A brief justification of Der Alte Fritz

We are made for action, and activity is the sovereign remedy for all physical ills.” – Frederick the Great, promulgator of the Oblique Order.

While this can be, at times, refuted in the micro, in the macro he was entirely correct.  From our physical characteristics to the workings of our minds, we are built for action.  Humanity progresses only through activity.  In both the micro and macro, it is activity that increases our strength and endurance.  While our minds are often given to consideration and reflection, it is the product of these thoughts which spurs us to action.  Even the enlightenment of Frederick’s day gave birth to action.

This is what the Malthusians, Luddites, Occupiers, and other people of poor character do not understand.  Limiting the use of our resources only serves to limit our progress.  Sitting in a park soiling oneself, whining that other people have more then you, doesn’t rise to the level of activity necessary for progress.  It is moving, doing, building, growing, innovating, manufacturing, industrializing, commerce …… all of these things work towards the advancement of humanity.

Entropy is caused by the discouragement of the mentioned activities.  A recent example of such entropy caused by discouragement of stated activities is the failed thoughts and ideas of socialist Marxism.  The entropy immediately led to political, economic, and societal collapse to large segments of the world.

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11 Responses to A brief justification of Der Alte Fritz

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Action is not always helpful, which is why your founding fathers were so careful to put many impediments in the way of lawmaking.

    Remember the von Manstein quote:

    “There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy, stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm…Second, there are the hard- working, intelligent ones. They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered. Third, there are the hard- working, stupid ones. These people are a menace and must be fired at once. They create irrelevant work for everybody. Finally, there are the intelligent, lazy ones. They are suited for the highest office.”

    On this analysis maybe Mr Obama should play golf more often.

    You can decide for yourself where OWS fits in. I like this post from Tim Blair.

    • suyts says:

      Beautiful! The Prussian military genius is still very much evident!

      True, action for the sake of action is almost never a good thing. And, government, being an entirely different entity than humanity, the inverse as true. “The government that governs the least governs best.”

      Sadly, while Obama is on the links, he has surrogates to do his bidding. Worse, he fails to fall in the final category listed because he doesn’t posses one of the two requisite traits.

      Do the Australian occupiers do the same stupid twinkle thing with their hands?

    • suyts says:

      I’m going to have to try and incorporate Manstein’s matrix with Cipolla’s matrix from the The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity….. http://www.ecotopia.com/webpress/stupidity/

      • Bruce says:

        The matrix is von Moltke’s, see the link I included. General von Manstein though turned concept into the words, then went off to conquer France to repay them for Napoleon.

        Don’t get me wrong, the Nazi’s were bastards of the worst sort even if they continued Fred the Great’s military genius.

      • suyts says:

        True enough, I was just giving credit to the thought originator.

        And, yes, the Nazi’s were scum. I often wonder what would have happened if Hitler was less of a megalomaniac and left generals such as Manstein and Rommel to conduct the war. In this case, I think we can all be grateful for Hitler’s ego. Of course, were it not for his ego, he’d probably not been in the position he was…….

        And, now I feel compelled to qualify my statement…… As students of history, it is often beneficial to emotionally detach in order to learn what lessons can be gleaned from certain events.

        I believe it was Voltaire who stated, “Whereas some states possess an army, the Prussian army possess a state.” In the end, Hitler was the inevitable end to such a conditioned nation.

        • Bruce says:

          “Hitler was the inevitable end to such a conditioned nation.”

          Or this guy. The WW2 version of Marshal Blücher but with a Stuka instead of a horse. Although I may be being unkind to Blücher.

        • suyts says:

          “Being brilliant does not mean being good.”….. I think that is the most poignant line. And it takes us to an entirely different discussion. It is my belief, that to endeavor for good is more intelligent than to endeavor for evil. Yet, we have brilliant people that endeavor for evil. ……I had typed and re-typed several paragraphs after this. I find that I, still, can not properly articulate my thoughts on this subject. It is a hard question.

      • Bruce says:

        Cipolla’s doesn’t cover the lazy/energetic axis, which is actually more important. I’d also say the problem with the 3rd basic law is that you have to define what “loss” and “gain” are. What I might see as a stupid act which causes harm may be to that person a noble act which makes them feel better.

        • suyts says:

          I don’t believe Cipolla regards “feelings” as a factor of loss/gain. In his scenario, a bandit would feel good about your loss.

  2. kelly liddle says:

    Well I reckon our government has it’s fair share of stupid people. Our carbon tax ticks all the boxes everyone loses. I found it a good amusing read.

    • suyts says:

      Exactly….. stupid…. Like Bruce alluded to, had they not been energetic, they wouldn’t not have been so damaging. Sadly, they were stupid and energetic about being stupid……. bad things happen …. 🙂

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