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Sep 6, 2023Liked by Tree of Woe

C. S. Lewis remarked that the right side is always losing, and that the civilized man, as he is dying, will critique the inferior craftsmanship of the barbarian spear that has skewered him. So keep writing brother.

The Left indoctrinates by repetition. Civilized persons become educated through repetition. Strictly speaking, only one thing is really necessary; maybe two. So keep on saying it over and over from as many angles as occurs to you.

“Those who seek the Kingdom of Heaven together will perish alone. Those who seek it alone will find it together.”

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I appreciate the deeply-thought out, well-researched thought process you bring to things we aren't aware of. I think most people are sick-to-death of covid, or even all the black-pilling over the World Economic Forum / globalist / military-idnustrial-complex / Marxist hijinks. At some point all the black-pilling gets so depressing that you either have to slit your wrists, or turn it off.

What I -would- like to see going forward is an eclectic deep-dive into the weighty topics that interest you, but then end with an up-note of "how to bite the head off the vulture which came to eat your eyes." How can we take that downer bit of information you just gave us and throw a monkeywrench into the globalist machine? I've been researching leftist eco-terror tactics lately for a book that I'm writing and the whole concept of "monkeywrenching" bears a closer look. Especially when you look at the tactics of organizations such as the Sea Shepherd society in thwarting a variety of environmental malfeasers. There must be SOME way we can take all those black-pills and hand back the globalists the turds they keep trying to tell us are roses?

Also, I like your theology and morality posts. I'm not overly religious, but when you crack open the Book of Revelations and everything in there is like, "Meh ... the WEF pulled that in 2001" then its time to contemplate maybe there really is some kind of malign intelligence coordinating it all?

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I like everything I’ve seen from you, truth be told. Yet I think a discussion of cyclical theories of history and the approach of the Fourth Turning would perhaps be more relevant now than during Trump’s presidency, especially due to the post-lockdown era and how this has created a Spenglerian shift under Biden.

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by Tree of Woe

Mostly enjoy all topics covered, especially with appropriate depth. It's not easy being cheesy, or of moderately high IQ, on the internet, since most writing is for average IQ and shallow-depth perusers.

I definitely enjoy the economics and law/liberty articles (and would be interested in your take on 2024 as it happens).

I want to see more of what you think is not allowed -- things that you feel must be hidden behind a paywall to be discussed (or moved over to unauthorized.tv (or some other adjacent "subversive" platform for undesirables).

I subscribed in the hopes that there would eventually be enough content for topically organized chapters in a short Book of Woe.

Going forward, I would be most interested in reading of things that are easy for you to explore in depth as related to your knowledge and skills, but also things that may seem counter-intuitive to others. An example of this might be "why Trump's trade war with China is impossible for the US to lose" (if you recall, all media at the time said that it was a stupid idea), "why a [literal] war against cartels and illegal immigration would benefit the US", "why the USA will not remain united, and what to expect when it isn't", or "how China (or Russia) is going to be the next center of Christendom".

A kind of silly idea from me is a series on the citizen militia - what equipment or skills might be required to successfully be a member of different (command/contributor) levels of a citizen militia in the near future (maybe using data from the Taliban or ISIS, the US revolutionaries, and/or the Donetsk peoples militia and projecting forward with Boston Dynamics and Chinese drone swarms plus Donbass technology usage and counters in mind). This could be nice fodder for a new book or game.

Unfortunately for myself, my time is lately spent on other pursuits than research, but if you have the time and inclination, I would love to see an intelligent analysis on more topics of your choosing. Polls may be in order, if you are looking for direction, but your own self-directed research into areas you find interesting or necessary, IMO, serves the blog and your readers well.

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by Tree of Woe

I enjoyed the article about Neanderthals- or the bogeyman. I've read rebuttals to the argument, but still find possible explanations of why we are the way we are or how we survived so long interesting.

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The Right Religion series and the Swift, Terrible Sword have been my favorites so far. Would love to hear more thought on those areas.

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Sep 6, 2023·edited Sep 6, 2023Liked by Tree of Woe

I read your posts to feed my interest in Epistemology, Economics, Morality, Law and Liberty. I would be interested to read your thoughts on what it might take to move citizens to take more responsibility for what's wrong and organize action to improve the sad state of the state. "What's wrong" has been beaten to death - I am wrestling with "what can be done". I am very sure that it will not be simple and may not be doable but I think we need to make an effort to engage some braincells on the matter.

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Sep 7, 2023Liked by Tree of Woe

I am interested in Men of Action v. Men of Contemplation. It's a fundamental difference in Way of Being, but sometimes we see it integrated into One, rather than bifurcated. Usually the integration takes the form of Fighter-Ascestics. I would like to learn more about that, as I am often seesawing between the two, and wonder if I have to pick, or if a balance is practicable for a layman of modest cognitive power.

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There's nothing wrong with expanding your horizons into different subject matters. Are you finding inspiration anywhere now? What are you reading, what entertainment are you consuming? It doesn't have to relate to anything in particular. The important thing in my opinion is to write primarily for yourself, so if you are bored with the topics you have covered in depth already, perhaps branching out into your other interests and bringing the reader along would a good thing.

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By itself, a solid book review provides a service to the reader. When, moreover, the author connects his review to larger issues (as Charles Haywood does), so much the better.

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by Tree of Woe

I really enjoyed your article explaining your reconsidering of ayn rand school of thought. Would be interesting to see what you’re reading now to reinforce your changing world view

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by Tree of Woe

I would like more material on spirituality vs religion. Humanity is losing its spiritual connection to our Creator. How I wish it could be restored@!

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Sep 7, 2023Liked by Tree of Woe

Played out topics: Covid, military industrial complex, WEF, etc. Shit is bad and they are trying to kill us. We get it. Time to strengthen ourselves and our families in any way we can. I think most reading this stack know enough about these type of topics and there’s a point when thinking about them becomes unhealthy.

Useful topics going forward: Religion, metaphysics, spirituality, science of the mind type stuff. How do we survive this mess spiritually intact? Idk but to me this is the most important question. Life is finite. Death is forever. Or is it??

Anyway, just my humble opinion. I appreciate your efforts.

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Thanks for soliciting feedback.

I'm here because I trust your judgement to introduce me to new content I wouldn't necessarily have thought of before. So, my suggestion to you is that you take all of our suggestions with the appropriate grain of salt, and keep on doing what you do.

As a benchmark, however, here are a few of my favorite posts that I found particularly woeful:

Petrodollar: https://treeofwoe.substack.com/p/running-on-empty-part-i?s=w

Quantum Mechanics: https://treeofwoe.substack.com/p/escaping-the-black-iron-prison

Do Ideas Shape History? https://treeofwoe.substack.com/p/do-ideas-shape-history-or-does-history

Errors of Global Neoliberalismhttps://treeofwoe.substack.com/p/why-has-our-world-gone-so-crazy

Objectivism https://treeofwoe.substack.com/p/the-errors-of-ayn-rand

Historical Cycles https://treeofwoe.substack.com/p/the-wisdom-of-naram-sim

and, of course:

Neanderthals: https://treeofwoe.substack.com/p/when-orcs-were-real

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I came here because your insights did one of several things, almost always causing a change in perspective or drawing a relationship where I hadn’t seen one before, or outright bringing me new vistas. I stayed because I trusted your curation of what was interesting. I will continue to trust it.

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Sep 6, 2023Liked by Tree of Woe

First off, thanks very much for your thorough, well-written posts on complex problems. So far, I've found your more philosophically-oriented writing most helpful - your "Errors of Ayn Rand" post in particular helped to spell out and partially address much of what I have been rethinking in the past little while about a much less rigorous "libertarianish" leaning. I've also found your takes on spirituality and theology quite interesting (and I hadn't seen your review of Real Magic yet, so I'm gonna pull that up now). Again, still working my way through the archive, but anything that looked to the intersection of these categories, along with liberty, would certainly be well worth reading.

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