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Looking Forward To The Dot-Com 3.0 Crash And Recession

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Without strong leadership, humans act as a herd. They constantly look for what is new so that they can participate, and as soon as that becomes clear to them, they rush toward it.

Nature however is not binary because it has introduced time. What is new is recognized by a gradually increasing group of people, and as they crowd it, the original participants get out and watch the formerly new thing crash as the herd converts it into the same old stuff.

You can see this with monkeys in the wild. One monkey finds a tree with lots of fruit, and starts screeching. The others then rush over, afraid of missing out and hoping to capitalize on this new popularity, and strip the tree bare.

In the meantime, some of the monkeys who found that tree earlier have moved on to new trees, and are keeping mum about it. The monkeys who screech depend for their popularity on being recognized as those who find new things, even if they find them after the really good opportunities are gone. They get their power from introducing the clueless to better options, not good ones.

Humans play the market the same way. Whatever succeeds immediately finds a whole herd of people who are very excited about it, and they invest in it, bloating it to the point where the consequences between intelligent acts and repetition of the past is blurred, so it repeats itself until it crashes and then the herd moves on to a new fascination, like a crowd at an amusement park.

As mentioned here before, our current economy is a fragile mess based on tech companies selling gadgets to morons who are subsidized by the state, in order to make our current appear “in demand” so that we can borrow and tax even more.

Now it becomes clear that the post-1990s Silicon Valley boom may be fragile and ready to pop:

During rising stock markets you can use an indicator like the advance-decline line to confirm that the uptrend is still in place. When the overall stock market is rising but more individual securities are declining than rising,, that can be a signal that the market is not “acting right” and the uptrend could be in trouble. It could be signaling that there could be a change in direction coming.

…The advance-decline line was crashing beginning in early-1999, while stocks continued to rise for another year or so. The fact that so few stocks were carrying the market higher with a falling advance-decline line was a big warning sign for the coming dotcom crash.

As we watch the leaders of the market separate from the rest, it becomes clear that we live in a house on stilts where a few of those stilts are carrying most of the weight. If anything happens to them — as seems likely as history repeats itself — we are in for a big crash.

Rumors Of Dot-Com 3.0 Implosion Spreading

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

You may have heard it here first, but rumors are starting to spread about the collapse of the Dot-Com 3.0 bubble which is based on social media and other entertainment products. Unfortunately the Obama economy was based upon it, so expect rough times ahead.

Others are starting to notice that the market is totally overvalued, which is a precursor to crash:

What truly puts the stamp of reality on what it says today, is the fact, that even as the “markets” have since (once again) risen to never before seen in history all time highs since that post some 3 months ago. The above have done nothing but either vacillate right where they stood, or worse, have lost even more value.

…Isn’t it funny when it comes to anything involving “The Valley” it always seems it’s about the next big “buy” that’ll be the reason why some insane P/E or valuation will be, “So worth it!” Never the core product that is/was supposedly its raison d’être. And it’s always just around the corner, or as close as the shareholders checkbook. Funny how that works.

Social media is dying primarily because its audience consists of people who are not responsive to advertising. It also suffers from a scourge of bots, fake accounts, manipulative SEO technicians and generally, the bad behavior of the “daytime television” audience that Dot-Com 3.0 salvaged in order to overcome the mass exodus of people when the second internet trend boom ended.

In addition, people are wary of the visibility of social media and the manipulative nature of these companies. Who wants employers looking through a Facebook profile, or to be shown only what the filters allow? With European states demanding that Facebook and Twitter censor controversial topics, social media is no longer the Wild West it once seemed to be.

The result is a shift that the numbers do not reveal. There may be just as many people using social media, but who are they? These are no longer the middle class brand-conscious consumers, but an army of baristas and cubicle slaves who have no money and would not spend it on advertising products anyway. No wonder the dying trend shows signs of instability.

Anatomy Of A Fragile Market Bubble

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Modern society possesses a fragile duality: people depend on its power and wealth, but simultaneously are existentially miserable.

Their existential misery comes from the fact that civilization is in decline, social order is failing, and so all meaning and purpose is removed from their lives because whatever they do is futile and will be destroyed once the raging herd gets ahold of it. At the same time, we all must survive, and so they are dependent on this abusive system for paychecks and enough stability for grocery stores.

What happens if the money runs out? All Western governments are heavily in debt, consumers are heavily leveraged, and our industries are massively interdependent.

On top of that, we have the makings of a brutal tech bubble:

Yesterday afternoon, the S&P 500 closed at a record high, and is up over $1.5 trillion since the start of 2017. “And the companies doing the most to drive that rally are all tech firms,” reports The Verge. “Apple, Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft make up a whopping 37 percent of the total gains.” From the report:

All of these companies saw their share prices touch record highs in recent months. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the U.S. economy, which grew at a rate of less than 1 percent during the first three months of this year. That divide is the culmination of a long-term trend, according to a recent report featured in The Wall Street Journal: “In digital industries — technology, communications, media, software, finance and professional services — productivity grew 2.7% annually over the past 15 years…The slowdown is concentrated in physical industries — health care, transportation, education, manufacturing, retail — where productivity grew a mere 0.7% annually over the same period.” There is no industry where these players aren’t competing. Music, movies, shipping, delivery, transportation, energy — the list goes on and on. As these companies continue to scale, the network effects bolstering their business are strengthening. Facebook and Google accounted for over three-quarters of the growth in the digital advertising industry in 2016, leaving the rest to be divided among small fry like Twitter, Snapchat, and the entire American media industry. Meanwhile Apple and Alphabet have achieved a virtual duopoly on mobile operating systems, with only a tiny sliver of consumers choosing an alternative for their smartphones and tablets.

As mentioned here before, the tech sector is primed for a crash because it is overvalued and yet is selling a product that is increasingly less relevant to middle America, the group that forms the base of the conventional consumer economy.

To counter this, the tech companies are trying to cultivate the conventional media audience, who lean Left and consume more media than others but may not actually be as relevant as consumers except for luxury goods.

In order to bolster that process, Western governments have created a capitalism-socialism hybrid which consists of heavily taxing citizens and corporations, and then dumping that money on the working classes so that they can purchase more consumer goods, creating a circular Ponzi scheme which will eventually run out of money.

On top of that, Western governments have accumulated enough debt that when their taxes fall short, they will be in a tough position where they will be unable to acquire new debt cheaply enough to justify it, and these governments will head toward default at the same time their economies cave in and the social consequences of Leftist policies culminate in crashes.

Self-referential

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

People do not want tangible answers. They want tangible targets. An answer is like an algorithm; it’s a to-do list with formulas. A target is something you can mash, smash or ban and be OK.

When they cannot find a tangible target, they invent one.

If the target is within themselves, they invent an external one.

All of this means that politics is the science of waving red flags in front of bulls, making them charge and then using that inertia to accomplish small things.

What this kind of symbolic politics cannot address is the self-referential nature of democracies. We have invented a civilization-system that is so comprehensive, it accepts nothing but itself.

  • Political. We believe in liberal democracy, and we think everything else is ignorant and bad and we’re going to bomb it. We are slow to go to war, unless we’re all motivated by being told that someone else is doing it another way. It is as if we fear being proven wrong, but really, we just fear any options. If we are all doing the same thing, none of its failures can be seen by outsiders because there will be no outsiders.
  • Economic. Our economy in a nutshell: make stuff that idiots like so enough of them buy it to make you rich. It doesn’t matter if you make a better widget; you need to make a widget that is trendy, convenient and appeals to the true lowest common denominator. Any use outside of our society, or societies outside our own, are ignored.
  • Social. People are either nice or not. They’re nice if they let everyone else do whatever they want to, and then do not get caught publicly wanting things for themselves. If they’re really nice, they wait for the cameras to roll and then start giving money to orphans, stopping AIDS, educating the inner city or any number of other tasks we’ve tried for the last two centuries without success.
  • Outlook. This society is post-totalitarian because we cannot imagine anything outside of it. Past history was ignorant and cruel; other nations are scary. What we have now is convenience, wealth and happiness. Any other viewpoint is not only wrong, but stupid, and dangerous. Invent new things? Get better? We don’t want anything but what we have.

This ultimately regressive viewpoint leads to a complete collapse of our ability to do things effectively. We do not construct, create or achieve; we sell things to ourselves. We sell services to ourselves. We tell ourselves pleasing lies, and so some of us get elected.

The end result in equality is that each person becomes a perfect narcissist. No one can tell them anything; their viewpoint is equal, after all. They don’t need anything but themselves. The result is a self-referential nation, oblivious to anything but the propaganda it spins itself.

In the meantime, this self-referentialism has another effect: it promotes misery. There are only two options: join the system and be assimilated, or drop out and starve and/or face the wrath of the fearful herd. No wonder so many people seem depressed and exhausted.

Depression kills

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Columbia University researchers reported new evidence that depression can lead to heart disease in the first place.

The scientists tracked 63,000 women from the long-running Nurses’ Health Study between 1992 and 2004. None had signs of heart disease when the study began, but nearly 8 percent had evidence of serious depression.

The depressed women were more than twice as likely to experience sudden cardiac death — death typically caused by an irregular heartbeat, concluded the 12-year study, published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. They also had a smaller increased risk of death from other forms of heart disease.

Discovery

Mind and body are not as different as we like to think.

Modern depression

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

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I think most people are depressed by modern society. Humanity controls so much, yet can’t control itself, and where chaos reigns one has to either get oblivious (and thus neurotic) or be aware, and therefore, at odds with society at large.

Those with a certain amount of brainpower choose the latter because they know the former is impossible without becoming one of those people who sees trees but misses the forest. In too many ways, conforming your mind to a broken order means programming it to live in a fantasy world — yet to have to deal with real world consequences.

The only solution I have ever found to depression is action, no matter how small, consistently and fervently. Be a force of positivity, meaning the creation of sensible order and the destruction of stupidity. You are at war with the disorganized, the dysfunctional, the lazy, stupid and unrealistic.

Although it seems horrible to encourage warlike aggression in life, it helps to see nature — a mathematical order pervading all things — as a ladder of exceptions. Life rewards the functional but mediocre, yet if you’re willing to fight life and rise above that, there are new rewards and new plateaus.

In the same way while not rocking the boat seems like a good plan, you face either depression or neurosis or worse, alternating between the two. Fight life (as you see it, it’s already in the past tense, so you might phrase that: fight life as it was a moment ago). Fight for life (that which can be and therefore is just as inherent as what is now).

Society Blames Others For Its Illness

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

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Yet another teenager today tried to awaken a numb world with the sacrifice of himself and several other students, this time in southern Finland for that country’s first school shooting1. He opened fire at his high school, killing eight people and wounding ten, before police surrounded the building and presumably took him out.

You are expected to stand there open-mouthed and wonder aloud, “But how could anybody do this? Why would they do this?” but this feeble cover is really no longer anything but transparent. We know why they do it: teenagers are the people who have not yet inherited an adult world that is totally dysfunctional, and so they often reject it through suicide and/or removal of a few of the most troublesome obstructions they encounter.

pekka-eric_auvinen When Pekka-Eric Auvinen shot up his high school, he was sending a message with his self-sacrifice. It’s a message that adults should heed, since ignoring problems has gotten us global pollution, climate change, political instability, ghettoes, a culture dominated by moronic television and music, constant ethnic strife, and so on. The list goes on. It’s no wonder teenagers don’t want to join your world that by virtue of its insistence on obliviousness produces completely retarded results consistently.

The teenager had warned that he was discontent with an adult world, and was recommended anti-depressants by a disinterested YouTube moderator2, despite the lack of conclusive proof that anti-depressants stop the cause of depression, which has been increasing in the modern time and is the leading cause of disability in industrialized nations3. While most sources look for treatment, few ask the obvious question: is it possible that depression has an external cause, like our society being ugly and/or heading into Rome-esque failure.

We know from our mass media that he was misanthropic, disliked the direction society was headed, and felt himself drawn to extremes to break through the fog of delusion in which most people move. For example, he admired extreme leftist and extreme rightist leaders alike4 and called himself a “social darwinist” and admired “natural selection.” (He may have confused “social darwinism,” or the theory that linear competitive systems like capitalism and academia produce humanity’s best, with Darwinism applied to society.)

Let’s do what no one else will do, and read his manifesto and his own words, so we can see what this individual really believed and what drove him to do what he did, which we will view as a political statement instead of an insane act, because to do otherwise would be to deny his individuality and that for which his victims died:

I am prepared to fight and die for my cause. I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection.

You might ask yourselves, why did I do this and what do I want. Well, most of you are too arrogant and closed-minded to understand… You will probably say that I am “insane”, “crazy”, “psychopath”, “criminal” or crap like that. No, the truth is that I am just an animal, a human, an individual, a dissident.5

pekka-eric_auvinen2 He makes it clear that he takes an aesthetic viewpoint on humanity, dividing us into the beautiful and ugly, and sees no point to the ugly, stupid, deformed, parasitic, etc. While this reeks of national socialism in addition to the natural selection he so admires, let’s look at it from an environmental perspective. The reason for our environmental decline is too many people, and too many stupid people, because even if we each use the minimum amount of resources and land possible, we will still overrun earth, and if the current generation doesn’t the next will. Who breeds the most? The lowest-IQ people in the first and third worlds.

Pentti Linkola elaborates on this:

A fundamental, devastating error is to set up a political system based on desire. Society and life are been organized on basis of what an individual wants, not on what is good for him or her…Just as only one out of 100,000 has the talent to be an engineer or an acrobat, only a few are those truly capable of managing the matters of a nation or mankind as a whole…In this time and this part of the World we are headlessly hanging on democracy and parliamentary system, even though these are the most mindless and desperate experiments of the mankind…In democratic countries the destruction of nature and sum of ecological disasters has accumulated most…Our only hope lies in strong central government and uncompromizing control of the individual citizen…We still have a chance to be cruel. But if we are not cruel today, all is lost.

Our helpful mass media tells us that the school shooter read history and philosophy6, which are known for having a perspective than transcends individuality. It is the type of discipline that tells us whatever we think we want as individuals, the progress of history and the rules of the natural world remain immutable. It reminds us that worrying too much about what we want, who we are, what our social status is, and so on, is delusional karmic drama that keeps us from seeing the reality of life itself: it is a struggle to perfect ourselves, and create societies and people of beauty, or we become entrenched in a socialized depression and “tolerance” of mediocrity that ultimately kills us.

With that in mind, we can see this school shooter and extreme right/left wing dictators as what they really are, which is a force of natural renewal much like the forest fire that kills off the weak trees and lets the others divide up the resources so they can create a stronger, better, more uniformly healthy forest. What we call tolerance is too often an excuse to tolerate the parasitic, criminal, stupid and ugly, and guys like Stalin, Hitler, Linkola and this school shooter show us that reality.

Society will strike back with passive aggression, because that is the only option left to people shocked out how rudely they are yanked out of denial7. To be passive aggressive, blithely assume that you are right while forcing other people to conform to your needs, all without directly striking them. Go ahead, set up that anal pornography shop across from the church. It’s your right. They don’t have a right to not see you or interact with you. Force them to tolerate you. If they object, call them insane and put them in jail. That’s what this society does to any dissident with a chance of making change, which is why some kids get frustrated and shoot up their schools (others are insane, but not all).

Our modernsig_sauer_mosquito society of shared denial fears the truth and so we suppress it, which is why school shootings get responses of outrage and disbelief. Don’t let the propaganda fool you. We are all disconnected from any context but our own selves, and so focused on our wealth and status that we’re oblivious to the world, or the intangible values of life which our materialistic society denies. The only disbelief here is the shock of being caught in a daydream that we pretended was reality, and this is why we have such outrage against this school shooter, who in a healthier time might be known as a hero for his extermination of false authoritarians, weak people and other stooges of human delusion.

Depression

Friday, May 25th, 2007

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One common way to take out computers on the internet is the denial of service attack. It is very simple: you flood the machine either with raw data, as in mail and port bombing, or you hit it with hanging questions that force it to think. Each one is no big deal, but when a hundred thousand of them hit, the machine becomes neurotic and cannot tell real data from garbage. As a result, it slows all data down (equally, thank god!) and for all practical purposes goes offline. Something similar happens to both humans and our species as a whole with depression.

First, we deny depression as a species. We are obsessive about diagnosis, analysis, documentation and medication of our problems. Even obscure maladies like anal warts receive reams of focused attention by high-trained and high-paid specialists, conjecturing and thinking and experimenting. In this we can see the old truism “less is more”, because the storm of interest in depression in industrial nations has, like a wind blowing papers in a constellation of chaos, ignored what’s at the center of the event: depression is brought on by feelings of disconnection from the world.

We know almost nothing about depression and how it can afflict populations as a whole. We do not know, for example, that depressed people often exist by having such lowered expectations that they are able to tolerate mediocrity as a positive. A society that is depressed influences every individual life within it with its depression, but because that depression is accepted, does not provide a pathway for noticing or critiquing this depression. A common resopnse: “How can a society be depressed?” — or more likely: how can a depressed society have any values?

Societal depression remains a large influence on our modern lives, as many suffer from it and many more exhibit a subtle and pervasive form of it that never hits extremes but remains constant like a droning background noise. The only way for something this widely distributed to go unnoticed is if it is so widely distributed that it appears “normal.” (Looking for normal is dangerous thinking, because normal is third state to reality and observer, where if one looks for logicality in behavior, that which does not fit a norm can be seen to be healthy and unhealthy norms can be noted as undesired. Alas this thought is far from our mental worlds in the status quo.)

Second, we deny depression as individuals. Depression is brought on by feelings of not having a place in the world, and these occur on two levels: (1) the degree of personal organization in an individual enabling them to do whatever it is that will make life so meaningful it seems a fair trade for death and (2) the degree to which the human world reflects what one sees of reality. A world that is too much real becomes boring, and one that is too much unreal becomes frustrating in its insistence on self-destruction. The two levels influence each other, in that an unstable person will see the world as threatening where it is not, and a threatening world will destabilize the balanced person but go unnoticed in the already-destabilized person, because they are too caught up in their own drama to accurately assess the world.

A common depressed person response is to disclaim the ability to involve themselves in any form of change. “So why should I care about the species, after all? I’m going to live my nobody life, have a few pleasures, and head to the hills in some ignominious and/or biologically repellent death, so why should this concern me?” When one thinks only of one, there are no answers for this question that are satisfying. Of course all you should do is ensure that there is enough space for you to have your pleasures before dying. But do we respect anyone, and think highly of anyone, who holds such a view? When we spell it out in those terms, we realize that to think that way would classify us in our own view as selfish wastes of oxygen, much less in the view of those we respect.

This shows us the “deepening cycle” of depression: the depressed person by nature of being depressed rejects all those solutions of the category that might solve the depression. Societal depression causes a sense of futility, which causes people to become more self-obsessed than before, and upon noticing that self-obsession, they begin to think badly of themselves. This engenders further depression and low self-esteem, which ironically might be the cause of the problem: societies do not become depressed without first become schizoid by insisting on the “reality” of a preferred view of existence (morality, futurism, socialization) that by the nature of its inaccuracy causes endless frustration because in public, we must act on it, even if we know it is not accurate. People suffering under societal depression chase solutions in themselves, and thus make the malady worse.

Depression at this point forms an excuse for giving up. We withdraw into our negative self-image, reward ourselves for small things, and do not change our behavior. As we notice more dysfunction externally to us, the cycle of our internal dysfunction and self-blame worsens. We make life easy for ourselves with our justifications, and then because those justifications are on a level of self-serving function, loathe ourselves for being so short-sighted and selfish. The result gives the cycle momentum and depression increases. At this point, depression also becomes a useful excuse: “I would do something, but I am dysfunctional, so I am not ordained by the gods to be able to do anything.”

Soon people may understand that humanity is not yet doomed, although if we do not alter our course, it is clear that we will face a slow erosion into a former republic, a powerless and unproductive state in which no ideas lasting more than ten minutes are produced. Examples of this type of fallen society cover the earth, having dropped out of history when their input became irrelevant or communications lapsed, and now undoubtedly pleasant places to live where no greatness has a home. Futility and dysfunction go hand in hand. With the advent of globalism, however, we are no longer speaking of a single society fading to such a state, but all of humanity.

Yet our prediction of doom keeps us depressed. We can codify this cycle in three steps:

  1. Comfort zone: the depressed person isolates himself or herself from everything but those things known to be inoffensive and non-contradictory to their (depressed) worldview. These comforting things invariably have nothing to do with the world outside the self, and take the form of “small comforts”: food, drugs, sex and purchased objects as “rewards” for enduring a world already seen as terrible on such a pervasive level that it cannot be changed.
  2. Poison the Well: feeling as if there are solutions threatens the depressed person because it implies that they can do better. If one has an option, and doesn’t take it, one is a dumbass; if there is no option, one has done all one can and could not under any circumstance have done better. This is why worldwide you see groups and people finding conspiracy theories to blame. “I would have been a superstar, but whitey’s racism kept me down” is the exact same mentality as “I would have changed society, but ZOG oppressed me” and “I would have saved the forests, but the vast right-wing corporate conspiracy made it impossible.” The idea that nothing is impossible destabilizes a depressed person, or a depressed society. When people embrace defeat, or say things like “Yeah that’s not likely to happen” or “That’s not how society works,” they’re poisoning the well to avoid facing that they could live better.
  3. Moral pretense: when a group of people who are depressed or underconfident get together, they make a treaty between each other to not exceed the bounds of dysfunction that they share in common. They know subconsciously that if any one rises, the others will be revealed as deficient in relative measurement, and therefore such rising must be avoided. This is why alcoholics give quitting alcoholics alcohol, why small-towns welcome back anyone who fails outside, why gangs punish those members who fill out college applications. Misery loves company, and it will enforce it; when it reaches critical mass, it becomes a revenge impulse that tears down any who are not mediocre, because only the mediocre does not offend the sensibilities of the depressed crowd.

If we accept the premise that our society is depressed because its individuals are depressed, we must then ask ourselves if this can be reversed. The shockingly obvious truth is that depression is a brilliant liminal state because it is so easily reversed; a sequence of even small victories turns it around. And is our society depressed? Ideas like original sin, like the monetary equivalent in capitalism, like morality which seeks to protect individuals more than it seeks to do what is right by all, a species so deranged that it will pollute its only environment, and a society that rewards money (tangible) over character (intangible) — these are all symptoms of an evenly-distributed, pervasive, entrenched depression.

Those who become aware of this fact literally have a binary choice: move forward past the depression, or stagnate in it. When we stagnate, we do not confront the depression head-on and thus assimilate it into our personalities, making it invisible to us as we get increasingly bitter. It becomes a part of us, this depression, and we are then unable to get a handle on it or even track its progress until a friend tells us we’re looking better or worse than the last day they observed us. Moving forward past depression, like accepting mortality and natural selection, is the fundamental elective that confronts the modern adult. All greater learning and profundity of thought requires getting past this barrier.

Interestingly, those who choose to move past the depression experience an almost super-human increase in internal strength. They know that their cause is probably lost, but that if a butterfly’s wings can cause a storm off the east coast, the power of a human’s ideas and efforts could have vast implications. We who adopt this viewpoint are victors in our resistance because as long as we live, dissent and thrive, the crowd cannot claim (in its depression) that its ideas were “the only way” and it’s too bad it didn’t work out, but (shrug) what else could they have done? We ruin their ability to claim that they had no other choice. We thwart the uniformity of their social vision by reminding people that there is another way, and thus we dare to rise above like Icarus, and are hated by those who wish a hostile sun would melt our wings.

We are victory because our resistance is a refutation of the inevitability argument of those who, in the grips of depression, want to export that depression to others. Why do failing societies invade nations like Iraq in order to bring “the good news” of liberal democracy and capitalism to them, even though it wrecked the host nation? Why is it that religious proselytizers announce “the good news” and then talk about death? These are people who have become depressed, recessed into their own self-identity and egos, and therefore are committed to destroying all others who aren’t afflicted by that addiction. We are victory when we refute this by existing, and by producing a vision of life that even as it accepts the worst life can offer is NOT depressed but instead constructive and formidable in its hopeful vision of future, even if nurture and murder are equally represented in its palette.

On this site, the Crowd and its machinations are often discussed. But properly, we can see these people as caught in a cycle of depression that keeps them from seeing the simple reality of life. They have become destructive because inside of themselves they see only destruction, and the way out of that destruction requires going through the morally threatening world of assessing difficult solutions and possible futures outside of what they know. They must cast aside the familiar in order to escape depression, but they fear the unfamiliar (and failure) more than they are willing to escape depression. With this view, we can extend compassion to them, although we know that we will not hesitate to kill them and oppress them as necessary. They have a better future outside of depression, even if only a few survive!

Our depression originates in this schizoid reailty: we have a technological-consensual “truth” upon which we all pretend to agree, and then an underlying actual truth which we can see in mathematics, physics and philosophy. That truth however requires concentration, intelligence and devotion to finding out the real answer, which is not something our society values, since it is based on an ethic of convenience in which what individuals prefer is more important than its consequences in reality. Like our depression, this worsens the more we try to fix it, because to act against this illusion requires we leave the “comfort zones” of what we know and move into uncharted territory.

It requires we give up a comfortable but depressing existence and pick something with challenge to it, which naturally seems “illogical” because in functional terms, of course, we all desire safety and wealth. To cure our depression requires we look at intangibles, not material or personal ideas, and that requires we venture into a symbolic “Land of the Dead” where the symbols of our dreams and nightmares and hidden inner life are explored. This is the area we fear because, being depressed, it is the source of our instability and threatens our fragile function. Is it possible that the simplest solution cures depression, which is to go into our fears and address them, instead of containing them in mental symbolism that ultimately enslaves us? Like a corrupt priest, it offers to take away our fears — by making us addicted to its weekly pep talks and small symbolic rewards.

We are victory by resisting this, but before an individual can claim to be resisting, he or she must do two things: (1) fix depression and consequent bad thinking within his or her self, and (2) work with others on a solution. It is not enough to have a blog, to be a coffee house activist, because these roles do not involve leaving isolating within self behind; on the contrary, they increase this state of mind and thus maximize depression. The individual must heal the self and then work toward establishing this healing as part of the design of a system, which is the opposite of exporting it to individuals because it lays a groundwork instead of forcing conversions. Only the combination of these things offers the experience of dissecting depression and conquering it, as an individual, and reconstructing society to avoid societal depression; since both individual and societal depressions afflict the person in this society, only tackling both of them is the escape.

Our time may still be doomed. Humanity has not yet accepted that it is still in mortal struggle for survival, no matter how powerful its technological world seems to be. We have skated to the edge of doom with global warming, pollution, overpopulation, and cultureless mass media and culture-destroying speculative commerce without looking back, a suicidal series of acts which suggests an underlying depression so vast it is invisible. Even in the face of doom however we may raise victory by not giving in and becoming yet another person capable of critique and not action, lost in the wilderness of their own boredom and insecurity, and by moving ahead we not only save ourselves but greatly increase our chances of change. Depression means no action means certain defeat.

If you are smart enough to recognize what’s wrong with this world, you are smart enough to help fix it. Almost everyone around you will try to discourage you and to convince you to join their loser group of people who await collective suicide because any other course of action is unfamiliar and scary. Others will tell you that your course of action will “oppress” those who are depressed by denying them depression, and/or life and limb. These are voices worth ignoring. Your smaller fight is to fix the world around you; your bigger fight is to overcome depression and negativity within. When you do this, the world will never look the same again, and you will see the inherent wisdom of working where others predestine themselves to failure.

Act

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

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Failing societies create a unique depression. It is not like personal depression, where one is dismayed over loss of lover or desired goal, but a far more subtle and difficult to recognize kind. In fact, those who are depressed rarely know they are. They concentrate on the task of existence and adapt as they can, and tend to withdraw into themselves.

Anyone who can think beyond the immediate situation can see this society is failing. Many of us grew up leftist and believed that, with universal rights and a sharing of the wealth, everything would turn out OK. After all, wouldn’t everyone be happy? Happiness eliminates conflict and aggression and ideologies that place one group or person above others.

The problem with focus on the immediate is that it removes all but the tangible here and now; it is deconstruction without re-evaluation and moving forward toward new challenges. Deconstruction of this type is like morality: it marks a whole bunch of stuff as “bad,” and has us try to find meaning in whatever is left to be “OK,” while there are a few dogma commands that are “good.”

In the West, we have deconstructed ourselves in the search for universal rights and a sharing of the wealth. This leaves us as compliant beasts more concerned with avoiding bad than finding good, and it depresses us. What also depresses us is the dual state of continuing decline and a seeming total lack of solutions. We can see the problem, but do not have the tools to fix it.

Our depression is further entrenched by the remote nature of these problems. We know eventually we must face them. We can buy that house in the nice neighborhood, get the comfortable job, and distract ourselves with hobbies, but outside of our immediate consciousness, we know the decay is lurking. Crime increases, as does ethnic and religious and cultural discontent, as does the power of the elites who rule us through the power of media.

We are exhausted by methods that do not work but are the only socially acceptable means of making change. Our entire society is beating a dead horse by, when our methods fail, insisting that if we apply them more radically, they will succeed. They tell us: if we civilize everyone, and give them universal rights and wealth, we will all be happy and our problems will cease. Yet the opposite seems to be happening.

Our exhaustion leads to depression because any other solution is shouted down, if not by the moral majorities by one special interest group or another, thus we cannot actually touch the problem. We cannot seem to act decisively to fix these plagues and thus they come to live amongst us as parasites, tolerated but taking their toll.

Even our fellow citizens depress us. When the television comes on with a sexy ad, they buy the product; when the ad appeals to strong emotions, either strong (war/conservative) or weak (compassion/liberal), they vote for it. But what about changing our direction to something better? No one is talking about that.

There are miles of blogs and citizen’s action groups and other people taking advantage of democratic “representation,” but each of these attacks a detail that is created by a defect in the larger design. These amount to creating a holocaust of noise and conflict that leads nowhere, in part because these people are not interested in changing the larger design.

For example, if you oppose crime, you are caught between groups wanting a police state and groups who want to through welfare and education magically transform criminals into solid citizens — both are unrealistic. If you oppose immigration, you are sandwiched between people who want xenophobia and people who want to obliterate our culture by letting anyone and everyone in. There are only extremes, because the only practical extreme — changing the larger design — is off-limits.

Together these factors create a subtle depression. The world is going to shit, there is nothing you can do about it, and so you adapt and compensate and buy off the parasites as best you can, but you have in your soul a sick sinking feeling: this will not end well. Even if it does not blow up in your lifetime, it will get worse. This is the fear that has replaced our terror of instant nuclear death or Fascist/Communist invasion.

So we become meek. We tolerate, and to compensate, we get our revenge by going deeper into our own pleasures. Screw the world; I’ve got IM and cable and beer and sluts or prostitutes as necessary. Yet there is no spirit in this, no challenge and no thrill of accomplishment, so as we regress further into ourselves we become more subtly depressed.

There is only one solution: to act in such a way that one targets the larger design of the system. With this, one feels healthier; no longer naked, energy is going toward something instead of into a void of hours spent pleasing the self. The world is slowly getting better. Truth is rising above ignorance. Depression is melting because you are doing something about the problem.

If we open up this point of the conversation we, writer and reader, are having, it becomes a harangue of dissenting opinions and gab expressing indecision over what to do. Most people will join the smallest cause they can, whether local or personal, and try to back out that way — but they back out into depression. If you tackle the problem head-on and work with others thinking along the same lines, you feel better; otherwise, it’s back to being drunk and subconsciously miserable as you try to forget.

CORRUPT is dedicated to the idea that change can be had, but only by targetting the larger design, which is corruption itself. We don’t believe there are conspiracies, only that our desire to make a uniquely better world has collapsed into our “logical” thinking that spreading wealth and universal recognition will pacify the problem. This alone is the source of our misery, and while unintentional, it represents corruption.

Nietzsche wrote of the “slave revolt” in which the West was gripped by its lower-quality people overwhelming its higher, but for now, we find it useful to say that we are gripped by a revolt in slavish desires. People no longer want to do what is right, or better; they want to please the mob and get popular and wealthy. Selfishness creates personal worlds in which we regress, subtly depressed, as a result of this impetus. We cannot buy each other off. There is only one solution, and it is a better design.

The internet, as a medium like television or print, gives us a voice; through this, we can organize what is not ruined and put it to service making more of itself. We can grab the people who can understand this, and there are more than one might think, and move forward to physical interaction with our political system and becoming the one, sane visible voice in a forest of shouting lunatics.

When you find yourself with a choice between spending your time on selfish pursuits that do not really make you happy, or putting that spare time toward change, you are deciding your own future as much as that of our world. You are shutting out depression by acting toward a better future, and this is the only cure for what you barely recognize makes you sick.

The Next Stage

“Never pick an argument with a man who owns a printing press.” – H.L Mencken

“If you want to change the world, get a bigger printing press than your enemies have.” – J.L. Roberts

Our goal begins with domination of internet media. We will do this through repetition of message, and creation of compelling statements that can reach both voters and lone wolves. Our method is not to dumb down our message to reach people, but to hammer them with the truth of our message, because we are closer to the truth of reality than any other source.

Let me call your attention to the difference in acts:

  1. Spending time in a chat room is diluted socialization. You send messages, sometimes people reply, but since there’s no topic and everyone is half-distracted, what is best are silly little statements that have no meaning relative to reality. You’re there to distract each other and pass the time, waiting for death in a painless way.However, when ten chat rooms full of people whiling away the hours until demise are hit with the same message, the perception is of a sea change: the same idea is cropping up everywhere, and so works its way into conversation. Much as people talk about the same ideas because they’ve seen them on the same four or five TV shows, most people will pass on ideas they see if they show up from enough sources at once.
  2. Forums are much-maligned. Most get lured into cyclic conversations because they have one topic in common — sex, death metal or race relations — and thus soon a group attracted to that theme arrives and begins recycling ideas. Nothing much is gained. You can fire off a few posts here and there, but you’re basically spending time on amusing others. They see one opinion out of many and, overwhelmed, dedicate their time to shouting out their own contributions. Nothing is gained.On the other hand, when a person visits three or four forums relevant to their lifestyle and sees discussion of the same thought, they take it into their vocabulary of topics. They do this because they perceive the same sea change: this is the idea being offered up by the world. Much as if one is driving and sees at five different intersections a certain kind of sign, the message gains credibility with repetition.
  3. Everyone has a blog. Most people have a small group of internet acquaintances who visit their blog as if it were a public newsletter, e.g. see what’s going on with Joe. As a consequence, the millions of blogs out there have diluted any power their voice might have. The dedicated bloggers swap information but most blogs are simply filling time.On the other hand, some blogs stand out above the rest when they have quality information or attract a larger audience. These are suddenly a way to make change, to influence other people. When four or five of these are hit with the message, the perception is that the people who know what’s up are familiar with these ideas. Again, the concept of sea change is present here: when people see many details reinforcing a whole concept, they assume it is “what is happening” and not only talk about it but act on it.

We have the potential to re-program the internet’s people with our ideas and through their real world interactions, to pass those ideas on to others. This will, much like television ads or influential books or magazines, cause these ideas to prime people for how they should act. As more people doubt official news sources, this is essential.

As we re-dedicate ourselves to a new future under CORRUPT, our goal has changed. Where ANUS gathered people of like mind to talk about their like-mindedness, that is not enough; it was a good first stage but we’re moving on. Our next stage is to effect change, and that begins by getting ourselves the proverbial “bigger printing press.”

People of Earth

Friday, December 30th, 2005

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In the common parlance, it is often said that power corrupts, but this generally applies to people who are personally unstable and spiritually undisciplined, and so once they escape the corset of social obligation, they act out their suppressed inner fantasies with deranged results. The flip side of power is that it teaches a form of compassion, a “tough love,” that comes from the necessity of motivating people, because motivating people is both a matter of strict external force and gentler internal reward. If you’re going to lead people into battle or business or a volunteer effort, you need to show them that their task is just and there is no other way, but also make them feel a sense of empowerment and world-remaking importance in their job, so that they see it as not only necessary but beneficient to society and self.

People are raw material. They come to you a mixed bag: they have strengths, and weaknesses, and fears as well as ambitions. Most of them do not know how to channel their ambitions, so if not given reason to think otherwise, will become egocentric and either seize power, or disclaim it entirely and retreat into personal worlds of amusements and fetishes. On the other hand, if their ambitions are given a clear path and a reason to exist, they can exponentially increase their productivity and acumen simply by the fact of being inspired toward their task. Among other things, this explains how throughout history small groups of men and women have changed the world radically, and how sometimes a smaller army or business can crucify its competitors: its people are more focused and believe in their task more than the opposition.

Although amplified by the modern world, throughout history most people have spent their day to day existence in a state of slight depression. The simplest reason for this is that very few of us get to live a life where we are a constant focus of attention, and so we labor mostly unknown except to a few close friends and our families, whose praise means a lot to us, yet, we would prefer to be more widely influential. Further, because life is a long and winding road in which it is necessary to make errors in order to learn the foundations of successes, all of us will have some failings and embarrassments lurking in the past. We prefer not to mention them in public, but whenever we consider our next move, doubt arises in the form of these past memories, much like beating a dog with a stick when it soils the carpet will convince it in the future to remember pain and associate it with that act. Our own histories literally condition us to depression.

What amplifies this depression in the modern time is the sheer size of our society, and its general course downward, which even the dumbest among us seem to have noticed. We notice such things on a subliminal level more than an articulated one, since to understand the situation in structure and words requires knowing more of it than most lives will see let alone analyze. Since our society is huge, and seems so far beyond our control or even understanding that it is inexorably going to do what it does, most are slightly depressed by their lack of influence on changing a worsening situation. Among the intelligent, it is recognized that masses of morons will undo whatever they achieve, or worse, turn it into a dumbed-down version of itself, missing meaning but preserving appearance (if you’re thinking of what Metallica did with the “black album” here, you’re on the right track). This keeps even the best among us depressed.

The catalyst of change for this situation can be a seemingly miniscule change in belief. People now believe they cannot change themselves or the world, and that things will continue as they have been; if given the knowledge that not only are things invisibly changing, but that the future favors this change, and that they can be the implements of such alteration, people will become inspired and find belief in the future. The same energy that fuels their depression can propel their hard work and brilliant invention in remaking the world. Another way to view this is that depression is the result of one’s energy having no outlet, thus it works against the individual by creating internal chaos. Give people an outlet that they believe will have positive results, and they will move the world. It is for this reason that stubborn assholes such as this writer believe that as has happened in the past, a small group of determined people will change our world yet again. People of the world, your time is coming.

And time is on our side. Every day we grow stronger and more disciplined, the errors of society bear it and its lackeys further into oblivion, crushing them under the weight of a design which is doomed by its own contradictions to failure. Each day that we do not give in and do not parrot their rhetoric, ours is seen more clearly by others, and more respected. And with each passing day, more of the failures of our current civilization come to light, and more people look for alternate answers, perhaps not to act on directly but to support covertly or simply as vessels for their hope of a better future. When people become inspired, they gain a nearly godlike status in their ability to think clearly, act decisively, and make each choice correctly the first time. In this state, the errors and stumbling confusion that hampers us in daily life is minimized, and replaced with a state of pure function that comes of a lack of spiritual doubt about one’s course. People of earth, your fortunes are changing.

If you’ve got a modicum of intelligence, you are probably depressed, and you were probably born depressed: society is against you, as it wants to dumb down every aspect of its function to the point where you will be a misfit and your best efforts will not be appreciated even when successful. You are surrounded by idiots, and thanks to democracy and consumerism and popularity, they do have greater power than you – for now. You have no faith in the rotted process of our society, or its calcified judgment, or even life itself, perhaps, for it has delivered you to this state. Yet this is changing, and the same force of life – call it nature, God, or chance; your pick – has brought this cycle toward the beginnings of a close. You must have faith in the process of living and the change it can bring, because at that point, you can see yourself as an agent of this change. As a wise man once said, “I don’t know if what I’m doing will make things better, but I feel better working toward something in which I believe.” That outlook requires leaving behind the comfort of feeling you cannot change anything, so contenting yourself with distractions like television, drugs, novelty music and social pressures.

We live in a world of a lack of absolutes. We cannot “prove” what we’re doing is right any more than those who oppose us can, but we can make a firm stand with statements of personal experience and wisdom such as “I prefer” and “I believe.” Nature takes her time, but our environment has changed to the point where it will no longer favor the foolish with excess, and all of the things that smarter-than-average people have dreamed of as a means to restore meaning and beauty to our world are returning. The forest will reclaim the cities, the wilderness our moral souls, and intelligence will storm the walls of our civilization and plant the banner of “ever upward” over the ruins of contentment, gluttony and placating the crowd. Our time is coming, and our victory is a choice of our hands and our hard work. Our depression is obsolete, and the time of our triumph newly dawning. Where will you stand: with those who give up their comfortable depression and sloth, and take charge toward the future, or those who will through inaction defend the dying? For me, I prefer to believe. And the more I see, the more I realize that the age of great change is coming, and the era that has oppressed all the fine things is life is ending in flames and smothering decay. People of earth, you can similarly be inspired, but you must choose it.

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