Into interesting times we have wandered. We are watching democracy join Communism, fascism, National Socialism, and theocracy in the dustbin of history.
Despite supposedly higher jobs figures, few are fooled by the state of the economy; inflation ate up any gains, with more to come as government keeps spending money like a drunken sailor and, worse, imposing ideological agenda upon business and individuals, passing on tons of costs that should be funded by government because they represent a Leftist agenda.
In the meantime, we are seeing how we have a society of deracinated losers who have been endorsing Leftism only because they are comfortable and bloated, but anonymous because of equality, so have a vast craving for “relevance” which they see as the new, revolutionary thing, so they repeat dogma from centuries ago.
Egalitarian societies produce narcissistic people, which means that they immediately disconnect the consequences of their actions from the symbolic value of those actions, and therefore do their best to use their actions as signals and symbols instead of means to an end.
In other words, their real end is looking relevant and generous, and the logical end of making reality better is forgotten.
These things fool groups, and foolish leaders use them to keep order instead of orienting society toward a goal. From that comes the path to revolution and decay. Smart leaders set up social hierarchy, reward the good, and orient society toward qualitative improvement.
Every time a group gets seduced by the idea of equality, with each person thinking that this sets him free from worrying about the actual consequences of his actions, that group embarks on a type of idol-worship that is secular and based in manipulating others.
Narcissism results. In the West, we faced religious wars, plagues, invasions, and class warfare within ourselves, and that brought us down by arriving at a compromise in which we decided to be narcissists but try for that nice bourgeois lifestyle instead of being conquerors, inventors, and creators.
In its final stages, democracy is broke. Bankrupt and debt-choked, the West staggers on, facing resource constraints that we alleviated through globalism. Our lifestyle is maintained by cheap food from abroad and oil that shows up in giant boats.
We could do otherwise. After the coming chaos, whatever nation manages to be entirely self-sufficient will rise above the rest. For it to do that, however, it will need to get rid of the ideology of equality, the practice of diversity, and socialist-style vote buying through entitlements.
We are coming to the end of a 30,000 year cycle. When humankind discovered how to manipulate each other through appearance and later words, symbols, texts, and movies, the process of living for the sake of being alive went away, replaced by living for the ability to manipulate others.
That created a type of codependent narcissism which was made into dogma by egalitarianism, but is at its root individualism, a type of fatalism which believes that the world is bad and therefore must be suppressed and dominated by human symbols.
In the narcissist mind, being important and relevant enough to impose your will over the parts of nature that you find scary is the most relevant quest. These people seek power and wealth, but only to enforce their demand that the world recognize them and that they be seen as “right,” not in themselves.
Things have gotten to the point where we either act now or accept slipping away into permanent oblivion. This frightens the Left, including China, so they had the Clinton political machine fudge an election and steal power while taking cash from China.
As it turns out, ideological signaling works badly in reality, so now the fall of Western governments has begun. No one dare tell the voters that the free stuff from grubmint, the cheap labor from immigration, and the abundant products of globalism will go away, but they must.
So now we enter the conversation about whether we can handle these difficult challenges, mostly at a mental level, or whether we simply want the palliative care of more entertainment, social media, and garbage products and gadgets to keep our minds sedated while we wait for the end.
Ringler claimed that Twitter did not provide Musk with relevant business information he requested, as Ringler said the contract would require. Musk has previously said he wanted to assess Twitter’s claims that about 5% of its monetizable daily active users (mDAUs) are spam accounts.
Musk knew that Twitter, like the rest of Big Tech, has been faking its stats by counting bots, logged in phones, and duplicate accounts as unique users. His offer to buy the company gave him a legal right to ask them to reveal actual usage stats, at which point Twitter responded that they could not reveal this information because it would destroy their business model. For anyone observing, this clearly meant that the stats were fake. If Twitter sues for enforcement of the contract, Musk will subpoena information about the actual stats, at which point Twitter digs itself in further. In the end, Big Tech loses bigly because investors are starting to recognize just how fake the statistics are.
EPA claimed to discover an unheralded power representing a transformative expansion of its regulatory authority in the vague language of a long-extant, but rarely used, statute designed as a gap filler. That discovery allowed it to adopt a regulatory program that Congress had conspicuously declined to enact itself. Given these circumstances, there is every reason to “hesitate before concluding that Congress” meant to confer on EPA the authority it claims under Section 111(d).
Just as the Court reined in federal power over abortion, it also presents to the federal government new responsibilities: instead of relying on unelected bureaucrats, Congress must actually pass laws to accomplish its goals, which then makes those responsive to the voters where administrative agencies are not. If the Court keeps going, it might be able to neutralized administrative agencies enough to keep Congress busy with actual laws instead of grandstanding.
Some 40,000 National Guard and 22,000 Reserve soldiers who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer allowed to participate in their military duties, also effectively cutting them off from some of their military benefits, Army officials announced Friday.
The vaccines serve as a classic Leftist obedience test. If you are loyal to the Regime, you will do anything required, no matter how stupid or dangerous. In the same way you will run through machine gun fire for the People’s Revolution, you will take the vaccine even though some of you will die from myocarditis, lymphoma, and brain bleeds. As a device, the COVID-19 vaccine allows government to effectively remove anyone who is not a brainwashed goodthinker from any position of authority, much as affirmative action allows them to pack the ranks with Left-leaning minorities. This will in the end benefit the ethnomonarchist activist, since those betrayed by democracy and diversity will find that they can continue their studies while preparing for unholy jihad against the forces of equality.
The Values and Belief poll, conducted from May 2 to 22, showed 81% of people answered that they believe in God. That is down six percentage points from the 87% of respondents who said they believed in God in the 2017 poll.
When asking the question first in 1944, again in 1947, and twice each in the 1950s and 1960s, a consistent 98% of respondents said they believed in God. When Gallup asked the question nearly five decades later, in 2011, 92% of Americans said they believed in God.
The poll found that the belief in God has plummeted the most in recent years among young adults and people on the left of the political spectrum, namely liberals and Democrats.
Leftists, as individualists, hate anything that is more important than the individual. God, health, nature, sanity, morality, strength, wisdom, family, race, ethnic group, social class, and culture are all on the chopping block.
More importantly, across the board Americans are not going to church:
In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999.
U.S. church membership was 73% when Gallup first measured it in 1937 and remained near 70% for the next six decades, before beginning a steady decline around the turn of the 21st century.
Over the past two decades, the percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religion has grown from 8% in 1998-2000 to 13% in 2008-2010 and 21% over the past three years.
This means that people are not turning to atheism — after all, four-fifths of them still believe in a supreme being — but are turning away from Christianity. Symbolic religions replace reality with an idealized symbolism; this makes them anti-realistic. At that point, as Fred Nietzsche points out, what is the utility of the religion? It is simply individualism with extra steps, so people cut out the middleman. The long-range consequence of this is that people are rejecting the idea of symbolic religions entirely. Most of them, other than the luvvies, still believe in God, but not the Christian God, and they want a God of nature and realism more than a symbolic purity of intent which contradicts all that they see as essential in reality.
A symbolic god argues that we be good to everyone, even our enemies and the bad, because that sends a symbol of universal good. A realistic god recognizes that bad people should be treated to their disadvantage, since you want to get rid of them as you would in natural selection or as a moralist removing sin. In a realistic religion, the order that is bigger than the individual matters more than narcissistic obsessions; in a symbolic religion, all of the world is treated as an extension of the individual.
From a philosophical standpoint, Leftism is indistinguishable from narcissism:
Humanism exhibited the opposite relations to most of these constructs, but it was largely unrelated to epistemic and existential needs. Humanism was strongly associated with preferences for equality, openness to change, and low levels of authoritarianism, social dominance, and general and economic system justification.
All of the things that concern humanists actually benefit the individual, but are extended to others in order to hide the demand of the individual for lack of accountability. Conservatives, on the other hand, are not focused on the self but on reality around us, particularly the dangerous parts because when one breaks out of the ghetto of the self, it becomes clear that the world has its threats as well as the happy feelings that become a constant when one is an individualist:
Studies from neuroscience and genetics suggest that right- (vs. left-) wing orientation is associated with greater neural sensitivity to threat and larger amygdala volume, as well as less sensitivity to response conflict and smaller anterior cingulate volume.
Individualists believe in nothing but the self, therefore are blind to threats except threats to their autonomy. People seek the sense of the fiction-absolute meaning that they are correct, their life is the best, and they are right where nature, reality, and other people are wrong. Leftists care about threats to their individualism only; conservatives care about threats in reality as well. Leftists are essentially just narcissists looking for the triad of manipulation, (1) achieving independence from realistic accountability, (2) misdirecting others toward pie-in-the-sky Utopian fantasies, while (3) hiding what they are doing from everyone.
The U.S. Post Office is increasing the price of a first-class Forever Stamp by 2 cents, from 58 cents to 60 cents per stamp beginning July 10.
The USPS will never be anything but a net drain because its unions have granted generous benefits to its members who are hired mostly by affirmative action, resulting in a workforce where most do very little but cost quite a bit. If you want to see market socialism in action, it is the USPS: let free markets make a need, then impose high government costs and redistribute the wealth, while restarting the cycle so that new wealth is created to be taxed.
“Ineffective oversight by the cognizant commanders across various organizations permitted their subordinates to take unmitigated risk in fire preparedness,” the investigation says. “A significant source of this problem was an absence of codification of the roles and responsibilities expected by each organization in their oversight execution.”
Detective fiction and military fiction focus heavily on the battle between careerists, for whom the means of having a career is more important than the ends or goals of that role, and the ends-over-means people who see a need and address that instead of focusing on what they can get for themselves. Diversity has only made this substantially worse because diverse societies have no national feeling. In a diversity civilization, culture has been replaced by the amalgamation of cultures, therefore there are no standards or sentiments in common and it is every man for himself. Consequently, when a disaster occurs, the idea of bringing everyone together to fix it is foreign, but each person dodging responsibility in order to keep his or her career pristine is common. This brings us to Soviet Union levels of infighting and political appointments, which suggests massive incompetence in the next war.
Under the new scheme, proposed by Faeser, people who have had a [temporary residency] for five years could be eligible for a one-year “opportunity residency” status, during which time they have to prove a willingness to integrate: which in practice would mean learning German and finding a job capable of securing their income.
As usual, governments treat their people as tools and a means to an end. If you need cheap labor, bring in lots of foreigners and keep sticking your native people in do-nothing bureaucratic jobs while taxing them into oblivion. This way, on paper, it looks like you have succeeded and your career is safe, even if the nation that pays your pension will never rise again.
“Whereas past research shows that people high in self-control enjoy a broad range of benefits, we’re beginning to see that such people also experience some social trade-offs,” said Kung. “They are more likely to be seen as robotic and less-than-human. Humans have flaws, are vulnerable to passions, and we tend to gravitate to people like that—even if they’re not as reliable as those with a high degree of self-control.”
People who function via ends-over-means thinking, and are willing to change their own methods in order to fit the needs determined by realism, seem like aliens to means-over-ends people for whom the most important issue is avoiding internal change based on the demands of reality. Ironically, the intravert is more focused on reality because intuition connects to the real; the extravert, who is focused on socializing, never knows himself or his world.
Food-bank usage is on the rise in the U.S., too, while grocery stores report customers there are trading down, buying more store-brand food and avoiding more expensive meat and fish.
In the U.S., for instance, households in the lowest income quintile spent 27% of their income on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those in the highest income quintile spent 7%.
The great equality miracle has ended now that the costs of entitlements have driven up the cost of living. We are reaching the point where the benefits of all this free stuff from government is dwarfed by the cost, but only those who pay taxes feel the pain, and they are out-voted by the imported diversity that is here for the free stuff and thrives on it. Democracy has created a parasite which has drained the vitality of the first world.
Biden’s Energy Department in April announced the sale of 950,000 Strategic Petroleum Reserve barrels to Unipec, the trading arm of the China Petrochemical Corporation. That company, which is commonly known as Sinopec, is wholly owned by the Chinese government. The Biden administration claimed the move would “address the pain Americans are feeling at the pump” and “help lower energy costs.” More than five million barrels of oil released from the U.S. emergency reserves, however, were sent overseas last month, according to a Wednesday Reuters report.
When the Soviet Union fell, oligarchs seized government property and made a great deal of money. Similarly, in Weimar Germany, war profiteers used their government contracts to manipulate the economy. In modern America, the Clinton political machine in the Tammany/Daley/Pendergast style does “favors” for people which involve using the wealth and power of government to benefit those who in turn do “favors” for those in the machine. Since egalitarianism makes every person into a manipulator of others using appearance, egalitarian societies make people into narcissists, and at the top you find the most successful narcissists while the voters sleep.
“For me, this is the most courageous work of all: dismantling and reconciling my former shame and guilt while also honoring them,” Pak writes in her intro. “For many years, I lived in this emotional space, wondering who I was and who I was supposed to be. I still lose my way all the time, trying to answer those questions. In the past, I let others answer them, but I’m at a place now where the answers are my own.”
If it is difficult to succeed, blame “racism” instead of going back to your native country and succeeding there. The diversity is here for the benefits and opportunities but are working to tear down what made those possible by destroying the WASP culture and people that built this country. The diverse also experience complete isolation because they are cut off from their native culture which they would have in their home nations, but it is easier to blame White people and let the shakedown continue. Diversity is suicide.
“The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology — whatever it is that makes your industry tick — and using it to undercut your business and dominate your market,” Wray went on. “And they’re set on using every tool at their disposal to do it.”
China, with a bruised ego because the West defeated the Mongol Horde and went on to succeed where Asia failed, wants to take over the world, and it intends to do that through economic methods rather than direct warfare. The only solution is for the West to become entirely self-sufficient, making everything we need and exporting the extra, but what stands in the way of that is T.U.R.D.: taxes, unions, regulations, and diversity.
Ils représentent les échantillons les plus variés de ces races de la vieille Europe dont il y a le moins à attendre. Ce sont les produits du détritus de tous les temps : des Irlandais, des Allemands, tant de fois métis, quelques Français qui ne le sont pas moins, des Italiens qui les surpassent tous. La réunion de tous ces types dégénérés donne et donnera nécessairement la naissance à de nouveaux désordres ethniques ; ces désordres n’ont rien d’inattendu, rien de nouveau ; ils ne produiront aucune combinaison qui ne se soit réalisée déjà ou ne puisse l’être sur notre continent. Pas un élément fécond ne saurait s’en dégager, et même le jour où des produits résultant de séries indéfiniment combinées entre des Allemands, des Irlandais, des Italiens, des Français et des Anglo-Saxons, iront par surcroît se réunir, s’amalgamer dans le sud avec le sang composé d’essence indienne, nègre, espagnole et portugaise qui y réside, il n’y a pas moyen de s’imaginer que d’une si horrible confusion il résulte autre chose que la juxtaposition incohérente des êtres les plus dégradés.
“They are a very mixed assortment of the most degenerate races in olden-day Europe. They are the human flotsam of all ages: Irish, crossbreed Germans and French and Italians of even more doubtful stock. The intermixture of all these decadent ethnic varieties will inevitably give birth to further ethnic chaos. This chaos is no way unexpected or new: it will produce no further ethnic mixture which has not already been, or cannot be realized on our own continent. Absolutely nothing productive will result from it, and even when ethnic combinations resulting from infinite unions between Germans, Irish, Italians, French and Anglo-Saxons join us in the south with racial elements composed of Indian, Negro, Spanish and Portuguese essence, it is quite unimaginable that anything could result from such horrible confusions, but an incoherent juxtaposition of the most decadent kinds of people.”
— Count Arthur de Gobineau. Essai sur l’inégalité des races humaines. Paris: P. Belfond, 1967.