The Basis Of Based
I Am Not A Conservative
The word "conservative" might have suggested itself as a way to describe Yours Truly as you read. This is wrong. I am most anxious to correct this false impression. I am not a conservative: I am based. You ought to be, too.
Some of you might know that the recent neologism based was formed by shaving the first two letters from "debased", to form a new word meaning the opposite of debased, thus completing the pair of a formerly unpaired word (as in gruntled from disgruntled).
Based is everything debased is not. I want you to be based. The purpose of this book is to guide you in that direction, if not convert you.
Debased vs. Based
Here’s a quick, imperfect run-down of what based is. Majority readers will find their hackles rising as they go through this list. Stick with it. You and I will have a chance to argue about each item in the chapters to come. So don’t close the book yet, because you might want to see why I think you’re wrong.
Non-procreative sexual activities are debased. Procreation is based. Sexual orientation is debased. Biology is based. Body positivity is debased. Beauty is based. Hyper-processed and industrialized foods are debased. Meat and wine are based. Individualism is debased. Obedience to legitimate authority is based. Drugs are debased. Discipline is based.
Diversity and unchecked immigration is debased. Family and a shared culture is based. “Progress” is debased. Custom and tradition are based. Modern textbooks are debased. Old books are based.
Screaming “Racism!” is debased. Embracing race is based. Equality is debased. Difference is based. Cowardice and effeminacy is debased. Bravery, masculinity, and femininity are based. Unthinking atheism is debased. Worship of God is based. Ignorance and denial of the Nature of things is debased. Understanding the limits implied by Nature is based.
Oligarchy is debased. Liberty is based. Woke is debased. Aware is based.
There are many shades and rich nuances to all these, few are absolute comparisons, and quibbles can be had with all. But I hope you take the point, or at least the flavor. We haven’t reached the stage of arguments yet.
Do go read the rest of that post. Mr. Briggs is a very smart fellow and has lots to say.
Back on November 12, the day after my surgery, his radio show led off with "the apology." If I hadn't been so dang sore, I would have stood up and cheered. So, without further ado, here is "the apology" preserved on his podcast. It starts at about 2:00 minutes in and ends at about 10:00. I consider it 8 minutes of
shear sheer joy, but I'm nuts - so there's that.