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The Seven Walls of Fortress America, Part I

“For the fashion of Minas Tirith was such that it was built on seven levels, each delved into the hill, and about each was set a wall, and in each was a gate.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

(The Tree Of Woe) Freedom is always under siege from the roving bandits that seek to tyrannize and plunder the free. To protect themselves, the Founding Fathers of the United States erected the Constitution as a citadel of freedom. Like Minas Tirith, it was built with seven walls. From outer to inner, the walls are:

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The Fall of the West

It’s a tricky matter, because you don’t get any warnings from them. Your first hint that they are upset with you is a fist going into your face. Or a knife. Or a bullet.

Alexander Wolfheze discusses the obvious fact that the West has already fallen and the fervent hope that the East will take up its mantle and continue the glory of European civilization.

‘This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

— Thomas Stearns Eliot, ‘The Hollow Men’

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