For the Americans of the middle orders, poverty is terminal social cancer.

Portrait of Leslie Howard (1893-1943) by Reginald G.Eves (British 1876-1941)....English stage and film actor. Among his best-known roles was Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind  and roles in Of Human Bondage  & The Scarlet Pimpernel. He was active in anti-Nazi propaganda and reputedly involved with British or Allied Intelligence. He died in  1943  when the plane he was travelling in was shot down over the Bay of Biscay... always a man of great elegance on and off the screen...
I have noted in my life a strange symmetry between the behaviours of the high and low social orders.

The high social orders and the low social orders have the same social habits:

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Too much drinking, sexual licentiousness, excess narcotics uses, sloth, habituation to gaming and a generalized self-indulgence.

Leslie Howard and one of his polo ponies

The high social orders behave in this way because they can do whatever they like.

Leslie Howard (3 April 1893 – 1 June 1943) was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer - best known for his role in Gone With the Wind

Their behaviour has no consequences, as riches alone define the rich, so they act as they wish.

Bette Davis and Leslie Howard as Mildred and Philip, Of Human Bondage (1934) - Walter W Seaton

Likewise, the low social orders behave in a manner identical to the rich because no matter how they behave, they remain poor and have no incentive to live a productive life.

As with the high orders, the behaviour of the low orders has no societal consequence, as poverty alone defines the poor.

Leslie Howard in Never the Twain Shall Meet

There is nothing that can be taken away from the poor man as punishment for his loutish behaviour, as he has nothing to take away.

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Odd man, left out, in all this is the middle orders.

Leslie Howard and Binnie Barnes in The Lady Is Willing

Only the middle orders hold to what, the Americans call, middle class mores, because they must do so in order to maintain their, now very tenuous, grip on their social position and not fall down the social orders ladder into poverty, the condition most feared by the Americans of the middle orders.

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For the Americans of the middle orders, poverty is terminal social cancer.

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Incurable and intractable and simply too horrific to contemplate.



  • At Washington, capital city of the terminally self-absorbed, mortal man holds to fleeting, feeble and fallible opinion, God immutable fact.
      • ~~
      • It is my assessment that America is dying inside, being eaten away by the horror of the collapse of the middle orders, the attendant societal and religious values and customs of those orders and the ubiquity of war making for dubious purpose.
      • ~~
      • The rich man ought not be taxed at all~~he ought be compelled to employ and train the poor man~~directly~~personally.


      The principal need in America today is~~financial and industrial De-Globalization~~to facilitate the promotion of the possibility for the average man to get and keep a good job with good benefits paid by the employer~~as was done not very long ago.~~


      ~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~

      ~~La crema y nata~~


      ~~Artista de la conquista



      In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man. 
      Finis Origine Pendet…
      The escape commences…
      September, 1957
      Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic parochial school, called, by anyone of any background, simply: “Chan~al,” a place where, of an autumn day in 1957, school,  for me,  began and ended in the first convening of the first grade in which a tiny nun, one Sister Dom Bosco, appeared before me, just behind the window appearing at far left of this photograph, and piped out this: “I may be small, but so then, is the Atom Bomb.”
      My determination to escape school commenced immediately on hearing about this Atom Bomb business and took 16 dicey and arduous years to finally accomplish.~~
      Non Sibi
      The escape continues…
      September, 1966
      The Cathedral Latin School
        Finis Origine Pendet
      Κύριε ἐλέησον

      Rejoice and Glad!!





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      ~~EX LIBRIS~~
      Thursday Morning, 21st Mai, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2015

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      “Jean-Marie Le Pen is a friend. He is dangerous for the political set because he’s the only one who’s sincere. He says out loud what many people think deep down, and what the politicians refrain from saying because they are either too demagogic or too chicken. Le Pen, with all his faults and qualities, is probably the only one who thinks about the interests of France before his own.”~~
      French actor~~Alain Delon

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      Deus Lux Mea Est


      Acta Est Fabula

      The escape concludes…


      The Catholic University Of America, Washington, District of Columbia.


      1976, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi.



      Acta Est Fabula.


      Deus Vult.


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8 thoughts on “For the Americans of the middle orders, poverty is terminal social cancer.

  1. Mr John, you and i think alike coming from polar opposite worlds. Having been educated by the Jesuits in the concrete jungles of Jersey City, they’ve told me that life is madness and gave me the tools to deal… accept it and move along. This means i can no longer pretend not to know: The obscenely rich and the riff-raff deserve each other.

    That’s why turn of the century events for the 20th C makes so much sense. We’re about to repeat it for the same reasons… the despicable dance of those two confounded groups have nowhere else to go but clash on the dance-floor of this planet… to the detriment of idiots like myself who thought it would never happen again if we simply work, pay bills, raise families, and follow the rules.

    Even POTUS jokes about the “follow the rules” business. Evidently, not something to aspire to. Y’know, to be the ones holding the bag…

    • BTW, have you ever met Dr James CG Conniff? He was a creative writing prof at St Peter’s College a few decades ago, when i was there (class of ’81)… also, he was a literary agent and author. He was a hero of mine… Anyway, just wondering if you knew him.

      • I am not familiar with your Dr. Conniff but I am glad that he served an inspiration to you at school…so few teachers serve as inspiration to their students, which is sad because they have the potential to be such a powerful force for properly shaping young minds.

      • Thank you, sir. Yep… How can anyone forget a guy who writes BULLSHIT in huge, red letters across your first assignment as a freshman? He truly gave a damn. Years later, i find one of his sons online… an awesome author and researcher. He still has people – get this – writing to him about how wonderful his Dad was and how loved he is. Imagine that – being that blessed? No way i could ever come close, however, i am blessed having been taught by him, even for that short period time.

        Take care! Until next time. 🙂

      • I had a guy who was really loved in philosophy but I never really got a personal impression of him because he was very sick long before the class I took with him and he died and was replaced by a different professor mid way through the class. What memory I do have of him was the love people had for him..there were grownups in their 50s and 60s who took time off to come to be in attendance for his last class..many had traveled long distance…that was a man who left an impression..and a love very hard to find and while I have to say that my impression of him was derivative because he was so sick, to see that love he engendered was a memory of a lifetime.

    • It is a temptation to think today that those who follow middle class rules are fools and suckers. At the same time, the antics of the rich and poor classes give some comfort that at least we can see with absolute clarity that the rich and the poor are not happy.

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