Friday, June 28, 2013

A Suggested Perspective on the DIM book

I expect that most people read The DIM Hypothesis and come away focused upon LP’s conclusion, his prediction on the direction of U.S. culture. Certainly, LP does himself center the book on the goal of reaching a prediction. The force of his prediction is magnified by the fact that the book is closely reasoned and objective, i.e., it is based in the facts of the reality of human history and human nature. The book is itself an excellent example of the scientific method.

I, however, want to focus your attention on a different perspective, what I perceive as an implication. I want you to think about what LP has to say about how cultural, philosophic change occurs. I want to examine the implications and proscriptive insights we can gain. What does the book mean for our own actions? Can we do things, our attempts to achieve our own view of a proper culture, better, based upon what LP has to teach us about cultural change? What do we do differently? What are we doing that is effective?

I have one specific idea in mind, which I will present here in the next few days. But I want you to think about this perspective first.

A Return to Writing

This blog has been quiet for over six months. My economy updates were beginning to sound fairly repetitious. All I was doing was waiting for something to happen. I could not be like the people who expected massive price raises at every turn. And if you read anything that I had written you already knew that I didn’t think that the government was doing anything good.

Having read some very good books recently, I am ready to get back to writing. To do so I have decided to widen the blog’s focus. I am not going limit my comments to only economic issues. I will slightly expand my range of issues to include cultural change.

I will also change my tactics a little, no longer publishing huge articles, but will be often content with short pieces and breaking up longer pieces into parts. I hope by this to publish more often.

One of the books that I have read is Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West are Going Out. (“Reading” being a term that also includes intense study.) I cannot understate how highly I regard the book. It is a must read/study. I have some thoughts about the book which I will include in the blog.

I welcome any comments about DIM and my interpretations and derivations. I also would welcome and seriously consider other essays on the subject. If you want to write something to include in my blog project, send it or some ideas about it to me. My email address is