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Be A Lighthouse (So You Can Feel Good About Failing)

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Cuckservatives, RINOs and other people who have decided to rationalize decay, rather than fight it, have given themselves a bad name by giving us some strikingly bad advice: work hard, pray hard, and “be an example” to others.

They do this out of frustration. When you see that people act as a herd, and as part of this they not only vote for idiotic non-solutions, but also enforce on each other the dogma of good feelings, you tend to give up. The dogma of good feelings is the idea that even if our civilization is falling apart, if we are just nice to each other, everything will work out fine.

As a result, to be mentally aware, realistic or conservative is to be cognizant of the fact that your society is doomed and will continue to be doomed until we get some actual leadership in power. Democracy, or people voting for whatever they think as a group will work out for them, is an unbroken record of failure.

Facing that, most conservatives focus on an individualistic strategy, which is to both enrich themselves and simultaneously, to behave well in the vain hope that others will indulge in the same, despite all proof to the contrary. Over the past century, conservatives have seized defeat from the jaws of victory with this tactic many times.

Now we see it reborn in a well-intentioned but unfortunate meme, “Be a Lighthouse.” While the author is clearly intelligent, he has set up the groundwork for failure:

Away from the internet, you are a leader by the mere fact of being Red-Pilled and wide awake. Whether you know it or not… better yet — whether they know if or not, the people in your life look to you for answers and for a good personal example. Subconsciously, they feel that you know something they don’t. They are unsettled by the surreal turn of politics, and they sense that you aren’t.

Your biggest responsibility — mine, yours — is to the people we are connected with in real life. Whether in a role of father, uncle, friend, you are a leader. Does one of your otherwise-solid friends say stupid things like “One day we’ll all be caramel-colored and there will finally be peace”? Use what you have learned on blogs to feed him tiny doses of the Red Pill. (Pro-tip: Brownian motion doesn’t drive human events.)

While this is not terrible advice in the context of doing other things, observers of humanity will note the inevitable response: “Well, that’s easy. I’ll just a be a lighthouse and hope for the problem to solve itself through conversation.” People will make this lighthousing into their sole activity and use that as an excuse for doing nothing else.

Conservatives tried the same thing decades ago. They decided that they would retreat from society, go to their churches and meeting halls, and spread the gospel of conservatism. The problems with this were that first, they tended to socialize with people already like them; second, their message got distorted as they tried to make it fit with what other people already thought; and third, they promptly let go of the reins, allowing the left to begin its march through the institutions.

Our society fails because while people are busy being focused on themselves, they support a civilization that has shifted to the Left, and in so doing, become effectively Leftists themselves. They are working to keep society afloat so that it can continue being Leftist, and consoling themselves with the thought that they are “being the bigger man.”

There is nothing wrong with reaching out to others to Red Pill them, but if that is all that you do, you have repeated the mistakes of the past three generations of conservatives. Our only solution is to regain control of the disaster, clean up the mess, and exile the malefactors. Anything else is a form of subservience and should never be taken seriously.


Thursday, June 8th, 2017

History runs in cycles because no matter what year it is, the same actions beget the same responses. When a civilization adopts democracy, it signs itself on for a Captain Ahab style pursuit of equality that will ultimately kill it.

Equality is power because it makes a room full of people sigh contentedly and nod. As things get worse, and they get more afraid, they want more of the magic drug that makes them feel good.

Praise the lowly drug addict, for at least he is honest about his need to get high.

As the West has drifted more Leftward, it has savaged its middle classes by engaging in wealth transfer programs that amount to class warfare, draining wealth from the productive to the unproductive, which means that opportunity goes away.

Funny, something similar happened in the Soviet Union. Oh, and, er, in post-Revolution France. Also in Cuba and Venezuela. And it is happening in Europe, although more slowly because they have a smaller group of third world underclass dependents to drop money on than the Americans do.

But now that the Left has won, even the sleepwalking press is noticing the disappearance of the American middle class:

The two retailers’ strategies of aiming at the furthest ends of the income spectrum highlight the widening gap between wealthy and poor Americans and the disappearance of what was once the most sought-after class of income-earners in the country.

“This is absolutely symptomatic of a deteriorating middle class, or at least what we used to consider to be the middle class in America,” Stephens told Business Insider.

…”From postwar to about the late 1970s, you wanted to be in the mid-tier of retail. That is where everybody was making a fortune, including Walmart,” Stephens said. “Then from 1980 onward, you wanted to pick a side, because it started to become clear that the middle class was evaporating.”

The deterioration of union jobs, the shift of manufacturing jobs overseas, and the growth of the knowledge economy that led to a boom in high-skilled jobs contributed to this trend.

Let us look at how Leftism achieved this: it assumed that the American middle class was a blank cheque, and raised labor costs with unions and regulations, then affirmative action, effectively driving production overseas. Then it saddled itself with huge social welfare programs — up to 60% of the budget — which drained money from its infrastructure and research, causing it to fall behind. Finally it replaced its Western European elites with new “educated” cosmopolitans of mixed-European heritage who promptly bungled and stole the rest.

Now you are looking at a type of bankruptcy that makes the Great Depression pale in comparison. Where the Great Depression was a dip in value, this is a depletion of value on a long-term and permanent basis. Even worse, by disenfranchising the Western European founding core of America, especially through civil rights preferences in hiring, America has driven away the people who can save it.

Where are they now, these people who once built this nation? They are Whites Going Their Own Way (WGTOW) who have dropped out, moved away from the big cities, set themselves up with rougher surroundings, and done their best to secede from political and economic life. They are earning less to avoid paying taxes, and doing more through barter and producing their own food, supplies and tools.

If you go to the outer suburbs here, every other house seems to be subsidized to some degree by reselling products on eBay or other internet work. The kids who mow the lawn are paid in canned food. A guy down the street swaps homebrew beer and tobacco for raw materials to make more. The carpenter takes labor in kind in trade, or goods, and just acquired a used car cheap this way.

Look at their 1040s. Every single one includes a home-based business that generates massive deductions, if they even bother to file one. The end result is that these people have converted themselves from tax cash cows into tax-eaters. They buy almost nothing new, and are fixing those old gadgets, cars, heaters, air conditioners and water heaters, especially since the old ones work better anyway.

When you need someone to help out, you go hang out at the local watering hole that now serves homebrew beer and allows people to smoke again. The band tonight takes payment in home-grown vegetables and homemade beef jerky. People are buying what they need online with BitCoin or through swaps via Craigslist. There is a neighborhood website where further transactions take place.

Many are working part time. They spend the rest of the time doing something that others need, like fixing cars, making cabinets, wiring homes, hand-loading ammunition, giving legal advice, rebuilding air conditioners, and many more things that previously would have been handled with a phone call and a check.

Others have simply gone entirely off the path. They report no income, have no credit cards, transact everything with cash or trade, and have turned their backyards into gardens. You can hear chickens and sometimes goats even in the formerly staid halls of suburbia. These people realize that their government and society has turned against them, and they refuse to support it.

Inside the city, the new Americans are earning good money at big name jobs. Cosmopolitan, educated in that way that involves memorizing lots of procedures but having no analytical skills, cultureless and obsessed with products, these are the new consumers. They favor novelty over endurance and live in debt, dependent on their jobs.

But out in the burbs and beyond, people are rediscovering real life. They work every day but they work less, and they suffer no office politics or hours wasted on commuting. Their interactions are based on trust and mutual esteem. They know their neighbors. They are rediscovering culture, turning off the televisions and checking out of Facebook.

As government in the West winds down into an abyss of debt and dysfunction, people are finding ways to live normal and successful lives in the oldest meaning of the term “successful”: family, homestead, friends, culture, church and community.

They are going their own way because they know that democracy is falling apart, and they do not want to be like the city people, standing around wondering aloud how this could happen to them on their day off, when the cash machines stop working.

Stepping Out of Simulation

Friday, January 20th, 2017

The newly built shoddy townhouses start from the low 500s, with convenient public transport to a soul killing office job so you only spend 45 minutes commuting each way.

You watch passengers hide their faces in smart phones, a nerdy device named by marketers to flatter people for disconnecting from nature and fearing the intimacy of speaking to others. They nervously adjust app settings, which doesn’t amount to much, and check into social media that only shows which of their friends is posturing for attention with phony outrage. ADD and SSRI pharmaceuticals blur the days, leaving them without any lasting impressions.

Each worker diligently exits their townhouse box to report to work on time, as if satisfying invisible prison guards, and then returns back to the box after fulfilling their scheduled service. Comfortable inside the walls, over 1000 channels of prime entertainment offer enjoyable relief along with the latest simulated amusements offered to forestall dystopian realizations.

Hardly alone in this impotent revolt, almost everyone copes this way now.

Our best attempt at accounting for this low quality of life finds leaders who systematically strip-mine society to maximally extract from it with a series of one-time grabs that remove the defining peaks of the terrain. Flimsy schemes not built to last replace strength with weakness, but profit for a few years until failing from rot. Elected leaders escape responsibility and move on to the next scam.

Mandatory social experiments pushed on all further alienate the public into withdrawing from participation.

Previously active, unified, and trusting communities are transformed into incoherence, no longer sharing common ground and purpose. Politicians desperately justify wretched conditions by declaring that new spontaneous goals no one wanted have been achieved.

They say the people who developed and maintain civilization need to be replaced to create vibrancy, which ends up being the same exhibition of crime, illiteracy, incompetence, and low aptitude as their origination nations. Leaders patronizingly readjust cultural standards to accommodate this new, but less able population.

Education, politics, and television are commandeered to constantly demand the public tolerates multi-culturalism and terrorism, which are normalized as perpetual after not previously existing. From here it makes sense to also teach people that undrinkable water and a lack of food are also new modern conditions to endure, and to engineer those conditions to create a new focus preventing higher goals from being pursued.

For now, we retreat to our boxes, tune out reality in favor of fantasy and let the rulers keep extracting. But it’s also easy to imagine what would happen if the simulation and distraction devices failed, bringing people back to the world around them so they notice the state of things.

They might decide they wanted the world their grandparents had, and begin working towards that standard.

The Problem Is Us

Thursday, July 14th, 2016


The ultimate taboo: people are not equal, and what people think they want is usually wrong. Civilizations are organic entities which require the best people at the top, because otherwise even those in the high end of the middle get things very, very wrong.

Imagine a country ruled by a typical CEO. These are no longer the brilliant people they once were; now, they are experts in probabilities and squeezing margins. This is why American companies can no longer provide good products at good prices and make profit; they are top-heavy with staff, including most prominently those required by government, and so their only option is to cut quality and raise prices, at which point consumers desert them.

But then, imagine a country run by the stockboy or bag-boy at your local grocery store. A different kind of error results. He has no idea how his actions will play out in wider reality, so he will undertake emotional and absurd acts. Societies of this nature fail like Soviet Communism did: after having bled out internally.

As a result, we are caught between the viciously self-serving and the cluelessly self-destructive. But what about people in groups, in general?

Our confusion lies in the word “people.” It is like saying “distilled water” to most, because we grew up under the egalitarian dogma. We think that there are such things as average people, and that they all react basically the same way. In reality, people are varied, first and foremost by level of ability. But more importantly, in groups, no matter how intelligent, they fall into the same pathologies.

The first pathology of any group is the kindergarten teacher fallacy, which is that things are well if “everyone is getting along,” which becomes a form of inclusivity by discarding conflicts, or a mixture of pacifism and authoritarian control that demands everyone settle down and listen to Big Mother.

The second pathology of any group is the path of least resistance fallacy. It is always easier to find something (or someone, gods help them) to blame or rely on, which are two sides of the same coin. This is why people are both hungry to scapegoat the rich and yet worship many of them as “celebrities,” including the rock-star CEOs and inventors like Tesla/Google/Marx who we hope will magically save us from our own actions.

Finally there is the individualist fallacy. Instead of seeing their fortune as arising from the smooth workings of the group, people start taking the advantages of civilization for granted and seeing themselves as the cause of all good things that happen to them, forgetting that without the platform of civilization none of that would be possible. This leads them to assume the only question is what they desire (want) or fear at the moment.

Under democracy, these become terrible things. The vote is everyone’s responsibility and the result is no one’s fault, so people weigh in with what they want and then blame each other when things go wrong. Even more, a game is introduced: get votes by extending the most pleasing mental image, like a salesman does. For this reason, politicians are dishonest and essentially actors, and never follow up honestly on their promises, because the voters demand this behavior by voting based on image. The problem is us.

Because people see themselves as the cause of their good fortune, they see others as the cause of any bad fortune. This creates a victimhood pathology by which the individual creates scapegoats to excuse their own low performance or the random events of life. Someone else is always to blame, unless the results are good; then credit is taken.

Groups cause a misleading reality as a result. When people like me say, “The problem is us,” that is not saying “We are bad.” It only says that when leadership and hierarchy are deprecated in favor of mass rule, the end result is that our own innocently-intended voting then leads us into the abyss. We can blame politicians or other scapegoats, but the problem is our behavior, both in groups and as individuals.

To ignore this and to look for a purely political solution is to solicit failure. As Bruce Charlton writes:

But this is regarded as effete and defeatist by the Secular Right of the Boromirosphere – so named by this blog’s commenter Ingemar after the (pre-his-repentance) Tolkien character from Lord of the Rings, and summarised by the phrase:

Hey lads, let’s use the One Ring to fight Sauron!

The Boromir Strategy correctly diagnoses that we are in a state of warfare with Secular Leftism/ Political Correctness/ Social Justice Warriors which are evil – but fails to recognise that this is essentially a spiritual war, which must be ‘fought’ with spiritual weapons – and that evil cannot be defeated by evil; and that the weapons of the Good are all Good.

The Boromirosphere is easily recognised by its tone of hatred, gloating Schadenfreude, and foul-mouthed invective. The Boromir strategy is that the opponents of Leftism need to beat Leftism at its own game – fight one-sided feminism and women-preference with one-sided macho posturing and women-oppression, fight antiracism with pro-racism, fight uncontextualised kindness with shock-and-awe cruelty – in sum, to be even-more ruthless, hardline, expedient, and materialistically-focused than The Left.

There are two elements here:

  1. The search for an ideology as rabid as Leftism. White Nationalists argue persuasively that their extremist views attract people who are fed up with problems. However, in doing so, they create scapegoats which both avoid the actual issue and create collateral damage such as The Holocaust and street violence.

  2. The nature of our revolution cannot be handled by politics alone. The problem is us; nothing changes until we change. That is, we cannot use law to shape our population into ideal National Socialists any more than we can shape ourselves into Communists. These systems are unstable just like democracy.

With the idea of a “spiritual revolution,” we encounter some problems. In this idea, Charlton is essentially restating Evola, who is partially restating Nietzsche who in turn is elaborating on comments made by Plato.

First, like environmentalism it is optional and so a small minority adopt that as their ideal, and do nothing else. This is the same thing American Republicans have done for years, which is to declare loudly that the world is going to hell and the solution is to work hard, study hard and go to church a lot. They stepped out of the dialogue and promptly got steamrollered by the Left.

Second, with the idea of individual spiritual renaissance, we are back at We The People revolting against the system and making change by acting toward our own pursuits. Choice is a great argument for morality, but not for civilization renewal. The spiritual war by itself is demotism is another form.

For these reasons, I suggest an alternate plan. We are not people of ideology, where one idea applied universally causes all people to act together to fix the problem. We are instead formed of organic groups, and those need their leadership restored and cultural standards to reign again. This cannot be accomplished by a single ideological act, but by a practical series of adaptations — the “toolbox” approach.

Tolkien wrote of the toolbox approach when he sent nine people of different backgrounds on the quest to dump the ring in the fires of Mount Doom. There was no one right way, nor was there individualism. Instead, each of these people sacrificed their individualism to work together by their different strengths and approaches, in contrast to the individualism of the ring which granted power and long life to its bearer at the expense of others.

Charlton is correct to reject the mindless cruelty in the name of “they did it first” which leads to anti-Aryan acts like murdering families. But his endorsement of the Benedict Option, like Neoreactionary “exit”, is off-base, although his intentions are good.

Exit was disproven by the American Civil War. The Benedict Option has been disproven by the failure of American Christianity. The White Nationalists, while they do wrong, are not wrong in that their methods will work, at least to a degree, even if they will then collapse in chaos as happened in 1945. But when the other thinkers and doers of the right engage in drop-out-ism, then the White Nationalists take over.

A more sensible approach is a dual strategy. Our society needs political direction to reverse its decline, and simultaneously, a rebirth of not “spirit” but culture — because in culture there lies the ability to understand spirituality and an affirmative joy taken in one’s own people. Without both of these, we go nowhere because the problem is within us, but it is not solved by demanding more egalitarian solutions, including the idea of voluntary spiritual renewal alone.

Those who want to know what to do should go back to Plato: if our problem is that we have gone too far in a cycle that runs from aristocracy-timarchy-oligarchy-democracy-tyranny, then our solution is to skip tyranny and assert aristocracy, because this choice is available to us. Any other solution will fall short and/or self-destruct, if not (like the Benedict Option) simply failing to achieve anything except cloistering aged disaffected conservatives in the same club.

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