Notes: 1-6-2017

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.” ~Marcus Aurelius


“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.”   ~Marcus Aurelius

Forging the Hero

The featured image is of the old Mithoff hotel, in my hometown of Lancaster, Ohio.  Built in 1820, Theodore Mithoff purchased the Swan Hotel in 1866 with profits from the sale of his whisky, and conducted significant renovations. He then renamed it “The Mithoff House.”  Mithoff House was scheduled for demolition a few years ago.  No idea if it still stands.

At one point, long ago, all the street signs in Lancaster were in English and German, the local newspaper was called Der Adler and was published in, that’s right, the German language.  Today the paper is known as the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette.

While perusing the Wikipedia entry on Richard W. Weaver I stumbled across this interesting snippet about kinfolk on my father’s side who were centered in Surry County, NC, once upon a time:

“…the Appalachian upland, settled mainly by persons of Scots-Irish ancestry and evangelical Presbyterian affiliation. Slavery was almost unknown there, because the soil and climate were not suited to cotton or any other plantation agriculture. Instead, the main economic activity was subsistence farming on small freeholds, with many families living in serious poverty. North Carolina’s decision to secede from the Union during 1861 was far from unanimous, and many Appalachian men refused to fight for the Confederacy during the Civil War.”

Though I would address the notion of “poverty” with the question “By what standard?” and suggest that other reasons might have existed for not owning slaves than simply that the ground and weather weren’t suited to it, this nonetheless puts my Scots-Irish ancestors in the same boat with my German ancestors, who also eschewed slave labor and preferred to work with their own hands and mind their own business.  Hard times produce good men.

Austin C. Andrews, 3rd Great Grandfather on my mother’s side.

3rd grandpa AndrewsAustin enlisted as a private in Company F, 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on 13 September 1861 in Celina, Ohio. He was promoted to sergeant in April 1863. He re-enlisted in his unit as a veteran on 4 January 1864 at Pulaski, Tennessee. He was mustered out on 15 July 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.

BIRTH 13 FEB 1839 • Ellington, Tolland, Connecticut, USA
DEATH 28 SEP 1900 • Trimble Twp, Athens. Ohio, USA

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Below, William S. Lind offers us a brief history of Cultural Marxism.  Being familiar with this particular festering boil of toxic ideology, we prefer to focus on praxis-  see The Next Conservatism and Victoria–  but for the uninitiated this piece sums things up rather well.

What happened, in short, is that America’s traditional culture, which had grown up over generations from our Western, Judeo-Christian roots, was swept aside by an ideology. We know that ideology best as “political correctness” or “multi-culturalism.” It really is cultural Marxism, Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms in an effort that goes back not to the 1960s, but to World War I.

Source: Who Stole Our Culture? – LewRockwell

30 minute video presentation, a bit dated, by Mr. Lind on the Origins of Political Correctness.  A classic.

Cologero Salvo, over at, offers this insight into Marxism:

The goal of Marxism, as Marx pointed out, is to support “the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions”, i.e., the socio-political order (not just the economic order), wherever and whenever possible. This is always couched in terms of increased freedom or liberation, so that even many who claim to oppose Marxism, are actually supporting its aims.

Source: The Order of Things | Gornahoor

5 comments on “Notes: 1-6-2017”

  1. An American city with German street names and even a German language news paper were news to me. I also liked the reasons for opposing or not adopting slavery very convincing. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Mr. Klopp. I too found it an interesting historical tidbit when stumbling across the facts a few years ago, but shouldn’t have been surprised since various localities still bear the names and heritage of those who settled the land, such as Berne township, North Berne, Bremen, and Schwartz Mill.

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      1. Haha, yes, and one of us growing up near Bremen, OH, and one in Bremen, Germany! Berne is also a place in the same area in Germany: Bremen lies on the east side of the Weser, and Berne lies just across from it on the west side of the river.


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