In a recent article Propaganda of the Need: Join or Die, Andy Nowicki discusses the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, and its relevance to the Alternative-Right and other dissident movements that seek to subvert or overthrow the prevailing orthodoxy or ruling order. Having read the series, I enjoyed watching darling of 4Chan, Strong Independent Woman™ Katniss Everdeen grace the screen with her figure-hugging spandex outfits, albeit for different reasons than ‘you go grrrl’ empowerment. Despite a near-parody of this feminist meme, Mockingjay presents us with the conflict that arises when grassroots social movements move past the affirmative consent phase and start to get physical. (more…)
I’ve always liked to push-the-envelope, border on inappropriate, and to rustle the jimmies of the self-righteous. I reserved this for the idols that I found contemptible, or at least not beyond reproach – I never thought there was much that was funny about mom, baby or Jesus jokes. But the morally-hygienic SWPL, the uptight snob or boorish jock was fair game for a bit of rabble rousing when conversation lulled or I’d over-indulged in the wrong company.
Being a Millenial, the focus of our cultural environment has been to tear down, rather than build up. Since the 60’s the left has taken aim at the cultural symbols that they believed were ‘holding us down’ – traditional marriage, gender roles, Christianity, Capitalism, Colonial history inter-alia. Having decisively won the ‘culture wars’, the left, through film, TV and music gave us the ‘itss the corrporrationss maaannn!’ spaced out hippie degenerate, and its modern incarnation, the SJW/tumblrkin special snowflake who demands you evil fascists alight your Panzer tanks and ‘listen’ to their ‘conversation’, ‘check your privilege’ and self-flagellate for your ‘micro-aggressions’.
The liberal media employs techniques of snark and mockery to undermine who they consider their inferiors, (in nerdy neoreactionary parlance, the Vaisyas), usually what they call the blue-collar, red state ‘hicks’ and ‘white trash’. The hysterical screeching over Sarah Palin is a case in point (conservative womyn, don’t lean in – kill yourselves). Programs like The Daily Show and Rachel Maddow use the point-and-sputter, and the rehearsed self-righteous moral indignation, with a bit of snark thrown in for good measure.
But there is little left for them to ridicule. The mainstream media is liberal, and has the support of both government and major corporations. As much as these ‘journalists’ wish they were Woodward and Bernsteins, their role has been reduced to selling products, harvesting clicks and promoting the progressive agenda. ‘Useful idiot’ caricatures like Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, come along every now and then for them to resurrect the spectre of the dangerous, crazy self-reliant redneck Christian man, but for the most part, the role of the dissident is now firmly in the hands of the Right.
In a recent article, Andy Nowicki at Alternative-Right posited that dissidents will be dissidents, and will change their stripes to become new dissidents as time requires, because it fulfills a fundamental need:
Yet how much of the coalescing counter-culture is an authentic challenge to the repugnancy of the predominantly-enforced mindset, and how much is but a mirror image of its essentially identical proclivity to sacrifice authenticity for conformity in a rigidly proscribed and witlessly contrived manner? Put another way, will anything essential have changed when today’s radical egalitarians are replaced by tomorrow’s ethno-nationalists, or will we merely see the flip side of the same phenomenon, the future “tails” to match the present-day “heads”?
This a question that deserves an answer. Are we just as bad as the wannabe Bernsteins? I think that there are large elements of the ‘Dissident Right’ that fringe for fringe’s sake, and enjoy getting into infantile games of ‘I’m more right-wing than you’ until they reach complete and unutter Skyrim LARP irrelevance. In a recent episode of The Daily Shoa 14.88: Right-Wing Pokemon, The Death Panel discussed some of the more absurd libertarian-induced strains of edgy-autistic reactionary thought. Read the transcript of Ghoul’s great analysis here. But I don’t buy into Nowicki’s nihilism that we are all just depraved puppets, searching for a master to pull our strings. I acknowledge there is a real undercurrent of malcontent that is based upon a dispossession, that is a product of the institutional machinations of a hostile, leftist zeitgeist.
What I’ve come to realise, the more I have read and immersed myself in ‘the edge’ of the dissident right, is that all of the thoughts and feelings that you have and things you experience have been shared by so many others. In your personal life and social circle, you might be frothing extremist for not believing in equality, or risk becoming a pariah for expressing doubts about the fruits of ‘womens’ liberation’, but online, you’re a milquetoast sellout conservative beta male who enables the matrix and promotes the feminine imperative because you have a job, vote and want to get married at some point. The initial ‘rush’ of the red pill is intoxicating and feels great, and a bit of ranting and vicarious travel through the similar experiences of others is warranted. But there is only so much that can be gleaned from this, and it’s easy to be seduced by your own ‘rationalisation-hamster’. If you listen too closely to the likes of Roosh and Captain Capitalism, you could be misled into thinking that all western women are useless sluts, and forget about achieving anything in your professional life because ‘the economy is stuffed’ and ‘the lefties are out to get you’. By being extreme, right-wing reactionaries polarise their audience and draw more loyal support, as well as those who just enjoy audacity and snark for its own sake. They need this to stay relevant, create twitter wars and make themselves heard.
Coming to this realisation is important. The fact that I want to live in a stable economy with low crime, not be displaced demographically, and be able to go about life without dildos being shoved in my face is actually pretty normal. It is to play into the progressive narrative to think that these are extremities, relics of a bygone era that belong in the dustbin of history. We are the normal ones. It is all-too-tempting to get carried away with becoming the truest Scotsman, so that you becoming a LARPing child, posting medieval images of knights and dames on your twitter feed, who belongs in the sand-pit.
That is not to say that the internet is not an extremely valuable, decentralised mechanism for spreading dissenting thought and generating followers and new content. We need writers, artists, publishers and authors to continue their great work, and publishing online does not in any way diminish what they do. As a subscriber, reader or just as ‘one of us’ you have found a community-of-sorts, which can be a rabbit-hole of its own. Navigating Vantardism, and just the generally antisocial-freakshow that is social media can be difficult for us ‘big-tent’ special-snowflakes.
So for the millenarian, hard-right reactionary reader, take heart. Yes, your university is leftist and your corporate diversity training fires up the ovens buried deep in your Schutzstaffel heart. Yes, the media and culture-at-large has lied to you and is actively subverting our own proud history, tradition and culture of the West. Instead of churning out Magic card Gravatars of yourself as a Neo-Monarchist-Papist riding a silver stallion, summoning thunderbolts, engage with your (real, physical) friends and colleagues. Read real books, find others open to your ideas and become a better man (or woman) by actually living out the values you have chosen. Ask questions about the narrative collisions that are becoming more and more pronounced, and accept some of the realities of the time and place that we live in.
Those still plugged-in to the hellish 24-hour news cycle were subject to the praise and adulation by the media this week of one Emma Watson (a.k.a Hermione Granger), who made an ‘uplifting and inspiring’ speech to the UN Womens’ Conference to kick off the ‘HeforShe’ campaign, which seeks to rope hapless men into supporting the delusional egalitarianism that will liberate humanity from biology forever. (more…)
Radfem/Cultural Marxist bashing has been done to death in this corner of the Internet. In fact they have been trolled to great effect by the likes of Matt Forney and Roosh V, who by touching on their soft spots, were catapulted to internet stardom, as every self-righteously outraged leftoid re-tweeted their deliberately provocative satire with zeal. Somewhat shrill atheist video blogger, Thunderfoot has also gotten a piece of the action by calling out the RadFems for what they truly are (hint:they’re not suffragettes). (more…)
I’ve encountered many along my path towards the right, who despite making freedom, taxes and tyranny their main talking points, are liberals down to the core. They can usually be brought out of hiding with a few leading questions if they don’t show their true colors by accident. These types are the most pernicious because they flirt with dangerous ideas (more…)
Success may be interpreted as a combination of being content with one’s position and satisfied with accomplishments that are in some way recognised within a broader community. (I don’t recognise the authority of your LARP King – or your WoW level 42 dwarf existence!). I posit that being on the “right side of history” is an essential element to overcoming hurdles and taking advantages of the changes that occur on a major scale around the world. This involves a degree of luck for many who happen to be in the right place at the right time. What I am concerned with is how one can identify trends on a macro level within countries and around the world; socially, economically and ideologically, so as to profit from them personally. (more…)
Society has undergone a process of democratization. Whereas once one’s parents’ occupation, and one’s own, as well as corresponding tastes, speech, dress and mannerisms could designate one as ‘blue collar’, ‘middle class’ or ‘upper-middle’, the economy has undergone such a restructuring that it’s longer possible to reliably estimate a person’s background and lifestyle having only observed one or two of these markers.
Take for example, the working class. (more…)
Demographics. At any point in history where significant change is occurring, demographics or more specifically, generational differences, will become more apparent. Viewers of AMC’s Mad Men will appreciate the portrayal of young people in the 60’s and their stark contrast with the WWII generation – zany, experimental fashion, their anti-establishment attitudes and alternative lifestyles compared to their conservative, serious and patriotic parents and employers.
But the effects of generational divide go far beyond the aesthetic. A significant factor in the standard of living you will experience throughout your life is the period in which you were born. It sounds obvious if one were to pick an example like post-war Germany or Soviet Russia, but most people seem oblivious to the demographic crisis facing the west today.
Factor:1 Tax revenue
With a huge sector of the workforce retiring, there will be fewer workers to generate income to pay tax. It is unlikely that governments will be able to raise the amount of tax revenue that they currently do twenty years down the track. The enormous expansion of the welfare state in developed western economies in the post-war period has meant that governments need many times more tax revenue per citizen than in the past to balance the budget – not that they do. The structural deficit, combined with mounting public debt (and its accompanying compound interest) spells for a dire situation, with future taxpayers shouldering the burden of a never-seen-before inter-generational wealth transfer.
Factor 2. Government spending
With all of these old people not paying tax, guess what they choose to do instead? Get sick and draw pensions! That’s right, an inordinate amount of the healthcare costs of a nation are spent on the elderly, the very same group that is given is paid income for not working (pension)! And don’t give me the ‘but they’ve worked their whole lives and contributed’ drivel. Every generation will work and contribute. Social security (including healthcare programs) is a Ponzi scheme – this is not hyperbole – the technical definition of Ponzi finance is that new investors are required to make contributions that are used to pay off earlier investors. In the private market these schemes naturally collapse (a la Bernie Maddoff), and those responsible are criminally charged. This is not the case with public entities – a subject worthy of another post. The curious thing about Ponzi schemes is that not everyone gets ripped off. Many early and mid stage investors, even the ones who weren’t clued into the game, will make a tidy profit while the rig is still running. It’s only when there are so many who have already made their investment who all want to receive their returns, that there aren’t enough new investors to kick the money upstairs to their predecessors.
Factor 3: Asset-price deflation
Much of the wealth accumulated by baby boomers (and their parents) is due to the price inflation across all asset classes in the past forty years. Houses, stocks, commodities have all boomed, largely due to enormous unrepeatable credit expansion. This inflationary period with its growing levels of debt, has allowed older generations to save for retirement buy purchasing these assets relatively cheaply, and watch them rise in value. When they all stop working and need to fund their retirement, how will they turn these assets into holiday cruises and reclining massage chairs? By selling the assets they have accumulated – this will put downwards pressure on the value of all of these assets – meaning that millennials will not see the value of their homes and investments rise as though it were a given.
The more important resulting phenomenon however, its the lack of the ‘wealth effect‘. As asset values increase (especially real estate), people feel richer. They borrow more, spend more and have confidence in markets. Bank balance sheets expand, allowing for more lending (spending and investment). In banking terminology, this a process known as mortgage hypothecation. This is a ‘positive feedback loop’ that works well, until the credit dries up and young people cannot afford to buy into the over-inflated market.
So what is the younger generation to do? Since there is clearly a rort going on, how is one to avoid being the unwilling benefactor for the state-sponsored baby boomer largesse? I would recommend reading Aaron Clarey’s Enjoy the Decline for some ideas. Personally, avoiding the housing market (in the Anglosphere), internationalisation of assets and operating your own business (rather than being an employee) would be a good starting point. Post in the comments section any original ideas.