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Sexual Compulsion and The Death of Empires

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The 2016 Clinton Campaign, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley all share something in common. So much so that you can taste their stink. They are the embodiment of a what it’s like when a culture of rot grows pervasive.

This decay spiral follows a three step process. First, there is a loss of the original, driving mission. Then, there is a selfish uptick in time preference combined with a solipsistic desire for self-gratification. Finally, loyalty can no longer be inspired by any overarching theme or objective so it ends up being coerced via blackmail ritual. It’s a more, personal and sexual version of the old Soviet vs US mutually assured destruction. When the Mokita is no longer kept and the roaches are all out there visible in the kitchen, the organization, nation or thing in question is about to go where Rome went in 476 A.D.

The Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign for president was the final, desperate gasp of a dying dynasty. The Clinton Family’s rise under Patriarch Bill was keyed on being a revitalizing force that would bring his party and its more radical views back to power in Washington, DC. It succeeded until it became corrupted and ingrown. It went from being about changing how the Democrats did business to clinging to relevancy by their bloody fingertips while they raped their positions and resources for all that they were worth. The most devastating part of Donald Trump’s roast of Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Al Smith Dinner was the extent to which the things he said were true.

The question then became one of how to keep everybody loyal. The time-honored method employed by mobsters, bikers and other traditionally corrupt organizations is to give everyone a cut in the ill-gotten swag. Put as many local cops and charities “down on the pad” as possible. Make otherwise respectable institutions live off of their hand-outs and swag and then make them join Luca Brassi and sleep with the fishes if they ever get moral qualms over where the swag came from. When all of this fails, there is always the way a pimp controls the lay-dees. They get some form of sexual or criminal blackmail worked out so that anyone that leaves pays a price far beyond just a well-deserved death. In the case of the Clinton Campaign, this may well have taken the form of Pizzagate.

  1. The people in charge of this particular Sub-Cathedral need the unflinching service of a lot of these powerful, solipsistic, high-rolling people who need to be compelled to behave.
  2. The chosen form of compulsion is a bonding ritual that both binds people and compromises them.
  3. Cannibalism is too unappealing, so they need another way to force these guys beyond the pale of civilized behavior.
  4. This leads us to old Aleister Crowley rituals such as Spirit Cooking and to pedophilia.
  5. If my notional hypothesis is correct, this is all on film and the people who have participated are all documented somewhere. They need to be, or they aren’t permanently impelled to keep Mokita. Thus, if the allegations leveled are actually true, then #PizzaGate could actually become a thing.

Hollywood’s pedophile problem is a similar set up. They clearly have nobody on a level of Orson Welles even interested in working in the modern motion picture industry. They are an ideological cesspool and would have run D.W. Griffith out of town for being too Alt-Right or something. The best Paedowood can up with right now seems to be The Last Jedi, which suggests they have hit rock bottom because the film is devoid of enjoyment except for that of political drones.

Once all the creativity and intelligence died of Tropospheric Ozone poisoning in LA, the sexual politics were what set the levels of status and power. They were the price of admission and the elephant always in the room. Everyone who knew (((Weinstein))) knew. The one big break of Hollywood came at the cost of enduring those two inches of pain for about two minutes. Quite a few of them considered it worth the price of admission.

And now Amerika’s latest capital of phony veers on its drunken career towards the unforgiving terrain of the ditch. Apparently the ride has become about as pleasant as a drive with Teddy over a bridge at Chappaquiddick. In Silicon Valley, venture capital is no longer being controlled by truly skilled investors. CEOs are no longer technical experts or cutting-edge futurists. It goes the way of the failed Clinton political movement and the failed Paedowood artistic movement. Here, according to Vanity Fair, is how the evening goes down.

MDMA is a powerful and long-lasting drug whose one-two punch of euphoria and manic energy can keep you rolling for three or four hours. As dopamine fires, connections spark around the room, and normal inhibitions drop away. People start cuddling and making out. These aren’t group orgies, per se, but guests will break out into twosomes or threesomes or more. They may disappear into one of the venue’s many rooms, or they may simply get down in the open. Night turns to day, and the group reconvenes for breakfast, after which some may have intercourse again. Eat, drugs, sex, repeat. These sex parties happen so often among the premier V.C. and founder crowd that this isn’t a scandal or even really a secret, I’ve been told; it’s a lifestyle choice. This isn’t Prohibition or the McCarthy era, people remind me; it’s Silicon Valley in the 21st century.

No, this is simply how power is wielded amongst the selfish, incompetent, godless and amoral. Only raw animal compulsion and temptation keep the stupid cattle plodding down the shoot towards the abattoir. Genuine, heartfelt community and loyalty are going or totally gone from all these organizations. The last valid remaining threat is to make someone take off their mask.

Understanding r / K Strategies

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The Right is obsessed with finding the root of our downfall, and it will be our doom if we let it continue. We are wondering how deeply the rot goes, which is another way of wondering out loud what we can trust in a wasteland of failed ideas, lies and corrupted institutions.

In my reading of history, the answer is simple: any time herd behavior takes over, which always happens, human institutions begin focusing more on unity than purpose, and through that lose unity, because focusing explicitly on unity causes us to concern ourselves with bribing and cajoling people to stay in line. That then empowers them to act in chaotic, selfish ways.

Our society hit this one hard simply because we were good. We rose above the rest, and beat all of the relatively simple challenges of early civilization, but that meant that we then encountered other challenges that were harder. We leveled up, and the new level boss is more of a beast machine than any of the others.

People keep looking for “automatic” reasons that we failed, all of which are essentially versions of, “well, that’s just how things happen, everything fails over time.” This attitude is an artifact of our time, where everyone is having a screaming tantrum in order to avoid seeing the truth:

This was a choice. We made a bad choice. It did not need to happen. We screwed up and wasted centuries and many lives.

There, I feel better now that I have gotten that out. I know the temptation to rationalize/justify is immense, and I am sympathetic to those caught in its grip, because who wants to face the fact that most of their lifetime is wasted on garbage, their society is thrown in the dungheap, and almost all recent achievements are landfill? But that is what equality does really well: destroy things.

Out there, everyone has someone to blame. The white nationalists blame Negroes and Jews; the Left-wing Jews blame the white nationalists; the poor blame the rich; the middle class blames the politicians; the politicians point out that the middle class voted for them, without complaint, for a hundred years. On and on it goes.

In fact, as written about on this site, what kills civilizations is the same thing that kills other human organizations: they focus on their members instead of their goals, creating entropy because each member, when encouraged to do so, will name something different that they want as a way of demonstrating that they are unique. This enables them to stand out from the crowd and socialize with others more effectively.

As Anonymous Conservative was kind enough to point out, this puts me and people who think like me at odds with most theories of our decline, including the notion that imbalance between r/K reproductive strategies is the origin.

In my view, the r/K strategy differences are inherent to humanity because of the way the standard distribution works. In any group of things, there will be variation of any given attribute that approximates a bell curve; for this reason, there will always be mostly r-strategy people in the lower castes, and K-strategy people will occupy the upper castes.

AC’s explanation of r/K strategies shows the deeper problem, however:

One microbe might find that other species of microbes would take their food, or even eat them, and these threats too, had to be dealt with through expenditures of energy, and the production of still other materials. The food available to them was limited in nature, and thus they would evolve complex machines designed to only digest a specific compound or compounds, to exploit a specific niche. They might even evolve to alter their metabolic processes, extracting energy less efficiently, but producing metabolites which killed their competition.

As a result, these organisms would spend a lot of the energy they consumed doing a myriad of things to survive, and this energy would, as a result, not go into reproducing. In nature, any microbe which did not have all of these adaptations would be quickly killed, and would be a Darwinian dead end. Thus those I isolated were programmed by eons of evolution to expend a lot of energy on a lot of complex efforts to keep themselves alive in their natural environment. As a result of all of this magnificent complexity, they grew quite slowly following their isolation.

On Tryptic Soy Agar, however, millions of cells would each grow freely, absent any selective pressure like that applied by nature. Invariably, a few would lose a gene here or there, which would disable some of these complex adaptations to their natural environment. These cells, now unburdened by these complexities, would channel all of their energy into reproducing their simpler descendents, and they would grow faster. Instead of preparing to fight off the microbial hordes, they would simply focus on converting substrate into new (simplistic) cells, thereby reproducing as quickly as possible. They would out-populate their more complex peers, and eventually become the defacto form of the isolate.

In many areas of life, and in the West since the Mongol invasions, the simple truth has been that whoever produces the most people will not be clobbered by his neighbors, and when it comes time to launch industry, he will have plenty of warm bodies to do that, too. This probably goes back even before agriculture, when warring bands ran at each other with swords and spears.

In fact, the history of Europe may be that of a roving band of people who avoided such behavior, and as a result were able to refine themselves to a higher degree of ability, even if that meant that they had to avoid conflict by remaining nomadic. When they settled in Europe, they became prosperous, and this allowed them to become bottom heavy with r-strategy people.

For many centuries, an aristocratic system kept this in check by relegating proles to subservient roles. After enduring many crises, including the Mongol invasions, the Black Plague, Islamic invasions, religious wars and the imperial wars following the rise of ancient Greece and Rome, the European aristocracy gradually began to fall behind in numbers.

Eventually, the mercantile middle class — people who were good at making money, but were not bright enough to foresee the problems with their desire for more — and the proles joined together and overthrew the aristocrats. Since then, our civilization has been in the final stages of decline.

My guess is that the decline began even earlier, after the end of the nomadic days, when the rise in fixed civilization essentially made the leaders beholden to spend most of their time taking care of the rest of the herd. This is the nature of any human group, and the only solution is to have a strong internal hierarchy, but that was weakened by crises.

If we make a bad decision, we can later stop doing that thing and then reverse it, and it is that for which I argue. Instead of seeing a two-stroke cycle by which society gets good and then inevitably fails, so that it is no one’s fault, and then society gets good again, I see that we made a bad choice and must resolve to never do that in the future.

Another view of this can be found through a view of population roles:

According to Eric Gans, the first human scene, upon which we can model later ones like that sketched above, is more precisely specified. Here we have a desirable object, presumably some food item, at the center of the not yet human group: these advanced, highly imitative apes, have their appetite for that central object inflamed, made into desire, by the awareness of the desire of all the other members of the group. This intensifying desire overrides the animal pecking order that normally maintains peace within the group—the alpha animal eats first, the beta animal eats when the alpha is finished, and so on. The alpha could never withstand the force of the group as a whole, but animals never “organize” themselves as cooperative, coordinating groups. Now, as all start to rush to the center, the animal hierarchy is abolished. What takes its place, according to the originary hypothesis, is the sign—what Gans calls the “aborted gesture of appropriation.”

…I’ve explored in a couple of recent posts the problems involved in the process of institutionalization. There’s nothing new here—in one of the commemorations I’ve read recently for the just deceased science fiction and military writer Jerry Pournelle, I’ve heard attributed to Pournelle the observation that in every institution there are those who are concerned with the primary function of the institution, and those concerned with the maintenance of the institution itself. Anyone who has ever worked in any institution knows how true this is, with the exception that plenty of institutions don’t even have anyone concerned with (or cognizant of) its primary function any more. Those concerned with the primary function should be making the most important decisions, but it will be those interested in institutional maintenance who will be most focused on and skilled at getting into the decision making positions. But someone has to be concerned with the maintenance of the institution—those absorbed in its primary function consider much of the work necessary for that maintenance tedious and compromising. (The man of action vs. the bureaucrat is one of popular culture’s favorite tropes—in more fair representations, we are shown that sometimes the bureaucrat is needed to get the man of action out of holes of his own digging.)

If we go back to the simple scene outlined in the beginning, we can see this is a difference between those who are first on the scene, and those who are second—for simplicity’s sake, we can just call them “firsts” and “seconds.” The seconds establish the guardrails around the firsts as the latter do their work, and they make for the “interface” between the firsts and those who gather around the scene (the “thirds”). They will also decide which resources get called for and which get through to the firsts, who are too busy to see to such details. There is no inherent conflict between the firsts, seconds and thirds, but there is the potential for all kinds of conflict. The firsts (and the first among the firsts) should rule, and should be interested in nothing more than enacting all the signs of deferral that have been collected through successive acts of rule. Even defense against external enemies is really a function of enhancing the readiness of the defenders of the community, and the community as a whole, and doing that is a function of eliminating all the distractions caused by desires and resentments, with the most attention dedicated to where it matters most. The seconds should be filtering information coming from below, marshalling resources, and transmitting commands and exhortations from the ruler. And the thirds, the vast majority of the community, should be modeling themselves on and ordering their lives in accord with the hierarchy constitutive of the community.

Like r/K strategy theory, this explains how people corrupt their own organizations, but not the cause. The fundamental cause is a failure of hierarchy, usually brought on by many sustained threats, and its replacement with an order based on social concerns, like what is popular and who wants to do what.

The West has avoided this realization for some time because it means that we are the source of our own failure, and that we must actually change in order to fix it, including rejecting the idea of equality. External “this just did it to us” theories make it easy for the individual to continue his path of hubris without accepting responsibility for the role of individualism in our decline.

Can The Alt Right Be Saved At All?

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The Alt Right faces a problem that it has not yet addressed: Typical of movements in later stages of development, the Alt Right has succumbed to a dumbing down of its core message from strict realism and cause/effect reasoning (i.e. recognition of causes instead of effects to prognosticate a problem/problems) to focusing more heavily on effects themselves, and calling for extreme solutions that will probably turn off many who might otherwise be agreeable with the Alt Right’s more softly toned, and strictly necessary solutions. This has already caused some people to disassociate with the Alt Right, and it will probably eventually lead to even more prominent figures dissociating with it in the near future.

So instead of people advocating violence, let’s try to advocate something that won’t turn off large numbers of reasonable people from even considering what we have to say. If we seem like a bunch of loons, most people of sound mind — the kinds of people we want to be attracted to these ideas — will just dismiss us as ridiculous, and out of touch with reality, as we would probably deem them. If we want them to be reasonable, it necessitates that we not only be reasonable ourselves, but appear reasonable in all things. Presentation of the way we dress is recognized as important, so should the presentation of our words.

I certainly hope the Alt Right can be saved, because I’ve at least been familiar with this movement in its various forms for the past seven years, and have grown with it. As it has gotten more obsessed with The Jews, the Africans, and other non-white groups they can blame for the West’s predicament, I’ve grown wearier of its prospects to attract more quality people. Instead it will probably just continue, as it seems to have done, to attract people that want to blame some unstoppable force for their problem, instead of figuring out the root of that problem.

Sure non-white groups are obviously incompatible with our nations and communities, and obviously we want real nations that consist of only a single group, rather than many, but our problems are not caused by these groups; they are caused by the collapse of the West. As nations decline, those in power bring in foreign groups to put bandages on their failures. Since our societies have fallen into decline the people in power become progressively of lower quality, and make poorer long term choices, but these are still just the symptoms, the causes are whatever is causing our decline, these effects are just that.

So let’s try to rid ourselves of these symptoms, but do so by attacking the causes. What is causing our decline is us. It is the decline in quality of our people (i.e. whites) and it is that we’ve replaced leadership, hierarchy, authority, and order with democracy, equality, and freedom. In doing so, we’ve replaced our natural leaders with good salesmen. We’ve replaced tradition with modernity. Once we fix the problems with us, the symptoms that the majority of the Alt Right seem obsessed with will be easy to deal with, and we won’t need those extreme solutions either.

Expunging Nonwhite Supremacy from the White Psyche

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

The West is sick.  Westerners have seen their once-great empires fall and their once-great cultures dissipate into inert materialism cloaked with decadence, and have become demoralized and despondent.  

A miserable rot has grown in the Western soul that fills them with self-doubt.  Under the guise of being morally critical of their actions and their history, whites have developed a self-loathing that colors their thinking from deep within an unacknowledged crevasse in their psyche.  This depression has left many whites with a feeling that bad things will happen to white people, and they will deserve it.

Like seeing the chemo-ravaged body of a terminal cancer patient or a listless mangy dog, observing a man stricken with white guilt is revoltingly tragic.

One way this sickness manifests is in attitudes towards mass nonwhite immigration.  Many whites either dismiss mass nonwhite immigration as natural and neutral, as simply allowing people to do what they want, to travel and live on any part of the globe they want and think no further than that.  Others actively advocate for nonwhite immigration as a means of being “nice” by allowing foreigners a chance to participate in Western wealth.  Both of these attitudes require a myopic refusal to consider consequences beyond the immediate.

The reality is that space on Earth is limited.  There is a finite and unchanging quantity of land around this planet upon which to live, to cultivate, to extract resources from, and to simply enjoy.  When one individual uses a portion of land in a given way, that limits how others can use that land.  That these limits are not hard — homes can be made smaller and stacked higher, agriculture could be intensified — does not mean that they do not exist.  That they are not immediately visible — a city-dweller may wander into the countryside, look at an empty field or a forest, and only see more room for humans to live — does not mean that they do not exist.

Because of these limits, every instance of allowing one individual to use a portion of land, whether directly or indirectly, necessarily means that others cannot use that land to the extent they could in that individual’s absence.  Other factors may be at play to make it a net benefit, but denying the existence of these limits or ignoring them is delusional.

Mass nonwhite immigration to white nations means that whites in those nations become more limited while the nonwhites benefit.  Beneath the flimsy myopic rationalizations, in order for a white mind to believe this is a good thing, there must be something within their psyche that prefers benefiting nonwhites.  Something in their mind is causing them to act in favor of nonwhite supremacy.

Once a nonwhite population has accumulated in a Western nation, we see an even more blatant manifestation of nonwhite supremacy in affirmative action and related practices.

What is causing this sickness, and how can it be cured?  Simply exposing it and bringing it into the open air of sustained conscious thought is a large first step.  Beyond that we can suggest these possible causes along with their remedies.

A skewed understanding of history: Someone who is told exclusively ideologically selected and exaggerated anecdotes of their peoples’ history will tend to internalize a bias towards that ideology.  A bias towards white inferiority and nonwhite superiority (two inseparable sides of the same coin) in public education and mass entertainment is clearly visible to those not under their unthinking spell.

The remedy here is simply to read more plain history.  It may be tempting to administer this historical learning through a counter-bias that seeks to show only the nice aspects of the in-group’s history and vilifies the out-groups’, but this will not rectify the underlying problem, which the belief or feeling that if one’s group has historically done bad things, then that groups deserves punishment.  In reality, all groups have done bad things–slavery and conquest are the historical norm.  This realization arises naturally out of a mind that has learned broadly and deeply the history of many groups.  From there, history becomes not a source of guilt and depression, but a source of data that informs a better understanding of how civilizations can work, and a source of inspiration and meaning through understanding the lives of great men.

Social posturing: The current cultural climate in the west glorifies abasing whiteness and rewards praising nonwhiteness, and this partly arises out of a mindset that equates victimhood with righteousness, which requires viewing nonwhites as eternal victims.  While insincere adherence to this social standard is technically possible, and some whites may simply mouth the required platitudes without true belief, we can observe that this adherence is more effective at increasing social standing when it is sincere, and engaging in nonwhite supremacy is easier and more mentally comfortable when truly believed.  In practice, within the morass of fleeting fragmented thoughts arising chaotically between long stretches of distraction that constitutes the modern mind there may be no clear answer to what is truly believed and what is simply repeated and imitated.

If we accept that, particularly during modernity, for the bulk of humanity the norm is to prioritize alignment with prevailing social currents above rational thought or spiritual guidance, then we see that attacking this problem directly will not work.  The best logical arguments and the most glorious appeal to a beautiful cosmic order don’t stand a chance against fear of ostracism and the ecstasy of social acceptance and elevation.  But this psychic toxin is not entirely incurable: rather than try to convince the masses to push against the social currents, change the currents themselves.  This means not focusing on the great mass of social followers, but on those who they follow, which is necessarily a smaller, more manageable and replaceable group.

Curing this sickness will be a vital step towards a population that has the self-confidence and clear thinking needed to restore Western civilization, and is unapologetic about the greatness to which it aspires.

The Turning Over

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Politics flows downstream from culture. Amerikan culture has been a lifestyle septic tank since at least the late 1960s/early 1970s. Its degeneration has been ongoing, negative monotonic and this description can be extended without loss of generality to all genres of art, music and entertainment. This is a deterministic rather than a stochastic process. It’s being driven. And yet, like a downwelling ocean current, it is leading to a great turning over.

So what do? You give it The Nickelback treatment and turn that crap off. All of it. Cut the cord. Let ESCCCP pay $100M for an NFL Wildcard game and lose $75M on the deal. Let Shia LeBeoufCake make a brave stand against Donald J. Trump. His latest movie has opened so well in the UK that he has earned Le Sobriquet “3-Ticket LeBeouf.”

Ignoring the culture of the Left drains much of its mythology. Increased levels of sophistication in homeschooling and private school attendance are killing the Leftist monopoly over the minds of young children. Anywhere opportunities exist for the alternatives to Consumerist Oligarchical Collectivism to be heard, the Left begins losing. Where parents are unable to avail themselves to these resources, they simply vote against oppression with their U-Hauls.

Breaking the monopoly colleges and universities have over social accreditation has been a slower and more quixotic process. Coding Boot Camps are offering you the chance to do it the hard way. Prior to the assertion that everyone had to go to college to be capable of advanced mental work, lawyers could “Read Laws” and pass the bar examination. Get your legal education the same way Tom Jefferson* and Abraham Lincoln did. And if none of that works out, I’ve never met a competent plumber whose kids went hungry or who couldn’t afford an ice cold bottle of beer.

If a large enough plurality takes the some version of The Benedict Option; the system gets starved and the propaganda drones on pointlessly like Nietzche’s preacherman in the trackless wilderness. It is they, not you, who exist in disconcerting isolation. What then happens? At first, not much.

HollyOrc can afford to fund LeBeouf’s reality abatement program until his current studio contract expires and then perhaps bring in someone even more insipidly vapid in its gender fluidity. The New York Times can perhaps find one more Carlos Slim to flense. The WaPo another Jeff Bezos. Faceberg and Twitleft ads eventually have to reach a user that isn’t just a bot. Social Media requires the participation of a society. Yet, absent the majority of the US Population, each of these facets of The Matrix will run out of it’s most vital source of fuel. Your attention and your wallets. It will collapse.

When it goes down, it will go down into the Marinas Trench. This will force an upwelling of something else. Be ready to seize that opportunity. It may or may not go better in the future, but that won’t be because you won’t have your turn at bat. Withdraw your support. Cut them off like a crappy Nickelback Song, but be ready. You may not be interested in the collapse, but the collapse will get very interested in you. Fixing the shambles you increasingly see around you will become your job and your duty. You don’t even have to particularly want it.

* — It’s $79,473 per year cheaper than studying law at Mr. Jefferson’s University….

Random Acts of Hopelessness

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Recently I have been listening to indie music for a change of pace, and it strikes me that this genre provides perfect, lucid insight into the millennial white mindset.

Indie music is as much a psychology as a specific style; indie musicians see themselves as mediocre despite their best efforts, and in a perpetual state of nervous breakdown.

This reflects itself as a characteristic blend of a fundamentally “mediocre” sound of acoustic guitar, intentionally untrained sounding vocals, and “childish” sounds such as xylophone, except elaborately produced with high levels of instrumental skill and harmonic complexity. The very sound of indie is designed to scream in your face, “I did all this and I’m still mediocre!”

The “perpetual state of nervous breakdown” a.k.a. decompensated neuroticism is reflected heavily in the lyrical content, which includes lucid exploration of personal neuroticism, family problems, interpersonal failure and childish hopes, yet also references very “adult” things such as sex, drugs, pornography and socioeconomic stressors such as working life, taxation, expenses and the like, with occasional jarring use of swear words. The lyrical content of indie music screams at you, “I am immature and absolutely cannot deal with life as an adult.” #AdultingIsHard

Lastly and most importantly, they respond to these feelings by portraying them with a kind of satirical, self mocking exaggeration and a deadpan humor, and by romanticizing it all as “quirky” and “fun.” In other words, their sardonic self-deprecating wit reflects their fatalism about their personal inadequacy, and their romanticizing allows them to feel good about it despite how degraded it should intuitively feel, and their boldness about all of it serves the triple function of catharsis, cry for help, and signaling to others like them that they are willing to be part of their social support system.

This underlying psychopathology explains the political behavior of white millennials, who are altruistic to a fault yet harsh and unforgiving in their desire to destroy anything remotely reminding them of their superiors (successful, confident, morally clean, intellectually and socially competent, athletic white people). It is basically low self esteem, the religion.

The curious thing about all of this, especially in light of the notoriously accurate stereotype of “trust fund hipsters,” is the lack of objective evidence of actual personal inadequacy (unlike punk rock or other music with similar themes). Quite often these are people going to good schools with a lot of money, who are attractive and intelligent and popular. You could accurately say that these are people who are plagued by haunting, paradoxical self-doubt, especially pertaining to the future.

I would argue that this paradoxical, almost delusional self doubt is actually them perceiving at a semi-conscious level that their civilization is falling apart and as a result they basically have no future.

They realize that their parents grew up in a society where you could find satisfaction in becoming educated, building a career, being compensated appropriately before you were old and gray, fitting into a social structure or institution, making your contribution, and that the society their parents lived in was overall quite glorious and full of potential, whereas what they have inherited has none of these features — a “new normal,” if you will.

They realize that they will never enjoy either the economic or the social rewards their parents did, so they ultimately deal with it by growing their dad’s ugly 80s hairdo complete with handlebar mustache while turning their social circle into a never-ending group therapy session where they find ways to celebrate their hopelessness and existential misery. This is the trauma of the 2008 economic collapse burned into the souls of a whole generation, an event which irrefutably confirmed the nagging doubt that has plagued generations: YOUR CIVILIZATION IS IN DECLINE.

Ersatz World

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Growing up in the 1980s, we felt a sense of impending doom through a daily ritual of dread: one had to confront the world and interact with it, which was guaranteed to go badly because even when you won, it forced you to interact with it according to its thought processes, and deep in our hearts and guts, we knew these were based on lies.

The society outside seemed to consist of people zooming around in cars, high on self-importance, while doing tasks unnecessary to the process of life itself. Office work was shuffling paper and moving investments around. Products were all junk that fell apart within a few years. Socializing consisted of memorizing the appropriate lines from television shows to recite at the right times.

We knew that our society had lost its soul and with it, any legitimacy. How do you defend a civilization that exists to consume junk food and junk products, and justifies itself as good because everyone is always at work, “taking seriously” activities which do nothing for anyone? There was no way to look at adulthood as anything but a prolonged jail sentence designed to erase the soul through tedium.

Having stepped outside of the mental ghetto that forced us to consider society as good because it was better than the true incompetents in the Soviet Union, we could also admit that the sexual revolution was a loser. Yes, we could have sex more easily, but the consequence was that everyone was broken and it seemed like all marriages ended in divorce or lengthy bouts of everyday psychosis between codependent parents.

Adults were oblivious. On one side we had the new agey Leftists who were trying to fill their own inner emptiness with “helping others” that was both condescending and destructive, and on the other side were the flag-waving patriotic idiots who insisted that every problem was solved by spending more hours at the office or voting for new wars.

We were aware how broken everything was through the simple fact that life was divided into public and private truths. In public, we had to repeat what the television, politicians and corporate pamphlets said; in private, we could admit that nothing was working and no one cared, which meant that we were all trying to survive at the expense of society.

The world in which we lived had become an ersatz or substitute world. Everything was fake; nothing was meaningful. Everyone was thankful for what they had because the alternate was worse, but also deeply unhappy, leading to the norming of low-grade commonplace mental illness. We were surviving for the present, but no one was looking forward to the future.

With the advent of the 1990s, the cork popped. The Soviets, who were apparently even stupider than our leaders, self-destructed in a blaze of cold entropy. And then we had nothing to compare ourselves to, so the mania for distraction accelerated. People consumed media voraciously, bought more products which were now cheaper thanks to Chinese labor, and existed more in bubbles of their own abstraction and justification.

Our fake world continues today. Since we rely on the reasoning of idiots, public life is dedicated to explaining away the fact that we are in a civilization in full Roman/Athenian style decline. To this end, every sentence uttered in public has become a lie of the form that omits key facts and implies an untrue direction by reading in a detail, and ignoring the larger pattern. This drives people insane.

The decline began long ago. When a society succeeds, it loses purpose, and people turn into bickering monkeys fighting for power. The question now is whether we can pull out of it. Clearly we cannot do so with any of the methods that are endorsed by the public eye at this point. People fear that kind of uncertainty, especially as regards jobs, income and how to be fed.

As our society has become more democratic, not just in politics but in who can participate and how much power they have, things have gotten both worse and more fake. We have replaced leadership with popularity and whatever the mob chooses is a lie. This makes it clear what is required to get out of this mess: democracy has died, and most finally be removed, and whatever comes next must be more honest and real.

What stands in our way is classic monkey dynamics. Each monkey realizes that society is doomed, but wants to save himself instead of stopping the decline, since he knows he can save himself easily, where fixing the whole is a bigger task with no guarantee of success. Locked in ourselves, we sail onwards to doom, afraid to admit what our souls tell us is true.

SHFT Is LARP

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Whenever a large group of people seems to enjoy talking about something, back yourself up and stop to think: it is a lie. Whatever the Crowd likes is always a lie, usually a paired distraction from the real problem and scapegoating of an easier target so we can beat up wimps and feel like we have done something epic.

But it is always a lie because the Crowd always chooses based on what is mentally convenient for individuals in groups, not for someone who cares about the results of his actions and therefore needs a realistic read on the world. That person, the lone “individualist,” is in fact not an individualist but a unitivist, or someone who has bonded with his world by beating down his own solipsism.

Human perception is usually defined by psychological need, not realistic adaptation. In the way of nature, a few adapt while the rest live in illusion, and over time, the adapted gradually predominate over the rest. Human civilization reverses this, of course, because the rest have more votes than the adapted.

We refer to people engaging in fantasy-as-reality behavior as LARPing, autism or sperging but in reality, it is just a nerdy version of what humanity normally does. In the ghetto, everyone is an undiscovered star; in the third world, everyone is a king; in modern America, each person is a precious snowflake. This psychology is more consistent among humans than varied.

The biggest LARP these days is talk about “The Collapse” or the coming apocalypse. The delusional people come in several flavors: some think it will be climate change, others economic collapse, still others WWIII, and the really crazy think that the Rapture will come and Satan will rule this world while the righteous get beamed to the moon for free french fries. None of these are wholly wrong, but they are minimally right, meaning that they are ingredients not end products.

For example: Climate change is the effect of too many people and too much concrete displacing our forests, which is why the usual idiots are raving on about automobiles instead of looking at the actual problem; economic collapse is the result of a circular Ponzi scheme made by our liberal leaders to keep demand-side economics afloat; WWIII will happen when multiple bankrupt nations look at each other and realize war is the only way that their presidents get to stay in power; the truth of Satan ruling this world is that people are liars and the Lord of Lies wins whenever they are not oppressed by the small minority who are not habitually dishonest to themselves and others.

In contrast to all of these Hollywood fantasies, we have a pretty good idea of what collapse looks like, because it has happened many times before. In fact, collapse is the destination to which 99% of societies go, with a lucky 1% escaping for longer than a few hundred years, mainly because humans are pathological reality-deniers and reality denial destroys societies. It is not difficult to make an enduring society once one accepts that what most people “think” is true and “intend” is in fact the usual brew of impulse control problems, disguised cleverly.

When a society collapses, it just begins to fade away. Social organizations stop being effective but retain their power, which enables them to extract money from the population like cops taking bribes. People get stupider because the intelligent, tasking with keeping the herd in hand, have become exhausted and died out from too much babysitting of idiot monkeys. Soon, disorder becomes the norm, and the true nature of humanity comes out: individualists doing whatever they want and ignoring the consequences so they have more time to feel powerful inside their minds.

At that point, a former first-world societies resembles any of the majority of third-world societies that make up human civilization. People will live on little, have no future, and produce nothing lasting. Instead they will simply exist, in a timeless fashion that demands almost nothing from the individual and so is popular, with the trade-off that nothing can be done because nothing really works.

A few wealthy mostly-whites will rule over a vast horde of Caucasian-Asian-African hybrids. Mindless tedium will become the norm, and idiots will rule because the voters will have an average IQ in the high 80s or low 90s and be completely incapable of making even moderately complex decisions. The SHFT is LARP. Instead, it is a long slow decline into irrelevance.

Waste Of Time

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The struggle of our time has become clear: realists, who want civilization, stand against ideologues, who want to rationalize the decline by directing our attention with the false metric of “progress,” which is essentially virtue signaling for social status.

Realists face a series of tough realizations. The first is how much recent politics was bungled; after that, the time scale and scope expands. Soon it becomes clear that our society has been afflicted with deep rot for many centuries.

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of all this is realizing that the decay runs deeper than politics. It has infested all aspects of life, including the “lifestyle” and daily experience of people, leading to existential misery. Worst of all of these realizations is the knowledge that modern society is a giant waste of time.

Most of what we do is completely unnecessary except that it allows individuals to claim they are important. Most products fail, but their launches allow ambitious little sociopaths to claim they are wizards, at least for long enough to get hired somewhere else. Most tasks at jobs are there to demonstrate the importance of the manager. Most red tape events involve bureaucrats asserting their power over you. Most social events are jockeying for positions in a hierarchy, and art, culture, literature and even friendship get used as means to that end.

In short, competition has created an infinite demand for ways to compete. As has been observed many times, every thing creates more of itself, and so when we make competition in specific areas part of our society, that takes over everything else. That we do it with money makes it mandatory that everyone join in and waste their time.

The average job could be done in a few hours a week, if we subtract out the activities done to demonstrate the importance of managers and employees, the red tape which solves no problems but creates work for everyone, the waiting around for people who are merely posing at being busy elsewhere, the pro forma meetings and emails. Jobs are mental spam for the most part, and they obscure the tasks which actually need doing.

Add to that the other great waste-of-time activities in modernity: returning the constant defective products, researching products to see which of the options are not corner cutting scams designed to get some idiot promoted to management somewhere, spending days or weeks filing paperwork which no one will see, arguing with self-important customer service representatives and waiting in line — endlessly — while someone in front struggles with understanding the simple nuances of the obvious solution to their avoidable problem.

Modern society is a trap. It will kill us off the same way every advanced civilization dies: it tolerates the stupid, who then gang up on the rest, take over and make a society designed for idiots. This exhausts the intelligent, who promptly die out, leaving the stupid in charge for a glorious generation or two before their corruption accrues and society plunges (slowly) into third-world status.

The intelligent are forced into a role by civilization that they feel obligates them to the rest. What this means in reality is that the smarter parts of our civilization are forced to babysit the rest. That group, essentially reckless proles hungry for power and wealth, is the most destructive force in any society, like a stomach that thinks it is a brain.

This exhausts the intelligent, and makes it easier for the proles to take over.

While this happens, those of mental ability are forced to either (1) stand against the ongoing decay and become marginalized, dying childless in small cabins in the woods or (2) rationalize the decline as good, make the right virtue signals and “succeed” despite it wasting all of their time and energy in the process of babysitting the insane and stupid herd.

Rationalization of a clearly sick and moribund society makes them crazy, and from these tormented souls we get our intellectuals and social elites. They tend to be corrupt because their minds are scrambled by having to accept the destruction of their civilization as a good thing, and to assuage their guilt, they tend to endorse ideas like “progress” and Utopia in order to avoid talking about the actual problem, the collapse of civilization, because it is hard to solve where Utopian plans are trivially easy.

The dying civilization of the West has tormented its intelligent people and driven them insane as they try to adapt to a world created for the crass tastes of the herd. They were aliens in their own society long before diversity, and now they are simply ghosts wandering among the others, with everyone waiting for them to die out so the prole party can kick into high gear.

As we come to grips with how utterly insane and corrupt our leaders have been for the past eight years, it is time to reflect on the fact that these acts did not occur in isolation. We The People voted for these idiots; we are the bigger idiots. But who is “we”? Our society has been hijacked by a mob which wants to destroy civilization and replace it with an endless carnival.

Until we start talking about that problem, we are merely putting band-aids on a sucking chest wound. Our civilization is dying. It has been dying for a long time, and its death will be a slow descend into third world chaos, crime, and corruption. The only way to fix it is to take power away from the proles, and restore it to the responsible people, which recent elections have indicated is a popular (enough) idea.

Revolt By The Masses Destroys Civilization

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Humanity existed in a “knowledge bubble” for the last few centuries, having discovered enough to draw dangerously over-broad conclusions, but not enough to see what was actually going on. As more information comes forth, the old theories die, and we rediscover traditional wisdom. Recent archeological evidence affirms the Platonic, Spenglerian and Evolan view of civilization collapse:

Researchers in Guatemala have found evidence of a 1,200-year-old massacre in an ancient city called Cancuén, the capital of one of the richest kingdoms of Maya civilization. The discovery, deep in the jungle of highland Guatemala, provides a snapshot of the Maya civilization as it began to collapse.

…”When they started excavating (the site), the archaeologists started hitting bones, and then more bones, and then more bones, and we then began to realize that the entire bottom half of this swimming pool was filled with human bones,” Demarest says.

Precious adornments found near and on the skeletons — including jade, carved shells and jaguar-fang necklaces — led the team to conclude that the people massacred had been nobles.

Civilization collapse is brought about by success. Civilization is, after all, organization of humanity. Specialization of labor and economies of scale lead to greater efficiency and thus wealth. At that point, many who could not survive without civilization are able to survive, and eventually, they rebel against civilization — because by definition, they do not understand it or that it requires leadership and hierarchy — and in doing so, destroy it.

As part of this process, they kill off the nobles. Scapegoating the nobles is easier than accepting the basic problem, which is that there are too many people with not enough to contribute in terms of productivity. From Ancient Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization, by Arthur Demarest:

Another basic question regarding the collapse, decline, or transformation of the lowland cities and kingdoms at the end of the Classic period is why in many areas Maya leadership did not respond with effective corrective measures by the stresses generated by internal, as well as external, factors. Cross-cultural studies of culture change show that “complex societies are problem-solving organizations, in which more parts, different kinds of parts, more social differentiation, more inequality, and more kinds of centralization and control emerge as circumstances require” (Tainter 1988: 37).

Yet the K’uhul Ajaw failed to respond with effective corrections of infrastructural problems. Their ineffectiveness was most likely due to the canons of Maya leadership and its limited range of action. The elites of most Classic Maya kingdoms, in general, did not manage subsistence systems or production or exchange of utilitarian goods. Most Maya polities, while held together by the rituals and authority of the center, were decentralized with local community or family-level management of most aspects of the economy. This decentralized system facilitated adoption of farming systems to the local microenvironment (e.g. Dunning et al 1997; Dunning and Beach in press).

[H]aving their role defined in terms of ritual and inter-elite alliance and warfare, it is not surprising that the K’uhul Ajaw responded through these same mechanisms to problems such as demographic pressure or ecological deterioration. They naturally reacted by intensifying ritual activities, construction, or warfare — the activities within their purview.

Plato points out the same thing: drones are left to manage their own affairs locally, in accord with natural selection. Given help by civilization, they grow in number, and then blame others for the local results of this overpopulation. They want their leaders to fix the problem caused by their own acts, which is classic scapegoating.

We can see in our world today that different types of civilizations have different types of governments. The third world favors kleptocratic strongmen; the “second world” has token political leadership, and local leadership by mafiosi; the first world prefers organized governmental systems which take on attributes of the other two systems based on the degree of decline. In other words, civilization is a spectrum from primitive to complex structures.

The rise of overpopulated drones creates a large audience for third-world style government. They cannot manage themselves, and want government to do it instead, so they depose their leadership and replace it with managerial government. This in turn exhausts the elites, who by taking up their traditional roles in the ensuing government have become slaves to managing unruly and self-destructive children, and they fade away as a result of this existential stress and misery.

Babysitting of this nature is the hallmark of declined or declining civilizations, and represents the root of Leftism, which is an organized form of Crowdism or the collective defense of individualism, which is what everyone who wants to be managed desires. He wants to avoid having to make reality work for him, and instead be told what to do in some things so that he can do whatever he wants everywhere else.

Without being cruel, we might refer to those who need to be managed as incompetents. They cannot take their small local farms and make them work, mainly because as a group, they have reproduced too frequently to sustain themselves. Those who need to be managed desire strong government to be accountable for their welfare, usually through wealth redistribution since they cannot produce wealth locally owing to overpopulation, and their political actions inevitably involve killing off the elites to take their wealth.

Since they are incompetent, and mismanage their own wealth, their seizure of wealth produces a temporary boom — including more population — and then a consequent crash, much like happened after the French and Russian revolutions.

By the time western conquerors arrived, the Mayan civilization was in full decline, which meant that it had a few ceremonial elites of a weakened nature and many peasants. The Spanish were able to overthrow this empire with only 500 men, many of whom were sick with jungle diseases, because the peasants saw an opportunity to further depose the elites. In so doing, they conveyed themselves into slavery, from which they “liberated” themselves in the early 1800s, promptly becoming a third-world society ruled by disease, corruption, unsanitary conditions and crime.

In the first world, we overthrew our elites during the years 1916-1968 by removing their political and economic power. Since that time, we have been ruled by incompetents. In principle and in result, our actions achieved the same end that the Maya did.

From this example, we see that civilization collapse comes about through lack of hierarchy. Leadership does not micromanage its people; it handles the bigger questions of diplomacy, war and cultural direction. As a result, it is always caught by surprise when the incompetents gang up on it and others, in fear of violence, go along with it. Then those others must suffer under rule by tyrants, fools and criminals.

The perpetual rallying cry of the incompetents is “equality.” They realize they are bankrupt, and want to take from others to subsidize themselves, thus become parasitic because civilization depends on hierarchy to exist. As long as one allows the quest for equality to continue, the health of the society will plummet until it reaches third-world status.

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