Chaos Patch (#34)

(Open thread, links, stuff …)

The better half has been in NY for a few days, so I’ve been juggling some unusually intense kid-management with getting my (short) time-travel book up on Kindle, and all kinds of threads have been dropped. Kindle throws me into a greater state of ambivalence than anything else I know. It’s at once a delight — raw disintermediation euphoria — and an absolute nightmare due to the obstruction the interface puts in the way of editorial control. Would it really be impossible to allow an editorial function at the MOBI end? It seems obvious that Amazon has put almost the whole of its attention into the reader-experience end, but it’s getting content-providers fused with the process that will lock-in the future. The present set-up can only be considered a flaky intermediate stage.

While I’ve been distracted, NRx seems to have been in exceptionally productive mode. Among the best things I’ve picked up on have been an epic overview of far-right practicality by Yuray, Nydwracu on the slow collapse, Anomaly revisiting the Trichotomy, Poseidon Awoke on Left-Liberal difference, and Dampier prodding traditionalists, and tech-comms (but this might have been my favorite recent Dampier piece). Feminist outreach from Jim: “A woman is like a badly behaved dog …” Machine Lords. Cathedral Cultural Studies. He‘s baaaaack.

Gamergate remains a popcorn machine. Some outer-edge of lunacy exploration here (sample: “… if South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission can do it, I don’t think I’m asking so much. … America is Gamergate”). ClarkHat chats to AoS. Tactical stuff. Christian-shaming. Alexa-analytics on the great migration. The Grays. Hitler.

Ebola science. (This story is losing its grip on my mind — strange that something continuing up an exponential curve can do that.)

Clausewitz and nonlinearity (superbly done).

Games Theory simulation for Eth-Nats.

Free Northerner completes his To Be A Christian series (with internal links to the rest). And, from Matt Walsh: “We are, without a doubt, the most marriage-averse group in human history.”

A conversation with Nicholas Wade.

“I don’t care.”

ADDED: The Dampier Trichotomy-tour is completed (with a penetrating look at nationalism).

November 2, 2014admin 17 Comments »


17 Responses to this entry

  • baka Says:

    I found the move from “I don’t care” to “I can’t sit by idly.”, is the move that brought me from Libertarianism to an interest in Fascism and then NRx in general. Libertarianism says let the weak be stupid and dumb, who are you to say you know better, but of course this should be the other way around. Leave the smart people alone to do what they please, but please but some boundaries on the masses.


    Antisthenes Reply:

    My propensity to sit by idly is exactly proportional to how much popcorn is on hand.


    Alan J. Perrick Reply:

    Answer the call. It’s your duty.


    Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 3:19 pm Reply | Quote
  • NRx_N00B Says:

    Regarding the question of “why human filovirus outbreaks seem to be rising in frequency” –one has to wonder how correlatable it is to the degree to which Africa is being ravaged, raped and pillaged by the demand driven by rising wealth and prosperity in a certain corner of the world currently undergoing phenomenal economic growth—Africa’s incredible biodiversity is also being liquidated at an insane rate. It’s definitely a zero-sum game.


    Antisthenes Reply:

    Maybe western nations should send Africa some of their ‘diversity’ then.


    Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 6:23 pm Reply | Quote
  • NRx_N00B Says:

    Antisthenes Said: “Maybe western nations should send Africa some of their ‘diversity’ then.”

    They’ve already been there and have done that: Now it’s the Far East—with far more population depth—blessing Africa with its ‘diversity’ and backward superstitions that are driving Africa’s endangered critters over the cliffs of extinction.


    Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 6:43 pm Reply | Quote
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    Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 6:57 pm Reply | Quote
  • scientism Says:

    I very much like this conception of “slow collapse”, particularly as it relates to the question of whether we’re really aware of what we’ve lost. One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is the loss of formality. What formality achieved was to make clear distinctions between roles and contexts. Social mores made clear distinctions between men and women, younger and older, parent and child, married and unmarried, superiors and subordinates, and so on. They also mark different contexts (for example, dress codes, manners, etc). Informality, which became particularly pernicious in the 60s counterculture, is about destroying distinctions.

    I think we underestimate the degree to which formality and ritual are cognitive resources. Think of how ceremony marks distinctions between stages of life too. These dinstinctions need to be embodied in our culture in the form of ritual. (This is something groups like Phalanx should probably explore.) Patriarchy, in particular, can be seen as a complete system of formality extended through time and is a powerful cognitive resource, with our roles connecting us to the deep past and distant future through the orderly medium of the patriarchal family structure.

    All of this involves a loss of standards, which is a difficult situation because people without standards have no awareness of what they’ve lost. It’s also deeply related shame and reverence, which is why we live in such a shameless, irreverent society.


    ||||| Reply:

    Formality, adequately instrumentalized, provides the prosthetic backbone for socio-technical experimentation and localised adaptations without significant loss of “kinship”.Less than useless without the requisite psychology (vide blacks post-progressification, vide middle east, vide immigration). It’s an invisible exoskeleton which foolish descendants eventually neglect or become entirely estranged to, like archeotech.


    Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 7:36 pm Reply | Quote
  • Kgaard Says:

    I keep thinking about that Ouroboros piece on machines and our deep fear of starvation.

    In a modern economy, fear of starvation naturally begets a certain type of monetary policy: Whatever you do, avoid a complete crash/stoppage of the global financial system. That’s what 2008 threatened to be. It threatened to be the end of the world as we know it. The whole central banking system serves a two-fold purpose: Keeping the banks competitive with equity finance (a scammy purpose) and preventing the seize-up of credit, and by extension a seize-up of the machines, and by extension widespread human starvation (a healthy purpose for central banks).

    On this note, Scott Grannis has a nice piece on the end of QE3. He argues that QE was about filling a real demand for cash from fear-driven individuals. Now that this fear is subsiding, the QE can come out. He has a great chart correlating gold with TIPS. Both are falling in step as fear-based demand for cash declines.

    Gold is now under $1180. There is no logical argument I can see for it going back up. I could be wrong, but the better call here is to focus on CONSUMERS of commodities — i.e. commodity poor countries and intermediate processing industries (steel, airlines, chemicals etc).

    One last point: The implication of the Ouroboros piece is that the mark of the leader is one who can overcome his fear of starvation, step outside himself, and be compassionate enough to the well-being of others to actually take the risk to do something in the physical world (beyond hunkering down in fear of a looming collapse). Something I need to work on …


    Hurlock Reply:

    “Whatever you do, avoid a complete crash/stoppage of the global financial system.”
    The whole system is a house of cards. It will collapse. And the more the eventual collapse is protracted, the more severe the starvation will be.

    “Gold is now under $1180. There is no logical argument I can see for it going back up.”

    Don’t worry, it will go back up. But it will fall even more in the near future. I am with Jim Rogers on this one. Gold will fall under 1000$, Rogers expects it to go downards to 900$ which would be a pretty good buying opportunity. It will go back up. Gold always goes up in the end. Because fiat always ends up going down.


    Kgaard Reply:

    Yes, that is true. Gold always goes up. Only catch is that its advances occur in radical spikes at 35-40 year intervals (1933, 1970s, 2004-12) — and the rest of the time it does nothing or goes down. That’s in the nature of fiat monetary policy. In a calm world the central bankers prefer to keep gold stable. Their personal self esteem is a function of how low they can keep inflation. It’s only when all hell breaks loose (in the form of an Austrian-style crash) that they pump. That’s why the gold chart has big peaks and loooong valleys. We are in a valley. You can argue that the post-2002 gold boom needs one more big blow-off peak to complete itself. I don’t agree with the logic there, personally, but could always be wrong.


    Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 8:05 pm Reply | Quote
  • Izak Says:

    This interview with Nicholas Wade is pretty neat. He issues a warning about eugenics and claims that it might be horrible to live in a society where everyone has an IQ above 150. His reason: intellectuals tend to come up with very dangerous and pernicious ideas that lead to disastrous consequences.

    Of course, you could argue in response that all of the other smart people would form some sort of barrier to horrible ideas, and there’d be like a “Mutually Assured Destruction” principle for intellectual irresponsibility…. but I still appreciate Wade’s very sober approach as a counter-balance to Jared Taylor’s enthusiasm toward the issue.

    There is a strange tension through the whole thing where it seems very obvious that Taylor is trying to get Wade to say something Taylor believes is true, and then when Wade doesn’t give him the answer he’s looking for, Taylor sort of breathes loudly.

    The Jack Donovan piece is nothing new, but I like reading his stuff because he’s a very good writer.

    The Slate piece is another example of a writer attempting to walk carefully on a tightrope and then farting very loudly while performing such a dexterous feat. Slate does this every time they ever-so-gently push back against “the narrative.” (Another example: some woman wrote an article with the shocking premise that one way to fight back against date rape might be to avoid getting drunk to the point of unconsciousness)


    Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 9:38 pm Reply | Quote
  • ||||| Says:

    “Games Theory simulation for Eth-Nats.”

    It would be a bit naive to consider it of exclusive relevance to eth-nats (although they would profit most from a superficial interpretation, what with their natural inclinations).

    Tempus edax rerum.

    The simulation describes not an event but a dynamic which is relevant to the whole trichotomy (and more) when adequately abstracted. Consider the immediate extension that leftists behave like ideological ethnocentrists in academia, media, etc. as per Radish, as if there weren’t enough parallels between ethnats and progs but I digress. This also not-so-subtly skewers the entire trike and the implicit tentative solutions to the situation. Read the study again and see (rather irresponsibly, I admit) the painfully obvious parallels between New World anglo immigration, that is, Exit, providing an immense “bias” to their brand of humanitarian egalitarianism. Combine with the fact that they were then in possession of very tech-friendly qualities and you have a group being gifted a tremendous vantage point, a civilizational petri dish, a social laboratory/cornucopia. This can also probably be related to the atlantean/hyperborean thing (what with the effective removal of ethnocentric predators against the majority of anglos due to the natural defenses) but I won’t bother.

    In any case I find it possible that a massive competitive advantage was constructed from a big exit payoff but subsequently degenerated from social calcification.

    Techcomms require prophylactic measures defending against this, ethnats require a way for it to freeze (otherwise they’ll splinter endlessly regardless of “muh wite rayss”) and theonomists require a way to revert this. THIS is what everyone is running from. “How do I get rid of an idiotic but dominant and influential anti-structure?”

    Techcomms think “Reboot”, Ethnats think “Retribute”, Theonomists think “Revert”.

    Patchwork is an attempt to contain this and I think a big part of why entryism keeps popping up as a subject and will continue to. Imagine “ethnies” in a competitively stable “knot”.

    I just thought of hyperbolic ideal triangles, whose interior angles are all 0. Thought it funny in the context of “non-euclidean political fraternity” and super-darwinian spontaneous order “ex nihilo”.


    ||||| Reply:

    “Techcomms think “Reboot”, Ethnats think “Retribute”, Theonomists think “Revert”.”

    Can also think of this as positive, neutral and negative prescriptions of decay rate. The trike differs in their prognostics of change. I guess techcomms have the upper hand in that they’re better aligned with evolutionary reduction in adaptive time scales and I think cryptographic technology has a better shot of providing opportunities than balkanization or demographic endurance.

    Treating certain social organisations as virtual nervous systems makes leftists appear as lobotomists.


    Posted on November 3rd, 2014 at 12:40 am Reply | Quote
  • SanguineEmpiricist Says:

    I think we should emphasize the under-read parts of Moldbug. Say his criticisms of ‘church numerals’ which probably motivates his vying to replace the lambda calculus. If the bedrock of NRx is ‘Burke on steroids’ then emphasizing say, Burke’s legal erudition alongside the historic origins of the joint-stock corporations and what this means to neocameralism.

    READ:I’m just gonna cut that thought off with I notice in the SLATE article this quote

    “With such outsize personalities involved as ex–Occupy Wall Streeter-turned-neoreactionary Justine Tunney”,
    Any one notice that?


    Posted on November 3rd, 2014 at 2:59 am Reply | Quote
  • Rasputin Says:

    Junker makes Cameron look like a Neoreactionary. If this continues I genuinely think we might be able to turn him…


    Posted on November 5th, 2014 at 12:11 am Reply | Quote

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