TOPICS and LINKS
1. Welcome Back to the Days of Slavery – a consideration of Hilaire Belloc’s The Servile State
2. 2nd Half: Our guest James Fulford of vdare.com discusses the alt-right with Kevin Michael Grace, as well as things you were not allowed to say not too long ago, Donald Trump and what Obama might do as he leaves the White House. (1h 3m 44s)
Here are some links to stories and items mentioned in the podcast.
WELCOME BACK TO THE DAYS OF SLAVERY
Amazon.com: The Servile State by Hilaire Belloc paperback 2007
Archive.org: The Servile State download
The Online Books Page – Online Books by Hilaire Belloc
Brian Douglas in Mises Daily, Dec. 3, 2009: On the Road to the Servile State
David Stockman’s Contra Corner, May 9, 2016: Trump’s Right——Paying Back The National Debt With “Discounts” Is Already Official Policy
Rick Manning in Breitbart, Mar. 17, 2016: A Rebuttal to National Review’s Claim that White Working Class Communities Deserve to Die
New Advent, Catholic Encyclopedia: Henry Edward Manning
Wikipedia: Catholic social teaching
KMG SPEAKS WITH JAMES FULFORD
John Derbyshire in vdare.com, May 10, 2012: Who Are We?—The “Dissident Right”?
The Daily Caller, May 13, 2016: SHOCK POLL: Trump Leads Hillary Among Hispanic Voters [VIDEO]
James Fulford in vdare.com, Feb. 3, 2007: Face It, Anything You Say About Obama Is A Gaffe
James Fulford in vdare.com, Aug. 16, 2010: Why Only Nixon Could Go To China–And Obama Won`t Be Bringing The Troops Home
James Fulford in vdare.com, Mar. 24, 2012: The Fulford File – “Unarmed” Black Teenagers—Threat, Menace, Or Both? David Frum Doesn’t Seem To Know
Massad Ayoob in Backwoods Home Magazine, Jul. 16, 2013: ZIMMERMAN VERDICT, PART 2: THE “UNARMED TEEN”
Infoplease: Murder Victims, by Weapons Used
Youtube, Jan. 3, 2016: “Defamation-Excellent Israeli Documentary on “Anti-Semitism” MUST WATCH”
James Fulford in vdare.com, Jan. 13, 2014: Stanley Fischer, Rhodesian
WND, May 2, 2016: Michael Savage: Obama will sabotage economy on way out
James Fulford in vdare.com, Sep. 22, 2015: The Fulford File – Ask Obama, Not Trump, If He’s A Muslim—And If He’s Going To Pull A Tony Blair
James Fulford in vdare.com, Sep. 3, 2010: The Fulford File – Obama A Muslim? It Depends On What The Meaning Of The Word “Muslim” Is
Christianity Today, Apr. 13, 2008: Obama: ‘They cling to guns or religion’
Barack Obama is backtracking on remarks he made about working-class voters.
Washington Post, Dec. 21, 2016: Obama revives his ‘cling to guns or religion’ analysis — for Donald Trump supporters
Promo for this episode written by Kevin Michael Grace for vdare.com and posted there first May 26, 2016, 3:22 pm
2Kevins With Grace & Steel: Is the Free Market Really Free?: Hilaire Belloc’s The Servile State; A Talk With James Fulford
Episode 38 of my podcast is now posted here (with copious links). In Part 1, my co-host Kevin Steel and I discuss Hilaire Belloc’s 1912 attack on capitalism, The Servile State.
Belloc was a Frenchman and an Englishman, a furiously unreconstructed Roman Catholic, a poet (both serious and comic), novelist, historian and MP. He was a Great Man of English public life and, like Chesterton, H.G. Wells and Bernard Shaw, one of the Giants of the Edwardian Age. His economic views were derived largely from his mentor, Cardinal Henry Manning, Primate of England, who was hugely influential in the composition of Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum (Of New Things), which rejected both capitalism and socialism as systems unbefitting the dignity of man.
Belloc proceeded from the assumption that de jure slavery is the default condition of human society. He argued that the High Middle Ages in England were one of the glories of history because control of the means of production was shared between the monarchy, aristocracy and peasantry. This idyll ended with the confiscation of the Church lands by Henry VIII, inaugurating a rush for spoils that resulted in, even before the Industrial Revolution, the reduction of the great majority of Englishmen to proletarian status. This consolidation of wealth by the capitalists was then imitated throughout the West.
The Servile State refers to what Belloc regarded as the de facto slavery of most of the English people in 1912. They worked, under conditions dictated by the capitalists for their own benefit, in order to forestall starvation, but they lacked the means (capital) to rise above destitution. Belloc predicted with great accuracy that the ameliorating efforts of the Fabian socialists and other reformers would serve only to further enrich the richest and reduce “liberty” to an empty slogan. He saw that regulation would work to the benefit of the capitalists (“regulatory capture” and “barriers to entry”) and that people without property would come to be treated scarcely different than chattel. His warning is especially timely in light of capitalist economic policy following the debacle of 2007-2008: “helicoptering” virtually free money to the banks in the vain hope that some of it will eventually trickle down to the servile masses.
In Part 2, I speak with VDARE’s own James Fulford. Therein, we consider the differences between the Alt Right, Dissident Right and Establishment Right, with special consideration to the delusionary world of the last named. We also discuss, among other things, Derbyshire’s Law of Political Stupidity, the link between high IQ and functional autism, Donald Trump’s (perhaps) surprising support among blacks and Hispanics and whether the Donald is likely to delight or disappoint his supporters. We conclude with an examination of the enigma of Barack Hussein Obama II and speculation as to his post-presidential career.