opinions of Others. Those who fear the opinions of others seldom achieve anything noteworthy. It’s the worst kind of mental prison. Great freedom arises when you stop caring what anyone thinks of you. Make your haters your motivators.
  • Fear of Loss and the Sunk Cost Fallacy. The cost of change usually fades into significance in light of the tremendous mental, physical, social, spiritual, and financial gains from a good change. Learn to cut bait, burn bridges, and walk away to freedom. When leaving a religious organization, for example, even if all your friends and connections are there and even if all your business is there, guts means leaving the ruts, starting over. God will never lead you without providing the means to feed you.
  • Insufficient Motivation. If you don’t want the benefits of the change badly enough, you won’t pay the price. Your “WHY” needs to be compelling enough. Someone once held his student’s head under water for a while to demonstrate this fact. When his student emerged, sputtering and gasping for air, the guru said, “When you want to succeed as badly as you wanted air while under the water, nothing will prevent you from achieving your goal.” Instead of making mental pictures of what can go wrong, imagine yourself succeeding – imagine the benefits. Change your self talk accordingly.
  • Weak Self-Esteem. Improve your self-esteem with self-discipline. Focus on your past accomplishments, remind yourself of your skills and abilities, and make a list of daily tasks to accomplish. Even the accomplishment and acknowledgement of those small accomplishments contribute positively to self-esteem. At a seminar I presented, I had groups of 20 business owners each hang a piece of cardboard on his back. The instructions were for each person to write at least one anonymous, honest, positive, and specific compliment on the cardboard on the back of each other person. Each received 20 anonymous, specific, honest compliments about himself. (There were 20 groups.) The results were astounding. People think a lot more of you than you realize – even people who don’t know you well.
  • Poor Support System. Your NETWORK determines your NET WORTH. And if you mix with positive winners, achievers, producers, successful people who actually care about you, especially if they have a vested interest in your success, you will find it easier to make the changes that are necessary for your life and happiness. Ask Alcoholics Anonymous – it works. I always suggest people find others who are smarter, wealthier, healthier, more motivated and ambitious, more successful, and better than they are to associate with.

Change can make the difference between life and death, poverty and wealth, health and illness, good and bad family relationships, success and failure, peace of mind and mental stress, high self-esteem/self-respect and a low self-image.

Robin Elliott

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Why Understanding World War Two is So Important

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  • National traits of courage, cowardice, avarice, and arrogance.
  • The inherent of treachery and ruthlessness communist leaders.
  • The danger of collectivist dictatorships, teamwork, leadership, subterfuge, and misdirection.
  • Propaganda, how we can learn from history, how to expand one’s mind, the transfer of wealth.
  • The importance of planning, leverage, and collaboration.
  • Great business strategies, how governments operate –

all this and more can be learned from a period of only six years in world history – the Second World War.

That is perhaps why our socialist Western governments are so fixated on their Dysgenics programs, the success of which is evident in the very limited understanding and knowledge of this war among young people. After all, don’t you think the more informed we are, the less likely we are to fall for the same tricks?

Of course, most think Hollywood movies will accurately portray what happened, forgetting that history is usually written by the victors. And few read the books that matter. However anyone who is sincerely interested can interview people who participated and were involved, anyone can read, anyone can research. The huge amount of data that described military tactics and strategies, how prisoners of war coped, and how the “Lease Loan” theft of national wealth worked can learn a considerable amount.

Political intrigues and the manipulation of people can be understood when studying how spies operated and were handled, and the selfish, callous, hard-hearted way governments operate can be seen in the way the Jewish plight was ignored and indeed exacerbated by many Western governments, let alone the Nazis!

Having mentioned the Jews, we can see how the world is threatened by those who are smarter and more productive, how Ashkenazi Jews, with the highest IQ of all races, have been singled out and persecuted, and why today, IQ is not only flatly denied by socialists, as is race and gender, but higher IQ races are being encouraged to interbreed with the lowest IQ race. Dysgenics again, using propaganda and fake news.

Why is the Second World War being mothballed? Because, among other things,  Auschwitz is a clear depiction of what happens when governments get too much power and guns are taken away from citizens. Julie Zausmer wrote, “Two-thirds of American millennials surveyed in a recent poll cannot identify what Auschwitz is, according to a study released on Holocaust Remembrance Day that found that knowledge of the genocide that killed 6 million Jews during World War II is not robust among American adults.”

The picture above is of my grandfather, father, and uncles. My grandfather fought in WW1 and my father and two of my uncles served in WW2. I was privileged to follow in their footsteps in the South African Defence Force border war in Angola. My whole life has been saturated in information about the military, for which I am very grateful.

Robin Elliott

Hope for the Future of Young People?

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The picture above was sent us from China. It shows some of the Hydrographic equipment we bought being loaded into a container to be shipped to Canada. Note the young woman in the foreground, working hard with her sleeping baby strapped on her back. Young Asian people work hard to create a great life for themselves; they don’t see themselves as victims.

When I was a young man, newly married with a pregnant wife, we looked at my income – yes, mine – she was to stay home and do what wives are supposed to do when they have small children – and decided where we could afford to rent an apartment.

I was 23, by which time I had served a year in the South African Defence Force, which included time in actual combat, worked in a real job for a year, obtained a 3-year Hotel School (City and Guilds) Certificate in Hotel Management, and secured a good job as a restaurant manager as a result of working part-time in hotels and restaurants while at Hotel School and thereby impressing potential employers.

I got married because my girlfriend was pregnant. That’s what a gentleman did: he married her. Abortion wasn’t even an option in my mind. And my job was to provide for my wife and child, which I did for a decade until she did me the favour of divorcing me.

Yesterday, I observed an androgynous Trudeau type revealing his delusional beliefs. I think the boy was tired of choosing essential oils for his manbun while sipping his soy latte, so he announced to the very masculine female next to him that ex-Premier Harper (a very successful Conservative leader who was ousted by pot smoking socialists in favour of the cancerous NDP/Green Party collectivist conspirators ) had “stolen his right to live in Vancouver.”

This boy (in his 20’s) was probably still living at home, doing a minimum wage job – he obviously had very little to offer society in terms of saleable value – and spending his meagre income on pot, video games, tattoos, and piercings, hence his income. Yet his inflated self-importance and sense of entitlement were exceeded only by his ignorance. Sadly, this society protects and endorses his manufactured views, which are the result of bad parenting, schools that resemble socialist reeducation camps, and colleges and universities that are run by collectivists and Liberals.

He’s White, so he doesn’t have access to the thinly masked affirmative action that runs rampant in Canada, and his chances of getting a job in government are virtually nil as a result of his being White and a male. But that is no excuse not to make money and build a successful life.

I have little hope for the future when I see the Millennials who are going to be in positions of power in Canada one day; one only has to look at the disastrous legacy of Obama and the path destruction following in the wake of the “feminist,” Godless Trudeau to predict what these spoilt brats will do.

Also, the big inheritances many of these parasites are eagerly expecting after their parents have supported them into their late 30’s won’t materialize, since our socialist Canadian government is impoverishing Seniors in favour of the fake refugee voters they’re importing en masse.

Fortunately, I am an optimist, and I know that in the long run, strong, focused, intelligent, disciplined, and moral men will surpass the dross and put them to work cleaning highways and toilets and laboring in jobs that befit their ambitions, intellects, and abilities. There is little competition for hard-working, ambitious, smart men in the country of the blind.

Failing that, Galt’s Gulch is always a possibility.

Robin Elliott

For Those Who Deny IQ

Jews make up only 2 – 3% of the US population, yet they make up:

50% of the top 200 intellectuals,

40% of the Nobel Prize winners in science and economics,

20% of the professors in the top universities,

40% of the partners in the top New York and DC law firms,

59% of the writers, directors, producers of the 50 top grossing movies,

37% of the Winners of the National Medal of Science,

and 50% of the world’s chess champions, to name but a few.

WHY? The average Jewish IQ is between 108 and 115

Average East Asian IQ (Chinese, Japanese, South Korean) is 104 – 108

Average White (European) IQ is 100

Average Hispanic IQ is 88

Average African American IQ is 85

Average African  IQ is 70 – 75

Look at results, achievements, and production and these differences in intelligence become quite obvious.

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