The Peripatetic School

Which community do you prefer?

In the spring of 2002 I relocated my family moved from downtown into the country. It was a difficult move. My wife and I stumbled around in a daze for several days coming to terms with the differences. But let me back up a number of years and fill you in on how we got there. I can’t say that I have sage advice for all to follow. What I can do is tell our story, mistakes and all, then explain my reasoning for the move and let you glean what is useful.

The Valley of Alliswell

Waiting on the mountaintop can get lonely and cause you to question your deepest held beliefs. For a while, it is a great party, sitting there with your closest friends, closing 401K accounts, buying silver, telling stories, singing “Any Minute Now.”

But weeks, months, and now 3 years pass and the end doesn’t come. What now?

Trouble in River City

   The problems in education began with the rise of Empiricism (scientific method) to the top of the educational system. In today’s world, if you cannot prove it with empirical research studies and statistics, then it is just hearsay, myth, anecdotal evidence, and Empiricists reject it. Our degree programs emphasize the ability to do research—because that is all that most professors know how to do. 
     Then we claim we have taught our students “critical thinking.”
What we have cut out of the curriculum are the humanities—philosophy, art, rhetoric, history, language, literature, culture, the classics, etc.—the broad based education that many employers want to see. Here is where I argue the seat of critical thinking resides.

Community, Free Speech, & the Internet

John Milton wrote the “speech” Aeropagitica in 1644, as a revolution commenced, in response to a new law that all books had to be “licensed” before printing and circulation. This law did not intend to raise revenues, but sought the control of ideas and criticisms of local and national governments in Great Britain. The mass media was effectively controlled. Milton saw it more clearly than most and tried to do something about it at age 36.

Power & Moral relativity

Keynesian theory is a constructionist worldview applied to money. Austrian economics takes much more of an essentialist view. We gold bugs are essentialists when it comes to money, stubbornly clinging to the surety and scarcity of our barbarous relics. Keynes, Krugman & Bernanke teach that money is created—created by human will through their wise and benevolent leadership. But are they consciously duping us?

Wizardry of the MSM

JRR Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings during WWII, withholding publication until 1954-55, while he likely sharpened and edited the 2nd best selling novel in history. As with all great works of literature, they are a blend of divine inspiration and good old hard work and study on the part of the author. But what did Tolkein wish for his readers to learn? Was his novel simply for entertainment? Of all the truths Tolkein tried to communicate to his readers, one stands out as the most subtle, yet most critical—not the military power of the “forces of evil, but their power of propaganda.

Bug-out with the in-laws.

"Honey, can you fix that scraping sound when the car hits a bump?

"Sure," I say, "I’ll work on it next Saturday."

But when Saturday comes around I look out at the car and find some other important task to do, like cleaning my desk, so that I am busy and productive. But I suspect my wife knows that I am just procrastinating the fix on the car. I just don’t want to go start the job. My subconscious knows what is coming.

Sudden or incremental

Given the overnight action in metals, perhaps discussing the big picture my be more interesting today.

I bought a house some years back that had an old curved roof barn. The architecture was amazing to behold to a wannabe carpenter like me, with curved roof beams, large oak support beams for the floor.  But there was a problem. That hill was saturated with water flowing underground out of hundreds of uphill acres north of the barn. The builders did not install a drainage tile. At some point, the water pressure from the north cracked the 8" thick concrete foundation wall horizontally along its 100 foot length about three feet above the lower level floor.

More From Dr Jerome: Primitive or Pampered?

Primitive or Pampered? That is the question.

As a teacher and writer, if I have a strength or gift, it is that I understand the basics of a wide range of endeavors. My true expertise is limited to rhetoric and composition. I also worked as an electrician for 15 years (union member) with a formal apprenticeship before going back to college. Beyond these two fields, I am no expert, merely knowledgeable. But I also learned that a bit of solid knowledge is quite useful and should not be dismissed. So I share freely what I learn and hope that I know where to draw the line—and on a blog like this I trust that we have at least one expert from every relevant field who will keep us in line and hopefully contribute to the community.

Dr Jerome Joins The Crew: Prepper Guide for Gold and Silver Stackers

I am not a great trader or a gifted entrepreneur. My contributions to this site ought to come from my scholarly expertise in speech and media analysis, but most of you see right through the bullshit of our leaders and the biased reporting of the media. So I’d like to offer a creative problem-solving side of my world. I work through new ideas by writing and through dialog with others. So I hope this post, and future ones, can begin fruitful dialog that helps new members get a firm grasp on our times and provides hungry ears to listen as our experienced members share their wisdom, experience, and practical knowledge. After all, we are preparing for the end of the Keynesian experiment and a transition into a new world. The stakes are as high as they get.

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