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How Individualism Defeats Conservatism

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Conservatives do not succumb directly to the Left; rather, in classic Leftist strategy, they are covertly invaded, divided against themselves, and thus subverted and turned into a vehicle for Leftist ideas. This can be seen in mainstream conservatism through O’Sullivan’s First Law:

O’Sullivan’s First Law states that any organization or enterprise that is not expressly right wing will become left wing over time. The law is named after British journalist and former National Review editor John O’Sullivan.

…[A Left-drifting conservative’s] primary motivation is signalling his fidelity to the One True Faith by pointing at the nearest heretic and yelling “witch” [through] the use of the transitive property to link the targeted enemy to some imagined evil and, of course, the demand that the target abandon their position or face being branded a heretic [with] his issues are ruled out of bounds for decent people.

…They were always just to the right of the Official Left… [Their presence was] never expressly right wing, rather it was just a marketing vehicle for the people who started it. All of them have moved on as the enterprise served its purpose.

In other words, a market opportunity is created for Rightists, but the best product is one that is just like everything else, but different enough to appeal without invoking the ire of the rest of the herd. As a result, it drives away the principled Right and attracts opportunists, who make themselves a tidy income by blustering on about how different they are but in the end, giving way to the dominant trend.

The individualism of these opportunists converts conservatism into another form of Leftism, and makes it easier for the herd to accept because it is like what other people do, and humans are nothing if not conformist.

The Right can only beat this by making the big tent not intersection, but hierarchical. Conservatism must rediscover its core principles in the simplest fashion possible and derive all other principles from those.

As written about before on Amerika, the core of conservatism is twofold:

  1. Time-proven results, or consequentialism based not in individual preference but effects in reality, allowing us to match cause to effect and understand the principles that make a thriving society.
  2. In order to understand why to have a thriving society, and what it looks like, conservatism also relies on transcendentalism or an understanding of the order of nature as more intelligent than humankind, and through that, discovery of a desire to exist in balance with it.

The corrupted form of consequentialism, destroyed the same way conservatism was, is a preference-based version that equates “consequences” with “what people think they like,” in a classic utilitarian gambit. The original consequentialism is looking at results not just in the present, but over all time, so that we can accurately and honestly compare different actions/causes.

Until the Right rediscovers this primal orientation, it will forever be subverted because its intermediate principles — free markets, liberty, freedom, small government — are in fact toes dipped in the water of Leftism, or close enough to it that the two will quickly become the same in the minds of its audience.

If it reverts to having a distinct path that is incompatible with Leftism, and therefore not subject to silliness about “bipartisanship” and “compromise,” it can achieve its goal of slowing and eventually reversing civilization decline. But when it gets made into a simplified and margin-oriented product like a cheeseburger, it reverts to being the same thing as everything else, just with added flavoring and no substance.

The Cheeseburger Meme Spreads

Sunday, August 14th, 2016


National Cheeseburger Day

Thursday, September 18th, 2014


Today is National Cheeseburger Day, reminding us that if nothing else democracies show effectiveness at naming commemorative holidays. And yet, the cheeseburger looms over us as a mighty symbol.

When our forefathers crept out of caves the word “food” meant a process of hunting, gathering or growing raw materials and then cooking them. As specialization of labor occurred, it came to mean an exchange of money for those same products. With the rise of industry, for many it became a question of exchanging credit obligations for pre-prepared meals.

This process shows us the larger pattern of society distancing us from cause and effect. We live not in reality, but in a proxy for reality created of the tokens we exchange to survive. Some are monetary, which is why we labor among idiots for long hours, and some are social, such as the politically-correct terms we use to cover up foibles and failures and bless the unrealistic as a kind of moral optimum.

We might view civilization itself as a kind of reality-within-reality, like how our rearview mirrors warn us that objects are closer than they appear. We are looking at a six-inch screen when we glance at our rearview mirror, and if we remove for a minute the implication of what those images mean, we see how small the portal really is. So it is with society, where symbols such as threats (ISIS in our nightclubs) or promises (stock market breaking records) rule us because we rely on them to predict the future.

And yet no predictions have ever turned out to be really accurate. The best of us can sketch out a type of pattern that will occur and roughly estimate its intermediate result, but it is harder to tell when and how. Thus we are as ruled by phantoms as ancient pygmies praising whatever sun-gods and cargo cults they could conjure in their imaginations.

The cheeseburger symbolizes our world. Disconnected from the cow, the wheat, the cucumber and the tomato, it nonetheless rules our lives. We need to have tokens to buy them; if we do not display the correct social tokens, we will be barred from doing so. And this leads us full circle to the reason that democracy has proved able to conjure up many such holidays but few solutions.

Democracy creates a symbolic reality in which we live by consensus in the belief that we must do so to get along with others. We thus indulge a fiction, such as that “we the People choose our government,” and when it fails, we choose a counter-fiction such as “the election was stolen” or “the billionaires manipulate us.” But at the end of the day, when we pick apart the cheeseburger into bits of cow, wheat and vegetation, we must view the process as it occurred before it got to us: we voted, we voted poorly and the results have turned out badly.

A dark specter dogs humanity. It is the specter of our own choices, and of our habit of projecting our hopes, desires and fears into politics and thus ending up with those who specialize in such things, namely salesmen and charlatans. They hold out the cheeseburger and we vote, and then when it arrives it is never quite as great as what the television commercials and billboards promised. If humanity has a singular disease, it is this loop of making a false reality, projecting ourselves into it socially, and then blaming it for falling short of the expectations we lured ourselves into having.

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