Why isn’t Trump fighting?
Yes, we know the insanity we’re swamped in is insane.
A few examples of what I’m referring to:
California downgrades knowingly infecting someone with HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Hispanic student in college newspaper, to white people: “Your DNA is an Abomination… I hate you because you shouldn’t exist.”
Seattle councilman: Removing human feces from sidewalks is “racist.”
Transvestite in bathroom sexually assaults 10-year-old girl:
Feminist: “If you have a penis you probably deserve murdering.”
The problem is not, as you might think, that everyone in my time is insane. Of course we know the current raging hate-filled psychopathic idiocy for what it is. It’s just that it’s not easy or quick to put an end to it. If it were as simple as one person standing up at a lectern and saying, “This is raging hate-filled psychopathic idiocy!” it would have ended decades ago. But the perpetrators don’t care – they’re sadists who enjoy inflicting hateful insanity on others; that’s the entire point for them. And normal people know it’s insanity; the problem is to organize collective action to fight it.
Once the psychotics have amassed a certain amount of social power – which they do by stealth at first – it becomes risky in certain ways to speak up. This doesn’t mean no one is speaking up – if you read contemporaneous accounts you’ll see many people are – but it does make it more difficult to recruit the 90-something percent of people who are sane to all speak up at once. (To induce every sane person to speak up at once, and create an overwhelming and publicly visible consensus against the insanity, would be the easiest way to end it without violence.)
Furthermore, the evil have a certain amount of animal cunning about taking and holding power, because that’s all they ever think about. On average they are less intelligent than the population as a whole… but they are obsessed. And one does acquire a certain facility at activities with which one is obsessed. So for examples:
They immediately move to isolate and hurt anyone who speaks out. “Hurt” here could mean many things, from violence, to making death-threat phone calls in the middle of the night, to having the person fired from their employment, to staging a boycott of the person’s business, and so on.
They obsessively, obsessively move to take over the idea-spreading professions – the news media and the educational system – to instill an utterly false worldview in the minds of the population. Normal people want to have enjoyable lives, to have hobbies, to enjoy friends and family, to have a career that is satisfying in and of itself – but these people only crave a career that lets them stifle any information which reveals their side to be the evil that it is, and spread any lies which make their side look good.
They engage in electoral fraud incessantly.
And to the extent that fraud doesn’t suffice, they buy votes. Many of their constituents are people who will be hurt drastically, or outright murdered, if the psychos ever acquire total power. But those constituents don’t think that far ahead. So they vote for whoever promises a heavier basket of state-funded goodies. And of course, the evil have fewer scruples than the good about using this political tactic.
And they have infiltrated the government in key areas, including, as I write this, the intelligence agencies. Those are the worst institutions for them to have infiltrated (from the point of view of decent people), because they have surveillance technology everywhere and by necessity they operate in secrecy. The evil love secrecy.
None of this is to suggest that the struggle against these vile maniacs is hopeless. Au contraire, as I write this I have good hope and the momentum has shifted dramatically in our favor in the last few years. And of course, in every conflict, each side has advantages and disadvantages; one just keeps fighting.
Rather, my point is this: There is a reason that the prevailing discourse asserts things that are obviously insane, and the reason is not that anyone believes it. The reason is that power-mad psychotics spent decades infiltrating themselves into positions where they could stifle and attack those who would question it.
Everyone knows the emperor is not wearing any clothes. Everyone knows, for example, that a man in a dress is not a woman. The question is how to get everyone to say it, and to say it publicly, and how to make fence-sitters understand, before the rage-mob shows up at their door, that the problem is the trend, not the state of the system at the current moment in time. We need to make people realize how urgent the situation already is and induce them to start fighting.
When I was younger I thought that episodes like the Salem Witch Trials happened because people back then were so benighted as to actually believe in witches! Ha! The absurdity of it! In light of our current situation, I now rather suspect that no one believed any such thing. Any more than anyone really believes that being heterosexual is a form of “bigotry.” No, the problem is a particular kind of social dynamics, namely holiness spirals. The problem is not one of stupidity and actual belief. It is one of incentives, of bad Nash Equilibria which the evil deliberately try to establish.
Understand, the very moment some political group begins asserting something that is obviously false: You are in a war. It is not a debate – though of course persuasion of the neutral is part of the conflict. It is a war with a type of madman and madwoman who, every time they attained power in the 20th century, slaughtered people by the millions. Understand that, and start planning, not to convince them, but to defeat them.
1) Programming note: For fans of the Red Pill in Fiction series, it’s still very much alive; I’ve just been busy with other stuff lately. Teaser: The next one is actually going to be Blue Pill in Fiction.
2) Hillary Clinton says of blacks, “they all look alike.”
The left shrieks with outrage. Hah, just kidding; left defends her. See your local lefty Twitter feed.
3) Trump announces he’ll terminate anchor baby policy by Executive Order.
For a link, add .html to the end of this:
And… OMG wowjustwow. Anchor baby policy: Trump’s opposition to it is actually part of a super-clever plan to support it!
4) Fortunately, San Francisco’s plan to get non-citizens, including illegals, to vote seems to have been a bust, with only 49 signing up.
5) If you’re catching flak, you’re over the target. President Trump spreads the news that an illegal alien murdered two Americans. The left screeches in outrage… that he mentioned it:
Dems and NeverTrumpers are really squealing in pain over this ad, so we know we’ve got ’em!
Speaking of hostile invaders: Media coverage of the invader caravan has changed from “There’s a caravan and here’s some video of them marching toward us” (what the hell were they thinking with that?) to “That bastard Trump is trying to turn the caravan into a political issue!” Trying to turn it into a political issue!? Like it’s not inherently a political issue!? Like he started it?
Whatever. Their anger at his mentioning this fact proves they know this issue is a loser for them. Hence the “Stop talking about this!” Uh, no. We’re going to talk about it. Loudly and frequently.
I also noticed that the media has largely replaced photos and video of the caravan marching, with maps showing its progress. The left has acquired a clue that vivid images of a hostile force marching toward our border are devastating for them.
And it illustrates how insane they are that this wasn’t obvious to them to begin with.
6) In response to the President talking about the invasion caravan, the left is busting out the “Nazi/white nationalist” stuff.
Wow, in the 1940s Nazis invaded other countries. Now apparently “Nazis” are those who object to invasions!
Memo from Diabolus 31,506 to Diabolus Apprentice 19,751: The Linguistic Division at the Ministry of Truth has really earned their bonuses this year!
7) Freshman enrollment at Evergreen College drops by 50%.
As if that isn’t bad enough for Evergreen,
“All of this is happening as enrollment at competing schools is up. This year the University of Washington announced it was welcoming its largest freshman class ever. So this is not a regional trend. This is about Evergreen and what happened there last year.”
8) Google employees stage a walkout over Google’s “treatment of women.”
This is what happens when you let yourself be SJW-converged, Google.
Sometimes I think Vox Day is overly optimistic about how hard and fast convergence starts damaging converged organizations. Then something like this happens.
It’s accelerating too.
Hey Google: LOL.
PS: James Damore says Hi.
He also says LOL.
9) We call them NPCs because they mechanically throw around terms like “racist” and “Nazi.”
And the response…
Anyone unironically using the term NPC in reference to anything other than video games is automatically a nazi in my book.
(At the 1:22 mark.)
I’m surprised by how little mention there has been on the right about Jair Bolsonaro’s win in Brazil.
The only righty who’s giving his win any prominent mention is Jim, here: https://blog.jim.com/party-politics/the-right-wins-in-brazil/ Vox Day hasn’t mentioned it at all (WTF?). Instapundit and Ace of Spades have each given it only one brief mention.
Heeellllllloooooooooo! This is huge!
Bolsonaro is described as “even worse than Trump” by the left. If the left describes him that way he must be good. And of course they’ve pulled out the usual “racist, sexist, homophobic,” etc.
His political program is on the face of it unremarkable: for gun rights, for family, against abortion, for capitalism, for God, for country, for secure property rights and in particular for secure property rights in land and houses, against crime and corruption.
So he’s for good stuff and against bad stuff. Well, that explains why the left hates him.
Bolsonaro’s victory means the rebellion against the disgusting left is gaining momentum. Of course that was already obvious, but now it has spread to three continents: North America (Trump), continental Europe and the UK (Brexit vote in the UK; too many encouraging events to mention on the continent), and now South America (Bolsonaro). And the most populous country in South America, by the way.
This encourages us and discourages the bad guys.
It makes life significantly more difficult for the globalists as they now have to spread themselves thinner over a larger set of adversaries. The game of whack-a-mole they have to play has just gotten significantly more complicated.
The left’s precious Overton Window continues to be smashed.
The preference cascade has grown. An entire nation of people just joined the chorus shouting “The Emperor’s not wearing any clothes!”
People who naturally are in sympathy with us but have been too intimidated to join in will now be less intimidated.
Fence-sitters who only care about being on the winning team have even more evidence that the momentum has shifted in favor of the good guys.
Another delightful feature of this: It shows that racial politics is not as simple as many had thought. Brazil is less white than the US, and they voted for a man who’s “more extreme than Trump, ZOMG!” …and by a wider margin: Bolsonaro won by more than 55% to 45%.
Slate is pricelessly going on suicide watch over the racial politics aspect of Bolsonaro’s victory: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/bolsonaro-brazil-election-lessons.html
Get ready for a schadenboner (ladies, get ready to get, er, schaden-wet).
Headline: Lessons From Brazil
Sub-head: A disturbing election shows that we can’t count on the lessons of history—or multiculturalism—to save democracy.
Translation: We thought that if we demographically replaced white people, we lefties would win. But oh no! That’s not guaranteed!
Some choice quotes:
“the biggest democracy in Latin America is now in mortal danger.”
LOL. Lefties are such assholes. Whenever they don’t win, they define it as “not democratic.” The left really does believe that “democracy” means “the left always wins.” That is, they ascribe no legitimacy to actual democracy.
PS: Eat shit, loser.
And “The danger to Brazil’s democratic institutions is very serious indeed.”
The dork draws “four important lessons” from Bolsonaro’s win, among them:
“The populist wave is still accelerating.”
Oh no! Politicians who appeal to the people are winning elections!
Another “lesson” (extended quotes in bold):
Countries don’t learn from their history
…Another election that took place on Sunday shows that Brazil is not the only country in which elites have long been too willing to assume that a dark past would somehow pave the way for a brighter future. When I traveled to Berlin to talk to some of Germany’s most senior politicians in the fall of 2016, at a time when the far-right Alternative for Germany already enjoyed double-digit support in many polls, nearly all of them assured me that Germans, well aware of the dangers of fascism, would never give the far-right the 5 percent they needed to enter the Bundestag. Less than 12 months later, they got 13 percent in federal elections held in September 2017, becoming the country’s third-strongest party.
Alternative for Germany’s streak of success has only continued since. Just this past Sunday, it took 13 percent of the vote in Hesse, a state that should provide them with less fertile hunting ground. Thanks to this latest victory, the party is now represented in every single state parliament in the country.
According to the left, if you don’t want to be gang-raped by hordes of invaders (put Cologne, New Year’s Eve into a search engine) you’re a “far-right extremist.”
Authoritarian demagogues can thrive in diverse countries
Demography, it turns out, is not destiny.
We thought it was! We might not be as clever as we thought! Uh oh!
Particularly in the United States, many people equate authoritarian populism with xenophobia, and xenophobia with white people.
First of all, Fuck you. Secondly, notice how the demographic group that votes most consistently for small government is called the group that most supports authoritarianism. The left loves to do this: to assert the precise, exact opposite of the truth. It happens too often to be a coincidence; I think it’s some sort of lying fetish.
A candidate like Trump, they believe, can only appeal to a dwindling white majority running scared because it is about to lose its privileges.
Behold: “losing your country” is translated into left-speak as “losing your privileges.”
A surprisingly hopeful conclusion follows from this frightening premise: Because the United States—and many other countries around the world—are growing more diverse, the potential for authoritarian populists keeps shrinking. If only we get through the next few years, the good side will win the demographic race and triumph over the populists.
Bolsonaro’s success shows that this is simply not the case… Bolsonaro has managed to win well over half of the vote in a country that is already “majority minority.”
Looks like your side is in trouble!
The same, I’m afraid, could easily be possible in the United States… a recent poll showed that more than four in 10 Latinos approve of his [Trump’s] performance in office.
HOW CAN THIS BE?! WE CALLED HIM RACIST! DIDN’T THEY HEAR US CALL HIM RACIST?!
In short, the rise of Bolsonaro shows that Brazilian democracy now faces an acute threat…
LOL, “democracy faces an acute threat” means “the left didn’t win.”
the populist wave continues to go strong; that we should not trust democratic messiahs to deliver us…
Note that in a moment of weakened focus, he inadvertently lets slip how he actually feels about democracy: “we leftists cannot trust democracy.”
Oops, be careful, dude! Your self-censorship algorithm glitched there for a second!
The people are going to continue to reject the totalitarians of the left, no matter how much you try to label the right totalitarians, authoritarians, etc. And the best thing about it is that you can’t stop yourselves. The holiness spiral that you’re caught up in forces you to be more extreme over time, even as the voters come to hate the extremism more and more.
You and your asshole leftist friends:
I’m melting, melting! Ohhhhh, what a world, what a world! Who would have thought that some little voters like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness!?
The original blank version is here. Take it like a quiz and see how you do! It’s easy! Informative! Fun!
UPDATE: Here’s a pic of Paaaaaauuuuuuliiiiiiiina, just because:
If you look like this and aren’t a psycho, then yes, I’ll invite you to my formal.
If a social process is accelerating, why is it? Is it because of, say, learning? (E.g., a new technology: The more people use it, the more non-users see it, so the faster it spreads.) Or is it because there are game-theoretic reasons for it? The latter is obviously the case with a holiness spiral.
A holiness spiral is when a group of people try to outdo each other in expressions of ideological piety. Other terms are signaling spiral (because people are competitively signaling their faith), purity spiral (I’m ideologically pure!), and Left Singularity. The last term is due to the fact that the current holiness spiral in the western world is a leftist phenomenon.
A key part of such a spiral is that one attacks people to one’s right, but not to one’s left. Indeed, participants are expected to attack those to their right as an expression of piety. The driving dynamic is that it makes sense to say, “That guy’s not holy enough! Attack him!” but it does not make sense to say, “That guy’s too holy! Attack him!”
As far as I know, Jim of blog.jim.com came up with the concept of a holiness spiral/ left-wing singularity, and if he didn’t, he’s certainly doing more with the concept than anyone else. (See e.g. here: http://blog.jim.com/war/recap-on-the-left-singularity/)
As noted, the current holiness spiral is a leftist one. An example of the leftist acceleration:
• The time from gay marriage first being mentioned, to the moment leftists started calling opponents of gay marriage “bigots,” was about 15 years.
• The time from the start of Transvestite Lib to the moment leftists called a man who refused to kiss a tranny a “bigot” was about 3 years.
The process was well articulated by whatever asshole leftist came up with the slogan pas d’ennemis à gauche: “No enemy to the left.” (It started in Revolutionary France; see e.g. http://www.newoxfordreview.org/article.jsp?did=0701-whitehead and was, unsurprisingly, important in Soviet Russia: https://infogalactic.com/info/Alexander_Kerensky)
That established the dynamic. It would have happened anyway, but this slogan certainly accelerated it. It explicitly created the incentive to attack people to one’s right only, thus created the incentive for every leftist to try to get to the left of— to out-holy— every other leftist.
There’s only one way that ends. If everyone is rushing to get to the left of everyone else, obviously there will be acceleration to the left, which will never stop until it hits the most extreme possible situation: Genocide or an attempt at genocide that starts a civil war.
We are not at overt civil war yet, but we have entered the start of it. Consider our political situation right now: We are obviously living in Chapter One of every history book about a civil war ever written.
The Game Theory
The central problem of a holiness spiral is that the advantage is relative. That is, what determines whether the mob attacks you is not your absolute position, but your position relative to everyone else. That’s what creates the incentive for the perpetual leftward movement and the acceleration of that movement.
Importantly, when the participants in the holiness spiral realize they’re in a holiness spiral the problem becomes worse, not better. There are two key moments in a holiness spiral. The first is when is when a typical participant in the spiral notices that the movement to the left is accelerating. The second key moment is when a typical participant not only notices that the movement left is accelerating, but realizes that everyone else must also be noticing that. Then he starts thinking game-theoretically:
If some holiness spiral participant, call him Fred, notices the rapid leftward movement, then he has an incentive to move leftward too, to stay in the middle of the group. In fact, to be safe, he has an incentive to move left a little faster than he expects other people to move. That will leave him a margin for error, so that at worst, he stays in the middle, and at best, he’s a little to the left of the average, so he’s somewhat more holy than average.
But eventually Fred thinks: “Hmm, but presumably a lot of people are thinking the same way I just did. So they’ll also try to move more rapidly to the left.” For example, if the average belief is that the movement will be 10 miles per hour, then everyone actually has an incentive to move at, say, 12 miles per hour. That way there’s a margin for error, and at worst you outpace the average person a little to the left, which is always safe. (Being to the right isn’t safe.)
Note the logic here. For everyone to expect movement of X miles per hour is actually not a Nash Equilibrium, because if everyone believed that, then they wouldn’t behave that way; they’d move faster. Thus we have a proof by contradiction: Assume everyone expects movement of X mph. Then they have incentive to actually move at X+2 mph. Thus the acceleration.
But of course, it’s even worse than that. Because once Fred thinks game-theoretically, drawing the conclusions I’ve just drawn, he realizes that everybody else is, or will soon start, thinking that way too. So Fred’s incentive is to move leftward at 14 mph. That is, suppose everyone at first anticipates movement of 10 mph. Then their reasoning process tells each individual he’d better move at 12 mph. But it occurs to him that other people might also reason this out and move at 12 mph, so he thinks, “Hmm, actually I’d better move at 14 mph.” And so on.
Plainly this process has no sane limit.
This is why Jim notes that a holiness spiral cannot last forever; it must be forcibly stopped either by civil war, someone seriously stepping on the brakes with hardcore punishments for trying to out-holy everyone else, or until everybody goes as extreme as possible. The most extreme possible position is that everyone who’s a sinner must be tortured to death immediately, and indeed, that is where these things often end up. E.g., various Communist states’ purges in the 20th century.
Killing a Spiral
There are other possibilities, of course. For example, if I correctly recall the history of the Salem Witch Trials: At some point the Salem Witch Persecutions simply became too extreme, with everybody at risk because anyone could accuse anyone else of being a witch, and no one was safe. And it became obvious that some innocent people were being executed, when people standing on the gallows refused to confess and recant, and went to their deaths instead. So the thing was stopped, apparently by a sudden public agreement that the entire thing was BS and had Gone Too Far. Everyone just woke up and said, “What the fuck were we thinking?” Or the incentive to speak up became overwhelming, since you were likely to be accused of being a witch and sentenced to death even if you remained silent.
It would be good to try to push things in that direction, the Salem direction. The most obvious example is to make it clear to white people that this is tending toward the most holy thing of all, as leftists currently define holiness, which is torturing all white people to death. They won’t succeed, but the civil war they’ll force upon us will certainly create an astoundingly large pile of bodies. ’Twere best avoided. Getting white people to see where this is headed is one way to increase the number of people pushing back. And most of the western world is still white. Important: Spreading the idea of the holiness spiral increases the incentive for those participating in it to move leftward faster, but it increases the incentive for everyone else to resist.
The reason that participants in a spiral participate in it, beyond a certain point, is that they perceive it (correctly or not) to be their safest option. As more people oppose the HS, it becomes safer to exit the HS. That’s crucial.
It is, in fact, one reason the left tries to prevent people from realizing that there is widespread opposition to left-wing ideas. They know that a preference cascade can ruin their entire plan.
PREFERENCE CASCADE is indeed a kind of equal and opposite dynamic to a holiness spiral. It’s an important part of our conceptual and practical toolkit as we try to fight the HS.
A preference cascade can occur in an environment of widespread preference falsification, which is when everyone lies about their preferences. It could be because you’d damn well better lie – e.g., in 1940 in the USSR, you’d better say that Stalin is wonderful, or else. Or it could be just because you don’t want to say things that you’re afraid will make you unpopular, perceived as foolish, etc. A preference cascade is when enough people say, “The orthodoxy is bullshit!” and that can encourage others to join in, etc., until the orthodoxy is destroyed.
Such a cascade is exemplified by the little boy shouting, “Hey! The Emperor’s not wearing any clothes!” This can lead to other people – it doesn’t have to be everyone at first – saying, “Yeah, that’s true, he’s not wearing any clothes!” Then more people chime in, and so on, until the explicit consensus has converged to the truth, that the Emperor has no clothes.
Note though that there are always evil people who actually enjoy attacking others; indeed that’s who starts a spiral in the first place. So just pointing and laughing at leftists, even after the preference cascade, may not be enough. It is very plausible (Jim again) that some sort of firm incentive will be necessary to robustly discourage continued participation in holiness signaling.
…and then rubs abrasive rock salt in their wounds by doing the most painful thing you can do to a leftist chick: He ignores her.
It’s like she doesn’t exist.
The great thing about the photo is… well, everything.
One great thing about it is that you actually can’t tell if he is genuinely unaware of her existence, or if he is aware, but just deliberately ignores her. And the stylish adjusting of the tie… the complacently serene look on his face… She is utterly irrelevant to his world, as she yowls in well-deserved pain and/or a performative bid for attention. Fuck, that is priceless.
The instant I saw this already-iconic photo of Graham, I thought of this scene from the Bond movie Goldeneye (watch to the end to get the reference):