Simultaneous Realities

It’s depressing to watch smart people chase their tails, searching for moral high ground.

To the parties involved, there is some pretence or engagement or negotiation, but the reason the new right and the feral left cannot communicate is that they are speaking two  completely different languages. Reality is a relative experience. As Scott Adams has pointed out, there are two different American realities operating in the same geographical space. Adams says that it is OK if the movies in our heads are inconsistent, as long as this doesn’t manifest conflict in reality. Well…

Negotiation is impossible where there is no agreement on even base levels of morality, and where there are no pre-existing rules of argument or evidence. 

The split between the left and right is in some ways even worse than a failure to communicate between those from different nations, because it seems to us that if we are speaking the same language. The differences are not at the literal level, but the connotative.

Post-Spencer punch, there are now different definitions of racism and Nazi operating in society in order to enable/excuse violence. There are also different definitions of

  • life (abortion);
  • of sexual intercourse, consent and rape;
  • of gender;
  • of fascism;
  • comedy, art and politics.
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This is a typical example of an attempt at an argument that merely insists on a definition.

Repeating the same definition again does not make it any more or less true. There is no empathy, no negotiation. Repetition is not an argument.

Cultural wars are not being fought for geographical territory. They are fought for semantic dominance. This is because we live in an overly litigious society, and these seemingly insignificant definitional inconsistencies become extremely significant when they are being used to direct the coercive power of the State.

The epidemic inability to empathise becomes clear when one looks at how history is understood in society and how legal definitions have changed over time. It is impossible to understand concepts like freedom, law, family, marriage, love, life and sovereignty in the past without levels of empathy that most are incapable of. When one learns that in the past, a married husband and wife were one legal entity under unita caro this is an outrage to one with the contemporary understanding of property right and legal title. Anyone who believes this legal fiction resulted in households with demure women who had no say in how the household was kept wildly overestimates the influence the operation of the law has over culture. Most standards that seem outrageous to us now can be traced to logical conclusions for those living in that culture. To fail to achieve this level of empathy is to believe that for all of human history mankind was a barbarous rabble, completely unrecognisable from the enlightened, end-products we are now.

Until we become more aware of why these conflicts are so hard to reconcile, until it can be understood that some common cultural values are the basis of negotiation, we will continue chasing our tails, pursuing endless definitional alterations, arguing over the truth of arbitrary concepts.

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In Rant Chuck Palahniuk describes a world in which the privileged older classes live by day, and the youthful underclass lives by night, dictated by a strict curfew. This is to deal with the problem of overpopulation – two cities existing in the same space, but in different temporalities. In his excellent YouTube video Stefan Molyneux described these disparate world’s and the inevitable collision that will result.

This metaphor is not too far removed from the truth. Go to any modern Western city and see – the baby-boomers still hold all the best jobs, still hold all the best real estate and still dictate culture and policy. The ageing population has meant that the most selfish of all generations has been able to retain control of this reality for an abnormal amount of time. The world shouldn’t be theirs anymore…

Like the youth in Rant, youth today is forced to live around this dominant skeksis class, pedalling ever-faster to keep the boomers’ flawed contraption in the air, for a increasingly irrelevant and anachronistic privileged class who repay in nothing but criticism and shame. The youth are a slave class, working minimum wage, casual hospitality jobs, spit-shining the emperor’s non-existent clothes. Society is divided by race and gender and sexual preference and every damn thing under the sun except the real division – age.

The semantic arguments need to stop. The real enemies must be identified before any grounds for negotiation can be established. The longer the tide is held back, the bigger the wave.

Truth Bombs for Boomers

The Shallowest Generation by James Quinn

Laziness, Greed, Entitlement – Baby Boomers Defined by Stefan Molyneux

Millennials are the Greatest Generation by Mike Cernovich

 

The Downfall Bill Simmons and the Rise of New Media, Part 2

Part 1

Bill Simmons’ creative downfall described Part 1 coincides with a general downward trend across American sports. Men across America rediscovered their civic duty and national pride in 2016. The election gave them a cause and purpose, and sports now seem a shallow husk. That’s before considering the how insufferable American sports have been since the Colin Kapernick national disgrace.

Sports media is a vital component of the media industrial complex. Sports provide stimulation, distraction and satisfaction for the masculine parts of the mind that are rejected by modern culture. However, networks like ESPN have lost touch with their audiences by prioritising virtue signalling over national pride. Away from the weak simulation that is sport, men have become more free to focus their strategic and tactical brains, their testosterone and drive, to be ambitious, creative and political.

The Ringer was the perfect opportunity for Simmons to stick it to the establishment media that never appreciated him,  but amazingly, the website been a creative an air-ball with a toe on the line. When it came to race-baiting, virtue-signalling and insulting conservatives, especially Trump voter, the website has played it even more safe than the mainstream media. Simmons has employed nothing but blowhard liberals, with the only conservative voice his friend Jack-O, an old school Republican and staunch anti-Trumper. The Ringer does not present a political discussion, only Daily Show-esque sneering superiority towards Trump’s supporters. Attacking straw men placed by the fake news media is not persuasive.

I would never have expected Simmons’ site to be pro-Trump, but in the name of brand differentiation The Ringer could have simply been unbiased and offered a genuine alternative to virtue-signalling ESPN in a misguided bid for journalistic legitimacy. Sticking to Simmons’ formula or sports and pop culture  would have been fine.

Simmons used to have a unique writing voice, but now The Ringer is fungible. By the time he realised his vision, it was obsolete and no longer in touch with the zeitgeist. This is why Simmons has failed as a visionary . He also failed to identify and attack the same forces that forced him out of ESPN.

There is a lesson here. Comparisons may be made between Simmons pioneering attempts to go from alternative to mainstream by attempting to redefine the mainstream rather than altering his product, and this post-Trump election period, in which several counter-culture, alternative media personalities are attempting to take over the news media not by becoming the new news media, but by altering how news media works. The leap always risks the loss of edginess, of relatability, of authenticity, unpredictability – all alien to traditional 20th century sports and news media. But the alternative is the constant threat of deplatforming.

Charles C. Johnson, Milo Yiannopolis and Ricky Vaughn are among those banned from Twitter. YouTube recently implemented strict censorship, Breitbart’s sponsors were attacked and of course, Obama did this, which means the internet is no longer under the protection of the 2nd Amendment.

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A leader must be a visionary,  he must have the ability to see where the puck is going. This was the role Simmons was to fill. This is the role in which Simmons has failed.

This is the role in which the leaders of new media like Mike Cernovich must succeed. Cernovich is the author of Gorilla Mindset, MAGA Mindset and runs the website Danger and Play, . among many other roles. See my Gorilla Mindset review here

Cernovich is like Simmons in some ways. He came up in what Cernovich calls the golden age of blogging, the 2000s. He expanded from a blog to a podcast and then a book, like Simmons. But unlike Simmons,  he has not relied on anyone else’s platform, he has slowly and patiently built his audience through a sophisticated multi-platform approach that is the new template for internet success and sustainability. This model to promote books has also worked for Nick Kelly (formerly Victor Pride) and Roosh V.

Having a totally independent platform has drawbacks, and Cernovich has been reliant of flawed technology, like Periscope, and at the mercy of the censors of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. This is fine if your product is blogs, podcasts and books. But there is still this desire for more, and reliable outsourcing regarding a platform. Cernovich is debuting The Right Mindset with Mike Cernovich on Right Side Broadcasting. Perhaps this will be similar to Paul Joseph Watson’s relationship with Alex Jones and Infowars. Perhaps it will be more similar to Stefan Molyneux’s Freedoman Radio.

Cernovich uses Twitter to get in touch with the zeitgeist, the collective unconscious. This allows him to stay in touch, while someone like Simmons becomes distracted by media opportunities. Cernovich understands he must stay niche in order to retain his credibility and authenticity, so important to his brand. Obviously Right Side is not HBO, but this DIY model might be effective in this regard.

Referring back to Part 1, one must note that beneath an unforgivably nauseating layer of lowest common denominator garbage that the record companies have resorted to to sustain themselves, those in the music industry who have thrived in the post-internet apocalyptic wasteland are a kaleidoscopically varied bands who have earned a core audience and respected them. These bands are hardworking, loyal and DIY. They interact with their fans on social media. They do not outsource to be lazy. They sacrifice themselves to reinvest in themselves. They operate by a thread. This is the model that ensures those who do it genuinely love it, or at least can’t do anything else. This ensures quality.

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Simmons and The Ringer are committed to going full SJW, adopting a vision from the ’90s that has served its purpose and now must itself be overthrown. When Simmons grew up civil rights styled activism, even rioting, was glorified. Figures like Muhammed Ali and Kareem Abdul Jabbar openly rejected American values and a young Simmons loved them for it. When the Donald Sterling recording was illegally released Simmons approved player boycotts, and was not in any way concerned with privacy rights or the hypocritical disavowal by the other NBA team owners. I’m not defending Sterling. I’m illustrating that to Simmons, this style of journalism/activism is acceptable where the ends justify the means.

While Simmons was distracted pressing flesh, being a parent and building a media empire to realise his vision, the American cultural and political landscape  changed and those advocating violent protests are racist domestic terror groups like Black Lives Matter or fanatical, violent leftists like Antigua are nothing like the civil rights activists whose legacy they destroy. This is how quickly you can go from cutting edge to obsolete in the 21st century if you take your eye off where the puck is going. As Warren Buffet said, a reputation takes a lifetime to build and a minute to destroy.

Cernovich knows this. He has rejected selling out many times before. He has always had a quality over quantity approach to his audience, often blocking followers on Twitter and Periscope, and regularly taking stances that threaten to alienate his audience, such as supporting Roosh V, supporting Donald Trump and rejecting the Alt-Right. He is aware of the value of integrity and authenticity to his, and everyone’s, brands in the 21st century, as the old-world facades crumble away. The change is coming. The New Right is gradually making inroads into more mainstream channels. Joe Rogan interviewed Alex Jones. Philip DeFranco can get away with essentially pro-Milo commentary. The most mainstream YouTuber, Pewdiepie, can see that getting serious is the new trend. The New Media revolution is coming. Someone just needs to set the template for the next step.

Read Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) at The Ringer

Read Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) at Danger and Play

Read my review of Gorilla Mindset here

#DumpStarWars

I jumped off the Star Wars bandwagon years ago. I always liked the original, but there were always kids who liked it more than me. Obsessives who make their obsession their whole identity have always bothered me.

I heard that last year’s rehash was SJW propaganda, and featured one of the most egregious Mary Sue clichés in all of cinema. After seeing what Disney has done to Marvel Comics, none of this came as a surprise. Disney has been working on its monopoly over the dreams of children for its entire existence, collecting and corrupting them, like the Krank.

I’m sorry to be the one who must break it to Star Wars fans who were on the Trump bandwagon – this is what counter-culture is actually like. Being in a real counter-culture is a lonely struggle.Those who make reality their business don’t get to enjoy escapism. For anyone who didn’t realise this during the election, you realise it now.

Many of us had to make peace with everything from silence to direct hostility from artists who have generally not spent anywhere near the time I have learning how to  research, think and write. Most have a tenuous grasp of how government and the law actually work.

To those like Jack Posobiec, who started the hashtag, I’m sorry but you need to realise what the rest of us were forced to realise  – if you are one of the good guys, if you are part of the counter-culture, YOU DON’T GET TO ENJOY THE MAINSTREAM! Any of it. They hate you. They hate me. They will stop at nothing to attack us, isolate us, separate us.

  • Do you disavow Richard Spencer?
  • Do you believe #Pizzagate?
  • Do you care about Trump as Darth Vader and Amy Schumer as Barbie, or are mainstream cultural wars beneath you?

These ops are designed to divide and isolate the Alt Right, to turn us against each other. This recent Star Wars is designed to create a divide between the intellectual, stoic new conservatives and the mischievous, enthusiastic space monkeys that have been so useful in making conservatism the new punk rock.

So if you are a basement dweller who loves Star Wars, but became drawn into the alt-right through #GamerGate, you have been living in a fantasy where you get to enjoy all your escapist movies games and books and vicariously enjoy politics though memes. This is the time to GET SERIOUS.

The intellectual property ‘Star Wars’ you all helped breathe life into, that you visualised into existence, has been sold into slavery, and eventually slaughtered. Now the skins of the dead are being placed over PC bullshit to trick you.

Andrew Breitbart said, politics flows downstream from culture. The mainstream is an important battleground in the cultural war, especially regarding the indoctrination of children. The mainstream is trolling us, using what Mike Cernovich recently called the “Iverson Principle“. Do not let them make us look ridiculous, triggered like a sensitive snowflake, when the SJWs troll us.

We should have taken this outrageous insult with the our characteristic humour thrown the entirety of our support behind the Empire:

  • Buy Empire merch
  • Root for the empire in the cinema and just act totally amazed when they eventually ‘lose’
  • Cheer for every token victory the Empire has, and boo the end credits.

If they want to call us Nazi’s, ask them why they keep producing the damn merch. There is no referee to enforce the rules of fairness, and if there was, he wouldn’t be on our side. Lighten up guys. We create, they react. We’re above this kind of hysterical finger-pointing. These aren’t the droids you are looking for.

The Alt-Right, Part 1

First, there was the Rise of Trump. Then there was his glorious victory. Then there was celebration. There was so much winning!

Then there Roman Salute controversy.

I trusted Mike Cernovich before the election. I did the Gorilla Mindset course after hearing him on FreeDomain Radio with Stefan Molyneux. That was right after the Orlando shooting. His website, Danger and Play, brought a lot of things I was interested in together into one package – fitness, philosophy, masculinity, politics, law, internet marketing, even cage fighting, into one package. I needed his motivational advice and I can honestly say that everything he advised has born fruit.

Mike was right about Trump too. To be in some small way part of such a truly historical moment was one of the most uplifting experiences of my life.

I don’t know Richard Spencer’s work.

In MAGA Mindset Cernovich explains that the Nazi accusation it is a useful way for liberals to avoid engaging with arguments brought by conservatives – Godwin’s Law. Like other N-words, this word is as powerful as we let it be. This recent splintering of the Alt-right is the first successful blow landed by the left in a while. They forced the disavowal, so important to the social justice warriors.

This is why the Richard Spencer controversy happened. So like all Western men, I must now examine how I feel about Nationalism, white supremacy, Nazism and the Jewish question.

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My father was always fascinated with WWII. In order to explain the history of the war to his boys, it was necessary to explain the motivations and perspective of both sides. My father had a respect for the military strength and expertise, and technological innovation that the Germans displayed in WWII. I think a strongly ingrained affinity with the underdog was a part of it too, a result of his Irish blood.

My father always portrayed an extremely empathetic picture of the German soldiers and was enraged by any film that either represented them as stereotypical villains or as cowards. I think the post-WWII anti-Nazi propaganda films grated his empathetic nerve as strongly as todays pro-SJW garbage grates mine. You can’t help but find yourself empathising with the “bad”  guys, if only to preserve a sane vision of the world for yourself as a defence mechanism, one bereft of pure evil.

It is an unfortunate result of tribalism that as one enemy is vanquished, if another cannot be found externally, one must be found internally.

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This disavowal is the exact thing Trump supporters didn’t let happen during Trump’s campaign. The enemy they  were against seemed so powerful they could overlook our differences. This is the isolation tactic Vox Day identified in SJWs Always Lie

These people are clearly big league players within the movement. Spencer clearly either doesn’t get it,  or wishes to be a careerist right wing talking head. I don’t disavow these guys for being White Nationalists. I disavow them for being so fucking selfish and stupid they put the movement at risk. The best point of Roosh’s article was that we missed an opportunity to expand the boundaries of free speech and instead created a limit for ourselves.

Our free speech would have expanded if we helped Spencer, but that opportunity is lost. 

By attacking Spencer, we are announcing to the world that we are scared of being called a Nazi and racist.

The proper response when the fake news tells you you’re a Nazi is to say “Fuck you.” The proper response to when they call you a racist is “So what?” The proper response when they call you a rapist is to say, “I certainly wouldn’t rape you.” The only way we can take away the power from these terms is to not immediately deny you are one.

I am a law student. Mike Cernovich is a lawyer. I feel that coming from the legal perspective, at least one that appreciates and venerates the English tradition of Common Law, must inevitably lead to an appreciation of Nationalism. This is because in many ways Nationalism and the concepts of negotiation and diplomacy, that were forever tainted by the disaster of the First World War, are the political equivalent of the adversarial justice system which relies on balanced parties reaching an Aristotelian mean through competition and concession. The political apparatus is designed to regulate parity, not define morality. This is the domain of the Eurocentric obsession with collectivism and irrational faith in central planning despite decades of evidence of its failure.

I tried to talk to my brother about Spencer, Nazism and the Alt-Right. He has always been far more interested in WWII and history than me, so I saw him as an authority. My brother differentiates nationalism and Nazism,  claiming nationalism focuses more on institutions and culture and Nazism focuses on race.  Through Nationalism it is possible to measure the success of societies against one another, separated from racial factors. Is it possible to objectively compare the societies of different cultures? I believe it is. Paul Joseph Watson believes you can.

Like Paul Joseph Watson, Stefan Molyneux and Mike Cernovich, my brother was quick to provide an unsatisfying dichotomy of civic Nationalism and Nazism,  making this claim that culture and race can be separated.

So why was that so unsatisfying? Roosh made a compelling article against disavowal. Swedish Nationalist The Golden One sees such concessions as betrayal.Why don’t the left have to disavow Communism? Look at how Castro was just publicly fellated by Trudeu. Obama has never disavowed violence committee by Black Lives Matter.

The fantasy that other races can be assimilated into Western culture kind of reminds me about the old line about Communism – it’s a nice idea that hasn’t been  implemented properly. This begs the question of whether such assimilation is possible.

I believe in universally preferable behaviour. The rule of law, the separation of church and state, the free market, the scientific method – this is the West. It is too easy to assume that there is nothing specific that ties our culture to us. Are there inherent ties between the Western races and Western culture that might explain why the leaders of other races seemed so obsessed with control, while our leaders trusted us? Maybe the existence and success of the West skewed the development of those other races, creating a constant state of scarcity that plunged them into r-selected reproductive strategies and worse.

Democracy cannot be maintained with an average IQ under 90, according to Charles C. Murray’s The Bell Curve and researched by Helmuth Nyberg. The IQ disparity seems to be the result of the conditions in the West necessitating the ability to delay gratification as a genetic advantage.

The ability to delay gratification remains the primary test in any civilisation. All forms of education or investment, any resultant success is due to planning and a OODA loop. All addictive and compulsive behaviours are the result of a lack of these characteristics, and todays victim culture privileges such behaviour.

With no God to condition such behaviour the majority have nothing to guide them but a degenerate culture. Gambling and substance abuse are symptoms of a mind that cannot delay gratification and requires a constant illusions of control and participation, like children learning to control their bodily functions or mice hitting the pleasure button.

This slight advantage expanded the West exponentially through technology and innovation, which is why Western culture reveres innovation more than other cultures.

Can Western values truly be assimilated if they cannot be understood by those who do not have the capacity? If not, how can Western values be spread, without voluntarism.

Part 2