Various prominent British libertarians seem now agreed that The Endarkenment approaches. The signs have been increasingly clear for some time. The fact that liberty is the mother of order and not its daughter is inconvenient for those that mean to boot the vast majority of Mankind – except themselves – backwards, cruelly, painfully and hard into pre-enlightenment misery, starvation, disease and servitude.
Being a scientist myself by training and thought-modes, and therefore by definition not an intellectual – I have never figured out why humans get to want to bring about – and worse, specifically for others than themselves – what I described above.
It always seems after careful analysis of their plans, that they would like to visit upon the whole of humanity what Churchill described as “the torments that Dante reserved for the damned”.
[Incidentally, I think that "intellectual" (the noun) is is a mere imaginary literary concept, applied by primitive pre-scientific mystics to themselves and their friends who still work according to neolithic non-tribe-male-skull-crashing theories of how to behave towards others, and are driven by emotion and wishful thinking. This may become the subject of another discussion, but perhaps I may accidentally have defined "conservatives" as definitely not these people. We shall have to see, when I have time to try to write something again.]
But the problem of what to do about the vast corpus of useful knowledge, thought and culture that’s accumulated, mostly by accident, remains. It would be tragic if all or even some of it was lost. And, its existence kind of came about while the statist-warlords’ backs were turned because they’d been temporarily held up (here) in 1100, 1215, 1265, 1641, 1688 and at certain other times in certain other nations.
It’s no use now, even if we piled all the residual knowledge not already there, of all things useful into things called “libraries” – be they physical stacks of books and papers hundreds of miles long such as the Bodleian or the British Library or whatever. The Dark-NewAgers that form the “action cadres” of the British PoliticalEnemyClass, directed by GramscoFabiaNazis at the pinnacles of power in politics, the media and elsewhere, can go in with dump-bins, flamethrowers, shredders and whatnot, at any time they like, for actually they “own” the infrastructure where the stuff is being kept. Nobody has said that bookburning is over yet, and I’m sure that the buggers will be highly selective.
I’m beginning to think that what serious thoughtful libertarians need to do is start accumulating copies of whatever material they have ever thought was useful, instructive, skills-based or made any positive contribution to human advancement. This ought to be done soon while pretty-much everything is still legally available. Format doesn’t matter so long as readability is ensured. And then, the stuff ought to be put away in multiple and secure locations. Wikipedia is not enough, and Jimmy Wales is now “big” enough to be leaned on by governments, leftist university faculties and even presidents.
I believe that some attempts were made to do something like this historically, in the era when the Western Roman Empire was in a state of decay, and that some material did find its way in copy form, to monasteries and other places on the fringes of the Known World. It would please me if I thought people other than me were starting to try to do something about this problem.