No Mandatory Mental Health Screening for Children!


WhiteIndian's picture

Another caged animal in the agricultural city-Statist (civilization,) "zoo," as Richard Manning puts it.

Richard Manning on the Psychosis of Civilization

The only real solution is to deregulate big-government enforced artificial borders designed to restrict the free movement of people.

Libertarians call city-Statist Land enTITLEment "private property."

I call it "Gambol* Lockdown."
* Why agriculture? In retrospect, it seems odd that it has taken archaeologists and paleontologists so long to begin answering this essential question of human history. What we are today—civilized, city-bound, overpopulated, literate, organized, wealthy, poor, diseased, conquered, and conquerors—is all rooted in the domestication of plants and animals. The advent of farming re-formed humanity. In fact, the question "Why agriculture?" is so vital, lies so close to the core of our being that it probably cannot be asked or answered with complete honesty. Better to settle for calming explanations of the sort Stephen Jay Gould calls "just-so stories."

In this case, the core of such stories is the assumption that agriculture was better for us. Its surplus of food allowed the leisure and specialization that made civilization. Its bounty settled, refined, and educated us, freed us from the nasty, mean, brutish, and short existence that was the state of nature, freed us from hunting and gathering. Yet when we think about agriculture, and some people have thought intently about it, the pat story glosses over a fundamental point. This just-so story had to have sprung from the imagination of someone who never hoed a row of corn or rose with the sun for a lifetime of milking cows. GAMBOLING about plain and forest, hunting and living off the land is fun. Farming is not. That's all one needs to know to begin a rethinking of the issue. The fundamental question was properly phrased by Colin Tudge of the London School of Economics: “The real problem, then, is not to explain why some people were slow to adopt agriculture but why anybody took it up at all.”

~Richard Manning, Against the Grain, p.24

WhiteIndian's picture

Officer, am I free to gambol about plain and forest?


Those damn agricultural city-Statists all sound alike to me.

KenK's picture

I live in metro-Detroit and i think I can add to the understanding of what really happened here. The state's social service bureaucracy (which is mainly composed of white progressive professional types) has had its hand slapped by Detroit's judiciary (who are all black). There is no doubt that Ms.Godbolo shot off a pistol (into the ceiling) to deter the entry of the social service bureaucrats and the cops who were there to seize her daughter and which by law is a crime. Due to the racial dynamics involved Detroit's hyper-partisan judiciary brushed aside the law (but not nullifying it) upholding what they think is right and just instead. Good for them. But in the end this case was more about Detroiters sticking it to man (state of MI) not about doing the right thing based on natural law. This ruling sets no legal precedent so if it should happen again without all the publicity the parent defending their offspring from the depredations of the state bureaucracy could easily wind up imprisoned, separated from their family, injured, or even dead.