Posts Tagged ‘western civilization’
Friday, February 24th, 2017
In the movie Office Space (itself perhaps a riff on the Michel Houellebecq book Whatever which came out a few years before it) the protagonist summarizes his working career to a psychologist with the following words:
So I’m sitting in my cubicle today and I realized that ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So it means that every single day you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.
Jobs are jails for a number of reasons. They are based on appearance, so everyone shows up regardless of whether there is a need or not. There is no purpose, because the task is defined by law and perceived demand, not necessity. At jobs, the dysfunction of other people comes out in the form of competition, with those who are most obedient and care least about efficient and meaningful use of time winning. And jobs are a form of control, or herding equal/interchangeable humans toward quasi-achievement by doing the same things in a mob assault. Jobs are spiritual death.
Then again, so is living in the post-collapse West.
Collapse is not an event. It is a process. It starts with slow corruption of what seems like an irrelevant detail, which is the first sign that vital knowledge has been lost, which in turn means that incompetents and neurotics have seized power. It slowly infiltrates everything, like a bacterial infection seeping into different tissues, because it corrupts language to pre-load all of the terms we use with the assumptions that rationalize collapse, like egalitarianism and tolerance (which equalizes good and bad). Then it becomes malignant as it turns those rationalizations into affirmative values, and actively reaches out for ever-increasing degrees of insanity as a means of distracting from the gaping void ahead.
In the West, each year is worse than the year before it. The changes are subtle, but they never reverse. So it means that every single year that we are here is the worst year of our lives.
The root of the problem is the thronging herd. Any time one person makes a change for the better, like Donald J. Trump or Nigel Farage, the herd creates an equal and opposite reaction in favor of degeneracy and pretentious false good things. The herd is composed of individuals, and individuals value breakdown of society because it makes individuals proportionately more powerful and camouflages their personal failings amidst a background of social chaos. But because such thinking requires denial of the role that nature, natural mathematical order, and civilization play in enabling the individual to not just act but act realistically and toward qualitative improvement, we refer to that thinking as hubris or solipsism. It is a pretentious overinflated sense of self-worth.
Each year, the people know more words and less critical thinking; the art and culture shows more flesh and flash but less aptitude for evoking a feeling of the significance of life and its meaning. Each year, the leaders are more polished and less able to respond with anything but clichés to the inevitable stream of repetitive events. The quality of everything declines where, as if to compensate, the quantity surges, meaning that we get a whole lot of nothing important at all. Most of our hours are wasted on nonsense, from jobs that do not need doing to bureaucracy, lines, glitches, and constant incompetence.
Western Civilization lies adrift in the throes of entropy, or the inevitable decay which — unless countered by an organizing force — reduces all things to an equal lowest common denominator. This state, known as “heat death,” consists of an equal distribution of energy among those granular units, meaning that every action yields roughly the same benefit, which means that choice has become irrelevant. This is the state the human mind secretly desires because in this state, there is no social status hierarchy or right/wrong. Everything is equally right and wrong, meaning neither. There is no way to screw up, or to be seen as worth ostracizing, because everything is accepted and so nothing is worth anything. Time slows to a crawl, and the world becomes grey and listless like a miscegenated race.
If the Alt Right has a mission statement, it is this: restore Western Civilization. We, unlike the herds of denial-bound daytime TV watchers, recognize that The Fall has occurred. We know we have to bounce back or we will simply fade away like Elvis. And because we are people who value ourselves, we desire the meaning that comes from a good and noble fight, and have staked our claim on being those who raise this civilization from the ashes — but not all of its people, because some or most must go elsewhere — and make it greater than ever before. If you ever wished for meaning and purpose to life, there they are, right within your grasp.
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Human minds can quickly come to accept things as normal and push them to the background of consciousness. For example, we do not usually wake up and think about the fact that we are riding a ball of rock through space by the grace of a large ball of fire which warms us. Nor do we think about our hearts beating, or an asteroid plummeting to smite us.
Civilization fits into the same frame of mind. To paraphrase the neurotics at Apple computer, as long as “it just works” we sort of forget about it, and because it is bigger and more complex than us, we assume it is just working until we see clear signs of its failure. Those usually come long after the problem can be fixed.
And yet, like all things crafted from a design whether intentional or accidental, civilizations start from an idea and work outward. This idea is what ideology intends to replace; the idea is functional, where ideology is compensatory, or designed to work around the idea so that the individual can be powerful despite potentially not living up to the standards set by the idea.
The idea of the West is that of the reflective being: alone, he needs no stimulus, but can reach deep into his intuition to see where it pairs up with the natural world around him, and by deriving similar patterns, understand the cosmos beyond the physical. This is a hybrid of intravert and extravert that creates the feral beast which can also conduct logical analysis.
Most civilizations are reactive, or stimulus-driven, in other words purely extraverted. The third world is this way. People go about routines and react to events. When there are no events, they go somewhat crazy, so pointless drama is more valuable than silence. Even their analytical thoughts are like reactions, and their music, syncopated and color note heavy, reacting to the imposition of structure.
This explains the frenetic nature of the third world. There must always be entertainment. If there is not, the dark acid of existential questioning eats away the framework of the illusion and a void is revealed into which gravity pushes people without mercy. When that happens, those who have power are in danger, so it never happens.
Reactive civilizations are simpler and easier to set up than reflective ones. One needs only a group and a schedule of events, such as that there is always something happening — “what’s going on?” — to suspend the existential terror that is the actual default state of humanity. When the people are occupied, they are oblivious to direction.
This shows us the power and pitfall of reactivity as a psychology. It is easy to maintain and avoids the difficult questions in life like meaning and death, but it also makes the people who are caught in it oblivious to anything outside of themselves, to the point where when things do not turn out as they expected, they tend to be angry at life itself.
Most people even within reflective civilizations choose a reactive outlook. It is existentially more convenient because it does not confront disturbing questions, or require the individual to make hard choices. However, it leads to the type of solipsistic outlook that if predominant enough converts the society as a whole into a reactive one, at which point it slides into third world disorder.
If one thing could be identified as being responsible for the rise of the West, it is our salient attribute as reflective people: we look both within and without, searching our intuition and developing our knowledge of reality in parallel, to know what is true. This is a rare trait and it alone explains the results our civilization has achieved.
Monday, February 6th, 2017
“History repeats itself” and “history is cyclic” are nice ways of saying that the basics of adaptation are well-known, and humanity alternates between accepting reality and embarking on multi-century tantrums which end up making it weaker. In this sense, human survival is a struggle between the realist and the delusional, with the latter having much higher numbers.
If we look to an era that ours is repeating, we are tempted by many historical moments. The Left wants us to believe that we are in Weimar Germany, prepared for the rise of Adolf Hitler 2.0b. Many people think we might be somewhere in the last two centuries of Rome and Athens, but moving much faster. These may be true, but they will be filtered through a more proximate target.
The 1820s-1840s were a turbulent time for America. Having established itself, the new nation promptly re-created itself through the Constitution, and in rapid sequence lost its second revolution, then embarked on a disastrous plan of importing Southern/Irish Europeans to use as labor to shore up its wealthiest entities. The experts agreed this was good; the “common man” — who was really uncommon — revolted.
Brexit/Trumprise shows us the same phenomenon at work: in trouble, we are relying on immigration to keep our Ponzi economy and debt burden going. The experts all agree this is good because, well, their income and position depend on it. The uncommon men, or the small segment of those who have leadership capacity which comprises one-quarter of the one-fifth in our society who do 80% of everything, have united briefly on a cultural change: we no longer trust the ideology of the past.
These transitions have happened before:
Wilsonians, meanwhile, also believed that the creation of a global liberal order was a vital U.S. interest, but they conceived of it in terms of values rather than economics. Seeing corrupt and authoritarian regimes abroad as a leading cause of conflict and violence, Wilsonians sought peace through the promotion of human rights, democratic governance, and the rule of law. In the later stages of the Cold War, one branch of this camp, liberal institutionalists, focused on the promotion of international institutions and ever-closer global integration, while another branch, neoconservatives, believed that a liberal agenda could best be advanced through Washington’s unilateral efforts (or in voluntary conjunction with like-minded partners).
The disputes between and among these factions were intense and consequential, but they took place within a common commitment to a common project of global order. As that project came under increasing strain in recent decades, however, the unquestioned grip of the globalists on U.S. foreign policy thinking began to loosen. More nationalist, less globally minded voices began to be heard, and a public increasingly disenchanted with what it saw as the costly failures the global order-building project began to challenge what the foreign policy establishment was preaching.
…But Donald Trump sensed something that his political rivals failed to grasp: that the truly surging force in American politics wasn’t Jeffersonian minimalism. It was Jacksonian populist nationalism.
Even this article is wrong. Donald Trump has a Jacksonian approach, and is currently advocating “populist nationalism” in the way this article hopes to con you into using it, namely “civic nationalism,” but he and Steve Bannon are European-style nationalists: a nation is defined by its ethnic group, and that group unites itself through identity, culture, values, religion, customs and other organic institutions.
As usual, the voters go to sleep as soon as given an excuse to do so. Someone tells them pleasant lies, so they vote for them, and when everything turns out badly the monkeys split into bickering camps so that each person has someone to blame for his own poor decision-making. Instead of acknowledging this cycle, they pretend to “fix” it with increasing doses of dogma.
Once the voters have slept for some time, government unleashes the fact that it is a self-interested corporation, and that it makes profit by having the broadest possible mandate it can muster. Saving the poor? Good. Fostering equality between the classes? Better. Uniting all of the races into a single world based in consumerism and socialism? Best!
The powers-that-be-for-now do not understand that Trump is a rejection of politics itself and its replacement with strong leadership and social hierarchy:
Trump’s remarks suggest he is using the same tough and blunt talk with world leaders that he used to rally crowds on the campaign trail.
The people of the West have seen the face of ideology, finally, and they do not like it. As a result, a cultural wave has risen up against the experts in the city and their conjectural ideology. Instead of targeting the ideology directly, this wave targets the idea of ideology — altruism, equality, big government, the basic goodness of humankind — and subverts it with mockery and replaces it with minimalistic function.
In this way, it differs from the Jeffersonian desire for simplicity and replaces it with a Jacksonian functionalism. This is a realist revolution, much as Brexit is. The experts are simply wrong because they exist in an echo chamber and an ivory tower. It is time for those who work with their hands, whether metaphorically or not, to re-inherit the West and reform it away from an inertial path to certain suicide.
Monday, December 26th, 2016
People in the West are starting to realize that we live in a bubble caused by our success and our poor choices in leadership in response to it. We replaced the kings, who led us in war and cultural events, with a managerial/administrative State based on the idea of equality so that it can herd us together toward ideological goals, presumably in our best interests.
This has created a wasteland of confusion. Government does the illogical, making a mess, and everyone works around it, which means that government is the main driver of events, supported by industry which fixes the mistakes of government. When government demands equality, industry offers a market for non-equality, because inequality is the state of nature and the only way human society can survive.
Because of this situation, Western people are fundamentally neurotic at this point in time. This is what causes us to be Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic (W.E.I.R.D.):
They found that people from Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic (WEIRD) societies — who represent as much as 80 percent of study participants, but only 12 percent of the world’s population — are not only unrepresentative of humans as a species, but on many measures they’re outliers.
In one illustrative study from the 1966 book “The Influence of Culture on Visual Perception,” researchers found that U.S. college students perceive some visual illusions to a much greater degree than people from many other cultures, including the San foragers of the Kalahari. In fact, people from some cultures were completely unaffected by certain illusions. If such seemingly basic processes as visual perception can differ across cultures, says Henrich, it makes sense that others do, too.
In other words, we exist in a world that is at odds with the rest of the world, and it skews our perspective of basically everything. This is why Leftism has taken root here not as a simplistic form of government for simple people, but as a mania for self-destruction, because in our W.E.I.R.D. world social influences are more important than practical reality.
Getting over our W.E.I.R.D.-ness may require losing the “Democratic” aspect of the current West because that way, the basic assumptions of Leftism are not part of our de facto over-culture, and we can think clearly again not in the quasi-moral sense that Democracy uses to turn social opinion into policy, but in the realistic, results-based, time-proven way that works best for humanity wherever it is applied.
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
How will Western civilization end? — through the end of its people. How will that happen? If history is a guide, through internal collapse and outbreeding, probably simultaneously.
Internal collapse will come from dysgenics, or the rewarding of sustenance to those who could not achieve it on their own, leading to a gradual prevalence of less adapted traits over the more adapted. This occurs because civilization changes the index of adaptation from reality/nature at large to human social rules.
The crisis of dysgenics is not solely that the less adapted breed. It is that as these accelerate in ratio, the more-adapted find life increasingly tedious, frustrating and moronic, and so they tend to self-destruct or at least, not reproduce. It is a fitting revenge in that they are able to destroy civilization this way, a parting shot of hatred for the misery it forced upon them.
Outbreeding is the other threat. This generally occurs through trace admixture. Someone from another population who is 0.05% Other, for example, will breed into the population, followed by many more. Soon that percentage of Other creeps upward as the more recessive traits of the population are suppressed. Eventually the population is a shadow of itself.
In the West, the most likely doom is assimilation by Asiatics. First, trace admixture through groups with Asiatic admixture — Southern and Eastern Europeans — will remove the Western nature of the population. At that point, it will assemble itself by convenience for business and social functions, and more will take on foreign wives.
Simultaneously, the dysgenic influence will lower the capabilities of the native group, making it on par with other foreign groups. At this point, there will be no barriers to miscegenation and the group will hybridize. The end result will be mostly Caucasian, but will visually and intellectually more resemble the Asian and middle eastern elements bred into it.
This is genocide by another form, but it is brought on by decay from within, starting with the breeding of less-adapted because they are able to survive in social situations that, by their unrealistic and trivial nature, drive the more-adapted to cease breeding.
This process has happened many times through history and no ethnic group has recovered from it.
Monday, November 7th, 2016
The next thousand years are ours.
For the past thousand years, an idea has steadily been gaining momentum: that popular vote should decide questions of leadership, and that each person possesses “rights” — privileges without duties — on the basis of being human alone.
Some say it began with the Magna Carta, which asserted the rule of law as more powerful than the decisions of monarchs. By humbling the monarchy, it was reasoned, the alliance of lesser aristocrats and commercial interests had made leadership more balanced, humble and therefore safer because it might avoid wars.
The opposite proved true.
After the Mongol Invasions and the black plague, the weakened aristocracy found itself under assault by peasant rebellions. The aristocracy could not solve those problems, the peasants reasoned, so maybe it was not necessary. Anyone could fail at repelling the plague or the orcs of Mordor.
Neurotic intellectuals, desperate for something to emote about because they lived in relatively golden times, seized on this and expanded it with The Enlightenment,™ a declaration of the precious snowflakeness of every human being. The intellectuals assumed that everyone else was like them, and forgot that most of us are just “talking monkeys with car keys.”
Eventually the situation exploded in the French Revolution, which is one of those episodes of historical comedy in which we all agree on the facts but cannot bring ourselves to face the slapstick realization of what they mean.
France’s costly involvement in the American Revolution and extravagant spending by King Louis XVI (1754-1793) and his predecessor had left the country on the brink of bankruptcy. Not only were the royal coffers depleted, but two decades of poor cereal harvests, drought, cattle disease and skyrocketing bread prices had kindled unrest among peasants and the urban poor.
The country had a spending problem, but its actual problem was the poor harvests. With these, people could not eat, and the remaining grain was sold at higher prices. The only reason that this was a problem in the first place was the rise in population, which had exploded in France:
The feudal regime had been weakened step-by-step and had already disappeared in parts of Europe. The increasingly numerous and prosperous elite of wealthy commoners—merchants, manufacturers, and professionals, often called the bourgeoisie—aspired to political power in those countries where it did not already possess it. The peasants, many of whom owned land, had attained an improved standard of living and education and wanted to get rid of the last vestiges of feudalism so as to acquire the full rights of landowners and to be free to increase their holdings. Furthermore, from about 1730, higher standards of living had reduced the mortality rate among adults considerably. This, together with other factors, had led to an increase in the population of Europe unprecedented for several centuries: it doubled between 1715 and 1800. For France, which with 26 million inhabitants in 1789 was the most populated country of Europe, the problem was most acute.
As we can see above, the problem was not the aristocracy, but the weakening of the power structure from beneath them, leaving them powerless to do things like limit population or increase production. The pre-Revolution caused the social problems that would provoke the Revolution itself, also setting a precedent for patterns of liberal takeover in the future.
This means that the foundations of liberal democracy were fraudulent from the start. People playing victims created a disaster and then used that as a pretext — still playing victims — to overthrow the existing order. And what sort of wonderful Utopia did they create?
Following the king’s execution, war with various European powers and intense divisions within the National Convention ushered the French Revolution into its most violent and turbulent phase. In June 1793, the Jacobins seized control of the National Convention from the more moderate Girondins and instituted a series of radical measures, including the establishment of a new calendar and the eradication of Christianity. They also unleashed the bloody Reign of Terror (“la Terreur”), a 10-month period in which suspected enemies of the revolution were guillotined by the thousands. Many of the killings were carried out under orders from Robespierre, who dominated the draconian Committee of Public Safety until his own execution on July 28, 1794.
Here we see another Leftist pattern. Having achieved power, they begin by executing their enemies, destroying culture and the church, and finally create a power struggle in which they kill each other. It is like thieves fighting over what they have stolen, with only the biggest and cruelest thief surviving.
Eventually, the French got that thief, in the form of Napoleon Bonaparte, who waged war across Europe that created the destabilizing conditions that, a century later, erupted in the World Wars:
Royalists and Jacobins protested the new regime but were swiftly silenced by the army, now led by a young and successful general named Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).
The Directory’s four years in power were riddled with financial crises, popular discontent, inefficiency and, above all, political corruption. By the late 1790s, the directors relied almost entirely on the military to maintain their authority and had ceded much of their power to the generals in the field.
In this way, we can see that democratic revolt and Communist revolt follow the same pattern because both are Leftist. They seize power under dubious pretexts, execute the dissidents and then create a military regime which launches ideologically-motivated wars, eventually bankrupting itself and devastating the population.
This is the history from which our present time emerges.
As it turns out, our own arc in the US and EU is following a muted version of the above. After WWII, and only interrupted when the Cold War scared people into electing strong leaders, the Left has dominated Western politics. During that time, it has savaged religion, waged war on dissidents — but now we merely destroy their lives by calling them “racists,” and do not directly kill them — and has bankrupted national economies.
The result is a giant middle finger through the dual acts of Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump. People do not want to continue through the Leftist script which involves massive wars and finally the destruction of their nations. They tolerated Leftism through grudging resignation, but now, want off of this crazy train that threatens to destroy us.
Robert Merry, a biographer of President James Polk, thinks such a shift is under way. The status quo is never permanent, and the post-Franklin Delano Roosevelt Cold War consensus about globalization and internationalism, he says, “has been killed by Donald Trump, for all his flaws and limitations. What we know from history is that when the identity and definition of the nation is at stake, the politics gets very intense.”
Globalism and internationalism are dead. Big government is dead. Trust in Leftism is dead. And, for the first time in a long time, the assumption that liberal democracy is good has died. People are looking for a new way. Brexit and Trump are not the end goal, but the first steps.
If we can make these first steps work without stepping into the traps that undid George W. Bush, we can push further. Our goal is the revitalization and continued rise of Western Civilization, and this requires getting rid of liberal democracy and its understructure of equality, class warfare and diversity.
At this point, the thousand-year arc of Leftist thought is ending. It promised Utopia and delivered dystopia, but it was too subtle for most to see for the longest time. Now its mask is removed and we see the beast within, not just as Communism but as the worst aspects of human behavior and a lust for power.
Our coming decade will be defined by attempts to understand how deep the rot goes and to root it out, then figure out what we want to replace it with. A great deal of thinking and work awaits us, but it comes on a breeze of fresh air and hope that we can not just survive, but thrive and be great again.
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
One has to ask why, in the midst of plenty, so many of our industries cannot produce a single competent product. It gets worse the more important the product is. For example, laptop computers.
You can go with Apple, if you want six-year-old technology at a super-premium price and an operating system that is designed to dumb you down to preschool levels (notice how much Apple and Google try to emulate the Playskool aesthetic?). Or you can wade into the rest of the market, where your choice of color is black and the machine is universally set up poorly.
Generally, the core functions of the hardware work adequately. The motherboard does OK. All the other stuff tends to be poorly put together. The graphics are slow, nearly freezing the machine when video comes on. The touchpads are nervous and cannot be fully turned off. The sound cards are glitchy. The network cards are not quite compatible with the motherboard, leading to random lapses of connectivity.
Then there is the software. They insisted on installing Windows for you, and since the laptop does not come with a freestanding disk, that is your only option unless you want to buy a second copy — you have paid for the first in the purchase price — to install yourself. These custom installations specialize in preventing you from fixing the stupid configuration errors they make based on mistaken assumptions about your use of the machine.
At the end of the day, you find yourself wondering: is there anyone competent out there? The market is like a herd of sheep, always following the leader or someone who looks like the leader, and afraid to try anything else. And so they stay competitive with each other, which means lots of black laptops with roughly the same level of dysfunction between them.
The problem is that reward comes from doing the same thing as everyone else, but making it more profitable. Cutting corners is OK, but if you were to try for a higher standard and fail, then you would be considered a moron, even if you had succeeded in the past. The job is about doing the job, not about achieving results, and especially not about improving anything, because that might reveal the incompetence of others and make you socially unpopular. Then the mob will attack.
Long-time readers of this blog know its fundamental theory: the only theory is reality, and it rewards connections between details, not their abolition through mental containers designed for human intellectual convenience. We must understand life on its own terms, but are unlikely to except as general principles, and everything else is understood at the level of highly localized decisions.
As part of this understanding of theory, one of the fundamental principles is that humans always scapegoat. Rather than blame themselves as a group for bad decision-making and as individuals for being weak, they will blame some external force — the Rich,™ the System, the Jews,™ the kings, the strong, the gods — instead of accepting their own culpability.
We see this on the Alt Right: rather than blame the source of our downfall (individualism/peasant revolt/equality/democracy) people want to blame the Jews despite their small numbers. Rather than accept that the desire of most people to feel important and equally included is what is tearing our society apart, they want to focus on smashing a few groups and a few Leftist policies, leaving the big problem — the actual fatal flaw — in place, as if they were servants of it and its will to destroy us.
Or look at mainstream society. In their view, our society is perfect and the only problems are the people who just want to be “mean” by not accepting everyone. This kind of retarded kindergartner logic would have made people laugh and call for an orderly a century ago, but now, it is the norm, thanks to the spoiled brats in lazy jobs in the cities and the the politicians who sell them convenient lies.
In fact, the reason that so many things are mediocre in parallel is that they fall under a similar command structure. That command structure is that we let mass opinion rule us, despite its necessary bias toward (1) committee-style compromise that favors unadventurous, dumbed-down symbolic acts and (2) the lowest echelons of society, who breed faster than their smarter cousins and tend to understand very little except deliberately simplistic lies offered by demagogues. Democracy is demagoguery in this way.
This also extends to consumerism. Voting, buying and social approval exist in parallel: they are methods of mass opinion. When the lowest levels of our population do the buying, products are made with idiots in mind, which means that quality is forgotten in favor of whatever gee-whiz features have fascinated the prole herd that day. In addition, they are manufactured by those in the grip of committee compromise thinking where the only sin is taking a risk to improve quality instead of decreasing quality and cost while promoting those gee-whiz idiot features and therefore, increasing margins and thus profits.
Everything in our society is now chosen by the dictatorship of the proletariat. What they are willing to vote for is offered, and every other politician is destroyed. What they are willing to buy is made public, driving quality products to extinction. What they are willing to believe is approved by media, social group and entertainment, and anyone who does not get on board with this fiction is drummed out of the industry. This is a group at war with realistic thought who want to replace it with pretense created in their own image.
This, by the way, is consistent with how our ancestors saw the lower orders: vain, idiotic, and blithe, they rejected any thoughts of complexity as “stupid” and embraced any stupid thought that made them feel intelligent for having mastered it. You can see this at work in American high schools, on Wikipedia, or through SJWs who lecture you with obvious logical fallacies and paradoxical ideas that their group asserts is true, and they will call you retarded for disagreeing.
Our ancestors encountered this problem in an unusual way: by succeeding. When a society reaches dominion over nature, as practically happened a thousand years ago, it begins to create a surplus of people who could not succeed without society. Some are manual laborers, others are con men like lawyers, pornographers, politicians, journalists, actors and (certain) priests. This higher group infests society with neurosis in order to justify its presence while the lower echelons summon an attack of guilt against those who have more than they do, in order to extract a living.
Over time this beats people down. They realize that something has gone wrong with civilization, and do their best to escape. Clever monkeys produce clever plan than like all cleverness, falls short of intelligent and therefore fails, because civilization expands to come get them and assimilate them. Soon there is no escape. The lower win over the higher, and so the higher try to earn enough money to buy their way out of it, in turn subsidizing the mess and making it stronger. This creates a death spiral that kills the society.
When a society is first getting started, it has a clear enemy in its own disorganization that allows nature to prey on it. Disease thrives in incorrectly disposed-of sewage; vermin eat the seed grain; failure to protect against natural disaster leads to mass death. This clear enemy produces a clear unifying principle in the society, which is the purpose of working together to escape the bad conditions of being subject to nature and disorganization.
Once this goal is surpassed, however, nothing holds society together except the maintenance of what is already there. This bores the excellent, and allows the mediocre to assume power; it also produces masses of peasants who then revolt, usually at the moment when a foreign enemy appears, and attempt to seize power. The alliance between neurotics and idiots then overwhelms the rest because, according to the ancient usage of “common,” idiocy and neurosis are abundant while quality is rare.
The only way to handle this situation is to treat humans like humans instead of robots. That is: the society must discover a transcendental goal below the level of religion or politics, something like a desire to live for excellence in accord with the unique and anti-universal principle of that culture. Then, in order to support this, the society must aggressively purge — exile — those among its people who are oblivious, neurotic, insane, retarded, criminal, perverse or otherwise defective. About 20% of each new generation will fail and need to be moved on.
The instant you say this sort of thing today, some clever young idiot will jump up and start talking about human rights. You know that your society is dead when its highest goal is not harming anyone, or getting along with everyone, because those goals are the opposite of the real goal, which is finding the right answer and achieving an end to the problem. These people are offering scapegoats instead of reality. And until we start removing them and sending them far away, they will rule us and everything we do will be for nought.
Equality must die for us to escape this face. Equality turns us into robots, and rewards the lower who have higher numbers over the higher, which in turn hands power to the mediocre neurotics because those are the only people willing to lie profoundly enough to attract the robots.
Equality is always what the lower want, because this is the only condition under which they have authority, because of those greater numbers and higher reproduction rates.
Imagine a society like this: a network of small cities, perhaps 70,000 people. No one is anonymous. There are bands of wise elders who rule each city, but behind the scenes. When people do idiotic things, legal or illegal, this is brought to the attention of the elders. The elders then look over the sum total of everything this person has done to see if the balance favors destruction or creation. These elders have one ability: they can force people into exile. When they sense someone is inane or corrupt, they send them away.
In this way, people who make laptops but are afraid to take a risk to improve those laptops are sent away. Their approach is inane and insane, as any group of actually wise elders would recognize. Someone who took a risk and failed, on the other hand, will probably face no penalty if they have a record of previously attempting good things and succeeding, or just doing good work. This way the risk-takers are not penalized, but the yes-men and parasites are ejected.
Most people are not terrible. They are simply what they are, like rabbits or mushrooms. They conduct life function and then die. During this time, they may think they have had some thoughts, but mostly they have had reactions or remembered the words of others. Some are good, and can have thoughts and create forward qualitative motion based on them. Others are bad, and their thoughts are directed toward destruction. Their loss is a gain for everyone else.
At the time of this writing, Western Civilization has a thousand years of slow decay under its belt. It will need to deport a sizeable number of its native population who are useless or destructive in order to achieve its greatness. Before it can do that, it must destroy the idea of scapegoats, including the notion of equality, which de facto scapegoats the more competent for the lower status of the incompetent. Only by eliminating this illusion can we move forward.
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
The mainstream right directs its energy toward preserving what is left of the status quo; the alternative right recognizes that our society is not only a sinking ship, but is built on false assumptions starting with the delusion idea that equality can replace hierarchy.
No right wing movement has succeeded in resisting this decay in part because it cannot be resisted; Western civilization needs someone to pound the RESET button and start over. Everything we think we know is tainted with assumptions brought in from the ideas and people infected with the delusion of equality.
While the new right seeks to rebuild from within a liberal framework of the welfare state, and neoreaction seeks exit by small groups who will then be inevitably re-absorbed, the alternative right — an out-of-focus coalition of those united more by a feeling of dread and distrust of all Leftist ideas — recognizes that not only is the ship sinking, but that it must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.
This may seem extreme. After all, if Western societies just aborted any changes made after 1945, things would return to stability. But this is where the alternative right rises above the rest: it recognizes that just going back is not enough. We must renew, because even back then the seeds were sown, and the path will not change on instant replay.
Yet until we get to the root of equality… — no, we must go even earlier to find the source of our decline. Writings on this site have targeted individualism, or the idea that the desires of the self must come before civilization and nature, as the root of our problem. The ancient Greeks called this hubris, or pursuit of power beyond one’s place in the natural hierarchy by ability and character of men and nature. Old Christians preached humility. And in the wolf pack of the steppes, an arrogant young wolf must fight his way to the top, or accept his place in the order of things.
Nothing about our time is good except our material prosperity. Everyday life is meaningless and filled with ugliness, tedium and a constant struggle for power as the lower try to keep the naturally more gifted from rising to their natural place. Our cities are war zones where we struggle for enough money to buy our way into the areas that are not blighted.
If one accepts this as normal, it is possible to find similar bargains — better values for the money — in housing, medicine, entertainment and career. However the fundamental problem remains: our time and energy are wasted, while nothing we do can have any significance, all the while the rot gets stronger around us. This society is terminal.
In the upcoming American election, we have a choice between a right-wing-ish candidate and someone who will open the floodgates further to permanent Leftist voters, because minority groups always vote against majority interests. Once that happens, there will be no chance for those who remain except revolt, and then, they are most likely to be killed by their well-meaning fellows who just want to preserve the union as it is, despite its dysfunction.
The only sensible response is fanaticism. Support nothing that is Leftist; stop linking to Wikipedia, reading Leftist news, or earning or buying anything you do not need, as the taxes support the beast. Barter among friends as much as possible, work for cash whenever possible, and every day get out there and raise a hue and cry about how this society is dying and must be restarted, because that is the ultimate taboo.
Most importantly, we need to work toward power. If 2% of Western citizens find themselves agreeing on civilization restart, a critical mass will be reached, and we will pass the threshold of no return. Never accede to the argument that we can fix the leaky ship; always insist on its replacement. Ignore the zombies and focus on reaching that 2%.
If an actual conservative party took power, the first thing to do would be to reverse the flood of new left-wing voters by removing anti-discrimination law, post-1790 immigration laws, civil rights and welfare programs. Write law to reverse the civil rights and entitlements agenda, and then do away with all the laws based upon it, and the vast reams of pro-government laws which have created the out-of-control regulatory state.
But even then, we must go further: laws themselves do not work, because they are interpreted flexibly and people avoid responsibility. Replace them with strong leaders of arbitrary power at the local level who can re-arrange their societies as needed, and not have to be deferential to tiers and layers of limiting law. Restore freedom of association, cut taxes, and begin holding the Leftist media and entertainment industry accountable.
But even then, we must push further: we can abolish most laws and replace them with culture. We can remove the tedious and unreliable democratic process and install an aristocracy. We can cut checks to the Other among us and repatriate them. All of these things are doable, and yet they are not extreme enough to save a civilization.
We must go further: remove any subsidies or other equality-based institutions, cut ourselves off from we-are-all-one initiatives like the United Nations, repossess any degenerate businesses and exile of our own people who behave badly. Stop taking responsibility for lawbreakers by putting them in jail and trying to rehabilitate them; instead, view their behavior as a Darwinian event and exile them.
Even that does not go far enough. We must go further: using our aristocratic government as a shield, we can restore a sense of culture, in values just as in the arts, and bring back the calendar and seasonal events of the past. Abolish public schools, regulations, certifications and other proxies for talent. Promote the best among us, not just in ability to memorize, but in moral character and mental clarity on the task of building a civilization.
At that point, we can go even further: in each of us who remain, we can awaken a sense of responsibility to reality, a transcendental view of nature where each of our places in its order are significant, and a belief in the possibility of good, beauty, excellence and truth in life. We can reject the false assumptions going back to individualism and to the assumption before it, which is that life is terrible and we are victims. We must be conquerors, but first of all, we must conquer ourselves.
Whew. That looks like quite a to-do list. And yet, if we do not do this, we are merely putting duct-tape on a broken bridge, plugging leaks in a boat with oil-soaked rags, or plowing around the stones in our field. History is clear: we are either headed upward, or stagnating and will immediately head downward. We must reform our hearts to want an ascendant path, and then use the power of our civilization to instill that in others.
Without this new path, we go down the same path of the old, which ends in our civilization slipping away into irrelevance as a witless void of morally bankrupt, low intelligence grey people. In the absence of radical change, that is our future, and as the years go by and the pace of events accelerate, that doom is coming sooner than anyone thinks.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
The Alt Right combines many non-liberal movements — Traditionalism, Nationalism, Identitarianism, Theocracy, National Socialism/neo-Nazism, Libertarianism, Paleoconservatism, Social Conservatism, Neoreaction and the New Right — into a single dissident Right perspective.
Its purpose is to get past the “social filter” that limits the mainstream Right to inoffensive topics, where offensiveness is gatekept by Leftist ideals like equality.
While the Alt Right as a whole exists in the intersection of these ideas, their minor points clash even as their major points agree, and each Alt Righter tends toward one or the other, which is fine except that taking any one of those viewpoints re-orients the interpretation of the Alt Right toward the minor points of that view.
As with the New Right, the Alt Right gets the basics right. It is essentially a Nietzschean/Platonic Right, but implementation details remain confused. Many who are coming into the Alt Right now are bringing with them numerous assumptions that descend from Leftism, simply because they grew up in a Leftist time.
For many, a common trope involves rejection of the “left/right dichotomy” by choosing a third option, which ends up being a hybrid of the two. As always, fence-sitting results in confusion and thus, indecision. The importance of Left and Right is that we can only head in one direction, and that requires eliminating the other — and thus hybrids.
The division between socialist and capitalist is a case in point. The Rightist is neither, but he is also anti-socialist, because it conforms to a Leftist principle (equality) and not a Rightist one (hierarchy). The Rightists recognizes that capitalism works, but like any other method, it must be guided by principle or it becomes a cause in itself, and dominates the objective with its own needs.
This leads to the core of the Alt Right: flagrant realism. Alt Righters care about consequences in reality, and they use this to reject the current illusory policies in favor of those which will create a rising society. As one writer opines:
There are several core tenets of alt-right thinking, however, which unify the different factions within the movement. Key to these is realism when it comes to race, gender, culture and beliefs. Despite the histrionics of the leftist establishment, these views have not been considered controversial historically. For everyone except postmodern Cultural Marxists, it is obvious that there are distinct differences between the races and between the sexes. Some cultures are obviously more successful at creating civilisation than others. If it is sexist that women bear the primary responsibility for raising progeny, then biology is sexist. If it is racist that East Asians have higher IQ’s, lower crime rates and higher incomes than Sub-Saharan Africans, then genetics is racist. Even if reality hurts your feelings, it’s still reality.
It has also been true throughout history that humans prefer their own tribe. Leftists today don’t mind ethnic nationalism, as long as it is not whites adopting it. Why is it that Black Lives Matter, a group associated with domestic terrorism who are clearly ethnic nationalists, are feted at the White House while white nationalists are profiled by the authorities and castigated in the media? Why is the demographic displacement of whites through mass immigration and the destruction of white cultures official government policy in Western countries? Why do we lambast this process as cultural genocide when it was done to indigenous peoples but celebrate it as diversity when it is done to whites?
The point of the Alt Right is to escape the world of human symbols, and look at reality according to its function. There, we no longer rely on morality or social opinion, but on comparing the results of actions and choosing what action we will take based on what results we want to achieve. Life is both simpler and more complex.
As someone coming in from the Traditionalist side, I see the Left/Right division not as false as many in the Alt Right do, but the capitalist/socialist division as silly. Socialism does not work in any form. Capitalism does not work by itself, without some privileged and intelligent group to make the choices instead of a consumer mass.
This is why I summarize the Alt Right as the four pillars:
Aristocracy. Our best people must lead, and we will breed them to make even better leaders.
Nationalism (including HBD). Culture rules; this requires exiling all who are not genetically of the founding culture. Class and caste are important because we are only what our genes program us to be.
Hierarchy (including “no socialism”). All people have different abilities; there is no room for groups to negotiate. The best must rise, and those who are lesser, be demoted, or they will take over. No socialism or subsidies in any form.
Transcendental goals. Our purpose cannot be material, or even in the present tense, but must involve the future we wish to achieve, which we translate from ideal to material through known principles.
Not everyone agrees on these, mainly because of recent generations’ bad experiences with state-mediated capitalism. To them, socialism is necessary because capitalism in the hands of the herd is abusive. I ask: what is abusive, the herd, or capitalism? We are capitalist because socialism is death.
The Alt Right must purge from its soul — we’re talking ideas, not people — its remaining Leftist tendencies which arise from its members having grown up in a time when Leftist thought is all one sees, hears or reads. Leftism is death. Once we cast it aside, we can look at what remains and choose the best.
The point of the Alt Right is to unify two goals, (a) defeating globalism and (b) ending and reversing the decline of Western Civilization. To do this, we must reject not just socialism but modernity entirely. We want a new type of society, the kind that appears every now and then in history when people want more than just subsistence.
For us to rise to that level, we must reject all of the pretense of the modern time and replace it with an organic goal, which is seeing civilization as a life-form in itself that needs nurturing. Its opposite is the eternal human temptation toward individualism.
All other considerations are details toward this goal. The point is this: reject globalism, and then peel back the rest of the lies of modernity and create a civilization to rise above anything we have known in our lifetimes. The egalitarians lie in all forms, so we must choose a healthier way.
The Alt Right is consolidating. It has many different factions, but they overlap on a few core ideas, and that overlapped center excludes some of the peripheral details. That leaves us with a singular focus, which is how to create greatness in the midst of a wilderness of ruin, tedium, conformity and deception.
All else is extraneous. Unlike politicians, for whom lying is a job, for the Alt Right, all that matters is results. We are no longer content to be a dead and ruined civilization. We want to rise above, and this requires we reject the pretense of the current time, and establish what is eternal.