- Everyone lives in a physical neighborhood, but most people don’t talk to their neighbors. A physical neighborhood is symmetrical; if you live in Apartment Tower #7, you are necessarily the neighbor of everyone in Apartment Tower #6, whether you like them or not.
- Almost every blogger has a “neighborhood” of blogs and sites that he frequently links to. However, these relationships are typically less symmetrical. I can link to Steve Sailer every day, but he’s not going to give my blog a link unless he likes it enough to bestir himself.
I’m not crazy about calling our blog neighborhood the “Manosphere.” I am even less enthusiastic about being labeled as a “neoreactionary,” because I disagree with Moldbug on most things. However, when I link to guys like B’Man or UncaBob or Ex-Army, I can’t exactly call them “Anti-Moldbuggians.” They never signed on to vituperate against Moldbug. (They never signed anything. We don’t agree to any list of shared “campaign planks.” We just link to each other a lot.)
By contrast, the Moldbuggers are willing to sacrifice their personal preferences for shared identity. The atheist Moldbuggers who hate Christianity with a passion are willing to remain silent and never criticize the Christian Moldbuggers. The Christian Moldbuggers say “Deus Vult” and refuse to recognize the incompatibility between the Nicene Creed and white ethnic nationalism. And so on.
The tendency in most modern consumeristic societies is to form leisure affinity groups. This is probably not a good thing, and I want to explore its dysfunctionality in a way that ultimately ties back to current events.
- Consumerism itself tends to reduce political engagement and meaningful expressions of discontent. Consumerism is a kind of “Bowling Alone” that motivates alienated workers to unplug from the real world instead of going out and organizing labor unions. You can work twenty hours a week at a job that you hate, doing the bare minimum, and then go home and spend forty hours a week playing Skyrim and learning the correct Dragon Shout that will clear the skies. Pic related.
- Consumerism costs resources and generally does not return meaningful empowerment. Even if you spend all day chugging expensive protein shakes and racking up high scores at the local paintball field, you’re probably not gaining a lot of personal power relative the governments that regulate those protein shakes and the corporations that sell you your paintball gun.
- Consumerism is a money-pit that prevents the lower classes from improving their long-term economic prospects. In the short term, everyone must consume some food and shelter, lest we starve and freeze. It’s a slippery slope from buying durable items once to buying high-performance items (that are NOT optimized for durability and reliability), and before you know it you’re a mall ninja. But when we get addicted to fancy forms of food, shelter, and entertainment, we are locking ourselves into a game where Rockefellers and Kissingers set the rules.
An appellate court in Baton Rouge ruled Thursday that a raid on a police officer’s house in search of the blogger who had accused the sheriff of corruption was unconstitutional.
The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals argued that Sheriff Jerry Larpenter’s investigation into the blog ExposeDAT had flawed rationale: the alleged defamation was not actually a crime as applied to a public official.
The unanimous ruling from the three-judge panel comes after police officer Wayne Anderson and his wife Jennifer Anderson were denied assistance in local and federal court.
“I love it when justice is tangible,” Jerri Smitko, one of the Andersons’ laywers, told The Intercept.
Comment: This Baton Rouge story is an interesting sort of “pain point.” The legal system is not entirely broken. It is mostly broken, but every so often, little beams of light like this shine through. This is a “pain point” for me as a blogger because I want a theme around which I can construct a narrative about the world. This kind of thing doesn’t give me much to work with. Should I strike a tone of triumphalism or a stern admonition to keep one’s powder dry?
Despite the finding that the democratically elected leader is being ousted by criminals engaged in an entirely illegitimate and unconstitutional act it seems all but certain Dilma Rousseff will be permanently removed by Wednesday. A juror for the International Tribunal for Democracy in Brazil wrote a scathing editorial this week denouncing what she calls the illegal government of interim President Michel Temer formed in an attempt by leading members of the opposition Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) to avoid enhanced enforcement of the country’s corruption laws.
Comment: Despite the “little beams of light,” the broken nature of the system still seems to dominate current events.
The collapse of a signature Obama administration trade pact marks a major defeat for free trade advocates and politico-economic globalism. Free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have fallen apart in recent weeks with Europe reticent to open its agricultural industry to low-cost American “frankenfruits” in addition to concerns over the depletion of labor standards and worries that an unelected cabal will be able to dictate policy over the sovereign objections of participating countries.
Comment: The above appears to be neither drastically bad nor inspiringly good. TTIP appears mostly dead, but it isn’t known to be truly dead. It isn’t so dead that we can plan strategies for a world in which it isn’t a threat.
“Local” Blogosphere news:
A blogger I haven’t heard of before wrote an awesome political economy piece related to ANIME:
Ex-Army has been making up for lost time by posting up a storm, of which one notable entry is:
B’Man is continuing to attract a lot of contributors with posts that have almost no written verbal argument, such as:
I think I have attention-deficit disorder, because whenever I try to watch youtube, I end up watching 30 seconds of many different videos, and then I forget what I was trying to look at. So I tried watching that 2.5 hour lecture. Truly I tried. I was weak. However, it seems that most people don’t have my problem, and are quite content to work with YouTube. The presenter gave his name, I think, but I didn’t write it down. I must say he is a very snappy dresser:
That post was evidently inspired by one of the writers at:
So why don’t I link to Renegade Tribune? Surely their current events are newsworthy, and their deep-think pieces are thought-provoking! But once I start linking to people who aren’t individual bloggers, every vaguely right-wing blogger who has read The Bell Curve will post a comment asking for a link exchange. Then the linking gets out of control, and I try to link to an excessive number of sources, and I lose focus.
There are many high quality blog posts from writers who are not directly known to me, such as:
I am feeling too ADD to watch the video, but it has an easy text summary:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Big Pharma kills way more people than gun violence does, but the government goes after guns and won’t go after Big Pharma.
Judging from the fact that the fda, cdc, and American academy of pediatrics all get most of their funding from the drug companies its not surprising.
And once again, I am letting a lot of good blogs slide without mention, because there are too many of them, and they spread out too few ideas over too many words.
E.g. the writer at:
writes well, but he’s not as inspired as Henry Dampier was a few years ago.
Spandrell is still dropping knowledge bombs like the following:
I’m probably the most disagreeable alt-right out there, in that my specialty is pointing out how every single political idea out there is either stupid or impractical, and I use profuse examples from ancient and modern history to make the point. Recently I’ve been pointing out why political ideas are either stupid impractical, and why they still keep coming up …
Sovietmen is writing pieces that are easy to read for folks with ADD:
… you could fight to reinstate patriarchal monogamy. But that’s hard, may take more than a generation to achieve, and your resentful wife will stop shagging you once she’s had enough kids anyway.