Dark Linkage and Fractured Thoughts

The recent election in the United States shows that the bifurcation of American politics is becoming more and more pronounced (this is, of course, a symptom of the boiling over of the culture war). Hostilities continue to escalate, and even the New York Times noticed recently that political discrimination has become far more pronounced than even that great progressive boogeyman: racism.

Commenters across the Reacto-sphere have penned various takes, including the expected invectives against participating in the act of voting (though notably, TRS has a different take). Of particular note is Nick Land, who takes a quick moment to display the kind of evil cunning that American politics is sorely lacking.

Some have claimed that what we are seeing is not a culture war, but a race war, and that soon it will be Whites (and maybe Asians) versus everyone else. This is incorrect. The central conflict is between Whites. Blacks? Hispanics? Asians? Jews? Pawns in the Great White Civil War.

Some forms of governance are more scalable than others. Democracy, for example, is not nearly so dysfunctional in a group of 50 people than it is in a country of 50 million. In fact, the dysfunction per capita is also markedly lower. Similarly, fascism works very well in small groups, though fascist governments on the level of nation-states have a poor track record of longevity.

The degree to which a type of government can be scaled would seem to suggest a certain type of internal efficiency, which would seem to reflect well on its suitability (as well as ease of use). However, unless one is planing on taking a population of 1,000 to a nation-state on the order of 10 million, there is no first-order reason why this should be a factor of any relevance whatsoever. This is, I think, a clear example of the importance of understanding first- and second-order consequences (and possibly third-, fourth-, fifth-…etc).

The cosmopolitan/nativist dichotomy in Neoreaction is no doubt related to (if not just another way of expressing) the brahmin/vaisya dynamic that I explored here. I believe a balance between the two groups to be beneficial. Some people will always be drawn to the idea of travel and foreign adventures. Not everyone is wired to stay within the borders of the motherland and uphold the time-honored traditions of family and culture. That sort of activity is absolutely necessary to the survival of a nation (which is why most people should do it), but assuming that everyone will do it is another way of making human nature a bug, not a feature, of your system.

A nation that wants to thrive will leverage all of its assets. The cosmopolitans will always be with you. Find a way to channel their preferences in such a fashion that benefits you without weakening your culture.

That’s what a smart society would do. That’s what a wise sovereign would promote.

Good fences may make good neighbors, after all, but that’s no reason not to trade gifts on Christmas.

On Twitter this week, new Twitter follower Thorgeir Lawspeaker declared to me his distaste for how certain historical figures are retroactively being declared gay.

There are grounds to contest that some of the figures he named did, in fact, bounce around a bit on the Kinsey Scale (Turing, for instance, stated himself that he was in a sexual relationship with another man when questioned by British police). Besides, worrying about which historical figures are being retroactively being declared “gay” is quibbling over trivialities. Someone who lived 800 years ago might have had a taste for men. So what?

We could, of course, take the position that nobody was gay until Oscar Wilde burst onto the scene, but come now, that would be ridiculous. There are Neoreactionaries who aren’t straight. It would take someone in massive denial to suggest that all notable historical figures were 100% heterosexual.

Nick Land has been an even more fertile source of unique ideas for me than usual this week. Through him I came across this gem asking if we need another East India Company. I’m not sure I want the US government doing any such thing, though I wonder what China would do if someone suggested the idea to them…

Feeling subversive, I suggested to a female friend with a scholarly interest in international development that she could blow the entire field wide open if she examined the EIC from the lens of being the most effective international development organization in history. After a little convincing (her incredulity could have been measured on the Richter Scale), she said she’d be willing to look into the idea.

She’s probably still trying to figure out if I’m some kind of genius or if I’m just insane. Despite my best efforts though, I’m afraid I fall just a bit short on both those fronts. I’ve been wondering lately if a large enough dose of LSD would be enough to push me over the edge into either of those categories (I’m really not picky about which one I end up with, though both would be ideal). If any of my readers have ever tried it, let me know how it went. If anyone feels the need to convince me that this is a really, really bad idea, be sure to speak up.

Who would Neoreactionaries label as the best president? Yes, yes, I know that we all have signalling to uphold and the correct answer is “none of them”. Spare me. Stop playing that game and instead play this one. Which of the 44 men who have held the office of US president did the best job? Don’t be an ass and say Zachary Taylor for dying before he could do anything.

Speaking of labels, let’s talk about labels. Labels can apply even if we don’t want them to, or even if we don’t know that certain labels apply to us. This indicates that identity (being as it is a set of labels that can be conferred) does not rest solely on personal perception. The accuracy of a label derives not from an internal sense of satisfaction, but from a correspondence to the external world.

Social Justice Warriors. The Socratic Method. Labels as contingent on an external world. Connect the dots for fun and games.

The Cathedral as we might normally understand it is switching its loyalties. Where it once supported Israel wholeheartedly, it has now begun to extend its sympathies to Palestine. The proper progressive position is now to uphold the cause of the pooroppressedpalestinianpeoples. However, the US government still stands firm behind Israel. Given that the official government is both the public front and the armed wing of the Cathedral, this is a most interesting tension.

An easy explanation for this dynamic is that the full Cathedral feedback loop hasn’t kicked in yet (in 30 years, the US government might very well be throwing Israel to the dogs for the sake of the Palestinians). Another is that concentrated Jewish influence is enough to counter Cathedral doctrine. The farfetched and highly unlikely explanation is that this signals an internal division in the Cathedral that will be exacerbated as the coming century of fragmentation and disintegration warms up.

One can only hope.

SPQR

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10 thoughts on “Dark Linkage and Fractured Thoughts

  1. nickbsteves 11/08/2014 / 5:26 PM

    Presidents? Objectively Washington was probably the best, even if only because early and more aristocratic. Polk was pretty good. In the 20th century, you’d be hard pressed to beat Harding and Coolidge.

    • Lesser Bull 11/10/2014 / 11:06 AM

      GW, hands down. He was a founder, which is more order-creating and anti-entropic than maintenance or expansion.

  2. Richard 11/09/2014 / 11:21 AM

    George Washington would’ve bewen labeled a domestic insurgent. One must wonder how he’would’ve fared against the armed drones and propaganda machine of today. I suspect he’d have suffered the same fate as any ‘domestic terrorist’ of today, assuming he could raise an army willing to forgo beer and monday night football for longer than a day, or two.

  3. pumpsix 11/10/2014 / 2:02 AM

    The British East-India Company was brilliant at extracting wealth from foreign
    nations. I’m always amused at how they smuggled opium into China to secure gold to buy tea from the Chinese – China sold Britain the rope to hang ’em with.

    I am also supportive of an overt American Empire. Economic historian Niall Ferguson also argues that the American model of nation building is foolish. That America cannot just go into a nation, topple a government and then call a democratic election. Niall Ferguson also argues that the Middle East is the most logical starting point – go in and take over for good. Have oil as the goal and payment for American lives.

    China is already constructing an empire in Africa. They’ve recently (September) sent 700 troops into South Sudan to secure oil fields. Make no mistake: China is an empire and the Dragon is looking to devour the Eagle.

    • Legionnaire 11/10/2014 / 7:48 AM

      The American Empire, despite being a descendent of both the Roman Empire and the British Empire, has somehow avoided learning the lessons of either, and now spends its time and energy trying really, really hard to pretend it isn’t an empire.

      China has not only realized that it wants to be an empire, it is also starting to figure out how to do it properly.

  4. Aeoli Pera 11/10/2014 / 7:08 PM

    >The proper progressive position is now to uphold the cause of the pooroppressedpalestinianpeoples. However, the US government still stands firm behind Israel. Given that the official government is both the public front and the armed wing of the Cathedral, this is a most interesting tension.

    This is a very good observation. Now that the 4G war with the Cathedral is starting to kick into first gear (probably due to Vox’s publication and advertising of Lind’s book, which prophesies victory), it’ll become extremely important to notice these points of pressure.

  5. nananana 11/18/2014 / 1:49 AM

    Psilocybin and LSD are recommended for a person of the right cast of mind.

    Be sure to do them in a positive setting. Have some artwork hanging and nice music playing, or be outside in nature (many a revelation was had by a young man on acid staring at the night sky). It’s safest to do it with an experienced friend who is doing less – you will be temporarily insane – but keep in mind that solitary and group tripping are completely different experiences.

    As a safeguard against a bad trip, you might want to have an iPod with the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony in your pocket. While tripping music will have a profound influence on your reality, and listening to the most joyous music ever made will send you to heights of mind-bending euphoria – a sure escape hatch from anxiety or paranoia.

    Mushrooms are a less social, more spiritual drug. At high enough dosage you may see god(s). Your personality may melt away into them and at the end of the experience you may find yourself reborn. You may have a strong intuition that all matter in the universe is connected through some spiritual whole. As the visions wear off, you may discover a capacity for childlike wonder and joy as well as deep empathy. There’s a reason why hippies talk the way they do about love and connectedness. Afterwards, you may maintain a state of emotional vulnerability and mental plasticity for several weeks. It has been reported to cure depression for six months with a single dose.

    Acid has similar effects for some people. There are two big differences. 1) It’s possible, nay delightful, to read written text on acid. Don’t try walls of text, but recorded spoken poetry or written short poems are full of meaning. 2) It’s possible, and delightful, to be social. This is especially useful for low-empathy people. It’s reported that the shared emotional state between two people can become as clear as a sixth sense, and afterwards a heightened level of insight into interpersonal relationships can be maintained.

    Another drug that has been recommended is ayahuasca, though it is more rare and I know no one with personal experience of it.

    After-effects of all three may include:

    1) Permanent resolution of chronic emotional/inter-personal hangups

    2) Increased empathy, connectedness, and mental plasticity

    3) Increased delight with the artistic and natural worlds

    4) Understanding what the musicians of the 60s and 70s were up to

    5) Improved mood

  6. sfcton 11/19/2014 / 12:23 PM

    Washington used force to collect taxes much like lincoln

    jackson extended the vote to people who should not have been voting and threaten to use force against citizens of SC

    this should disqualify both

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