Unreported race riots. Black Nationalism. European extremism. Brain drain. We. Violence as voting. Cures. Awakening. AmRen overview, highlights and significance. Flailing religion. Conservatism++. Last-minute substitutions. #nrx evaporation. Pan-Europeanism. Love, possibly. What is falling, push. Aggregation: here, here and here.
I am fortunate to have one of my articles, “How Crowdism Destroys All Good Things,” translated into Portuguese by the writers over at Ação Identitária Paulista. I appreciate and enjoy seeing these translations because as a diehard nationalist, I see the diversity of languages and the presence of national pride as essential elements of future change.
(Open thread + links).
Social brainwashing. Seeking rainbow Charlemagne. Abrupt reality. Multikult psychology. Supply and Demand. Glorious Simian heritage. Status. Crime wave (Ferguson & Diversity effects). Republican intelligence. Beyond liberalism. #FeelTheMurder. Opposing globalism. Free speech (for the dumb).
Soviet USA (the downfall chronicle). Debt bomb (fiscal cliff). State churches. Remember public life (relevant). Trump terminates PC, awakens identity. Empathy. Euro-Islam collapse. Weekly round: here, here and here.
Conservatism, re-re-defined. Radical moderates. Futurism. Capitalism as last man standing. Nationalism eternal (and naturally recurring) — why Cathedralists fear it. Race on campus. Slavery. Infiltration. Eugenics. Secession. For-profit government and its allies. Scruton interviews.
Wage stagnation. Importing serfs. Techno-dysgenics. Geek origins of SJWs. Left-wing status signaling. Tactical Freudianism. Cuck origins. The inertia of bullies. Delegitimization of the debate. Soviet corporatization. 1789 iconography and Judaism. Bill Clinton, rapist.
Since we are getting more comment traffic of late, and with it comes the inevitable compensators, I thought it might be a good time to re-iterate our comments policy:
[A]ny comment which adds value to the discussion is welcome; any comment which does not is unwanted and will not be published.
This policy exists for a simple reason: people come here to read informative and relevant texts, and they are not interested in the usual spam.
If you are contributing to the discussion in such a way that the discussion is enhanced, you will never run afoul of this policy, even if you hate every idea expressed here.
On the other hand, those who come by to express themselves without regard for its impact on the quality of discussion may find their posts fading away.
I tend to give people rope to hang themselves, so that they are provoked into moving beyond their passive-aggressive posture, and into outright nastiness. This means that no one has any doubt or regret when future comments from that person do not appear.
Commenters might also find this summary of the directions of my writing to be useful reading before attempting a critique. It is tempting to read a single post and attempt to infer the whole thought process, but here that breaks down.
If there’s anything else around the grounds that needs maintenance or clarification, please let me know.
The former came about because blogrolls are too short and too political, since they are related to Google PageRank™ which now controls the internet, making it less of a frontier and more of an obedience test like the rest of our moribund society. Google should know better. I am told some in the company agree.
The latter was formulated to address two issues. One, very few understand what I and others are on about; they either see this blog as too Republican, or too extreme, but never as what it is, which is an unemotional cold logical look at human survival. Now the statement is simpler and maybe they’ll get it.
Second, this blog and its writers are not getting the credit they deserve. Going through the (many) blog links, I was struck by how few of these blogs have struck around, and even more, how few of them express anything but iterations of whatever is the trendy “dissident” view of the moment. The audience runs after the trend, then gets bored because it’s more of the same stuff they find anywhere else, then goes back to anime and video games. It’s time for them to see Amerika as the thought-leader that it is.
I started writing about political topics in the early 1990s, and really got my core philosophy going with a series of anti-democracy and pro-organicism flyers during the years of 1995-1997. Then I published extensively on the American Nihilist Underground Society, CORRUPT, and related blogs and sites at the time. I started Amerika to have a free-form place to talk about practical political and social concerns in commonsense but traditional philosophy.
You may notice a lack of the usual “blog stuff” around here: emotional appeals, discussions of theory unrelated to reality, the “Jewish Question” or anti-minority sentiments, and attempts to corral you into groups. The enemy here is an idea — individualism/egalitarianism — and every problem is a symptom of that. We strike at the neck of the Hydra, not its many heads.
As a result, this blog is a bit difficult. For Republicans, it has none of the usual signals and symbols. For underground people, it has none of the defensiveness or familiar tropes. What it does do is get to the root of those issues and explicate them for those who want to understand what is wrong and what must be done to fix it.
Join us… we are the future!
Over at DNA India, the Sunday features section includes a brief mention and partial interview with myself regarding nihilism and how it intersects with happiness. You can read the article, “International Day of Happiness: What is happy for those who believe life has no purpose,” on the DNA India site in Roshni Nair’s column.
In the meantime, here is the full interview for grins ‘n’ giggles:
Before kicking off my queries about nihilism and happiness, I’d like to know what you make of World Happiness Day.
In my experience, the most common human event is the takeover of a term. Certain words, symbols and images convey great power, and so those who want to be powerful attempt to possess those things for purposes of thought control of the group. They almost always do this by creating a positive vision that involves the term, and then use that vision to define other terms as good or bad, which makes people want to do the good and run away from the bad. It is mind control, just not the type with radio waves and mystical charms. It operates through peer pressure.
As you allude to later on, there is a whole industry dedicated to making you think that what you have is not happiness, and that therefore you are bad, and should spend all of your time and money on self-help books about happiness. Luckily “happiness” is a vague term — it can mean “the state of momentary happiness” or “a state of mind of being happy” depending on context — and they can utilize that ambiguity to inject their own definition. This clever ruse makes them gatekeepers of what makes you happy (good) and what makes you sad (bad). This gives them imense power.
This particular charity I like more than the rest because they dared to have a campaign titled “Your happiness is part of something bigger.” Unfortunately, “something bigger” will quickly be redefined to mean charity work in odd places or some other rather individualistic pursuit, but for now they make a good point that our modern societies are epidemics of loneliness and isolation. That alone is quite important because most people deny that and pretend that everything in society is good, when in fact some is good, and some is rotten.
Does happiness exist, or do you think it’s just an umbrella term for the absence of suffering?
I am certain that happiness exists, but I am also certain we very rarely recognize it. “Happiness” varies its meaning in context; if you say “I seek a life of happiness” you are using a different word than when you say “that ice cream brought me happiness.”
Happiness in the moment may mean absence of suffering, as Arthur Schopenhauer suggests, but happiness in the life-long sense consists of contentment plus the realization that you are heading in the right direction. People like to feel that they are not wasting their lives, and that requires them to be engaged in some task external to them which is “good” in addition to having a pleasant life which they basically enjoy experiencing.
Happiness is misunderstood. On one side people like to think it means a constant state of ecstatic joy, forgetting that if it was constant, this would be a very boring life. On the other side, they say things like “happiness” is the absence of suffering and forget that we make affirmative decisions to improve our state beyond simply eliminating suffering.
As a nihilist, would you agree with the saying that goes, “You can’t be happy unless you choose to be”?
Absolutely. Enjoying happiness consists of giving yourself permission to recognize you are happy, and then enjoy it. Someone who is determined to be unhappy regardless will never find happiness. Someone who believes in happiness, and seeks it, must choose to be happy when he finds it even if it is not what he expected (in this life, things rarely are what we expect).
I think of Michel Houellebecq’s comments on a somewhat tangential topic:
INTERVIEWER: What is your definition of a Romantic?
HOUELLEBECQ: It’s someone who believes in unlimited happiness, which is eternal and possible right away. Belief in love. Also belief in the soul, which is strangely persistent in me, even though I never stop saying the opposite.
A line from your metalcrypt interview back in ’04 read: “The quickest way to find happiness in life is to find out what’s real.” Can a nihilistic life be a happy – or rather, fulfilling – one?
I’ll go farther and say that a nihilistic approach — which is basically a form of extreme realism and ego-denial — is essential to finding happiness. You need to be aware of reality and honest with yourself before you find any joy in anything. Otherwise, it is a projected joy, an unstable and untrustworthy thing. People say you can be happy by acting happy, but the point of the divide between self and world is that the two must be in agreement or you will never believe your own emotions. And instability is by definition not very happy.
A nihilist will look at life and work on his own perceptions until he is as close as possible to seeing what is real. This lets him perceive things, both physical and metaphysical, that tell him what is important. When he acts on those and achieves them, even if to a minor degree, he then has the groundwork of happiness in life, made by his own hands.
A nihilistic life is thus not a magic bullet like a self-help book or a strong drink. It is a steady process of, for lack of a better word, “maturation.” In it the young nihilist learns to discern between illusion and reality, and by acting on reality, is able to filter out all the stuff that wastes his time, and replace it with things that return contentment, happiness, even joy. At the end of it, the real and the ideal have come into alignment and his life is full.
What’s the greatest misconception people have about nihilists like yourself, wrt concepts like happiness and contentment?
People think we are angry bearded men who live in vans and basements. We are in fact people who say that “you must live according to what is real, not the illusions inside your head” and we tend to live in vans parked in basements. At least, I did for almost a year. It was a great experience because I owned very little, had few obligations on my time, and could spend my days exploring the world and the great works of literature, philosophy and science. My real piece of advice there is to remove the automotive seats and put a real sofa or two in your van. Comfort makes a world of difference.
Pragmatists often cite “the happiness industry” as a tool of conformity – the kind, they say, which pathologises sadness/treats it as a pariah emotion. What are your views on this?
The happiness industry is really a sadness industry; they preach what their audience lacks, but is happiness, but their real financial incentive is to disguise sadness as happiness so the audience keeps coming back. If self-help books worked very well, many people would be cured and never buy another one. That’s a bad product. For them to enact thought control through language, they need to first convince you that any kind of sadness or discontent is a sign that your life is unhappy and you need their products.
Again the time scale fools us with this word. Sadness is part of a happy life; a life without emotional ups and downs would be not only boring, but would steal all power from joy. Ours is a relative universe and we do not know “hot” without “cold,” nor “joy” without “sadness.” What I have found is best to avoid is the entropy of the soul, a type of boredom, depression and purposelessness all rolled into one. With it, one can never be happy.
I read that you started identifying as nihilist when you were in your teens, in large part due to your parents being academics and exposing you to such literature. Other than this, were there other influences/influencing factors that made you gravitate towards nihilism?
I became a nihilist at age fifteen, having slowly developed my philosophy of total realism and denial of human judgments, feelings and desires up until that point based on my observations of adults, who terrified and depressed me. My background was a broad reading in the classics of Western literature but more importantly, time spent alone in the forests near my home. At that time, our American city was small enough that there were boundaries to the comfortable glass, plastic and concrete world where the only rules were transactional. I went beyond these boundaries, into the woods, and spent whole days and sometimes nights there, observing the type of order I saw. I approached it much as I later would computer programming: looking into the structure and process, or abstract relationships between objects as expressed in cyclic interaction, of natural creatures, plants and forces like rain and sun. I went from the simplistic, deranged human world to this place of utter clarity and profoundly brilliant design and my brain was at rest. From this transition point, I realized that the enemy of humanity was not Hitler, Satan, the Jews, the Rich or the other scapegoats, but our own tendency as individuals toward giving in to illusion because it supported our appetitive impulses. “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
Over the years, how challenging has it been for you to find a balance/navigate the despair associated with nihilism with happiness/fulfillment?
Oddly, I do not find despair in nihilism; I find it in humanity. Having to live in a failing civilization, among a failing species, in which idiots perpetually rule and only illusions are famous or revered, yes, that’s a bit of an ugly fate and a depressing one. But nihilism? My version of nihilism is complex because it denies human orders in favor of the type of mathematical order that underlies reality. For that reason, it is open to possibilities beyond the material, so long as they are not mere human wants rephrased as truths.
How pivotal has ANUS been in making you the person you are today, and are you still active on the site?
ANUS was an excellent early experience from which I learned a great deal about how to organize and express ideas. In subsequent projects, I have tried to expand my message to be clear to more people and less idiosyncratic. ANUS today remains an archive that people visit at numbers that still strike me as oddly high, but it has been mostly drowned out by the “new internet” and its insistence that its one method of expression (big media, Wikipedia, social media) is right and everything else must be silenced. This is how humans control each other: they set up a fake truth that is a subset of the actual options possible, and then force everyone to obey, which actually shuts those people off from some possibilities they need to at least be aware of. My plans for the future are to turn these old writings into a series of books, the first two of which are now complete and in search of a publisher!
Today you will find me blogging at Return of Kings with a piece entitled “How To Survive The Late Empire Period Of Your Civilization.” This is one of my favorite writings, because it summarizes in an easy form most of what you will find on this site, and introduces new readers to the radicalism of my early days. I hope you enjoy it.
While some are critical of Return of Kings, I think that is the tendency to try to scene-police by fragile boundaries instead of looking at intent: the intent of ROK is in the title, and its transitional period through PUA/MRA (or the non-European origins of its founder) do not concern me. What concerns me is unified voices against decline, and everything else can fuck right off :)
Neoreaction aggregator Reaction Times is now including Amerika.org stories, thanks to the hard work of both readers of this site and the staff of the aggregator. I am thankful for being added to this especially as I retreat from social media and all other disposable plastic modern activities.
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