Apparently November 1 was a day when we were supposed to get online and write, to demonstrate to moron curebies and the rest of the world that we can speak for ourselves thank you very much. I only found this out on my November 1, so I am late to the party. I am used to that. In lieu of my participation, I wish to present two essays. The first follows under the jump.
I will get this out first. I have no love of George R. R. Martin. Whether it was because the print in the copy of A Game Of Thrones I was given was so small I would have needed glasses to read it when I was six years old (I had 20/20 vision up until about age 29), or whether I was constantly asking “wait, who the fukk is this guy again?”, at least George does not need to worry about me posting moronic videos about how I think he owes me anything, much less a further entry in this series.
However, in the previous season of Game Of Thrones, HBO’s television adaptation of Martin‘s novels, numerous references are made to the means by which we pay for things. Specifically, one character is asked whether he paid the gold price, or the iron price. And this is where many civil rights activists get their underwear twisted to mind-bending shapes.
The gold price is of course a metaphor. Contrary to a lot of idiot opinions, money is just a tool. By itself, it has no inherent value. It is essentially a tool used to enable multi-person bartering. Instead of trading furs for food for beer for for for and so on, everyone trades a certain volume of money for what they want or need. This is a miracle of modern economics because people no longer need to spend entire days seeking trades for their basic needs. Basic goods, services, and luxuries are examples of what we all gladly pay the gold price for.
However, the gold price (and another I will talk about soon) is thoroughly ineffective in terms of buying one’s independence from a tyrant, a slave-driver, or other owner. When one offers the gold price for the right of self-determination, the payee is consumed with wonder at how much more the payer is willing to pay. And other parties, who may wish to exploit the payer for their own ends, might be inclined to outbid that payer. This is pretty much exactly why Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes will never let the autistic have their basic Human rights for the gold price.
There is also the price not mentioned in any Game Of Thrones episode. I will call it the begging and pleading price. No less a man than Ho Chi Minh tried to pay the begging and pleading price when trying to claim independence on behalf of the nation of Vietnam. He had precedents for doing so. His declaration of independence was based directly on that written by the American revolutionaries in 1776 or whenever it was. England had also been giving nations it had once colonised their on-paper independence throughout the twentieth century. But the begging and pleading price only buys a certain kind of independence. If America, England, or indeed most any country with more than fifty million people wanted to seize Australia, Australia would be theirs.
Ho Chi Minh‘s offer of the begging and pleading price was rebuffed both by France and the CIA. So Ho Chi Minh and his Generals rethought their strategy. After careful deliberation, they decided their best option was the iron price. They turned to France and America, and said that if France and America (aka the CIA) wanted to keep South Vietnam as a Catholic theocratic colonial state, they were going to have to pay the iron price.
France gave up in the 1960s or thereabouts, and told the CIA that payment was now their responsibility. And as in all CIA wars, they passed the cost to the American people. This is a contrast to World War II, and not merely because the CIA was still embryonic during World War II. In World War II, Americans were willing to pay the iron price to defend themselves from Germany and Japan. They did not regret it after the fact, either, because the revelations concerning the Nazi regime are likely to make the Second World War the most justified war Humans have ever fought, and keep doing so for centuries to come. One German who probably wished the Americans had come to rid the world of Adolf sooner even said that a thousand years could pass, and the guilt of Germany would not be erased.
That is what I am talking about when I say iron price. It is a hard, cruel price. It takes balls (proverbially speaking) to propose you pay it. But the results of paying it are worth that.
America lost the Vietnam War for two reasons. One, they (the decision-makers, that is) kept nixing the idea of invading the North and destroying the Viet Cong there. Two, they increasingly passed the responsibility for fighting the war to an increasingly weak, ineffective South Vietnamese army.
As an adjunct to point two, large numbers of American families and young adult American men were seeing the terrible price of this war, and deciding they did not want a bar of it. The American GIs in Vietnam had similar feelings. This is reflected in a funny statistic. More American men sent to Vietnam died or were incapacitated from taking heroin than as a result of military action (or so the stories I have read go).
Add this all up, and the reason why Vietnam has been a unified country led by the North’s regime since 1975 is apparent. The Viet Cong were willing to pay the iron price for this state of affairs. The CIA was not willing to pay the iron price to keep the Catholic puppet regime of the South going.
If I had the kind of organisation around me that it demands, I would gladly pay the iron price for discrimination and terror against the autistic to be made illegal.
Unfortunately, autistic “activists” everywhere (not naming names) seem to only be willing to pay the begging and pleading price. The gold price is out of the question because as long as they keep sucking corporate and celebrity morons in, Autism Speaks For Normie Assholes can always outbid us. When future generations of autistic children look at us and ask why they are being mistreated, I will tell them as I point at the passives that these fools thought the begging and pleading price would be enough.
Hopefully there will be enough of them ready to join me in paying the iron price.