Posts Tagged ‘red pill’
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Bruce Charlton writes an interesting analysis of the use of so-called “hate facts” and their utility:
The systematic and official process of suppressing hate facts began in the middle 1960s (focused on intelligence testing). With the internet, it has never been easier or faster for people to access hate facts – and this outcome was anticipated twenty years ago – but they just don’t.
The public are worse informed than ever before about the basic realities; and the reason is that they are addicted to the mass media, such that it structures their reality.
One view of humanity is the universal, in which all people are basically the same. Another, which is both cooperative and naturalistic, is the ecosystem, which I have been banging on about for years: there is a natural hierarchy of humankind. Those on the bottom emulate those on the top if they are rewarded for performance over appearance, and do the opposite if otherwise.
The big secret to humanity is that about 20% of our population does all of the meaningful activity, and the rest are their employees. Among that 20%, there is a smaller group, probably 5% of the population, who are the natural leaders who everyone else looks up to as examples to emulate or at least defer to as information authorities.
At the back of any office, there is a Suzanne, as there once was at one of my many jobs. Suzanne has made it her quest in life to understand in detail the paperwork the office requires. If you have a question about any one of the many forms in the office, Suzanne can answer it. She still retains the same title she had when coming into the office, and has not gotten a raise, but she spends over half of her time helping others do their jobs and the office has organically shifted — lowering her expected personal work output — in order to allow her to do this.
Suzanne acts the way she does because she can do nothing else. She values doing the job right in part because it means that the uglier labor of fixing botched jobs can be avoided. She likes having a sense of power over her future, and being rewarded. And materially speaking, she will always have a job and be informally valued, at least as long as her superiors are sensible people (this is why Suzanne will be the first to leave if her new boss is an idiot).
There are many types of Suzannes. Some are clerks, like the Suzanne in this story. Others are “people persons,” or social experts. Some have specific domains of knowledge. And some are natural leaders, the types who could be CEOs, but may choose lower-impact roles to have more time with their families and selves, which also reflects greater leadership vision (rest the troops). Those natural leaders are the ones that most people unconsciously emulate, if doing things well is rewarded.
This leads us to hate facts. The natural leaders are aware of these. You cannot be a successful leader and deny what Richard Spencer calls “human nature” but we might say is the mathematics of being human, namely that traits must be unequally distributed in order to encourage internal competition and thus evolution. There is more to it than that, but that is a larger topic for another time.
In my view, what is more important than hate facts is logical fact, such as the idea that diversity can never work because each group has ethnic self-interest and these naturally clash when different to any significant degree. That is why Western Europeans could come together to form America and work together, and why white suburbs work naturally, but diverse societies are insane.
An important mode of focus for the Alt Right is this: we recognize logical fact and this reveals to use that civilization is a genetic construct, that diversity can never work, that equality is an impossible Utopian dream, and that we need hierarchy and social order (including caste, the original topic of Charlton’s that caused him to see the PC brigades at work). These are facts of life not because of data we have collected, but the structure of reality based on its internal needs, such as competition and leadership.
We often talk about “red pilling normies” but what we really need to do is black pill the natural leaders. Put them into a nihilistic frame of mind where they are no longer thinking of success in social terms, meaning appearance, but as success by making groups work together by accepting people as the sums of their inherent capacities. With that mindset, natural leaders avoid the insanity of Utopian visions.
This is why the Left adores what most call “relativism,” which is simply the equation Bad = Good. When there is no difference between bad and good, right and wrong, realism and human intent, then anything goes, and this allows the parasitic Left to hide within the chaos. It is their camouflage and uniform.
The correct way to beat them is to avoid the trap they have laid, which is the temptation to attack specific groups. Instead, we should look at the structure of civilization and ask, what works? With that, we have escape the pretense of human intent, and can start talking about ourselves as we are, and find social orders that function better than the current rule by chaos.
Thursday, October 27th, 2016
The Alt Right rose, then tried to figure out what it was. It knew a general direction, which was that it said the stuff that the mainstream Right wanted to but could not and still keep its jobs, but beyond that, it was confused.
It arose from a mishmash of philosophies. The New Right, Traditionalism, White Nationalism, Paleoconservatives, Neoreaction, Nietzschean conservatives and Dark Enlightenment met in a blender. Some have suggested that the intersection among them is right, but more likely, it is their shared forward ideal: a resurrection of the greatness of Western Civilization, and to that end, the means and methods required to achieve it.
Many have contemplated it. Among the best:
And that is only a small sampling of all that has been written on this topic, although these pieces at least cover all topics and link to all major articles. And still, the definition remains fuzzy… let us look at some recent sources:
“Will The Real Alt-Right Please Stand Up?”:
It seems to me that, if anything, the Alt-Right is a blanket term applied to all non-mainstream conservatives of all stripes that serves more as a negation than a positive claim. In other words, if anything, the Alt-Right brings people together based on what they mutually dislike, not a shared set of ideas.
Mr. Heft makes an essential basic point here: the Alt Right is formed in opposition to modernity, and there are many degrees of this. On the farthest Right, people want a restoration of traditional civilization to provide a new golden age of Pericles, as Arthur Schopenhauer suggested. We know what we do not want: the soul-killing, environment-killing, culture-destroying, pointless and tedious modern age, despite its good shopping and wide variety of ethnic food.
And what distinguishes those views?
“The Rise Of The Radical Right: The Alt Right, Neoreaction And The Trump Campaign”:
Meanwhile, the movement itself is an amalgamation of all ‘alternative’ right wing views that are today considered heterodoxy. This means that the views of one person who considers himself to be part of the ‘Alt-Right’ can be, though do not necessarily have to be, radically different to another.
Summary: these views are socially unacceptable. Taboo, in other words, they are forbidden by informal social rules from being uttered. All of the people who are currently thriving in this wasteland think that these things should not be mentioned. So: speakers of hidden, or dare we say… occult… notions of reality.
A New Right thinker of note expands on this:
“A Talk With Daniel Friberg, Co-Founder Of Arktos and RightOn“:
What I mean with the Real Right are those people, organisations and ideologies who do not accept the framework that the Left has set on the public debate.
…The success of the Alt Right illustrates the effectiveness of metapolitical methods. Via cultural means they have changed discourse and the boundaries of the public debate; they have changed the restraints of how we are allowed to think and eroded the shared dogmas of the Left and Old Right.
Two points here: first, this is a cultural revolution, and second, it rejects Leftist vocabulary. This is important because social pressures invert terms or reverse their meanings in order to control a population of faceless equals. Cultural revolution means that instead of fighting over existing political symbols, we decide what we want first and then cause it to rise organically through many avenues.
And then follows an attempt to simplify…
“We Are The Alt-Right”
Equality is bullshit. Hierarchy is essential. The races are different. The sexes are different. Morality matters and degeneracy is real. All cultures are not equal and we are not obligated to think they are. Man is a fallen creature and there is more to life than hollow materialism. Finally, the white race matters, and civilization is precious. This is the Alt-Right.
This expresses the formula that Alex Birch and I worked up for CORRUPT back in 2008:
Anti-democracy. Realizing that mob rule and trends do not successfully substitute for leadership by quality people.
Human Biodiversity (HBD). Recognizing the differences between groups, and more importantly individuals, and that every ability fits a normal distribution pattern in every population.
Ethnic Self-Determination. Every ethnic group needs its own self-rule and its own continent. This is not an argument against any specific ethnic group but a recognition that each group has its own self-interest and that under diversity these clash. Diversity does not work, no matter which groups are the ingredients.
Transcendental Purpose. We must find some way to connect to the beauty of this world and understand nature as an order superior to our own intentions, possibly including the metaphysical side of nature which is described by the various religions.
Anti-equality. Equality works for arithmetic, not people and not groups, including social castes, races, ethnic groups and families. People are different, with different abilities that are mostly genetic if not all genetic.
In a time when many people want to enter the Alt Right, and control it by redefining it, it is important to remember this bottom line: The Alt Right is against equality.
That dividing line separates the wannabes from the real deal. The wannabes will accept everything else but that; they want to eject certain ethnic groups, but are not against diversity itself; they want to throw out the elites, and then hold more elections to get new rotten elites. They want us to all be Orthodox Medieval Crusader Catholics, but then, equality is the basis of their social order (as long as one prays twice a day whilst facing Mecca, or, perhaps Pennsylvania). All of them get it wrong.
The Alt Right is a revolution against the past millennium. We do not believe in equality. From that, all else flows; equality is the illusion of our time dating back to before the Peasant Revolutions and the Magna Carta. It is the basis of all modernity, all Leftism, and the type of collectivized individualism that creates these things (which in turn arises from civilization success which enables lower orders to outnumber the higher).
This brings us back to the first opinion cited above: the Alt Right is a rejection of Modernity, with modernity not being a span of years or a type of technology, but a type of civilization design based in equality. Modernity is the cold night of the moon to the warm sun of the golden ages of humankind.
The Alt Right formed in order to get away from both mainstream conservatism, which is a hybrid of Leftism called “liberalism” or “neoconservatism,” as well as White Nationalism which essentially wants a classless society in the Leftist model in which all white people are merged together into a grey white race, sometimes called “ethno-Bolshevism.”
White Nationalism is filled with crazies and is at least 50% informants. It failed for a reason. If anything, White Nationalism is a stepping stone to reach the Alt Right. White Nationalism, and its precursor National Socialism, are still stuck in the modern paradigm of equality, “Systems” of rules and regulations, and allowing material orders like demotism — consumerism, democracy and social popularity/peer pressure — to determine what is right. The Alt Right wants us to find what is right, and then have society pursue that, instead of the other way around.
If anything, the Alt Right is more Nationalist than White Nationalism. It recognizes the need for national and regional identity in the identitarian model; it rejects the idea of forming a generic white race and then allowing modernity to exist as it has. It throws down the Constitution and burns the Declaration of Independence. The Alt Right is total rejection of modernity.
Unlike Neoreaction, the Alt Right gives a nod to Radical Traditionalism, the system of thought espoused by Rene Guenon, Aldous Huxley and Julius Evola. It wants a rising civilization against, capable of the greatness of the past.
For this reason, the Alt Right is challenging to define, because first and foremost it requires people to accept an entirely different view of civilization than anything they see around them. Then it leads them through rejection of what exists now, and some basic ideas of what they want instead. Then it shows them the substructure required to support those ideas, and suddenly, we have left modernity far behind, like Peter Pan sailing over London at night.
Those who want to control the Alt Right are trying to boil it down to a single principle, like how the Leftist ideology has “equality” at its core. This takes what is not-modern and places it back within the modern, effectively neutering it. This amounts to entryism by Leftism into the Alt Right and will sabotage it as surely as making it a Justin Bieber fan club.
Instead, the Alt Right suggests we keep going past all boundaries and all expectations. Our societies are doomed if they stay on the current path; this is a good time to dream, and for the first instance, to get it right. We are facing an evolutionary hurdle here: either we surpass modernity, or it buries us.
Perhaps the above will help some intrepid venturers make the journey.
Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Those of us who are not liberals find ourselves grouped with conservatives, or those who believe in results more than feelings. For many of us, “conservative” means a variety of stupid that fails to address larger issues but is solidly focused on symbolic issues like prayer in schools, flag burning and pork-laden defense projects.
Conservatism contains an immortal truth, which is that it is necessary to “conserve” the methods that have worked since time immemorial for making a great civilization, or one that rises above the moribund third world status quo of human societies. These mixed-race, mixed-class disorganized subsistence states tend to be matriarchal and liberal.
Conservatives failed because they chose the wrong method. In order to manipulate their constituents, they declared an absolute moral truth comprised of religion, work ethic, chastity and defense. This forced people to either obey or be cast out as the enemy, which alienated new generations as they were told to obey but not told why.
When liberalism took over the West in the 1990s, those who saw through the facade sought a metaphor to describe their resistance. They found it in the 1999 movie The Matrix, where a magical Negro character offers two Alice in Wonderland-style pills to the protagonist: a red pill and a blue pill.
The blue pill is bourgeois oblivion. The person who takes this pill will never know how society works, but as a good obedient tool he will be popular, wealthier and normal which will grant him social success. He is spared unpleasant sensations by anaesthetic illusion and palliative deception.
The red pill, on the other hand, reveals the hidden power structure behind the illusion. People used this metaphor to criticize political correctness, feminism, equality, diversity and even democracy by seeing how these were used to manipulate and control us.
However, while the red pill debunked an illusion, like conservatism it did not show a path to truth or even better, realism. As soon as it was used to manipulate a group, the red pill became a blue pill because it also fell into an us-versus-them, good-versus-evil, individual-versus-society, rich-versus-poor narrative.
Realists choose The Black Pill instead. This pill removes not only the illusions of society created by the blue pill, but the illusions that reside within each of us because they arise from inherent human perceptual and moral failings. The Black Pill is how we overcome being human and rise above that state.
The Black Pill is Nihilism and it both liberates us from illusion and enslaves us to being aware. A reasonable definition of nihilism follows:
Nihilism is the belief that (1) all values are baseless and that (2) nothing can be known or communicated.
Someone who takes the black pill sees that there is no inherent truth, morality, religion or social order. All that remains is an infinite field of choice, which is liberating, but those choices define us and we are measured by their results, which forces us to escape narcissism and study reality.
Nihilism emphasizes cause-effect reasoning, which requires looking through choices made in the past to see what the likely results of any action are. This allows us to choose our actions based on the results we desire, and returns the question to us of what goals we should have.
It also recognizes that all goals are at least semi-arbitrary. There is no inherent superiority of first-world civilization to third-world civilization; each offers advantages. But the person who chooses first-world civilization shows a desire to not just exist at subsistence level, but to thrive and achieve supremacy.
When you take The Black Pill, you realize a few grim but soul-warming aspects of reality:
Nothing “means” anything. Meaning is understand in the individual mind and cannot be communicated. There is no single centralized truth. Instead, there are aspects of reality that we can discover, and assess not so much as true but as desired, and by choosing these, amplify their presence in our lives. As I have written in articles about mytic imagination in the past, this extends to spirituality.
There is no morality. Nature is amoral and non-judgmental. Some things survive, and those continue on and beget more of themselves. Others choose not to. Neither way is objectively correct, but it is clear who will be present in the future.
There is no communication. Words do not have meaning; they are tokens that people can exchange in order to understand each other but they only work when all parties understand roughly the same significance to them. People alter their interpretation of the meanings of words to assert “control” over the world with symbols. This causes huge variation between what is said and what is understood.
There is no truth. Our social brains have us think that when we find a truth in something and communicate it to others, that truth goes off to live among the stars and all must obey it. In reality, that truth is a transient moment shared only among those who perceive it accurately. This truth cannot be preserved, or even communicated, because others will interpret it as is convenient for them and their own needs.
Good intentions produce bad results. Human societies die by trying to do what is right and good. When a group decides what is right, they teaching those to others, but the understanding behind them is lost. This creates a death spiral where rebellion increases and is counteracted by accelerating enforcement, causing internal fracture.
Nihilism first seems like a path to death. Humans naturally prefer — this is a glitch in our basic operating system — to have a truth plainly written down that we can obey and be rewarded for doing so. The problem with this is that it rewards obedience, not understanding, and so it creates both a dysgenic effect and a power transfer into the hands of fools.
This is the innate problem of all control systems: they replace reality, and then select for those who are good at the game, who are not the same group that are good at reality. Democracy is one such example, but so are social success and economic success. These choose people with specific talents, not generalized ability as is needed to lead.
People with specific talents have another advantage. When the goal is only to win at the game, and not to achieve functional results that fulfill the goals outside of that game, those who try only to win at the game are more efficient than those who also try to achieve its goals.
Two metaphors serve us here. First is the classic “the map is not its territory,” and the second is “the spirit of the law.” Both address the difference between the interpretation of what is written and the actual reality of what it refers to; this is a widening gap as the years pass, leading to actual goals being replaced by the game itself.
Every human group including civilizations has failed because of this pitfall. Dark organizations, or negative forces which counteract the goal of a human group from within, arise because the game-players win out over the goal-seekers. Managers and voters favor the former group as they are simpler and easier to control.
The Black Pill moves humanity past the obedience/control problem that destroyed conservatism. It is not a philosophy for the weak, but as any athlete or military professional knows, making the hard decisions early will make a person stronger so that other decisions are easy.
Friedrich W. “Fred” Nietzsche wrote of this in Thus Spoke Zarathustra:
I love him whose soul is overfull so that he forgets himself, and all things are in him: thus all things spell his going under.
The Black Pill denies humanity. It says that we are not the measure of all things, but that reality is. It rejects the idea that our thoughts and feelings which do not correspond to reality are important in any way. And it points us back toward Darwinian adaptation, away from human social factors.
That impetus represents the “going under,” or forgetting of oneself, that is necessary to escape the human-centric perspective imposed by our big brains. Only one thing can occupy our focus: reality, or ourselves, and the Black Pill demands that we pay attention to reality and recognize our own frailty, smallness and tendency toward illusion.
Nihilism may be the most demonized philosophy of our time because it is very carefully not mentioned by most people, and crusaded against when mentioned by well-meaning conservatives. But it is also our salvation. We must escape ourselves, and discover what is real, before we become obsolete.