The Zammy book

MEET ZAMMY’S NEW FRIENDS

This book, MEET ZAMMY’S NEW FRIENDS, has already been written and illustrated. This 3-week campaign commencing on Thanksgiving Day is to secure the $5,000 in support needed to fund the print production for a paperback, hard cover and an eBook for the 2019 holidays. This campaign is for backers passionate about Zammy, the joy he spreads and the positive daily impact he makes worldwide.

Castalia House has agreed to publish the family-friendly children’s books written and illustrated about the adventures of Zammy the Giant Sheepadoodle. And you can get an ebook, a paperback, or a hardcover by supporting Zammy’s Indiegogo campaign.

Zammy is already one-third of half two-thirds of the way there. Let’s push him over the line!


The Replatforming

What started out as a tactical move in response to a deplatforming has unexpectedly transformed into something akin to the much-requested Castalia House subscription. The November book was Corporate Cancer, the December book is Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted.

Supporting Castalia on Patreon is one of the very best book deals around, as $1 gets you the ebook, $3 gets you the ebook and the audiobook, and $20 gets you the ebook, the audiobook, and the paperback. We’re committed to ensuring that at least one of the three editions every month will be a brand new one; in this case, although the ebook has been out for years and Marcher Lord published a hardcover, both the audiobook and the paperback are new.

We’re announcing this now because the paperback will be available Monday, but if you’re interested in a) supporting the replatforming and/or b) the monthly book subscription, it is available this way so you will not need to buy it separately. Keep in mind that while the ebooks and audiobooks will be downloadable starting around the middle of the month, the paperbacks will be shipped the first week of the following month.


Announcing Castalia Deluxe

The much-anticipated monthly subscription to join the Castalia Deluxe Book Club and receive a deluxe leather-bound book published by Castalia House every other month is now available.

  • Genuine leather bindings
  • Gilded cover and spine titling
  • Gilded page edges
  • Archival-quality paper
  • First-rate fiction
  • Timeless classics of history, science, and philosophy

The first Deluxe Book Club book is the Deluxe edition of The Missionaries by Owen Stanley. And for the seriously hard-core book collector who has all the Franklin Signed First Editions, it’s also possible to sign up for the limited-edition Library subscription.

Just to be clear, Castalia Deluxe is the main product and the Deluxe editions are the focus of this project. The Library editions are an ancillary experiment we’re doing at the request of some very serious book collectors, and which the Deluxe editions make possible. In quality terms, we are targeting the late ’80s Franklin Library editions for our Deluxe editions, albeit with better cover designs.


1500 percent and 24 hours left

Your last chance to back the Junior Classics 2020 edition campaign is rapidly approaching. Whether your budget supports digital or leather, this is the time to do it.

UPDATE: 1600 percent and 18 hours left.

UPDATE: 1700 percent and 12 hours left.

A backer writes: Thank you for keeping Western literature alive at such a crucial time.  My backing involves a small story you may find pleasure in.  I met a good man, and his family, through a church I started attending in San Francisco.  He is a genuine scholar with a doctorate in philosophy/theology, and bright, who at the time was employed at a Catholic high school.  He was unable to be open with his faith at this ostensibly Catholic school, and was struggling to find employment in a school where he could be.  I prayed regularly for such a position to be made available for him and my prayers, as usual, were over-fulfilled.  He was offered, and accepted, a the position of director for a new college.  I was sad to see him move from our parish, and our direct personal lives, but more than overjoyed to know a good man of faith was to be the head of a learning institution.  I backed the Junior Classics today for his lovely daughters, who will certainly grow to become faithful, and now to your credit, more learned, ladies.  Thank you. 

UPDATE: 1800 percent and 8 hours left.

A generous and thoughtful backer wants to support a family in need and writes: To help boost the campaign to 500,000, I purchased an extra hard cover set. If you know of a homeschooling family that was not able to afford a set, I would enjoy donating this to them in Mazi’s honor.

UPDATE: 2055 percent of goal in the end.  Thanks to everyone who supported the campaign and made it what can only be described as a crushing success. Still. Not. Tired.


#1 New Release in Business Management

It appears the right people are reading Corporate Cancer.

Corporate Cancer: How to Work Miracles and Save Millions by Curing Your Company
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#1 New Release in Business Management

A selection from chapter three of the newly released business bestseller:

We are reliably informed by a human resources expert that “the data shows a huge disparity between well run and poorly run HR teams” and that HR teams can be divided into four kinds: Level 1 (compliance driven), Level 2 (fundamental), Level 3 (Strategic), and Level 4 (Business-Integrated). Level 4 is deemed to be the most effective, as per the Human Resources Maturity Model:

  • Level 1: Compliance-Driven HR Services. No HR strategy. “Personnel” function mostly separate from the business and talent needs. Line managers perform HR activities as they see best.
  • Level 2: Fundamental HR Services. HR strategy partially or fully defined. Siloed HR functions. Some standardized processes and policies and core services managed well. Some automated talent systems but little integration of data.
  • Level 3: Strategic HR Department. HR strategy aligned with business strategy. HR business supports business needs. Initiatives split between HR process improvements and talent needs. Some system integration.
  • Level 4: Business-Integrated HR. HR strategy part of the business strategy. HR helps to drive business decisions through people, data and insights. Business and HR systems integrated and advanced.

Level 4 companies spend almost twice per employee on HR than Level 1 companies ($4,434 vs. $2,112 per employee) and they are getting much better business outcomes. Their voluntary turnover rates, for example, are 30{14dfe15c2a021e508b535731deef7d62295838972ddd6685cdb730a7cdfcca9c} lower than those at Level 1 (8{14dfe15c2a021e508b535731deef7d62295838972ddd6685cdb730a7cdfcca9c} vs. 11{14dfe15c2a021e508b535731deef7d62295838972ddd6685cdb730a7cdfcca9c}). This is a striking difference: these Level 4 companies are investing much more heavily in management training, employee development, coaching, productivity programs, and programs to promote wellness and work-life balance. The result is happier employees, lower turnover, and a much stronger employment brand.
—Josh Bersin, founder and principal at Bersin by Deloitte, leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning

Keeping in mind that $4,434 per employee represents 14 percent of the net profit for the most successful corporations in the world, and may exceed the total profit per employee of a typical small or medium-sized business, is that really worth a three-point reduction in annual employee turnover? In fact, wouldn’t simply paying an additional $4,434 to each employee as an annual bonus likely reduce your company’s voluntary turnover rate even more? It wouldn’t surprise me if even a $3k bonus would reduce turnover by an astonishing 50 percent!

Of course, there are other benefits provided by these expensive Business-Integrated HR departments. Such as, we are told, integrating the HR strategy with the business strategy and helping to drive business decisions through people, data, and insights.

But what does that actually mean?

Translating from the corporate consultant-speak, Business-Integrated Human Resources means letting HR run the business according to its objectives and values rather than those of the rest of the corporation, including the executives and shareholders. As you can see, this is a model that can be effectively used to sell structured convergence to any executive foolish enough to buy into the concept and pay for it.


Corporate Cancer by Vox Day

Corporate Cancer: How to Work Miracles and Save Millions by Curing Your Company is now available at Arkhaven and at Amazon.

The corporate cancer of social justice convergence is costing corporations literal billions of dollars even as it drives both productive employees and loyal customers away, destroys valuable brands, and eats away at market capitalizations. From Internet startups to entertainment giants, convergence is killing corporations as they focus on social justice virtue signaling at the expense of good business practices, sales, profits, and retaining loyal customers.

In Corporate Cancer, Vox Day explains how you can fight social justice convergence in your own organization for both personal and corporate profit, and why you must do so if you want to keep your job.

If you are a patron of the Replatforming, check your email, as you should have received a coupon that entitles you to a free download of the digital edition in both Epub and Kindle formats. Resistance Leaders and Heroes of the Resistance will be receiving download links to the audiobook when it is ready. If you are one of the latter, be sure that you have provided your mailing address as the paperbacks will be sent out before the end of the month.

And in other book-related news, the Junior Classics have now passed 1400 percent of goal! There are only three days left in the campaign, so if you haven’t backed them yet, time is rapidly running out.


1300 percent and running out of verbs

This is the sort of story that was published in the 1918 edition, systematically excised from the later editions, and is being brought back in the 2020 edition of the Junior Classics. Because a people who lose their stories soon lose their selves and become a demoralized people who lose their nation.

THE STORY OF KING ARTHUR

This great treasure-house of stories is to the English race what the stories of Ulysses and Aeneas were to the Greeks and Latins, a national inheritance of which they should be, and are, proud.

The high nobility, dauntless courage and gentle humility of Arthur and his knights have had a great effect in moulding the character of English peoples, since none of us can help trying to imitate what he admires and loves most.

As a series of pictures of life in the Middle Ages the stories are of the greatest value. The geography is confused, as it is in the Iliad and the Odyssey, and facts are sometimes mixed up with magic, but modern critics believe there was a real Arthur, who lived about the year 500 A.D.

OF ARTHUR’S BIRTH AND HOW HE BECAME KING

Long years ago, there ruled over Britain a king called Uther Pendragon. A mighty prince was he, and feared by all men; yet when he sought the love of the fair Igraine of Cornwall, she would have naught to do with him, so that, from grief and disappointment, Uther fell sick, and at last seemed like to die.

Now in those days, there lived a famous magician named Merlin, so powerful that he could change his form at will, or even make himself invisible; nor was there any place so remote that he could not reach it at once, merely by wishing himself there. One day, suddenly he stood at Uther’s bedside, and said: “Sir king, I know thy grief, and am ready to help thee. Only promise to give me, at his birth, the son that shall be born to thee, and thou shalt have thy heart’s desire.” To this the king agreed joyfully, and Merlin kept his word: for he gave Uther the form of one whom Igraine had loved dearly, and so she took him willingly for her husband.

When the time had come that a child should be born to the king and queen, Merlin appeared before Uther to remind him of his promise; and Uther swore it should be as he had said. Three days later, a prince was born, and, with pomp and ceremony, was christened by the name of Arthur; but immediately thereafter, the king commanded that the child should be carried to the postern-gate, there to be given to the old man who would be found waiting without.

Not long after, Uther fell sick, and he knew that his end was come; so, by Merlin’s advice, he called together his knights and barons, and said to them: “My death draws near. I charge you, therefore, that ye obey my son even as ye have obeyed me; and my curse upon him if he claim not the crown when he is a man grown.” Then the king turned his face to the wall and died.

Scarcely was Uther laid in his grave before disputes arose. Few of the nobles had seen Arthur or even heard of him, and not one of them would have been willing to be ruled by a child; rather, each thought himself fitted to be king, and, strengthening his own castle, made war on his neighbors until confusion alone was supreme, and the poor groaned because there was none to help them.

Now when Merlin carried away Arthur—for Merlin was the old man who had stood at the postern-gate—he had known all that would happen, and had taken the child to keep him safe from the fierce barons until he should be of age to rule wisely and well, and perform all the wonders prophesied of him. He gave the child to the care of the good knight Sir Ector to bring up with his son Kay, but revealed not to him that it was the son of Uther Pendragon that was given into his charge.

At last, when years had passed and Arthur was grown a tall youth well skilled in knightly exercises, Merlin went to the Archbishop of Canterbury and advised him that he should call together at Christmas-time all the chief men of the realm to the great cathedral in London; “for,” said Merlin, “there shall be seen a great marvel by which it shall be made clear to all men who is the lawful king of this land.” The archbishop did as Merlin counselled. Under pain of a fearful curse, he bade the barons and knights come to London to keep the feast, and to pray heaven to send peace to the realm.

The people hastened to obey the archbishop’s commands, and, from all sides, barons and knights came riding in to keep the birth-feast of Our Lord. And when they had prayed, and were coming forth from the cathedral they saw a strange sight. There, in the open space before the church, stood, on a great stone, an anvil thrust through with a sword; and on the stone were written these words: “Whoso can draw forth this sword is rightful King of Britain born.”

At once there were fierce quarrels, each man clamoring to be the first to try his fortune, none doubting his success. Then the archbishop decreed that each should make the venture in turn, from the greatest baron to the least knight; and each in turn, having put forth his utmost strength, failed to move the sword one inch, and drew back ashamed. So the archbishop dismissed the company, and having appointed guards to watch over the stone, sent messengers through all the land to give word of great jousts to be held in London at Easter, when each knight could give proof of his skill and courage, and try whether the adventure of the sword was for him.

Among those who rode to London at Easter was the good Sir Ector, and with him his son, Sir Kay, newly made a knight, and the young Arthur. When the morning came that the jousts should begin, Sir Kay and Arthur mounted their horses and set out for the lists; but before they reached the field, Kay looked and saw that he had left his sword behind. Immediately Arthur turned back to fetch it for him, only to find the house fast shut, for all were gone to view the tournament. Sore vexed was Arthur, fearing lest his brother Kay should lose his chance of gaining glory, till, of a sudden, he bethought him of the sword in the great anvil before the cathedral. Thither he rode with all speed, and the guards having deserted their post to view the tournament, there was none to forbid him the adventure. He leaped from his horse, seized the hilt, and instantly drew forth the sword as easily as from a scabbard; then, mounting his horse and thinking no marvel of what he had done, he rode after his brother and handed him the weapon.

When Kay looked at it, he saw at once that it was the wondrous sword from the stone. In great joy he sought his father, and showing it to him, said: “Then must I be King of Britain.” But Sir Ector bade him say how he came by the sword, and when Sir Kay told how Arthur had brought it to him, Sir Ector bent his knee to the boy, and said: “Sir, I perceive that ye are my king, and here I tender you my homage;” and Kay did as his father. Then the three sought the archbishop, to whom they related all that had happened; and he, much marvelling, called the people together to the great stone, and bade Arthur thrust back the sword and draw it forth again in the presence of all, which he did with ease. But an angry murmur arose from the barons, who cried that what a boy could do, a man could do; so, at the archbishop’s word, the sword was put back, and each man, whether baron or knight, tried in his turn to draw it forth, and failed. Then, for the third time, Arthur drew forth the sword. Immediately there arose from the people a great shout: “Arthur is King! Arthur is King! We will have no King but Arthur;” and, though the great barons scowled and threatened, they fell on their knees before him while the archbishop placed the crown upon his head, and swore to obey him faithfully as their lord and sovereign.

Thus Arthur was made King; and to all he did justice, righting wrongs and giving to all their dues. Nor was he forgetful of those that had been his friends; for Kay, whom he loved as a brother, he made seneschal and chief of his household, and to Sir Ector, his foster father, he gave broad lands.


1200 percent and crushing

how is the castalia house classics coming along again? only spectacularly? ah, that’s too bad. maybe next week it’ll just be incredibly fantastic instead.

Crushingly, as it happens. It isn’t only the chickens that are crushing.

On a not-quite-entirely unrelated subject, if you were ever a patron of Owen’s – and I use the term intentionally and very specifically – please email him to assist with the continued crushing.


1100 percent and more

I’m pleased to be able to report that with 11 days to go, the Junior Classics campaign has passed 1100{62ab1aa1c9bbf26d4ecd8ff258d6add50bdc3525a10ec2edc8651c8fba22c204} of goal. The winning continues apace. We’ve spent the entire weekend working on the infrastructure for the leather editions, and depending upon what is possible and what is not, the result could be extremely significant for Castalia’s long-term plans.

Also, the massive success of the replatforming campaign has inadvertently led to our acceding to the popular demand for a monthly Castalia subscription. This month’s book will be Corporate Cancer. We’re still working out what December’s book will be, but the leading candidate at the moment is Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted.

Oh, but I’ve already read the ebook, you say? Sure, but when we say “the monthly book”, we mean the ebook, the audiobook, and the paperback will all go out to subscribers that month.