Tagged: standing army

Law 15: One Repeal To Freedom

Hate Crime

“Adding extra penalties to a crime based upon the offender’s motive or prejudicial statements is an unconstitutional abridgement of free expression. … Proponents of hate crime laws have attempted to compare the need for hate crime laws with the need for laws against discrimination. On the other hand, some have noted that civil rights laws target discriminatory behavior, not the prejudice behind the behavior.” (Encyclopedia of American Law)

I owe the reader a precision. The first sentence has been cut to express my full endorsement of the idea and this is not the current state of the law. The original sentence is “Critics of hate crime statutes argue that adding extra penalties to a crime etc.”

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One Repeal To Freedom: Terminating the Civil Rights Acts

The most conspicuous, when the Acts are repealed, is that nothing will be changed. The fair employment section has not desegregated the workplace and the fair housing act has not desegregated neighborhoods–as far as those for whom these acts were allegedly passed, the Negroes, are concerned.

Civil rights are statutory protections against discrimination, enacted by legislative bodies to regulate activities in the private sector. … Civil liberties are the rights we have against the state, that is, against government.” (S. Kennedy & D. Schultz, American Public Service, 2011)

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The Threat of Standing Armies

(Completes The People in Arms in Law 14.)

The second amendment has three functions: (1) To defend against a tyrannical government

Assuming a tyrannical government is what Scalia calls “public violence” in the phrase (protecting oneself against) “both public and private violence,” and that to defend against it is to defend against its army, can it be done by the militias as known from the statutes?

The National Guard is “under the dual control of the state governments and the federal government”: If one of the two controlers is the tyrannical government, the National Guard cannot act as a defense against it unless it splits from the tyrannical controler. If the two controlers are together, the National Guard can do nothing.

State Defense forces are under state control. They cannot defend against a tyrannical government if the state in question supports said government or is the tyrannical government.

These are not militias but integral parts of the governments that the Constitution suspects of possible “public violence” and tyranny, and therefore the legislative acts are best described as maneuvers to empty out an important constitutional object.

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Why did the Founders fear standing armies? Standing armies are made of the scum of society (Montesquieu already said so, why would it be different today?) so in the final analysis what you’ve got is a scum bureaucracy and a political lobby of the scum, which is gathered in a mass and thus can develop a scum class consciousness (contrary to tertiary sector workers, completely atomized). Add police to this brutish illiterate organized element and, beside big business (Delaware Inc. [see below]), you’ve got the most prominent political lobby in the state.

The Republican Party is their mouthpiece now –them plus small business. What blue collars? The jobs are outsourced in China– which platforms therefore ask both for small government and large armed forces: a banana republic.

So much so that, seeing this farce, some true conservatives have been forced to flee to a third party, the Libertarians, even though, as I wrote elsewhere (Law 10), a two-party system is better than a multi-party system.

The Republican Party’s platforms vindicate both small government and large armed forces. Small business, bosses and employees alike, the former due to their opposition to red tape, the later out of resentment against functionaries’ entitlement, calls for small government. The praetorians call for large armies.

The Democratic Party’s platforms are dictated by the technostructure, which is compounded of big business and state bureaucracy.

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When this or that politician emphatically declamates that the army is the most desegregated institution in the states, it’s a bloody sarcasm on racial minorities. More desegregated is only… prisons. What is it they gloat over?

In my opinion professional soldiers should never be called veterans. It must be reserved to drafted civilians.

The figures of military outsourcing in the U.S. (Titan Corporation etc) are now staggering and these companies’ employees most probably never get called veterans no matter where they go.

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Delaware Inc.

Biden has spent his career making it difficult to wipe out debt via bankruptcy. Biden is from Credit Card Company-run Delaware. (Patrick Howley, journalist)

Oh Biden is from Delaware… Recently I read this on Delaware:

“Most American corporations are incorporated in Delaware and … most Delaware cases of corporation law are done in front of professional judges [Delaware Court of Chancery, an equity court], not jury laymen.” (De Geest, American Law: A Comparative Primer, 2020)

I apologize for putting Howley’s “credit cart company run-Delaware” description in its true light, which is that it’s not even half the picture, since “Most American corporations are incorporated in Delaware and … most Delaware cases of corporation law are done in front of professional judges, not jury laymen.”

Delaware is the incorporation state of “most American corporations” so they can avoid litigation via popular juries.

Therefore, the item he lays down from Biden’s record (making it difficult to wipe out debt via bankruptcy) must have a more accurate reason, which is, in my opinion, that Delaware is the state of big corporation interests and it’s small business owners who need accommodating bankruptcy laws. Big corporations have an interest in holding small business by the throat.

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The Mexican Flag As Gown

North Carolina student denied diploma after wearing Mexican flag over graduation gown.

Decoration Day (Source: The Yucatan Times)

Here’s the story.

“Livestreamed video footage from the ceremony shows the principal ask him to take the flag off. After an unsuccessful attempt to take it off, he was handed his diploma holder, which the other students also received. But after walking across the stage, he was denied his actual diploma.”

“This incident is not about the Mexican flag,” the school said, adding they “strongly support [their] students’ expression of their heritage.” But “school dress code allows decoration only on graduation cap.”

Then, “In a statement to ABC News on Sunday, … High School said that Lopez’s diploma has been available for pick up since Friday and that an apology has never been requested, expected or required.”

With title “North Carolina student denied diploma after wearing Mexican flag over graduation gown,” the author of the paper seemingly intends to make of this story a civil liberties issue, whereas it is a dress code issue, and when you read till the end, of course the student’s got his diploma: he can pick it up at the school and the school has not even asked for an apology for the decoration day’s dress code breach.

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The facts: E. Lopez wore the flag of Mexico over his graduation gown at decoration day. The principal who was to hand the diploma asked him to remove the flag because it was a breach of the school’s dress code for decoration day, upon which demand Lopez tried to comply but had difficulty removing the flag, so the principal handed the diploma nevertheless, finding Lopez’s wish to comply compliant enough. However, someone else from the school staff, after he had walked across the stage, thought differently and took the diploma back. This caused some outrage and a small demonstration took place in the next days. The school explained that the sanction had nothing to do with the flag but with a breach of dress code, that the diploma was available at the school for Lopez to pick it up, and that the school was not asking him an apology. The sanction was therefore simply that his diploma was withheld a few days by school officials, which seems quite fair and the school could have asked for an apology in the bargain without making a disproportionate demand, I find.

A paper was released (attached to a video from decoration day) with title “North Carolina student denied diploma after wearing Mexican flag over graduation gown.”

I wonder whether the word “denied” is not misleading and I would really like to know how other readers interpreted it. The diploma was retained a few days, does it justify the use of the word “denied”? On the other hand, Lopez did not get his diploma that day so he was denied the diploma that day, sure; still, he was not denied the diploma more than a few days…

The first thing that came to my mind when reading the headline (I’m not an American citizen and for a moment I overlooked the narrower meaning of the word diploma in English) is that E. Lopez was denied his degree, that is, the school authorities canceled his studies because of his wearing a foreign flag on his gown at decoration day, as if they had found it a seditious act. We all know the issue with flags is sensitive, Republicans tried to make burning or otherwise defiling the Stars and Stripes a criminal offense (the Supreme Court found it unconstitutional, so they tried to amend the Constitution, no less), so for a moment I thought school authorities had reacted in a hugely disproportionate way (the Supreme Court grants school authorities extensive prerogatives so why not?). I had been reading about Mexico’s President Vicente Fox urging, in his times, Mexican migrants to keep Mexico’s interest at heart when they vote in the U.S., so perhaps the climate in the school was marred by ethnic tensions and the authorities would have seized the opportunity and used the power that is bestowed upon them to make an example, treating the case as sedition and canceling the kid’s study years in a snap.

After I cooled down I knew it was only about the paper document, but still to “deny” Lopez this document, like forever, would have been disproportionate.

Then I found out the document was only withheld a few daysand I think it is all set (and the school could even have asked for an apology in my opinion). I said this was a mere dress code issue and not a civil liberties issue but this is not accurate: a dress code issue may well be a civil liberties issue, as is known since Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969): “The First Amendment, as applied through the Fourteenth, did not permit a public school to punish a student for wearing a black armband as an anti-war protest, absent any evidence that the rule was necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or the rights of others.”

The school authorities may have been quite lenient with Lopez because they had this Supreme Court’s decision in mind and not only because of possible diplomatic consequences or out of political correctness.

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“Not liberty, but Dominion”

« (President John Quincy Adams) continued, America “goes not abroad in search of enemies to destroy.” If America embarked upon such a course she would “involve herself beyong the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.” In prophetic words, Adams added, “The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force … She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.” Adams summed up America’s achievement in these words: “(Her) glory is not dominion, but liberty.” » (Claes G. Ryn, America the Virtuous, 2003)

“Not dominion, but liberty,” President Quincy Adams said. Now it seems that Americans are going to have “not liberty, but Dominion” (Dominion Voting Systems).

The very word Dominion should be abhorrent to Americans for at least two reasons.

1/ In this major presidential speech from 1821 (the “not dominion, but liberty” speech) President Adams was reaffirming the tradition, set up by Washington in his farewell address, of avoiding entanglement in international relations, of avoiding it for the very sake of America’s greatness.

2/ Pursuant to the same ideal, America advocated nations’ right of self-determination in a time when the British and other European countries had world empires with dominions, allegedly “self-governing” colonies. That is to say the word dominion runs into the idea of self-determination.

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The Faceless Against Hate

Justin Trudeau: Freedom of expression isn’t “freedom to hate.”

That’s the true state of Canadian law, where faceless bureaucrats (of whom Trudeau is but the mouthpiece) decide what is hate and what is not, and what citizens, writers, intellectuals, journalists are allowed to say.

That a few states be added to the territory over which the Union is sovereign, is long overdue. If the U.S. does not consider it seriously or keeps accepting such a sham, such a parody of democracy at his border, then the Union will not be able to maintain its freedoms for long because its sense of freedom will be eroded by the deceptive idea that a country can be mocking and trampling liberties as Canada does and still be a legitimate model of Western democracy.

Before the internet people had no idea, but I fear the internet is not going to make Canadians ask for the same freedoms as their neighbor and rather that American faceless bureaucrats will press Congress and courts to curtail American freedoms, legitimized by the Canadian example.

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I fear the internet is not going to make Canadians ask for the same freedoms as their neighbor, precisely because their system is locked up. People do not decide what subjects are open to debate, Canadians are not allowed to ask “freedom to hate,” that would be, as the faceless bureaucrats construe it, to stand against the state, that would be sedition.

You might say Trudeau is the face of the “faceless,” after all. As much as a conservative prime minister would. They are called faceless no matter who is “in charge” because, in a lockep up system, the people cannot look at bureaucracy as in a mirror. Their dictates are promises made to lobbies behind closed doors, and while they hardly ever show up on political platforms, yet repressive laws are piling up.

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Flag Desecration Amendments Galore

Whereas in most countries flag desecration is a criminal offense punishable with prison, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a statute prohibiting burning and otherwise defiling the Stars and Stripes.

Therefore, since Texas v. Johnson, 1989, in order to make it a criminal offense like elsewhere U.S. lawmakers need a constitutional amendment.

« There have been several proposed Flag Desecration Amendments to the Constitution of the United States that would allow Congress to enact laws to prohibit flag desecration:

Douglas Applegate (Ohio) in 1991
Spencer Bachus (Alabama) in 2013
Steve Daines (Montana) in 2019
Robert Dornan (California) in 1991
Bill Emerson (Missouri) in 1991, 1993, 1995
Randy Cunningham (California) in 1999, 2001, 2003,
Jo Ann Emerson (Missouri) in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
John P. Hammerschmidt (Arkansas), 1991
Orrin Hatch (Utah) in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2013
Andrew Jacobs Jr. (Indiana) in 1995
Joseph M. McDade (Pennsylvania) in 1989, 1995, 1996
Clarence E. Miller (Ohio) in 1991
John Murtha (Pennsylvania) in 2007
Ron Paul (Texas) in 1997, but he opposed any federal prohibition of flag desecration, including his own Flag Desecration Amendment which he proposed only as a protest against proposals by his Congressional colleagues, such as Emerson and Solomon, to ban flag desecration through ordinary legislation instead of by Constitutional Amendment.
Gerald B. H. Solomon (New York) in 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997
Floyd Spence (South Carolina) in 1991
David Vitter (Louisiana) in 2009 »

(Wikipedia: Flag Desecration)

To think that lawmakers are so obstinate, they must have plenty of time to waste. But this is no surprise; as I always say, it takes independent judges tenured for life to defend free speech, whereas elected officials are always against free speech.

Cours de science du droit 3 & More

FR-EN-ES

Ce qui manque beaucoup aux intellectuels marxistes aujourd’hui, c’est une bureaucratie militaire qui leur dise ce qu’il faut dire.

La Corée du Nord n’est pas assez audible depuis la France.

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La bureaucratie chinoise ne les aide pas non plus car elle fait la révolution du prolétariat en gagnant des parts de marché, et nos intellectuels marxistes n’entendent rien à ces choses. Il faudrait qu’ils forment un parti confucéen pour qu’elle s’intéresse à eux.

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À la fin du bloc communiste, on a vu les « nouveaux riches » arriver en touristes depuis la Russie et les autres pays de l’autre côté du Rideau de fer, et tout le monde assure qu’ils étaient ignobles. Mais voilà, ce n’étaient pas des nouveaux riches, seulement des nouveaux capitalistes : les ex-apparatchiks communistes.

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Ce qui reste du marxisme : une haine de la liberté d’expression, car pourquoi avoir raison avec Marx quand on peut avoir tort sans être condamné par les tribunaux ?

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Si, écrivant en français sur internet, vous craignez pour la propriété intellectuelle de vos idées, alors il faut avoir des idées en faveur de la liberté, dont vous pouvez être sûrs qu’aucun Français ne les volera.

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Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau: “We do not have the right for example to shout fire in a movie theatre crowded with people” (Oct. 2020, in explaining to Canadians that caricatures of religions should be excluded from free speech protection – or rather why such caricatures are not protected under Canadian law already)

Trudeau v Brandenburg v Ohio 1969

“[Justice] Douglas dealt with the classic example of a man falsely shouting fire in a theater … In order to explain why someone could be legitimately prosecuted for this, Douglas called it an example in which speech is brigaded with action. In the view of Douglas and [Justice] Black, this was probably the only sort of case in which a person could be prosecuted for speech.” (Wkpd Brandenburg v Ohio, US Supreme Court) #Trudeau #LightMyFire

However, Sir Trudeau is only reminding us of Canadian law, as there exist hate speechstatutes in Canada. Yet the comparison with shouting fire in a crowded theater is wrong when being “brigaded with action” is lacking; Canadian hate speech laws cannot be justified on the shouting fire example.

Whereas freedom of speech is a constitutional right in the U.S., in Canada it is a bullshit right and Canadians are bullshit freemen. – If that’s hate speech, then come and get me: French police will be delighted to give a hand. #Trudeaublackface

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Les prêtres de l’idole aveugle

En France, les magistrats ne sont pas élus. Deux magistrats nous disent pourquoi : « Les outrances, avatars et péripéties de la campagne électorale risquent de déconsidérer la magistrature. » (Lemesle & Pansier) Ce n’est pas gentil pour le président, les députés, les élus locaux, etc. Si l’élection discrédite l’élu, la démocratie se discrédite elle-même. Et si c’est seulement un risque et que l’on a compris, pour le président, les députés, etc, comment l’éviter, on peut l’éviter aussi pour des magistrats élus. Quelle mentalité…

Aucune outrance, aucun avatar, aucune péripétie de campagne électorale ne pourrait jamais déconsidérer la magistrature autant que l’expression d’une telle opinion par deux magistrats.

La phrase est tirée d’un Que sais-je ? donc d’un livre plus grand public que la moyenne des ouvrages spécialisés.

Je ne vois pas comment elle ne voudrait pas dire qu’aux yeux de ses auteurs les fonctions électives sont déconsidérées, puisqu’elle sert à justifier la non-élection des magistrats et que si les fonctions électives actuelles n’étaient pas déconsidérées, le risque ne vaudrait pas la peine d’être mentionné car il serait sans conséquences. Si le risque sert d’argument, c’est que les auteurs croient le tirer de l’expérience, qui serait donc la déconsidération attachée aux fonctions électives actuelles, dont il faut prémunir la magistrature.

En jetant ainsi l’opprobre sur l’élection, nos deux magistrats le jettent aussi sur les fonctions électives, par là décrites comme déconsidérées, sans autorité réelle, inutiles. Car, puisque pour eux la déconsidération liée à l’élection est un fait d’expérience, il faudrait qu’avant d’appeler à repousser l’élection des magistrats, actuellement non élus, ils demandent de renoncer à élire les organes actuellement élus, s’ils étaient convaincus que la déconsidération devait avoir quelque effet préjudiciable. Or, comme ils ne le demandent pas, ils jugent donc que la déconsidération des organes actuellement élus est sans gravité, et cela ne se laisser penser que si les organes en question sont insignifiants et inutiles.

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Si vous entendez parler de la jurisprudence du tribunal administratif TA Paris, 14 juin 2007, BOUCHAREL n° 0412723 (il arrive qu’elle soit citée dans son contentieux un peu spécialisé), sachez que c’est moi. À 31 ans j’avais déjà une jurisprudence à mon nom.

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Explosion de la délinquance en col d’hermine

Explain to me how come, after the previous generation’s ‘LSD craze’ –millions of Westerners (according to Tim Leary) turning on with lysergic acid –, the Western world is still as cramped as ever, even more so. (Boucharel, Aug. 2018)

En raison de leur usage de cannabis et LSD, les hippies apparaissent comme un mouvement délinquant de masse dans les statistiques policières et judiciaires. Quand on parle d’« explosion de la délinquance » dans les années 70, c’est le phénomène hippie ! C’est Tonton Maurice qui portait les cheveux longs et fumait des pétards. Or c’est cette « explosion » qui a justifié la mise en place de procédures pénales expéditives : les peines alternatives prononcées par le procureur sans jugement.

Comme Tonton Maurice faisait exploser la délinquance, il fallait « désengorger » les tribunaux et l’on a confié les sanctions au procureur, un super-flic qui appartient non pas au pouvoir judiciaire mais à l’exécutif, un Punisher expéditif, un vigilante aux pleins pouvoirs, incontrôlé.

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Toutefois, on dit que « dans la pratique » le procureur est indépendant de l’exécutif. Or il est selon les textes indépendant du judiciaire. C’est donc un quatrième pouvoir ! Et ce pouvoir a la caractéristique formelle d’être irresponsable et de ne rendre de comptes à personne.

Ni exécutif ni judiciaire : c’est pourquoi je l’appelle un vigilante (de l’espagnol via l’anglais), car il n’agit qu’en son propre nom.

On voit mal comment l’existence d’une telle chose pourrait être constitutionnelle et conforme à « nos valeurs républicaines ».

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Une logique floue du droit

Le droit américain comme le droit français appliquent le principe non bis in idem (en anglais, double jeopardy). Aux États-Unis, la conséquence en est que le ministère public (attorney general) ne peut faire appel d’une relaxe ou d’un acquittement, mais en France le ministère public (procureur) peut faire appel.

L’un de ces régimes juridiques est logique, l’autre non. En effet, d’une même prémisse (le principe non bis in idem), on ne peut logiquement inférer une chose et son contraire. Il faut donc que l’une de ces inférences soit logiquement construite et que l’autre soit une faute logique. Or, comme rejuger une affaire après une relaxe est, de quelque façon qu’on le tourne, bis in idem, c’est-à-dire le contraire du principe admis, c’est le droit français qui est irrationnel (et par là-même arbitraire).

C’est la « logique » de cerveaux suradministrés, malades.

Des cerveaux suradministrés, oui, suradmnistrés par cette administration « sans cesse active et stérile », dont parle Tocqueville, qui prolifère en France depuis le 17e siècle et l’absolutisme, et dont la Révolution de 1789 n’a pu nous débarrasser. (cf L’ancien régime et la Révolution, 1856)

Nos valeurs, « nos valeurs républicaines », ce sont des principes comme non bis in idem. Un principe, deux législations diamétralement opposées ! De même qu’il y a des fous qui se prennent pour Napoléon, il y a des pays de fous qui se croient républicains.

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« Cette administration sans cesse active et stérile » (Tocqueville).

Quand l’administration (fiscale) veut prélever 100 sur un particulier ou une entreprise, il y a une infinité de possibilités.

La plus simple, elle prélève 100.

Sinon, elle peut aussi donner 100 et prélever 200, donner 200 et prélever 300, donner 300 et prélever 400, etc, etc.

Mais même si elle opte fermement pour « donner 100 et prélever 200 », elle peut le faire de mille manières différentes. Simple : donner 100 par un bureau et prélever 200 par un autre bureau, mais elle peut encore donner 50 et 50 par deux bureaux, et prélever 100 et 100 par deux autres bureaux, ou donner par trois bureaux et prélever par trois bureaux, ou par dix ou vingt ou mille…

Au bout du compte, l’administration ne fait jamais que « prélever 100 » mais dans un cas nous avons un bureau et dans l’autre un nombre infini de bureaux.

« Sans cesse active et stérile ».

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Existe una tendencia al monopolio universitario en la publicación por «impreso» de poesía, es decir hay algo de conventículos y entre-unos-mismos, con inspiración bastante letárgica y polvorienta, dicho sea de paso, y no ven con particular benevolencia trayectorias propias y contacto con la realidad como fuente de arte, ya que ellos mismos son bastante fuera de realidad.

El catedrático poeta. Cuando ha escrito el primer verso de su poema, recuerda que existe una teoría semioticológica sobre los versos acabando en -uta y, en vez de escribir el segundo verso, desarrolla una nota de pie de pagina sobre la teoría famosa y polémica. Al fin del més, cuando ha acabado su nota de pie de pagina, se trata de un nuevo tratado de neosemioticología estructuroespacial y lo publica en las prensas universitarias. Mas nunca alcanza el segundo verso de ningún poema, a causa de su patología.

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Un vientre manantial es tema obligatorio entre devotos de la fertilidad. Pero Nietzsche, o sea su Zarathustra, dice: «‘¡Yo quiero herederos, quiero niños, no me quiero a mi!’ Así hablan en el rebaño. Mas el creador nunca dice tales cosas.»

Y por eso un vientre manantial tiene ,,so zu sagen’’ dos caras, una sonriente para el devoto de la fertilidad, y otra goyesca. ¡Vientre de dos caras!

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Montesquieu vs Ibn Khaldun

Montesquieu is the first, in his Spirit of the Laws (1748), to have disproved a few of Ibn Khaldun’s views, albeit without seeming aware of the latter’s writings. (Not sure when Ibn Khaldun –14th c.– became known in the Western world). The idea that civilized people, because of the crippling effects of luxury, must fall prey to more warlike Barbarians, is formally said by Montesquieu to not obtain in modern times (eighteenth century).

Ibn Khaldun’s idea is a historical law according to which civilized people, through the corrupting influence of luxury, with time must fall at a disadvantage compared to Barbarian people, who then conquer them. He discusses several instances of this, such as Almoravids and Almohads’ conquests in Al-Andalus. Montesquieu wrote on the same topic and confirmed it (I believe, independently) as far as pastimes are concerned but disproved the view as far as 18th-century Europe is. He writes that in the past poverty would give people a military advantage –this is exactly what Ibn Khaldun states, as Barbarians are poor– because, he argues, in the past governments relied on armies formed of their own citizens and when these citizens were softened by luxury they would evince poor military capabilities. But in 18th-century Europe, things had changed wholly: Now armies were, Montesquieu says, composed of the scum of every society and permanently maintained by the sovereign’s treasury. Hence, no matter how citizens are lenified by luxury, standing armies can be at no disadvantage when facing warlike but poor Barbarians.

That one of Ibn Khaldun’s historical laws was already confuted by one of our great authors when it first became known on our shores. And I believe I am the first to write down the fact.

Montesquieu’s depiction of ferocious nations rushing en masse “out of their deserts” against wealthy and mollified civilizations strikes a chord to anyone who has Ibn Khaldun’s views in mind, but, as he argues, this depiction did obtain no more.

« Autrefois la pauvreté pouvait donner à un Peuple de grands avantages : voici comment. Les Villes ne se servant dans leurs guerres que de leurs Citoyens, les Armées de celles qui étaient riches étaient composées de gens perdus par la mollesse, l’oisiveté, et les plaisirs ; ainsi elles étaient souvent détruites par celles de leurs voisins qui, accoutumés à une vie pénible et dure, étaient plus propres à la guerre et aux exercices militaires de ces temps-là. Mais il n’en est pas de même aujourd’hui que les Soldats, la plus vile partie de toutes les Nations, n’ont pas plus de luxe les uns que les autres, qu’on n’a plus besoin dans les exercices militaires de la même force et de la même adresse, et qu’il est plus aisé de former des troupes réglées.

Souvent un Peuple pauvre se rendait formidable à tous les autres, parce qu’il était féroce, et que, sortant de ses déserts, il paraissait tout entier et tout à coup devant une Nation qui n’avait de force que par le respect que l’on avait pour elle. Mais aujourd’hui que les Peuples tous policés sont, pour ainsi dire, les Membres d’une grande République, ce sont les richesses qui font la puissance, n’y ayant point aujourd’hui de Nation qui ait des avantages qu’une plus riche ne puisse presque toujours avoir. »

(Réflexions sur la monarchie universelle en Europe, ch. II, repris dans De l’Esprit des lois)