Upward Exit

When you’re going through Hell, make damn sure you keep on going. – Old Folk Aphorism


Amerika is post-modern Hell. We want out. We are trapped here and we want, yeah verily, the fvcking-fvck out. The walls close in. Like the trash compactor in the old, good, original Star Wars movie, they approach ever closer and make our space more and more constrained. You don’t want to sink. You have no lateral degrees of freedom. The only way out is the hard climb up. Upward exit is the pathway out of this hell.

So that is the new emerging demographic: the merging elite. They inhabit a bubble –- a select, pampered world of isolated zip codes. As Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle predicted, they have the Billion Dollar Safe Space.

To understand the path of the upward exit, we must understand the Hell from whence it leads. We here at Amerika borrow a theory from French Existentialist and attention harlot Jean Paul Sartre. Hell, quite simply is other people. Not in small numbers, not at a leisurely pace. Hell is other people packed butt-to-flank. Hell is other people acting in a concerted zombie apocalypse of the low double-digit IQs to enforce their mediocrity as if it were the beneficent commonweal. Hell, Monsieur Sartre, is Crowdism.

You do not know it, but you are a slave. You are not enslaved by a central authority, but by the Crowd. Their opinions determine what you can say; their product-buying choices determine what’s on the market; their government preferences create a “window” of acceptable ideas and anything else is excluded. This is tyranny by the Crowd…

The Wealthtopia thus features large estates of low population density. It allows selective disconnect from the madding crowd. The Wealthtopia is a gated community. They build high the very walls Mr. Trump is castigated for having the unmitigated gall of suggesting we build on our nation’s borders.

Post-modern Hell is Socialism. Marx was to poli-sci and econ what Anton LaVey was to theology*. So you escape it. You personally escape it. But it can be useful so you weaponize it.

Socialism gets the camel’s nose into the tent through the funding of public goods such as a minimum retirement, roads, prisons, schools and armies. It then gets perverted via Crowdism until it’s a “Get Out of Stupid Free” Card for the common, lazy parasite. Also, it is procured on the behalf of the billionaire via regulatory capture. Then it becomes a way to fund the negative externalities that would potential accrue to the powerful such as the risk inherent to some of Wall Street’s investment strategies. Any mere mortal who lost that much of other people’s money would get the Nino Brown treatment.**

Finally, the upward exit is one to both altitude and distance. They are immune and aloof to many of the forms of legal and societal consequentialism that the rest of us are forced to obey as matter obeys the laws of physics. See the diligence with which France pursues George Soros. Or the vengeful fury with which the DOJ went after Governor Corzine.

But there’s more to the upward exit than merely amassing possessions. This is the cruel truth. There are social as well as material requirements requisite to joining this invisible American peerage. Like Jay Gatsby, the average person is drawn towards this upward exit as a moth is drawn to a candle flame. If you can just make that leap. Being the next Gates, the next Zuckerberg –- it’s a ticket to the train to Jordan.

But the invisible barriers intervene. The dream never comes true. Daisy Buchanan never leaves her kind and all the money in the world will not buy true acceptance. In the end, the upward exit is an illusion. The stairway to heaven is nothing more than an old Zeppelin tune. The illusory exit is nothing more than a larp amongst the cucks.

*-Put that on your frikken’ SAT or ACT Test.
**-“Money talks. Bullsh!t runs the marathon. See ya’ but I wouldn’t wanna be ya!”

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18 Responses to “Upward Exit”

  1. Johann Theron says:

    I figure that people in gated communities in South Africa pay 40% premium for their peace of illusory mind.

    • Seems like an awful lot of them get attacked anyway. Those gated communities will make nice targets when the mobs get riled up again.

      • jay says:

        Are those gated communities in South Africa well armed?

        • Most likely. But when a mob of tens of thousands attacks, being well-armed does not help all that much. Communities are difficult also because their size means there are many avenues of entry that are hard to defend.

  2. -A says:

    My word, this could be the prayer of every man, woman and child with eyes to see.

  3. moe connoisseur says:

    This is an important piece. There’s a difference between exiting and going somewhere.

    • JPW says:

      Exit could be like castling in a chess match. The king doesn’t move far, but he becomes much harder to attack if properly castled.

      • moe connoisseur says:

        There’s a difference between avoiding a possible check by moving the king and castling.

        • JPW says:

          To understand more on the castling exit read an old Peggy Noonan* piece entitled “A Separate Peace.” You see the fortification of daily life by elites explained writ large.

          *- I know, boo hiss! But for the one day she wrote this one, she was about the best OP_ED writer going.

          • moe connoisseur says:

            Should I hiss at Peggy Noonan? That was good writing, maybe a little wordy.

            Last year, I read a book about the death of the Russian nobility during the early decades of the revolution. They, too, had that idea that they can just take a step to the side when something happens, and that maybe their peers will fix it for them. Then they died. Makes me wonder why you picked “castling exit”, seeing how castling is usually a smart move in chess.

            This kind of exit seems purely reactive, and I can’t see it setting up for any follow-up moves. Comfort shouldn’t be the aim.

            • They, too, had that idea that they can just take a step to the side when something happens, and that maybe their peers will fix it for them.

              They did not realize: for the bad, anything good and everything good, is a target.

        • cecilhenry says:

          And, to continue the analogy, you can’t castle through check.

          In other words, don’t expect your defences to help you if you don;t engage in extensive preparations in anticipation.

          A separate country with borders would really be ideal now wouldn’t it??

  4. Donald Sensing says:

    The “tyranny of the crowd” is, by the way, exactly what Jesus denounced and tried to undermine in 1st century Judea, and that is one of the reasons he became considered too dangerous to live.

    In the churches I have served as pastor, over and over I saw this dynamic play out among the majority of members. In particular the line of your name slug at the end: “… the system was not truly designed to make us happier or more successful.”

    And they would come to church expecting that church would fill in all the gaps they were missing in the secular systems. They would think that churchiness was supposed to make them happy. But there is, in the entire Bible, not one word of promise from God of happiness. There is instead the call to holiness.

    If you want to be happy, go to a birthday party. If you want to be free of the traps of the system, follow Jesus, not as an adjunct of your life but as the core.

    “How Jesus invented individual liberty”

    • crow says:

      All spirituality is erroneously viewed by people as being an adjunct to their existing lives, but as you say, it isn’t.
      When it becomes the core – the baseline from which everything else flows, then it fulfills what the seeker seeks.
      A fine point, and well illustrated.

    • JPW says:

      Christianity can make you happy. It makes you happy the way getting good at distance running or lifting makes you happy. You pay. You wait. You get something far greater in return for postponing your gratification.

      • crow says:

        Not unless you do it right, as was outlined above. It’s not an automatic thing.
        That’s why ‘believers’ drone on about ‘belief’ and ‘faith’. They don’t know.

        • Jpw says:

          It’s not easy. Don’t confuse the Joel Osteen version of Churchianity w anything you read in The Sermon on the mount.

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