And while our Ruling Class is Enriching Itself Massively

…they are busy urging far far better men and women than themselves into the meat grinder of battle so they can continue their experiments in exporting democratic capitalism from the barrel of a gun.

Hear the voice of our elites:

What could be the most important contribution that increasing farmers could offer to the nation? Better food? Better soil development? Better care for animals? Better care for plants?

Are you ready? Here’s his answer: although rural America only has 16 percent of the population, it gives 40 percent of the personnel to the military. Say what? You mean when it’s all said and done, at the end of the day, the bottom line–you know all the cliches–the whole reason for increasing farms is to provide cannon fodder for American imperial might. He said rural kids grow up with a sense of wanting to give something back, and if we lose that value system, we’ll lose our military might.

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  • Procopius

    Joel Salatin in awaesome! A gentleman-farmer/philosopher indeed!

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      He is, but I was disappointed to discover that he compares the Catholic Church to the giant food corporations (evil). Reading him makes me want to own a farm, even when it doesn’t make any sense. 🙂

      • Faithr

        Where did he say that? I’ve went to a talk with him (invited by a Catholic homeschooler) and he was telling us how new neighbors of his were helping out/working for him with polyface and they were a large Catholic homeschooling family. I got the distinct impression he was pretty cool with Catholics. I’ve read only one of his books and didn’t see anything there either. I just wonder where you picked up that quote about the Catholic Church.

        • Rebecca Fuentes

          It was in Micheal Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”, p 260. “It’s a little like Luther nailing his ninety-five theses up at Wittenberg. Back then it was the printing press that allowed the Protestants to break off and form their own communities . . .” It’s Joel speaking, and based on his opinions of corporate and industrial food (which I agree with), I thought it was pretty harsh to compare the Catholic Church to them. There’s a few other lines similar to that on the same page and the following one that just really struck hard as I was reading it the first time.
          I wouldn’t be more delighted to find that I completely misinterpreted his comparison, though. I’d love to visit Polyface Farm or go to a presentation by him someday.

  • ivan_the_mad
  • Step away from the koolaid people. Tom Vilsack was a tool for saying what he did and it says something about McAuliffe’s policy process that there was no reaction to the statement. There’s a yawning chasm between that and actually demonstrating that the entire elite is a lost cause worthy of our undifferentiated scorn.

    • Stu

      Well, I give them scorn because increasingly they don’t serve in the Armed Forces themselves.

      • That’s certainly your right, yet I do wonder at the utility of blanket scorn for those who do not serve when the number of those who do is limited by law and is a relatively small number and likely to get smaller.

        I never did serve and I guess I will have to live with your scorn.

        • Stu

          Are you part of the ruling elite?

          • It depends on your definitions. Were I an NKVD officer looking to drag people out to Katyn woods, I’d put my name on the list in the journalists/troublesome computer people section.

            Who are you scorning and why is the question I’m asking.

  • Stu

    I guess Vilsack will be promoting both the South and Scotch-Irish since they also disproportionately over-represent in the military as well.

    What a dork. Typical mindset from a politician who hasn’t worn the cloth.

    • Elmwood

      Scotch-Irish–no, Dutch-Irish, my father was from Wales.

  • quasimodo

    considering the restrictions being placed on the chaplains in the military, I would not advise a Catholic to consider military service.

    • Mark S. (not for Shea)

      We need more faithful Catholics in public service, not fewer.

    • kenofken

      There are no restrictions upon chaplains in the military which would affect the work of any chaplain who understands professionalism and the core purpose of chaplaincy, which is to serve men and women in the military of all faiths. The only people who have real problems with the military’s chaplain regs are one or two twits who felt the troops existed for THEM as a personal captive evangelizing audience, and a few conservative politicians, most of whom never served, who want to make the military another front in their culture war against gays.

      • SteveP

        Those are twits believing there are such things as “gay rams.” Rural kids know an abstraction is an abstraction. Squealer.

  • SteveP

    “He said rural kids grow up with a sense of wanting to give something back, and if we lose that value system, we’ll lose our military might.”
    Too late – rural kids are rapidly learning the current military is not a place “to give something back.” That Vilsack needed to give a recruitment talk is just an indicator of the depth of the rot. But let it rot – something will grow.