Posts Tagged ‘drop-out culture’


Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The illusions on which conservatives rely

Friday, December 5th, 2014


There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome. – Fitzwilliam Darcy

Our greatest strengths prove also our greatest weakness for, having found a way to explain our world, we then rely on it and by that nature exclude that which is outside of what it understands as effective.

This tendency ignores the ability of other points of view to be relevant not in the sense of possibly true, but in the sense of “true enough” to be present in human minds for long enough to destroy what we are attempting.

Conservatives have for the past 200 years suffered under an excess of individualism. This causes them to see decay in the world, and retreat into the comforts of being right, and in enriching themselves and maintaining their own small networks instead of tackling society head-on.

For this reason, your average conservative works too much and focuses too much on success. He spends time on his job instead of his family. He makes himself wealthy and takes comfort in being right about how liberalism is running the country into ruin, but he does nothing about it.

Yes, he complains. He writes angry letters but because conservatism is shut out of social discourse, he finds himself among those who basically agree with him, repeating the same old truths. He is not preaching to the choir; the choir is a giant circular conversation dedicated to confirming its worldview.

In the meantime, history marches on. Leftists, virtually unopposed in literature and media because they are virtually unopposed among the social group from which those industries hire, take over first the newspapers and then the elections. This allows them their greatest victory: making their views seem normal and majoritarian.

The conservative however sticks to his Social Darwinist doctrine. “Those who do right will prosper, and the rest suffer,” he says. “Look, I’ve got a business and a happy family and a home in the suburbs. What could go wrong?”

Except that this is how conservatives always respond. Being conservative, they do not like radical change even when it is incumbent upon them. For them, it is mentally more convenient to take refuge in family, friends and wealth than look at who is at the steering wheel of society.

The worst among these are those who embrace the drop-out philosophy. Not having realized that hippies endorsed much the same thing (apparently) these types, usually religious, suggest that we all get fixated on church and home and ignore what is going on behind the curtain.

It is no wonder that societies pass into liberal tyranny so easily: those who know better have stopped participating.

You, the reader, will be able to generate thousands of objections here. The GOP is garbage, you say, and everything always turns to the crowd no matter what you do. This is somewhat true: if you do nothing, it will certainly be this way. Some things require constant resistance by those who know better.

We might compare liberalism to a bad fad. Everyone is wearing acid-washed jeans at school, so why not join in? Our herd instinct is to be deferential. But this obviously moronic fad will lead nowhere and should consume none of our time. The Good ConservativeTM forbids his wife buy the kids these jeans, so they sneak off and buy them on their own and, because their rebellion does not immediately result in anything wrong, write off their conservative dad and his out-of-date opinions.

We face a flood of people doing the wrong thing. They are enemies of all that is truthful, realistic and (most importantly) results in an acceptance of what is unchangingly true throughout history, and leads to the optimal side of life: “the good, the beautiful and the true.” To recede into our own little worlds and discuss this among ourselves is worse than masturbatory.

It is ineffective.

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