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Why The Churches Failed

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Christian attendance at churches is dropping, as is the share of Christians in the world religion market. Some industry sources offer insight into the collapse of this once-thriving religion:

I have witnessed both kinds of disaffiliation: ex-mainliners leaving because their churches were so insipid, and ex-evangelicals leaving because they could not reconcile conservative faith with science, critical thinking, or the contemporary world.

…Here is my very tentative proposal for eight other reasons:

–Prosperity and affluence distract people from regular church attendance and reduce a strong sense of need to be in church, gradually eroding not just church attendance but Christian identity.

–The pre-modern claims of traditional Christian faith appear increasingly incredible to postmodern Americans. It has been a very long time since a majority of cultural elites found Christianity’s supernatural claims, for example, to be credible. These elites dominate our culture.

–Hypocrisies and conflicts in church, when they (inevitably) erupt, don’t just drive people to other churches, as in the past, but sometimes take them out of Christianity altogether.

–The fading of cultural Christianity means that fewer and fewer Americans feel any cultural or familial expectation to be in church or practice Christianity. “It was good enough for grandpa” just doesn’t cut it anymore.

–American Christianity is not producing many compelling leaders, and thus the average church (as well as the Church writ large) is not especially inspiring or visionary. Many ministers play it safe in order to keep their jobs, or are simply not that talented.

–The collapse of any protection of Sunday from recreation and work, together with the gig economy, means many people are working or otherwise engaged on Sunday.

–It is harder for parents to pass the faith onto their children in a wired world in which parental influence is in decline.

–Evangelism is dead. No one really knows how to “share the Christian faith” any more in a way that connects with people, and many Christians have stopped trying.

This article seems on-point, but to it we must add another compelling reason: Christianity failed to stop the decline when people depended on it to do so. Instead, it seemed to join the decline as its leaders tried to make it simpler and more accessible to reach more people. Once democratized, it failed because people can get that same experience anywhere else. Church is no longer unique and as a result, has no necessary function in the daily lives of people.

Instead, it too has been ceded to the Left. Once it went down the path of dumbing down, the smart people fled, and idiots were only too happy to surge into the gap and take over, switching the choir to a rock band and the message from self-sacrifice to self-expression. Nothing kills a church like being a place that smart people attend once and then run to the hills.

In my generation, no one goes to church, although we are proportionately more religious in feeling than the previous generation. They go to church because they sense that it is right to do, but we stay at home and try to reach a God who seems to have forsaken this planet, but whom (Whom?) we suspect still loves us and cares about the outcome even down here in this modern wasteland.

If Christianity wants to succeed, it should do what the Orthosphere counsels: stop trying to be like all the other kids. Offer a unique experience that can be found nowhere else. Get out of politics and social commentary. Focus on saving souls and instilling moral awareness, even if the sheep might wake up and realize their civilization is collapsing. Connect people to the divine.

Why Are People Prone To Destructive Behavior?

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Throughout human history, the cycle repeats: a few innovators create something good, then the herd arrives, then the good thing becomes the same old thing, and then it becomes a ruin and “no one” knows why.

Like most cycles, this one repeats because the behavior that causes it is the same, sort of like how one might regularly trip over the shoes left outside the door the night before because that was a convenient place to take them off. Humans exhibit the same behavior time and again.

What is important about this is that the behavior is unintentional, meaning that its results were not intended or even considered by the participants. They did what made sense, and ended up at bad results nonetheless, but for some reason, cannot learn from the experience so repeat it pathologically.

If we dig down a bit, we can see that the problem is individualism, or the tendency to put self first before concerns for the right type of order and social structure in an organization. To defend this choice, individuals glom together into collectives to force the group to tolerate each of them or face their collective wrath.

In ancient times, individualism was seen as hubris. The ancients saw the world as having an intangible order of rightness, balance, beauty and truth. This was not truth in our modern sense of isolated facts, but truth in that it was an accurate representation of intuition and order of nature united through a type of creative imagination that “saw” the world in metaphorical terms.

Hubris was the violation of this order, which was not categorical in our modern sense of giving every object a single category identity and then filtering with a yes/no type of thought process. To the ancients, everything had its place, and when all was in balance, life itself could not be altered as in Utopian fantasies, but it could be gradually qualitatively improved.

For this reason, the ancients never changed the fundamental form of human civilization, which involves an aristocracy, caste system, ritual customs, strong symbolism, and a type of vision of reality that we might describe as “hallucinogenic” and “mystical” today. For the ancients, the world was alive, and we humans were just actors in a bigger drama that we could not possibly understand.

Individualism inverted all of that, by saying (per The Enlightenment™) that the order of the universe was the human being, and that what mattered was the material safety and comfort of the individual, and not having any things above the individual — heritage, culture, kings, gods — for which the individual must sacrifice. The ego won out in the battle of parts of our personalities.

But now, others are speaking out about the corrupting and destroying role of individualism in human affairs:

I see the curse of extreme individualism in so many areas. There is the fact that so many people who have been converted to our ideas prefer to remain anonymous, disorganized and inactive. There is the fact that the overwhelming majority of our people are so sunk in extreme individualism that they don’t care about our heritage or the fate of future generations – the most extreme example being the millions of women who have aborted their own children…More broadly, the American family and civic organizations in general have crumbled as a result of the triumph of expressive individualism in our culture since the 1960s.

Alexis de Tocqueville, the author of Democracy in America, once observed that the extreme individualism fostered by liberal democracy leads to extreme conformity. In liberal democracies, the common man doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of Public Opinion, which is his Almighty God.

And others have incorporated it into the anti-individualism position of the Alt Right:

The alt-right is against the free market and cares little for the constitution. Spencer opposes individualism and supports a version of the European Union, but has also expressed admiration towards the Soviet Union for protecting Russians against Western liberal democracy.

They are correct. The individual is the only God that modernity will accept. From the idea of equality, which states that all must be included and treated the same despite the wide variation in their contributions and sanity, to the notion from The Renaissance™ and The Enlightenment™ which states that man is the measure of all things and the human form — not content — is idealized, this era was defined by its worship of the individual. It has ended, as selfish things always do, in a cloud of debt, failure, corruption, insanity, selfishness and neurosis.

How to escape individualism? One can only escape a bad goal by finding another goal, because the state of having no goal always results in default human behaviors. One must desire something else, such as the desire to become good:

The mainstream modern assumptions are that the aim of life is hedonic: enhancing happiness, diminishing suffering – the main moral imperative is unselfishness, sharing.

…So perhaps the most valuable thing that could be done nowadays is to strive for sanctity, in oneself I mean.

…The world does not really need more people to ‘do good’, but for some people to become good.

This is consistent with the vision of the ancients, namely the observation that humans during a Golden Age were motivated by virtue instead of materiality, as chronicled by Plato:

When discord arose, then the two races were drawn different ways: the iron and brass fell to acquiring money and land and houses and gold and silver; but the gold and silver races, not wanting money but having the true riches in their own nature, inclined towards virtue and the ancient order of things. There was a battle between them, and at last they agreed to distribute their land and houses among individual owners; and they enslaved their friends and maintainers, whom they had formerly protected in the condition of freemen, and made of them subjects and servants; and they themselves were engaged in war and in keeping a watch against them.

Individualism is materialism. By training our minds on what we are now, and fearing its loss, we become defensive toward the world and thus try to control it, which in turn controls us because it makes us beholden and obedient to certain illusions. A better perspective is to fit the individual into a natural order, and to take delight in that role, because when we are where we belong, we not only do no harm but have our only chance for real excellence. Better to be an excellent janitor than an inept stockbroker or general!

Activism In The Post-Atomic Age

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Arnold Raymond nursed his grudges. Perhaps he hoped they’d one day mature into basilisks. He was just glad he wasn’t like those other people who believed hateful things. He wanted a big government, strong enough to fend for the weak and oppressed. He wanted the freeloaders who owned businesses and worked at corporations to pay. If other people would stop hating and share, social justice would enlighten us all.

Perhaps he would forever be a profit without honor in his home country. Perhaps he would have to go elsewhere to truly achieve his dreams like Lenin did. He would never quit. Like that old song, Carry On Wayward Son.

Raymond hated the obese soyform he worked for. He aggressively burped and farted across the retail floor as he reported for his shift fifteen minutes late. He resented being awoke, enlightened and employed by David Soblitzki at the local Home Despot. He was more than handtools and paint brushes. Commerce, he felt, tainted him. With every sale he made, he stole surplus value. With every hour he worked at $12.45, he got deprived of money he deserved. Senator Elizabeth Warren had documented that the American minimum wage should be about $35.00. He wanted what was his, but rich white people always stole it from him. Everytime the cash register rang.

He thought about his weak-assed member of Congress. Progressive people like Arnold had elected him to get things done. To bring real change. To make the 1% pay. This guy reminded him of what Duncan Black used to warn about. Atrios would have told this creature of Hillary to stop wanking. Wanking being a slang shorthand for talking like a woke Progressive while quietly slow-walking the true People’s Agenda in order to get donations or keep political popularity. He wanted real progressivism. He wanted a man who would address the politics of who and whom. He wanted that weight of the poor to come down hard on the 1% in their fancy suburbs.

As work continued its pointless grind, he hated the people he interacted with. He looked down on their petty, little needs. He saw their kids and imagined what ugly adults they would grow into. He imagined them smugly enjoying their meals and playing video games. And these people all voted to protect their unearned status quo. They deluded themsleves that they built something. They worshipped a sky faerie as a way to validate their nauseating dishonesty. Every last one of the bastards was guilty.

All the smart people told Arnold the typical American was a puddle of shit. These people were losers. They were racists. They exploited honest working people just like Rachel Maddow said and they needed to pay. Arnold Raymond and only Arnold Raymond could provide that sort of rough justice. The rest of them claimed to be dedicated to Social Justice, but as Duncan used to write over at Atrios, they were just wanking. Arnold Raymond was going to drive it had right up the man’s ass.

He thought about the stuff he had bought yesterday when he got off shift. There were chlorine pool cleaning crystals that he had bought right out of this store. Along with that, he had bought a 10lb bag of rocks; the sort you used to decorate a flower bed perhaps. Then he went to Papa Reilly’s, where they sold the homebrew stuff. He had bought a 5 gallon glass beaker, 2 containers of Star-San and a one-hole stopper. Then he went to Texaco and filled his car while simultaneously filling up a 1 gallon plastic gasoline bottle. Then it was off to the cute, little bourgois hobby store. He hadn’t entered The Orc Lair to indulge hobbies or waste empty hours playing Warhammer. He wanted two rocket engines and ten feet of fuse. These were the last two key things.

It maxed his exploitative POS credit card. VISA – it’s everywhere you want to spend yourself into slavery. But no. Not this time. Yesterday the bastard capitalists had sold him the bomb with which he would send them a real message. A man’s message. Arnold Raymond’s name would ring out. Trump that, you bourgois fvckers!

What he hated the most were the bratty, spoiled kids. How dare they enjoy their lives when other children had less. They went to their Montessori Schools of Entitled Brattiness and got personalized attention while learning how to read. Poor children and minorites were shunted off to obsolete and underfunded public kindergartens. The brats then went to private religious schools and got brainwashed with memory verses from their evil fvcking bible. The Peoples’ Children didn’t even have the latest textbooks.

Those evil, fvcking suburb brat children had a park called “Kids Domain.” More money given to them so that they could have a place to play. Did these evil, snotty, spoiled suburban White brats ever see where the Peoples’ kids had to go play in the projects. And their smarm-fvck daddies had voted for a candidate that was cancelling a bunch of The People’s Section 8 Housing Grants. There was this trachcan right next to all the cute little swings and balance beams. It was thin, metallic and would never withstand a blast. The bits of metal and shrapnel would all fly. Those overprivileged little bastards would die feeling The Peoples’ reality. Tonight, this very evening, the politics of who/whom would swing in the proper moral direction.

Five PM arrived. Arnold had about 2 1/2 hours to do what was right and necessary. He drove to his apartment and loaded his car. He decided to just be blatant. He would mix all the carp int he parking lot, carry it straight over to the can. His prep this morning had involved taping the fuses into the rocket engines and running the fuses through the 1-hole stopper. He had now cut a hole in the Star-San containers. The stuff was viscous. He wore gloves on his hands and squeezed hard to get it into the 5 gallon fermentation vat which he had covered with a black contractor’s trash bag, along with the cute, white rocks. He added the gasoline. He was careful to roll his car windows 1/2 way down. The fumes that would cook on the way to the park were not going to be healthy for human consumption.

He drove to the park and situated his vehicle. He had to get about 25 feet away. Arnold wasn’t a big, athletic man and the fermenter was getting heavy. He took out a funnel and started with the chlorine crystals. He would have to stopper the vat fast, The resulting nocious fumes were already triggering his eyes and nose. He got the stopper in and began to lug the fermenter inside the bag. He got it to the trashcan and then – Oh shit!

He had forgotten his lighter and couldn’t cook off the bomb. He went back to his car and grabbed what he needed from the glove department of his car. he had to get under control. Sudden movements would make Arnold look suspicious and then if the fascist cops showed up it would all be over. He forced himself to breathe slowly and palmed the barbeque lighter up his sleeve. He walked back over to the trashcan and – Dammit!

A little Hispanic girl in a replica Argentine National Soccer Team jersey was tossing a juice box into the trashcan. The girl noticed something and stopped as if curious. She reached down to pick up a stick and poked around with it into the can. “Abuela Sara!” She yelled. “Que es esto?”

A middle-aged to elderly Hispanic woman came forward. “No juega alla, Gatalitta.” She commanded.

The little girl moved away. But first, she stuck her hand into the garbage can. There was something in her hand and she gave it a pull. Out came a one-holed stopper with a length of fuse. The girl made it about two steps and then collapsed. “!Ayudame!, Ayiii…” She said between coughs.

“Madre de Dios!” The older woman yelled. She then switched to English and yelled at a nearby man. “Alex, its Gata! She’s hurt.” He pulled out a cell and dialed 9-1-1.

Arnold Raymond got back in the car. He drove out of the parking lot in a panic. He stopped a few feet away and tried to get himself back under control. It hadn’t worked. The chlorine had mixed with the acid in the Star-San. A little girl had opened the fermentation jar and now the gasses would leak out and there was no way he could get close enough to light the fuses and cook the bomb off. That didn’t even get into the problems he would have since the engines were inside the flask and the fuses were no longer attached to the stopper mechanism. He left and hoped nobody would go to work on finding him.

It was a year later and Raymond had learned exploitation in The Peoples’ Incarceration Facility. The other prisoners either ignored him or hated him and wanted him dead. The ones with children that knew why he was here were the latter group. The “Hacks” as the Corrections Officers were known had two sorts false consciousness. One type involved them enforcing Euro-Phallo-Centric dominance in such a way that proletariat was forced to remain docile. Ironically, these sorts of exploiters were why Arnold Raymond still converted O2 into Carbon Dioxide successfully. There was also another sort of hack. These people used the incarcerated proletariat to generate surplus value by selling narcotics and cigarettes. Anything could happen once these hacks made a deal.

One day it finally did. Raymond had discovered that lifting weights while in the stir served two purposes. It killed time and burned frustration and it demonstrated a certain physical vitality that would discourage people from taking one look at him and declaring him a seminal vessel to be filled at will. As he grunted and strained to bench a plat and a quarter, two large hands came down on the bar. “You look like you need a spot.” A large shaven-headed black man told him as he drove the bar inexorably down towards Raymond’s neck.

“Help me!” Arnold screamed. Two hacks turned and walked out of that section the gym.

It wasn’t a hard wrestling match for the burly and powerful convict to drive the bar into Raymond’s scrawny neck. “This is for the children.” The man said. He then leaned forward and propelled 185 Lbs of metal downward with a force far greater than the gravity that usually made the bench press a challenge.

Recapitulation

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

A regular reader, contributor and freelance writer sent along a suggestion that could not be ignored: there needs to be a “simple guide to Amerika.” He is usually on point about direction, so here it is, notwithstanding the impossibility of explaining the complex in simple ways.

  • The root of all problems is individualism. Humans get a stronger signal from their brains that reality; this signal is shared through socializing; humans then form a bolus of angry people who demand that what is not real be considered real. At that point, illusion reigns, and the parasites close in.

  • Collectivism is a form of individualism. Collectivism means a group that demands that each individual within it be represented equally, which means that no individual can be excluded. In collective bargaining, like unions, they force equal compensation for the competent and incompetent, which is a form of the not-real because it is illogical.

  • Egalitarianism is the rule of collectivism. Egalitarianism means that the individual is equal, which removes hierarchy and the burden on the individual to act according to a natural or divine order. Discrimination and exclusion are the methods of evolution, or qualitative improvement, while universal acceptance (egalitarianism) is reversion to a mean.

  • Social pressures form the basis of human thinking. People are more concerned with appearance than reality because in human groups, appearance of goodness determines how much people like you, and thus, how much they will help you when you need it. Plato’s metaphor can be found in Book II of The Republic:

    Now that those who practise justice do so involuntarily and because they have not the power to be unjust will best appear if we imagine something of this kind: having given both to the just and the unjust power to do what they will, let us watch and see whither desire will lead them; then we shall discover in the very act the just and unjust man to be proceeding along the same road, following their interest, which all natures deem to be their good, and are only diverted into the path of justice by the force of law.

    The liberty which we are supposing may be most completely given to them in the form of such a power as is said to have been possessed by Gyges the ancestor of Croesus the Lydian. According to the tradition, Gyges was a shepherd in the service of the king of Lydia; there was a great storm, and an earthquake made an opening in the earth at the place where he was feeding his flock. Amazed at the sight, he descended into the opening, where, among other marvels, he beheld a hollow brazen horse, having doors, at which he stooping and looking in saw a dead body of stature, as appeared to him, more than human, and having nothing on but a gold ring; this he took from the finger of the dead and reascended. Now the shepherds met together, according to custom, that they might send their monthly report about the flocks to the king; into their assembly he came having the ring on his finger, and as he was sitting among them he chanced to turn the collet of the ring inside his hand, when instantly he became invisible to the rest of the company and they began to speak of him as if he were no longer present. He was astonished at this, and again touching the ring he turned the collet outwards and reappeared; he made several trials of the ring, and always with the same result-when he turned the collet inwards he became invisible, when outwards he reappeared.

    Whereupon he contrived to be chosen one of the messengers who were sent to the court; where as soon as he arrived he seduced the queen, and with her help conspired against the king and slew him, and took the kingdom. Suppose now that there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other; no man can be imagined to be of such an iron nature that he would stand fast in justice. No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a God among men. Then the actions of the just would be as the actions of the unjust; they would both come at last to the same point. And this we may truly affirm to be a great proof that a man is just, not willingly or because he thinks that justice is any good to him individually, but of necessity, for wherever any one thinks that he can safely be unjust, there he is unjust.

    For all men believe in their hearts that injustice is far more profitable to the individual than justice, and he who argues as I have been supposing, will say that they are right. If you could imagine any one obtaining this power of becoming invisible, and never doing any wrong or touching what was another’s, he would be thought by the lookers-on to be a most wretched idiot, although they would praise him to one another’s faces, and keep up appearances with one another from a fear that they too might suffer injustice.

  • Diversity is a form of egalitarianism. If the only requirement to be equal is humanity, all that is human will be included everywhere, which is why the Left adopted diversity as a means of spreading class warfare, wealth transfer and destruction of hierarchical and realistic thinking.

  • Diversity never works. The problem is not which groups are involved, but the fact of diversity itself. When different groups are placed in the same society, each acts in self-interest to assert its values and genetics, causing constant internal conflict and turmoil. Diversity ends civilizations.

  • Specific groups do not matter. This is not a platform for anti-Semitism.  Equality and diversity are the issues. Ending them includes the Jews just as it includes the Irish. Just like the Irish have to go back to Ireland, the Jews have to go to Israel, the Africans to Africa, the Asians to Asia, Mexicans to Mexico, and Southern Europeans to Southern Europe and Eastern Europeans to Eastern Europe.

  • Genetics is the basis of behavior, and thus culture. People cannot be “educated” (indoctrinated) into what they are not. Our traits are hard-wired and while we can achieve the appearance of change through enforcement of rules, people cannot be overseen constantly and revert to what worked for their ancestors. No two groups are compatible for this reason.

  • Civilization requires social order and qualitative improvement. The challenge to humans in dominating nature is that we would doom ourselves by, in the absence of external pressures, degenerating or losing ability. With social order, a form of hierarchy, people are encouraged to rise in quality, which is the opposite of equality where they are accepted as they are. Equality is anti-Darwinism.

  • People and races are networks of traits. There is no race gene. Multiple genes, with overlapping function, code for different abilities and inclinations. These networks of traits are quite complex and miscegenation and class-mixing destroy them, creating hybrids with few of the original abilities, and possessing those out of context, e.g. intelligence without moral goodness.

  • The cruelty of nature is realism. Nature operates to select for more efficient biological structures, including behavior. This seems brutal, but ultimately benefits both organisms and ecosystem, in which each organism serves an unequal role in maintaining an environment from which all benefit.

  • Culture is the human ecosystem. Civilization is the organization which implements culture; culture is the set of values and behaviors of a group. Culture thus arises from genetics and is destroyed when hybridization occurs. Culture represents an “inner force,” or one paired with intuition, among those whose ancestors lived within a group and were subject to its selection pressures.

  • Ideology is a replacement for culture. Ideology, along with the indoctrination and reward structures required to implement it, is a replacement for culture and other traits of a population. It uses social means to replace intuition and other inner forces.

  • Language is a virus that seeks to supplant natural order. People are able to use language to manipulate one another, and through this can get ahead with social/ideological means instead of by producing actual results in external reality. From Tom Wolfe:

    Evolution came to an end when the human beast developed speech! As soon as he became not Homo sapiens, “man reasoning,” but Homo loquax, “man talking”! Speech gave the human beast far more than an ingenious tool. Speech was a veritable nuclear weapon! It gave the human beast the powers of reason, complex memory, and long-term planning, eventually in the form of print and engineering plans. Speech gave him the power to enlarge his food supply at will through an artifice called farming. Speech ended not only the evolution of man, by making it no longer necessary, but also the evolution of animals!

    And William S. Burroughs from The Ticket That Exploded (1962):

    From symbiosis to parasitism is a short step. The word is now a virus. The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell. It is now a parasitic organism that invades and damages the central nervous system. Modern man has lost the option of silence. Try halting sub-vocal speech. Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence. You will encounter a resisting organism that forces you to talk. That organism is the word.

    And Friedrich W. Nietzsche in the document that kicked off postmodernism, “On Truth And Lies in an Extra-Moral Sense” (1873):

    But because man, out of need and boredom, wants to exist socially, herd-fashion, he requires a peace pact and he endeavors to banish at least the very crudest bellum omni contra omnes [war of all against all] from his world. This peace pact brings with it something that looks like the first step toward the attainment of this enigmatic urge for truth. For now that is fixed which henceforth shall be “truth”; that is, a regularly valid and obligatory designation of things is invented, and this linguistic legislation also furnishes the first laws of truth: for it is here that the contrast between truth and lie first originates. The liar uses the valid designations, the words, to make the unreal appear as real; he says, for example, “I am rich,” when the word “poor” would be the correct designation of his situation. He abuses the fixed conventions by arbitrary changes or even by reversals of the names. When he does this in a self-serving way damaging to others, then society will no longer trust him but exclude him. Thereby men do not flee from being deceived as much as from being damaged by deception: what they hate at this stage is basically not the deception but the bad, hostile consequences of certain kinds of deceptions.

    In other words, language is used to obscure the selfish motives of the individual which are cloaked in the idea of altruistic motives to help others. This is the essence of Crowdism.

  • The only solution is not methodological. Like its biological counterpart, a virus changes form to evade detection. The only solution is to have a strong sense of purpose and to aggressively filter out anything which does not support it, like deceptive or irrelevant language. This requires a caste system, where the most sensible, noble and intelligent rise above the rest.

  • Hierarchy requires inequality. Organizations — of which civilization is one type — collapse when their internal conflict, or competition for power, outpaces their action toward a purpose. To that end, eliminating conflict requires having “parallels,” or different domains of authority, in each of which is a singular line of command. In classical civilization, this was aristocracy for leadership, caste for social questions, and having respected wise people to oversee philosophy, mundane interpersonal conflicts, literature and the arts.

  • Democracy is designed to destroy hierarchy. With democracy, a form of utilitarianism, whatever most people think is a good idea wins out. There is no accountability to individual voters, and whatever costs are incurred are distributed among all voters, such that all feel little impact and many, who pay no taxes because they have little money, feel none. The main advantage of democracy is that it makes change within the system harder than ever before because of inertia of most people, the many existing laws which must be changed, and the necessity of working within the system itself, which tends to channel all new ideas toward the same old things. In addition, the individual voters is not accountable to standards, values or culture, but only a nebulous sense of self-interest which rewards using the vote to take from others. The end result is tyranny, as Plato notes, as the system becomes unstable and requires increasing applications of power to remain in control, as William S. Burroughs notes in Naked Lunch (1959):

    Democracy is cancerous, and bureaus are its cancer. A bureau takes root anywhere in the state, turns malignant like the Narcotic Bureau, and grows and grows, always reproducing more of its own kind, until it chokes the host if not controlled or excised. Bureaus cannot live without a host, being true parasitic organizations. (A cooperative on the other hand can live without the state. That is the road to follow. The building up of independent units to meet needs of the people who participate in the functioning of the unit. A bureau operates on the opposite principle of inventing needs to justify its existence.) Bureaucracy is wrong as a cancer, a turning away from the human evolutionary direction of infinite potentials and differentiation and independent spontaneous action to the complete parasitism of a virus.

  • Racial concerns are not about politics, but genetics. For every sub-species, and race and ethnicity are that to humans, one risk will never go away: that of being destroyed through outbreeding. Since people are thoughtless, especially at a young age, this can be easily achieved by importing foreigners and distributing them among them. Enough will interbreed to ensure that the original people no longer exists, and having lost the genetic networks of the original, the new group will make different choices about how it interpretations the customs, institutions, religion, language and politics of their partial forebears. Interbreeding is genocide, even “love”-based free choice. Any group which does not defend itself through uncompromising xenophobia will soon no longer walk the earth. Idiots fail to understand that while they may be able to dodge the vast slum of mystery meat genetics floating around them, their children and grandchildren will not. All it takes is an infusion of some dilution of the blood, no matter what it is, even “good” minorities like Asians, and what once was is soon gone. This is complicated by “hybrid vigor,” or a cancellation of some recessive traits, that makes the first generation still retain some of the aspects of the old. But after multiple generations, all that once was is gone, and no amount of education/indoctrination or institutional enforcement can make it arise in the new group. Culture comes from race; the root of all nationalist and identitarian politics comes from this realization.

  • Freedom is corruption. For an individual and a civilization to thrive, they must seek to do good. Freedom is the antithesis of that, namely that one can seek nothing and from it have good emerge through rules and incentives. The main reason that people desire freedom is to get away from the demands of parasites, who use guilt based in disparate impact (“we are both human, and yet you have more than I”) which is fundamentally a social trope in order to establish their desires as public needs, and thus force the rest of us to provide them with things and bear the socialized/externalized cost. This backfires, because in doing so they bring about tyranny or power that serves only itself, as Plato writes:

    The ruin of oligarchy is the ruin of democracy; the same disease magnified and intensified by liberty overmasters democracy — the truth being that the excessive increase of anything often causes a reaction in the opposite direction; and this is the case not only in the seasons and in vegetable and animal life, but above all in forms of government.

    The only way to avoid this is to avoid extremes, and so to choose goodness instead of the option for goodness, and to implement it not by force, but by rewarding those who naturally seek it, so the genetic networks that remain afterwards are those which favor goodness.

  • Our enemy is Control. Control is the notion that humans can manipulate the world by reducing it to a fungible quantity of equals and then, by forcing those to do the same thing, maintain a strong power that serves itself. Control is different than authority and leadership because it consists of absolute rules, micromanagement, and most of all making all of society and nature into equal objects which succumb to the same incentives and threats. People love control because they like the thought of having a behemoth which will apply uniformly to all things around them, and therefore achieve absolute and universal results. This is why they want a tyrant or a metaphorical analogue of one, but in the end, because all things act in self-interest, they produce a monster no matter how benevolent their intent. The opposite of control is cooperation, which requires having a purpose and selecting those who can fulfill that purpose through organically-arising and unequal roles like those in an ecosystem, and sending the others away. When all are equally included, they become a mass used for manipulation, which serves only control.

  • Without leadership and ownership, every commons is a tragedy. A tragedy of the commons occurs whenever there is a resource shared by all, and each person has self-interest in exploiting it, whether that resource is the natural land, money collected from taxes, the direction of an organization, interpretation of culture, attention from others at a social gathering, participation in a musical genre or parking spaces in a neighborhood. Each person will take as much as they can, and soon the resource will be destroyed, as Garrett Hardin writes:

    The tragedy of the commons develops in this way. Picture a pasture open to all. It is to be expected that each herdsman will try to keep as many cattle as possible on the commons. Such an arrangement may work reasonably satisfactorily for centuries because tribal wars, poaching, and disease keep the numbers of both man and beast well below the carrying capacity of the land. Finally, however, comes the day of reckoning, that is, the day when the long-desired goal of social stability becomes a reality. At this point, the inherent logic of the commons remorselessly generates tragedy.

    As a rational being, each herdsman seeks to maximize his gain. Explicitly or implicitly, more or less consciously, he asks, “What is the utility to me of adding one more animal to my herd?” This utility has one negative and one positive component.

    1) The positive component is a function of the increment of one animal. Since the herdsman receives all the proceeds from the sale of the additional animal, the positive utility is nearly +1.

    2) The negative component is a function of the additional overgrazing created by one more animal. Since, however, the effects of overgrazing are shared by all the herdsmen, the negative utility for any particular decision-making herdsman is only a fraction of -1.

    Adding together the component partial utilities, the rational herdsman concludes that the only sensible course for him to pursue is to add another animal to his herd. And another; and another…. But this is the conclusion reached by each and every rational herdsman sharing a commons. Therein is the tragedy. Each man is locked into a system that compels him to increase his herd without limit–in a world that is limited. Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.

    The only solution to this condition is to ensure that people cannot take as much as they want, only what they need. From that comes all human leadership and government, but only a pre-government form of leadership, aristocracy, solves this by ensuring that aristocrats own all the land and control all of the intellectual and social capital, so that every precious thing has a defender and none are submerged by the herd.

  • People are not equal. Meritocracy is an illusion because actual merit is found in abilities, which are genetic. People have abilities and moral character, and without both, are bad at any level; we expect more from those higher in the chain who make decisions about leadership, culture, social order and values. Very few are capable of doing this, probably less than one percent, because this requires not just high ability and moral character, but also an inclination to think about these things and surround oneself with them for years. The only working form of leadership is aristocracy for this reason.

  • Human history is measured by organizations. People like to think in terms of their own power only. They do not like to consider how little influence they have relative to that of the organization around them. But people act in organizations from hunting posses to gangs to corporations, and the structure of those organizations reflect the incentives on which people act and therefore, to what degree the organization survives and achieves its goal. The worst condition is “dark organizations,” where incentives become perverse or reward the individual acting for himself at the expense of the organization, and so an organization within the organization builds like a cancer, and eventually takes it over and destroys it for the purposes of the inner organization. Most great historical fears — Masons, Jews, Communists, Satanists — involve the fear of takeover from within, but most takeovers happen because organizations allow them and the people taking over have no idea this is what they are doing, mainly because their assumptions are invisible to them, but are conducive to ends other than those of the organization.

  • Inner traits matter more than outer traits. The fallacy of control and of modernity itself is that we can make people equals and then manipulate them to do the right thing, as defined from a human perspective. Power serves only to obstruct certain behaviors, and while it can reward others, it cannot instill them in the population unless they are wired for them, which occurs in degrees. Traditional societies used caste structures to place those who understood on top and to encourage others to emulate them. Even more importantly, a civilization needs to be a cooperative compact made by those who agree on its purpose, and have that purpose be not tangible, but a qualitative yet immutable intangible or “transcendental” like “the good, the beautiful and the true.” That desire for transcendentals begins with a desire to not just avoid bad, but affirmatively do good in all things, which fosters a mentality of consequentialism, or measuring actions not by human intents or purposes, but by their consequences in physical reality. With that, a study of reality — realism — emerges, and from that comes an ability to do good not just by what others think, but in long term results. It was the loss of this quest for virtue that began the downfall of Western civilization, as chronicled by Plato:

    When discord arose, then the two races were drawn different ways: the iron and brass fell to acquiring money and land and houses and gold and silver; but the gold and silver races, not wanting money but having the true riches in their own nature, inclined towards virtue and the ancient order of things. There was a battle between them, and at last they agreed to distribute their land and houses among individual owners; and they enslaved their friends and maintainers, whom they had formerly protected in the condition of freemen, and made of them subjects and servants; and they themselves were engaged in war and in keeping a watch against them.

    In other words, we are not striving for the right external pressures, but the right internal desires. Otherwise, we fall into desires of the body including the ego, and through that, become agents of our own destruction because those desires lead to decay.

  • Choice of religion is less important than “religious feeling.” Among the great religions, we find several traits in common that suggest they come from an Ur-faith that is not passed down so much as inferred by people across the ages. This is expressed as the Perennial Philosophy:

    At the core of the Perennial Philosophy we find four fundamental doctrines.

    1. The phenomenal world of matter and of individualized consciousness — the world of things and animals and men and even gods — is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all partial realities have their being, and apart from which they would be non-existent.
    2. Human beings are capable not merely of knowing about the Divine Ground by inference; they can also realize its existence by a direct intuition, superior to discursive reasoning. This immediate knowledge unites the knower with that which is known.
    3. Man possesses a double nature, a phenomenal ego and an eternal Self, which is the inner man, the spirit, the spark of divinity within the soul. It is possible for a man, if he so desires, to identify himself with the spirit and therefore with the Divine Ground, which is of the same or like nature with the spirit.
    4. Man’s life on earth has only one end and purpose: to identify himself with his eternal Self and so to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground.

    With that in mind, we can spend less time fighting over the titles of the religions we use, and more time focusing on the knowledge of those religions, cultivating it in ourselves. This is the master key through which we can unlock any religion, and since formal belief systems tend to become confusing and arbitrary, it makes sense to cut out the middle man and reinvent a kind of “pagan” faith composed of these core beliefs alone. It can then accept the other faiths in our history as books of wisdom, and stop trying to take them literally or debunk them on the basis of their metaphorical rather than material nature.

  • Evil and downfall are unintentional. If you believed movies, and no one with any wisdom does, you would think that evil consists of people who desire to be evil for the sake of power. In reality, that like all things in our modern era — the era defined by individualism — is inverted: people desire power, and control, and it makes them evil. However, the wrinkle is that most of them pursued power initially from the thought of being able to do good with that power, but in the end, it was the power who used them for its own ends, because in any form other than an absolute hereditary monarchy, power must be defended through politics which requires manipulating others and gaining as much power as possible. This fits with the general human pattern of ruining things because individuals show up, want to participate, and then make the thing into something convenient for them, which in turn obligates them to it, at which point they abandon it and it falls apart. Over and over again, humans discover new things and ruin them by projecting themselves into them and then allowing their collective need to destroy them. Bill Peet understood humanity too well.

  • The only solution is to design daily life around goodness. The Deep Ecology mission statement describes this general approach:

    Earth has entered its most precarious phase in history. We speak of threats not only to human life, but to the lives of all species of plants and animals, of the entire ecosphere in all its beauty and complexity including the natural processes that create and shape life’s diversity. It is the grave and growing threats to the health of the ecosphere that motivates our activities.

    We believe that current problems are largely rooted in the following circumstances:

    • The loss of traditional knowledge, values, and ethics of behavior that celebrate the intrinsic value and sacredness of the natural world and that give the preservation of Nature prime importance. Correspondingly, the assumption of human superiority to other life forms, as if we were granted royalty status over Nature; the idea that Nature is mainly here to serve human will and purpose.
    • The prevailing economic and development paradigms of the modern world, which place primary importance on the values of the market, not on Nature. The conversion of Nature to commodity form, the emphasis upon economic growth as a panacea, the industrialization of all activity, from forestry to farming to fishing, even to education and culture; the rush to economic globalization, cultural homogenization, commodity accumulation, urbanization, and human alienation. All of these are fundamentally incompatible with ecological sustainability on a finite Earth.
    • Technology worship and an unlimited faith in the virtues of science; the modern paradigm that technological development is inevitable, invariably good, and to be equated with progress and human destiny. From this, we are left dangerously uncritical, blind to profound problems that technology has wrought, and in a state of passivity that confounds democracy.
    • Overpopulation, in both the overdeveloped and the underdeveloped worlds, placing unsustainable burdens upon biodiversity and the human condition.

    As our name suggests, we are influenced by the Deep Ecology Platform, which helps guide and inform our work. We believe that values other than market values must be recognized and given importance, and that Nature provides the ultimate measure by which to judge human endeavors.

    People look for grand threats and extravagant solutions, but most commonly both threat and solution are mundane events, with equally everyday solutions. Our biggest risks are that we overpopulate, degenerate, suffer excessive entropy, become unstable, or die from loss of food, environment or hygiene. The grand fears of humanity have not played out, but our failure to adequately accept that these problems are threats has been consistently and increasingly endangering to us. Our solution needs to be to incorporate the mundane into our myths and solve these everyday problems by redesigning our lives around doing good, instead of chasing phantoms.

You can find more in the developing summary of a rather sprawling philosophy, but these are the basics for readers here to know as they attempt to parse the rest.

Immigration Savages Teen Jobs

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

“Correlation is not causation,” morons love to say, but when a contributing factor can be identified, so can causality. As immigration has bloated the third world underclass of the West, teenagers have found themselves displaced from jobs they normally took, resulting in a collapse of teenage labor:

Paul Harrington, Neeta Fogg and Ishwar Khatiwada of Drexel’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy studied average teen employment rates from June through August. They found that the percentage of employed 16-to-19-year-olds fell from 45 percent in 1986 to 30 percent last year. (Their numbers are lower than the July-only figures because teens are less likely to work in June and August.)

They forecast that teens’ June-August employment rate will reach 30.5 percent this year, surpassing 30 percent for the first time since the recession year of 2009 and evidence of an overall improved job market.

Perhaps the percentage has jumped a whole half-point this year because of the improved job market, but another factor is the mass exodus of immigrants in response to the rise of the polices of Donald J. Trump regarding immigration. In the meantime, American wages remain stagnant since the 1970s, and in effect lowered because of the additional requirements of living now versus then. Economics would attribute this an influx of new people into the workforce, which has been achieved through women in the workplace, immigration and affirmative action.

Leftist policies of equality are designed to force a society where people share the wealth equally. When the workforce is swollen, few individual workers find themselves in a position to rise in compensation above the rest, producing a vast peasant mass who will do whatever government instructs them to, since it controls their compensation through regulation. That is the Leftist endgame here.

In the meantime, many Americans — especially those discriminated against by law, namely European-descended ones — find themselves dropping out of the workforce into the barter economy, part time gigs, and selling junk on eBay to make ends meet. As usual, Leftist policy benefits Leftism at the expense of normal, healthy people.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Was Booted For Corporate Espionage, Not Sexual Harassment Scandal

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Asiatic-looking Russian/Jewish hybrid Travis Kalanick was recently fired from collapsing startup Uber, and many associated his troubles with Uber’s ongoing struggle with accusations of sexual harassment. As it turns out, however, he was fired for a different reason.

According to filings by Google parent Alphabet, Kalanick was dismissed primarily because he and ex-Alphabet engineer Anthony Levandowski conspired to steal 14,000 documents from Alphabet.

Contrary to the SJWs out there, the world cares less about unproven accusations than it does about hard evidence of fundamental wrongdoing. As has hit the news lately, the wrong type of people are getting rich with schemes inspired by Silicon Valley’s success in the 1990s.

Huxley Proven Right: Distraction Serves Control More Than Direct Propaganda Does

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

George Orwell, a Leftist, wrote 1984 to convince us that Leftism was okay just so long as it did not use extreme methods. Over a decade earlier, Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World to show us that our vapidity of direction would destroy us no matter what methods we use. He was concerned with our motivation and purpose, because void of those would end in a human Hell.

The Chinese government discovered this principle, and has used it to wage a war of distraction upon opponents of the regime:

In the first large scale empirical analysis of this operation, we show how to identify the secretive authors of these posts, the posts written by them, and their content. We estimate that the government fabricates and posts about 448 million social media comments a year. In contrast to prior claims, we show that the Chinese regime’s strategy is to avoid arguing with skeptics of the party and the government, and to not even discuss controversial issues.

This “strategic distraction” works in approximately the same way American social media does, which is to provide a constant stream of non-issues so that actual issues remain unnoticed. The complete study shows how China immerses its citizens in irrelevance rather than argue with them directly.

If Leftism has a singular technique, it is to insist that methods are more important than goals or purpose. As long as we avoid bad methods like censorship or repression, they argue, everyone is “free” and things will work out. Huxley pointed out that what we do with our freedom is more likely to doom us by creating a society of vapidity designed around human pleasure as a means of distracting from essential questions.

Anecdotally, older users of the internet have mentioned in conversation how the internet was better when it was a repository of research and writing, and not a stream of “what’s happening now.” It turns out that the best way to hide problems is to keep people awash in distraction, and government and industry exploit this to their own ends.

Leftism No Longer Wishes To Merely Replace Whites, But To Destroy Them

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Leftists hate normalcy, health, joy, and existence itself. This is why their latest accidental admission of their agenda surprises almost no one:

“It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be ‘white’ will not do,” said Williams on Facebook Sunday, according to Campus Reform, “put end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system #LetThemFuckingDie.”

“I’m fed the fuck up with self identified ‘white’s’ [sic] daily violence directed at immigrants, Muslim, and sexual [sic] and racially oppressed people,” he said in a subsequent post. “The time is now to confront these inhuman assholes and end this now.”

In white countries, white supremacy is as normal as being expected to be Mexican if you are in Mexico. Every group designs its society for itself, and no group is happy unless it lives in a civilization that it created for its own purposes. This is an existential need higher than what any material convenience can provide.

This is why, ultimately, non-European ethnic groups will be happier in their home nations, and white people are happiest when separated by regional European identity like Southern, Eastern and Western Europeans.

But in a diverse system, all of the groups are thrown in together, and whoever is perceived to be “in charge” is tasked with providing for everyone else and blamed if they find themselves to be unhappy. Remove diversity, and all of these concerns about white supremacy and inter-ethnic violence go away.

The violence directed at non-whites is caused by white people maintaining their social order. From a white perspective, we created a great nation and anyone who can live like we do is welcome to be here. That is not how diversity turns out, and people have slowly figured that out. It is nobody’s fault, but it still must be fixed.

It turns out that diversity did not work because diversity never works. Like most human wishful thinking, it is a personal and social impulse which when made policy wrecks societies. What is acceptable behavior in Leftistan is not accepted by healthy and normal people, so they punish it. The Left notices only who is being punished and claims racism in order to stop social order from occurring.

As always, the Leftist cries out as he strikes you.

Liberalism Is In Collapse Because Liberal Democracy Has Collapsed

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

These articles are hilarious: equal parts apology, excuse and attempt to rally the troops. From the LA Review Of Books, a postmortem and call to battle:

It was all going so well just a moment ago. History was over. The technocratic order was globalizing the world; people were becoming accustomed to the permanent triumph of a slightly kinder exploitation. What happened? All they can recall is a loud thump in the undercarriage, an abrupt loss of control. Was it Brexit? Trump?

…The most significant development in the past 30 years of liberal self-conception was the replacement of politics understood as an ideological conflict with politics understood as a struggle against idiots unwilling to recognize liberalism’s monopoly on empirical reason.

…For 60 years, liberal managers believed that their political authority was derived from their intellectual authority. When their political authority was suddenly and violently ripped away, they tried to reestablish it by reminding the world that they still knew better than the rest of us. But they got the order of their power backward: without political power, there is no power to assert the boundaries of the normal.

In other words, Leftist like everything has a life cycle. It is a different animal when it is trying to take control than it is when it has control. And since the 1990s, Leftism has had control in the West, a combination of the 1968ers growing old enough to take the reins and the failure of the Soviet Union, removing our last warning that Leftist is an insane mental virus that causes mental health disorders.

Nonetheless, as the cordycepted stagger on, the Left is playing a new game which involves trying to mentally separate the concepts of “neoliberalism” from the rest of the Left. They do not want to own the disaster they created, so they came up with a scapegoat: capitalism. In Leftist symbolic reality, capitalism took over the Left and created “neoliberalism,” where True Leftists resisted.

Perhaps the bigger story is that they do not want to point out that they created a managerial society, applying the tactics of business and the military toward ordering people around. This is what the Left do, because they are oriented toward control, or everyone doing the same things all the time so that those in power are secure.

This is typical of the one-dimensional categorical order in which Leftists think. To them, there are the True Believers who know what is right and must be done, and then the masses who must be ordered around. Instead of a hierarchy with multiple levels, for them there are only the controllers and the controlled.

Their strategy is utilitarianism, which is the opposite of having purpose. Utilitarians ask people what will make them happy, and people respond with short-term answers, scapegoats, justifications and the other products of the usual flow of neurotic insanity. They never connect the dots and see that having a thriving, stable civilization is what they need, and everything else are personal problems that they as individuals need to fix. Government cannot do that.

We live at an interesting time in history. Leftism and liberal democracy are falling together: when “business as usual” that “everyone agrees” is true fails utterly and provokes a populist revolt, the system has lost legitimacy and can no longer lecture to us like expert managers.

The bigger collapse is that the ideas of Leftism have failed. When those ideas were new to us, we accepted them, but now that we see that no matter how we try to insist that it stay within the bounds of sanity, Leftism breaks free and heads toward fully insanity like the Soviet Union, we want out. The theory is wrong and the ideas are deceptive. This the world has learned.

As a popular television series uses for its tagline, “Winter is coming.” Indeed. The illusions of the past 228 years since the French Revolution have cratered, and with them, we see the death of ideas that never worked but that we were forced — by the popularity of those ideas — to accept anyway. Now the counteraction begins.

As Liberal Democracy Fades, Trust In Leftist Institutions Like The SPLC Also Wanes

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

From the Wall Street Journal, a devastating critique of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC):

Aided by a veneer of objectivity, the SPLC has for years served as the media’s expert witness for evaluating “extremism” and “hatred.” But while the SPLC rightly condemns groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Westboro Baptist Church and New Black Panther Party, it has managed to blur the lines, besmirching mainstream groups like the FRC, as well as people such as social scientist Charles Murray and Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a critic of Islamic extremism.

A clear illustration of the SPLC’s pervasive and insidious influence is the March riot at Middlebury College, where Mr. Murray had been invited to speak. “The SPLC is the primary source for the protesters at my events,” Mr. Murray told me. “It is quotes from the SPLC, assertions by the SPLC that drive the whole thing.”

Mr. Murray’s politics are libertarian, but the SPLC labels him a “white nationalist.” In reporting on the Middlebury fracas, numerous news organizations repeated the SPLC’s characterization without noting it was false. The AP even put it in a headline: “College Students Protest Speaker Branded White Nationalist.”

Although the world is slow to articulate this, liberal democracy has died just as surely as communism did. Its death sign is the lack of faith that people have in democracy, once a seemingly infallible thing. Since our “free” societies have led to the same kind of elite control in pursuit of symbolic purity that has destroyed other systems, people are bailing out in their hearts and minds.

Organizations like the SPLC succeeded because they embraced the democratic ideal so thoroughly that it was impossible to reject them without seeming to be on the side of evil. Now that liberal democracy has lost the banner of “good,” people are less concerned with such things, and so now the SPLC is open to attack as would be any non-profit that behaves as it does.

We are coming out of an age of ideology. At first, democracy was just a method, but then it became a pursuit for its own sake. At that point it gained enough power to reveal its inner core, which is an angry mob trying to destroy anyone who does not share their misery. Functional people recoil from that kind of insanity, which is now on display across the West.

The age of ideology and middle class values — the customer is always right, include everyone, share everything, and accept all viewpoints — has faded. It is being replaced by an age of real world cause and effect, where people turn to informal systems based on innate similarities instead of ideological ones. As that happens, those who bet on the democracy horse are also fading away.

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