Chaos Patch (#110)

(Open thread + links)

Tactical Freudianism. Passivism debate. Anti-formalism. Universality is death (plus). An unwelcome intervention. The Brotherhood. “The Age of Destruction must come and pass; the wheel must turn; it is unavoidable.” Democracy Shmemocracy. Hestia’s latest. The weekly round.

Alt-Right provokes conniptions (1, 2, 3), and a poem. Neoliberalism in question (1, 2, 3). The simple source of socialist failure (relevant). Ideology 101. The masochistic right. Jacobins are not conservatives. Culture war in cyberspace (and a cry from the cross-fire zone). Crypto-realism. Capital escapes.

‘Soft Coup‘ in Brazil? Debt crisis in Japan. US-Saudi friction (plus relevant rant, and reference). Basted Turkey. Right-wing Israelis.

The case for market money, and for penal colonies. Alphabet City.

NY Post endorses Trump. Facebook and Trump.

Abstraction and the Flynn Effect. Japanese biodiversity. Appalachia (1, 2). Lesbian eugenics. The blank slate crumbles. Criminal correlations. Out of autism. Martyrdom in the robes of science. Questions of sentience in cephalopods and machines.

Anti-memories. Primal fears. Biosemantics.

Primes and particles.

Sex and robots. Ontological secrets of Bitcoin. Synthetic time reversal.

Old books. Crypto-occultism. Philip Johnson’s fascism. Ruin of the humanities. Bogosity.

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  • Chaos Patch (#110) | Neoreactive Says:

    […] Chaos Patch (#110) […]

    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 2:53 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    The shift of the Overton window has awakened some of theory from its slumber. Liberalism creates a perverse incentive: do what is politically correct and be rewarded, or try that weird strange world of theory out there which no one wants to be seen reading. Now that the death of liberal democracy is visible to the top 5% of humanity, people are casting about and trying to claim intellectual real estate in the coming regime.

    Of course, the squatter be damned; many got there already, and have been there for some time. Fred Nietzsche nods, crosses his arms and lights up a Black and Mild, then puffs with his chin out defiantly…


    Grotesque Body Reply:

    Soon Thucydides will want all these brats to get off his fucking lawn.


    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 2:56 pm Reply | Quote
  • grey enlightenment Says:

    That blank slate article is really good. It needed to be said.


    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 3:12 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alrenous Says:

    Right-culture is particularist. Left-culture is universalist.
    Neither is capable of seeing each has its place.


    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 3:47 pm Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    Passivism debate.

    this is really inventive, and conscious attempt to correlate with reality and its brutality. Stay out of radar and prepare to renounce this ‘shadow passivism’ when ready. unfortunately sofisticated enemy using advanced probalistic methods to hunt you down. this is known as method of Sсhrоdinger: place a traps for ‘shadow passivists’ and wait, there is always positive probability different from zero, that passivist tired from passivism sooner or later will get into that trap.

    let me propose more vaible paradigm for activism based on inversion geometry. all activists (shadow passivists) must get into one big cage and lock themselves. when ready they can activate inversion of space relative to the cage, then all thier enemies will be inside of that cage and they out.


    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 4:05 pm Reply | Quote
  • Tentative Joiner Says:

    Can you call “SJW” (the word itself) a Vaisya meme that spread to the Brahmin?


    SVErshov Reply:

    ‘Vaisya meme that spread to the Brahmins’ is the only one meme that can save modern brahmins in India at least, from complete decomposition on all level. Vaisya ethics and code business very strong. Brahmins turning worshiping to God into regular business, and it is best things they can do, at least formaly they still doing exact same things as society expect them to do.


    Herbert Z. Oinlein Reply:

    No. It is a Vaisya meme by virtue of it being disinherited by the Brahmin, wherefrom the term itself originates. This sort of smpasmosis is a dead giveaway even if you’re not aware of the etymology of “social justice warrior”.


    Tentative Joiner Reply:

    You are right. According to a reliable source, “social justice warrior” was first used as a pejorative in the title of a blog started by an activist unhappy with Cthulhu swimming past him.


    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 4:05 pm Reply | Quote
  • S.C. Hickman Says:

    You might have added for laughs:

    Heideggerian and apocalyptical thinker

    Alexander Dugin on Martin Heidegger: Interview


    Erebus Reply:

    I thought that was a good interview. This statement, in particular:

    >“We cannot understand the meaning of the End (where we live) without understanding the meaning of the beginning. All Greece – philosophy, language, culture – is of absolute importance. We are living on the margins of Ancient Greece. Everything was discovered and lived there already. European history is a weak and increasingly decadent repetition of Greek patterns. Political philosophy as philosophy in general was the creation of the Greek genius. The Greeks are our destiny, our identity. The Beginning is more important than the End, because the End is contained in the Beginning – not vice versa. So contemporary Europe is the End of the Greek in many senses.”

    ….Is, despite the hyperbole, entirely correct. We’re re-living the mistakes of the Ancient Greeks right now. All forms of government, all manner of unstable alliance, the attempts at hegemony, the spread and fate of empire, the effects of transcendent and secular religions upon society, and so forth, have been thoroughly explored by the Ancient Greeks. There is nothing about political philosophy that we can not learn from them. (So their attitude towards Democracy, and the lamentable experience Athens had with it, must be paid careful attention — and should be taken to heart.)


    Henk Reply:

    Whereas Greek physics and biology, no matter how crude, eventually led to modern science, Greek theories of human behavior led nowhere. If they are with us today, it is not because they possessed some kind of eternal verity, but because they did not contain the seeds of anything better. (B.F.Skinner)


    Erebus Reply:

    The Greek tradition represents, among other things, the heroic in man. (By this I mean the heroic potential of man as an individual. Greek Myth, and the entire Greek Pantheon, can be interpreted on a base level as little more than hero-worship. Great men of flesh-and-blood claimed descent from the Gods; were able to trace their lineage back to Mycenae — and before that to Achilles, Hercules, or directly to Zeus himself.)

    …Men like Skinner — collectivists — reflexively, instinctually, hate and fear this. It doesn’t matter whether they are of the left & fetishize the administrative state, or of the right & fetishize the nation, volk, or race.

    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply | Quote
  • michael Says:

    Regarding markets and money link i would add the interesting free northerner article on monetizing the market itself
    and yeah thats me ranting in my usual scrawl


    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 6:11 pm Reply | Quote
  • Johnny Says:

    From the footer of

    ‘The Hestia Society is the steward of Neoreaction. There are a few others who call themselves “Neoreactionary” because they like the sound of the word, but they are not affiliated with us and do not represent Neoreaction.’

    Has the trademark application been approved yet, or still pending?


    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 6:57 pm Reply | Quote
  • Bettega Says:

    How do we explain the rise in “soft coups” in South America (Honduras/2009 and Paraguay/2012 are precedents to what is happening in Brazil) as soon as Obama steps in the White House? That development wouldn’t be ignored under a Republican president.

    It should be noted that left-wing governments in South America, though progressive, are not exactly alligned to the interests of the Cathedral, most of them are allied with the Russia/China bloc instead. The main opposition leader in Venezuela, Leopoldo López, is a progressive Harvard alumni, for example.

    I would not discount State Department involvment in the current realignment in South America, but who is going to investigate it if there isn’t a Nixon or Kissinger involved?


    SVErshov Reply:

    to protect democracy in South America US’s taxpayers pays a lot of cash to maintain in good shape 7 military bases in Colombia. I’m sure, it serve best American interrests in oil rich region too.


    Uriel Alexis Reply:

    in Brazil at least the whole “coup” talk is rather nonsense. popularity and hence demotic power waned for the Worker’s Party as they took it for granted. the “right-wing” people opposing them have more or less the very same discourse they had when they got in power (against corruption, for good public services, etc).

    indeed socialist parties in South America tend to have a nationalist lean (to oppose American “imperialism”), they are hardly ever liberal in any meaningful sense. we have the phenomenon of right-wing liberalism that is common in continental Europe that Land talked about some posts ago. but even this liberal right-wing have nationalist tendencies. so you see, favoring or opposing the universalist Cathedral is not their point of contention, usually they are both against it. the people that favor it, mostly college intelligentsia supporters these socialist parties (go figure), do not have a lot of direct power in politics. the whole talk of Human Rights is despised by most if not all politicians and and a good deal of the population, in practice if not in discourse.

    it might sound a little absurd for the american ear, but in Brazil the plutocracy rule through socialist politicians, and the whole thing sucks.


    Peter A. Taylor Reply:

    “it might sound a little absurd for the american ear, but in Brazil the plutocracy rule through socialist politicians, and the whole thing sucks.”

    How is that different from US politics? Our politicians just don’t usually call themselves “socialist” because it sounds vaguely Russian, and hence, unpatriotic.


    Uriel A F Fiori Farizeli Fiori Reply:

    well, there are a number of differences in the relationship between plutocrats and politicians here and in the USA. most prominently, lobby is illegal here.

    but I guess the fact that we are comfortable enough with Russia and the whole socialist thing to actually elect those guys can tell something about why apparently things suck way more here than in the USA. or maybe that’s the other way around.

    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 9:20 pm Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    Hestia’s latest

    The only viable path to restoration of competent government is the simple and hard way:

    Become worthy.
    Accept power.


    let me elaborate little bit on that one. this was definitely highest apresiation of literature in the history of civilisation. results were amazing in style/content classical Chinies literarure like Pu Songling and all.

    how this principles were implemented. any one who wish to take some post in Royal services, then accept power and rule, will have to study and completely memorise 5 classical book and when ready go for anual exam. on that exam he will be given quote from any place from any of those 5 books, then he will be asked to write short story, were he will use same phrase in similar context. winners of this literary contest were awarded posts like governor of some province and so on.

    in any times and in any society power is distributed by rules, that was the rules at old time in China.

    no doubts, that would be absolutely wonderful in similar rules existed in our modern society.


    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 9:41 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alan J. Perrick Says:

    I’m quite pleased to say that I got banned from “Jim”‘s. It was because I wasn’t taking grief from the obscene and barbaric, papist-sympathising commentor “Peppermint”.

    Pick your enemies and friends wisely. In three years from now, the rodent “Peppermint” will still be nipping at heels, probably as the world passes him by. At least, so it will be God willing.



    morkyz Reply:

    i’ve always wanted to get banned by jim but i couldnt pull it off, did he ban B too?


    Posted on April 17th, 2016 at 11:00 pm Reply | Quote
  • Anon Says:

    RE Tactical Freudianism, the link Herbert posted above to that “spasmotic” subreddit is an interesting, if mundane, example of Tactical Freudianism (the use of the words “sniveling” and “wounds” always say a lot more about the person using them than the people he or she is talking about). Is there a more interesting way of dissecting this phenomenon among the progressive left other than to frame it as projection and signaling? I don’t know if there is and I don’t think it gets more interesting than that. It definitely does get tiring hearing progressives project perceived weaknesses onto others on the internet. We truly write about what we know.

    That being said, I find the persistent attribution of this behaviour of psychologizing your opponent with the writings of Adorno to be unfortunate. It’s been stated before in the comment section here that Adorno didn’t even want to write The Authoritarian Personality and was likely coerced in some contractual way. He has some very interesting writing and it would be a shame for people to dismiss him based on the silly Alt-Right meme of “Cultural Marxism”. Forgive my shit quote formatting:

    “Anyone who quickly dismisses The Culture Industry, Aesthetic Theory, Prisms, Notes to Literature or The Philosophy of New Music are depriving themselves the richest (and, indeed, most satisfyingly elitist) writings on Western art after Ruskin. Even through the dense prose his awe and love of Mozart, Goethe and, particularly, Beethoven can be felt.

    Adorno, at every step in his career, lamented and deeply criticized the use of music and film as methods of controlling individuals, which is what he derisively dubbed the “culture industry” — this is what he saw jazz and Hollywood as doing as much as Stalin did, and he disliked both for it equally. It was a vulgarization of individual experience, which reaches its highest point in, e.g., a Beethoven symphony, where every moment is determined by internal and “tragic” necessity which is, by that very token, the realization of true freedom; by contrast the verse-chorus-verse of a pop song is a forced abstraction into which structurally meaningless differences are plugged in, it is “shallow” and is a betrayal of Western art and bourgeois individuality. Adorno also vigorously resisted any politicized art at all (like protest songs), which he saw as equally vulgar. That he should be interested in shaping or controlling public opinion is absurd. He was an aesthete, pessimist and a quietist.

    Adorno, particularly in his writings on art, was as far from a “Cultural Marxist” as one can imagine — he was rather the last intellectually serious defender of bourgeois/Western high art against all forms of cultural decay (popular music, film, etc.). That the academic left regularly dismisses him as an elitist should be proof that he’s worth looking into. Not to mention, the influence of Spengler on Adorno runs deep — he’s probably his third most frequent citation, behind Hegel and Marx. (A strong case could be made for Adorno as being a strikingly conservative Hegelian backlash against vulgar Marxism.) (And… nearly everything of merit in Christopher Lasch — who should be canon among reactionaries, if he is not already — is taken from Adorno.)”


    Posted on April 18th, 2016 at 12:17 am Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    Rightism may be particularist, but it harmonizes those events through principle.

    Leftism has only one dimension, universalism. In it, symbol becomes reality. This is a mental paradox and leads people to insanity.

    There is no place for Leftism except as the death-urge, which bores me cross-eyed 😉


    Posted on April 18th, 2016 at 12:29 am Reply | Quote
  • Grotesque Body Says:

    Biosemantics has been my obsession for the past two years (based on my study of CS Peirce) without even knowing Millikan had inaugurated the field in the 80s. Thanks admin.


    Posted on April 18th, 2016 at 2:39 am Reply | Quote
  • Archon Alarion Says:

    Hey Admin, if you will excuse a well meaning off-topic inquiry, I’ve read that you were once a radical marxist. What materials, memetics, introspections, and elsewise led you away from that towards such a completely different ideological sphere? What did it take for Nick the brilliant marxist to become Nick the brilliant reactionary?

    I am interested because (from my orientation), marxism has always seemed to me to be like an intellectual trap, similar to christian eschatology or modern Illuminati conspiracy theories. Something that becomes harder to escape the more autodidactic someone is.


    admin Reply:

    Where does Marxism stop?


    S.C. Hickman Reply:

    I think it’s a fallacy that Nick was ever a Marxist, he’s always been against the dialectic. He’s well read in philosophy from one end to the other, and if you’d read his early and only major work A Thirst For Annihilation his attack on Kant and all transcendentalism is fairly well stated. Marxism being only an inversion of Idealism, and some say an materialist idealism, etc. Even where he mentions Marx in A Thirst it’s to point out the problems: 1) Capitalism is not an “achieved system, but only the ‘tendency’ for increasing commodification…”; and, 2) the notion of ‘bureaucratic socialism’ or red totalitarianism (Lenin/Stalin) did not lead to “significant changes in the basic patterns of working life…”. The closest Land comes to any notion of Marxism is by way of Bataille’s solar economism or sacrificial economy of excess, the accursed share, etc. Even the essays collected in Fanged Noumena or the old CCRU site show no signs suggesting such a radical Marxism in Land.

    So where did you read this notion of Land as Radical Marxist? Be interesting to see how Land’s non-dialectical base materialism could be misconstrued as radical Marxist dialectic. Strange that.


    S.C. Hickman Reply:

    I guess if you put it that way Nick, “right wing Marxism”. hahah… yep.


    Archon Alarion Reply:

    I think it was some off-hand comment on this blog, or some article that mentioned him. It might have even been a troll comment.

    Thanks Nick and SC for setting me straight. I guess I am a right-wing marxist too… Well, unless the kings of olde return and keep us fashy brain-beings in control of the market-machine swarms.


    Posted on April 18th, 2016 at 3:01 am Reply | Quote
  • Peter A. Taylor Says:

    Is “tactical Freudianism” the same thing as “Bulverism”?


    Posted on April 18th, 2016 at 3:45 am Reply | Quote
  • Tentative Joiner Says:

    Freemasons fight over homosexuality.


    Posted on April 18th, 2016 at 1:42 pm Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    Out of autism.

    and here is this miracle device (page in Russian)

    buy one starting from $50 and up to $1500. more you pay better you will feel, quite obviouse. also it can be safely used on family members and just on anyone whom you can catch. ROI guaranteed. also can cure Parkinsonism, Alzheimer’s Disease, brain glyoma, depression … feel free to add anything you wish. I used one of those very crudely build devices about 20 years back, and still alive, it works!


    Posted on April 18th, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    Ontological secrets of Bitcoin

    410 Error The author deleted this Medium story


    admin Reply:

    No one gets my jokes.


    Posted on April 19th, 2016 at 11:47 am Reply | Quote
  • Uriel Alexis Says:

    the text on Brazil is utter bullshit. left-wingers keep focusing on the moral issues of “who is really corrupt???” to draw attention away from the fact that they lost power, specially power to mobilize the public, and that’s what really matters in democracy.

    i wrote a text on the evening of the 17th, while the vote was happening:

    “impeachment is a political maneuver

    the congressmen who vote at this moment for or against the impeachment of the elected presidente make a very simple calculation (and none of this will show up on their discourses): what can be gained through this vote? offices in government, campaign budget and popularity for the next election, in special.

    yes, all these congressmen have been elected by the Brazilian people (are reconsidering your support of democracy already?), and desire to keep being elected. they desire, as any good ruler, to keep power for indeterminate power.

    the outcome of the impeachment will not traverse on the morality of the government, on the existence of responsibility crimes, on democracy or on any other idealism of choice. the outcome will only show how successfully the worker’s party and its adversaries managed to offer some bounty to those who are voting.

    in brief, as any political process since the dawn of civilization, tonight’s outcome will be the result of a conflict of forces.”

    the whole talk on “right-wing soft coup” ignores completely that the populist “right” in Brazil only came to get any grip at all in public opinion because the left took it for granted. interestingly, the vice-president isn’t even outward conservative or reactionary, he is just a little less socialist, more “neoliberal” (if that means anything other than “evil”).


    Posted on April 19th, 2016 at 12:24 pm Reply | Quote
  • Uriel Alexis Says:

    on the whole octopus consciousness thing, I think the good-old Aristotelian logos is still the best measure of consciousness and moral value: can you talk to it, can you reason with it? if you can, it’s conscious and will demand moral status, otherwise it’s not.


    SVErshov Reply:

    how would you qualify this parrot

    Parrot vs Child: The Intelligence Test – Extraordinary Animals – Earth


    Posted on April 19th, 2016 at 12:52 pm Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    Old books

    Daodejing seems like extraordinary text.

    ‘That-which-is-Dark is the ultimate of the entities.’

    ‘Where there is favor there necessarily disgrace. Favor and disgrace are equal’.

    [It means that] that which causes me to suffer a great disaster is [the fact] that I [still] have a personality [of my own].


    Posted on April 20th, 2016 at 10:03 am Reply | Quote

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