I learned a ton, and really grew as a person. Some key things I learned this year:
- The way Americans eat is totally backward, unhealthy, and not good for the environment.
- The people running America (often called the "elites") have long given up on trying to do what's right for Americans, the people they ostensibly represent and should be leading. Instead, they are actually profiting from the decline and demoralization of the populace through the spreading of vice and disenfranchisement in many arenas. Consider the growing profligacy of drugs, gambling, prostitution, anti-family policies, collapse of institutional trust and authority, the normalization of sexual grooming, and the efforts to keep wages down through open borders and more. They are benefiting from society's decline.
- For the USA to ever move forward as a nation, we will need a new elite of virtue, which we currently don't have. If people can't look up, they look down.
- The good news is that a new and small but more virtuous Vanguard is emerging centered around local communities of faith and work.
- I'm fascinated by the synthesis that the early Church fathers did with the work of Plato, I read several books about this and I think it's a missing piece of culture and theology today.
- Christian Platonism, with it's stress on the "highest goodness, truth, and beauty" has ultimate importance even for health reasons and as such should be re-emphasized.
My Favorite Health Book of 2022- Folks this Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin, a true genius
-(They are all worth reading but my favorites are in BOLD)
- FYI some of these are re-reads.
Culture, History, Novels, Politics, Religion
The Southern Essays of Richard Weaver
Tales from Shakespeare by Mary Lamb
Plain folk of the Old South by Frank Loyd Owsley
Shouting Softly: Lines on Law, Literature and culture by Allen Mendenhall
A Southern Vanguard 1942 by Various Authors
Bronze Age Mindset by Bronze Age Pervert
An English Christmas by Julian Norwich
A Gentleman’s Guide by Stephen Baskerville
The Reactionary Mind: Why Conservative is not Enough by Michael Warren Davis
The Next Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution by Carl Truman
The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch
From Plato to Christ: How Platonic Thought Shaped the Christian Faith by Louis Markos
Patriarch Mindset: Christian Masculinity for the 21st Century by Mathew Sebastian
No Apologies: Why Civilization Depends on the Strength of Men by Anthony Esolen
Sex and The Unreal City: the Demolition of the Western Mind by Anthony Esolen
The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Why We Drive: Towards a Philosophy of the Open Road by Mathew Crawford
A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson
Predictive analytics by Eric Seigel
Nathan Bedford Forest by Jack Hurst
Folks this Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin
Paul by NT Wright
In Defense of Tradition by Richard Weaver
Resisting Amazon: How to Do it and Why
Augustine: Philosopher and Saint by The Great Courses
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization by Anthony Esolen
The Machiavellians by James Burnham
On Christian Doctrine by St. Augustine
The 15 Most Critical Moments of the Civil War by Robert C. Jones
A Wake for the Living by Andrew Lytle
Song of the South (A Book of Poems) Intro by Joel Chandler Harris published 1912
Health / Fitness / Nutrition / Motivation / Continuing Education Podcasts:
The Uberman Lab
The Art of Manliness
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