Monday, July 13, 2015

Duty. Something I was reminded of this weekend as someone gently chided me for "wasting time" trying to raise money for LFA.

As I was taking a bit of a tongue lashing from a concerned friend for taxing my strength by even being at the show, I was leafing through the aforementioned copy of Fehrenbach's This Kind of War. While I was trying to explain the necessity of being there and trying (albeit failing) to raise said funds for the Washington state fight, this Churchill quote from a speech he gave at Rochester NY in 1941 that Fehrenbach uses as a chapter header leapt out at me.
The destiny of mankind is not decided by material computation. When great causes are on the move in the world . . . we learn that we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.
Churchill, for all his faults, certainly understood the essential things.
Of course, I didn't mention Churchill to my concerned friend. I just smiled and took the tongue lashing like a man. It is the stubborn Dutchman in me, I suppose.


Anonymous said...

Duty. Honor. Country.

Three words that globalist progressives never want to hear.

j said...

but keep in mind that suicide by intentionally demanding more of the earthly body than it can give, is neither noble nor profitable to those whom you serve. No matter how honorable the intent, or how just the cause, the death of a leader deprives many of his voice, his wisdom and the encouragement of his presence. Let us remember - as Saint Francis of Assisi learned - that our body is not our own, to mistreat or neglect. Praying for you, dear brother. God be with you always.

Anonymous said...

Some perspective on Churchill:

The Real Churchill

"Churchill made a name for himself as an opponent of socialism both before and after the First World War, except during the war when he was a staunch promoter of war socialism, declaring in a speech: "Our whole nation must be organized, must be socialized if you like the word." Of course, such rank hypocrisy was by now Churchill's stock-in-trade, and not surprisingly, during the 1945 election, Churchill described his partners in the national unity government, the Labour Party, as totalitarians, when it was Churchill himself who had accepted the infamous Beveridge Report that laid the foundations for the post-war welfare state and Keynesian (mis)management of the economy.

As Mises wrote in 1950, "It is noteworthy to remember that British socialism was not an achievement of Mr. Attlee's Labor Government, but of the war cabinet of Mr. Winston Churchill." ..."

"... Churchill had fallen under the spell of the Fabian Society, and its leaders Beatrice and Sidney Webb, who more than any other group, are responsible for the decline of British society."

More eye openers about Churchill can be found here: