June 28, 2012

Ellis Wyatt, New at Three Sources

"Ellis Wyatt" is the nom-de-blog of a man who has spent the last 14 years in politics and government. A great admirer of the works of Ayn Rand and Robert A. Heinlein, his approach to life is perhaps best represented by the Neo-Victorian phyle in Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age.

He believes that his country, the United States of America, has been weakend spiritually, philosophically and educationally by Marxism and its branches: feminism, postmodernism and the quest for radical equality of outcome.

He has the desire and the Will to take action to return the culture to its former, higher level. However, he does not advocate government power as the means to this end. Instead, he advocates that leaders, and all citizens, speak and write and create art to convince individuals to perform the actions that lead to the Good, the True and the Beautiful.

He believes people should work for a living, take care with their appearance and possesions and contribute to their community through charity, volunteer work and mentoring, but knows damned well that the government can never force individuals to do these things. Neither can government save the irrational and the foolish from the consequences of their actions. Government is a powerful and dangerous tool, as the Founders of the United States well understood. It is suitable for a few big things: military defense of the nation, relations with other nations, protection of individual rights and the prevention and punishment of force and fraud.

Ellis is not nearly as much of an ultra-uptight, upright a****** as you might expect from the above blah-blah, and his activities and pursuits include firearms and hunting, archery, chess, history and biography, and the moderate but hearty consumption of martinis, good scotch and Sam Admas lager. He has a liberal arts degree from a modest but high-quality university, and truly loves producing oil and gas but believes that if things don't change, at some time in the futre he may set his wells on fire and move to Colorado.

Oil and Energy Shameless Self Promotion Posted by Ellis Wyatt at June 28, 2012 6:31 PM | TrackBack

Welcome welcome welcome. I like the handle and already warned that he would acquire the sobriquet "Brother ew!"

The Colorado fire thing is a little tense right now as well, but I want to dwell on the positive. We have an enlightened new author; Lopez and Morrison have been reasserted; and AG Holder has been held in contempt by the House 255-67. All in all, a very good day!

Posted by: jk at June 28, 2012 7:22 PM

Well "Ellis," you sound like a pretty fine fellow but have you actually read Aristotle? And for someone with such high standards, what's with all the typos?

Posted by: Robert at June 28, 2012 8:09 PM

Ha ha ha! Hey Robert, Down boy! :) As Heinlein would surely say in this situation, "Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naïve, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as "empty," "meaningless," or "dishonest," and scorn to use them. No matter how "pure" their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well at best." Not that I think you are any of young, naïve, or unsophisticated.

Welcome to the blog, brother ew. (Better than brother eeew.) If you have anything at all to do with oil production, even in spirit, you're already a friend of mine. We'll quibble about all of those capitalized words later but for now, a fine starting point.

And I couldn't tell - are you still in government? If so you are one brave sonofa-

Posted by: johngalt at June 28, 2012 10:00 PM

Didn't mean to sound too harsh. Ellis seems like a fellow traveler, and if he likes RAH then he's already on my good side...and I've read only about half of Aristotle myself so humility might be in order.

Posted by: Robert at June 28, 2012 10:54 PM

Did I miss the original Aristotle reference? I've looked and looked and haven't found it.

Posted by: johngalt at June 28, 2012 11:42 PM

I was taking the capitalized Good, True and Beautiful for Aristotle's Transcendentals.

Posted by: Robert at June 29, 2012 12:09 AM

My public school education fails me again. Look out brothers. The bar has been raised 'round here!

Posted by: johngalt at June 29, 2012 12:45 AM | What do you think? [7]