Beneath it All, A World of Blood and Soil

Life is hard, and then you die… _Adam, husband of Eve, when reflecting on their fall from grace

Modern life comprises a long series of diversions, from the moment of birth onward. Sheltered and diverted from the adult world and responsibility through childhood, adolescence, and often well into young adulthood, modern generations of youth can be at a loss when faced with the demands of adult life. Many modern adults choose a steady-state life of diversion as an alternative to facing the world of commitments and responsibilities, for which they have never been prepared.

The rot penetrates through all levels of the social and economic strata, and into the highest levels of power in government. Government policies, born of rotten ideology and logic, perpetuate — and even accelerate — the decline and increasingly likely collapse of order.

There is no particular reason to choose energy policy as an example of this top-down decay, except that modern societies live and die on the availability of abundant and affordable energy.

US President Obama recently released yet another executive order, dictating that by 2020, all the agencies of the US federal government will have to obtain at least 20% of electric power from “renewable energy” sources.

Forget the expense of such a mandate for a moment. Forget the fact that Mr. Obama will be well out of office by the time 2020 comes around, and well out of range of any fallout from the order. Consider whether such a thing as Obama dictates is even possible.

It is true that wind energy capacity in the US has grown rapidly, even if other forms of “renewable energy” have not. The problems of integrating wind and solar energy into a delicately balanced power grid have been largely ignored at top levels of government, in academia, and in the media.

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…wind is generally the most useless type of renewable energy. Unlike biomass and geothermal it is not dispatchable and other portions of the grid must be adjusted to compensate for its vagaries. It also tends to blow at night and in the spring and fall, when electrical demand is low. But the wind production tax credit has made it profitable to keep building windmills, even though they do not significantly lower dependence on other sources of power. And those giant windmills certainly are changing the American landscape. _

Large amounts of “renewable energy” need to be dumped at a loss, because it is generated at the wrong time in the wrong amount. But such waste is almost never taken into account by energy functionaries in government, academia, media, or the political activist world of faux environmentalism.

The unreliability of big wind/solar poses a serious hazard to the stability of delicately balanced power grids. When know-nothing bureaucrats and functionaries arbitrarily set mandated levels of supply for “renewable energy,” they expose their ignorance of underlying hard realities that cannot be legislated or ordered by executives.

Of course, on a power grid all forms of electrical energy travel together — whether “renewable” or “non-renewable.” There is no separating the two at the point of delivery. Only clever accounting practices — well known to shifty government bureaucrats — could allow anyone to pretend that they were using any particular percentage of “renewable energy.”

The same problems have crippled Spain, are on the verge of crippling Germany, and are just now being faced by the UK.

Underneath the world of government, media, and academic diversion, is the world of blood and soil. Once known as “the real world,” the world of blood and soil demands large numbers of skilled workers. Yet skilled workers are in short supply, and the need is soon to grow dire.

I am talking about people who perform the vital tasks that make a comfortable, prosperous, modern society possible. The average age of highly skilled US manufacturing workers is 56. The average age of US farmers is roughly the same. Average ages for other vital technical occupations ranges likewise from the late 40s into the 60s. Younger generations are failing to leave the world of diversions, to reach the world of blood and soil — where much of the quality of the future is determined.

Farmers, combat soldiers, police, firemen, emergency services, maintenance, oil & gas field workers, skilled construction workers, hands-on engineers, pipeline and transmission line workers, . . . Future societies will pay dearly for the loss of skilled workers in those and a wide range of other blood and soil occupations.

Most moderns would rather obsess over football scores, or the latest versions of iPhone, Windows, Grand Theft Auto, and similar diversions.

Much of what separates the third world from the advanced nations is the ability of advanced nations to maintain a high-tech infrastructure. There is essentially no maintenance in sub Saharan Africa other than what is provided by outsiders and market dominant minorities. There would be no maintenance in Saudi Arabia, if not for imported workers, made affordable by oil riches. Quality of life is made possible by a skilled workforce — something that is shrinking worldwide.

It is nice to have fibre-optic broadband, advanced surgical and medical care, top-flight entertainment, quality restaurants, luxury transportation, and the other amenities provided by the efforts of cream of the crop scientists, engineers, technicians, and those who transmit the fruits of good living to the rest of us. But those amenities would be neither possible nor sustainable without those of the blood and soil.

Modern societies exist and rely upon a dense fog of diversions and disinformation, generated by media, academia, and other more superfluous aspects of society. Most modern people would prefer never to confront the harsher aspects of reality. And when they are forced to do so by abject circumstances brought about by particularly bad decisions made by persons in power, they are at a loss.

Concerning Dangerous Children, you should know that these could be carpenters, neurosurgeons, or investment bankers. But you can be sure that they will develop strong connections and competencies in the world of blood and soil, before they move on to higher socioeconomic positions — if they choose to do so.

Every Dangerous Child must acquire at least 3 different ways of supporting himself economically by the age of 18. Most of these marketable skills will involve optional development of practical competencies which are generally a part of Dangerous Child training. But some will be skilled enough artists, musicians, computer coders, writers, etc. to make a decent living without using the blue collar, combat, or outdoorsman skills that are integral to Dangerous Child training. And many Dangerous Children will win full scholarships to institutions of higher education.

But if a Dangerous Child wanted to work his way through an undergrad or graduate degree — either on-campus or off — he should have no problem graduating with minimal debt if any. And he is most unlikely to have been flim-flammed or indoctrinated by pompous professors or tyrannical administrators.

Bad government is the result of bad citizens. The cure for bad government is growing better citizens.

Clarification: The term blood and soil is used in the sense of basic root foundations of life itself. The ideological use of blut und boden, as used by Hitler and his minions, is a misuse of the term by a bloody-minded politician. Too bad so many modern intellectuals of the “progressive” persuasion have chosen to mire themselves in the same limited interpretation.

The real world is starving for intelligent people willing to take it seriously.

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4 Responses to Beneath it All, A World of Blood and Soil

  1. bob sykes says:

    Actually, “blood and soil” is a late Nineteenth Century term. It was used by agrarian romanticists to argue that the strength of Germany came from its peasantry who worked small family farms. However, iIt also had a strong racial component, although this was more the typical European nationalism of the time rather than the Aryan supremacist belief of the Nazis. So, leaving out the nationalist component, before it became contaminated (forever, like the swastika) it meant something closer to what you mean.

    By the way, the environmentalist “bioregionalism” movement is more strongly associated with blood and soil because it promotes strictly local economic, and especially agricultural, relationships. When focused on food production, it is “localism” and encourages “locavores.” All of this is as asinine as the Nazi version. But then, in the 1930s/40s, German environmentalists supported the Nazis.

  2. swampie says:

    Went with a vocational class to a local manufacturing industry that does laser cutting, plasma cutting, and bending of large chunks of steel into big ship parts. Every single worker in there (and the general manager said they’d had to recruit them from all other parts of the US and Europe) had gray hair.

    • Abelard Lindsey says:

      I’m an automation engineer (industrial automation and control systems). I notice that a lot of the manufacturing workers doing what you describe are also “grey hairs”. There does seem to be lots of decent manufacturing jobs that young people seem not to be interested in. They would rather be barristas and complain about being paid minimum wage.

  3. alfin2101 says:

    Bob: Thanks for the background information. The metaphors are powerful. Too powerful to be put out of bounds by any language police. Soil is rich with micro-organisms, teeming with life, providing a place for plants to grow and evolve. Blood is likewise teeming with life, passed upward along the food chain to nourish the flow of animal evolution.

    Leave it to the new left to attempt to link huge swathes of language to politically unspeakable horrors, channeling the flow of language and thought into narrow defiles that can be more easily controlled. Orwellian.

    SW: Interesting. That seems to be the case all over the western world, except perhaps in countries with active apprenticeship programs.

    AL: Thanks for the comment.

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