Cthulhu, leftist?

Really?

Caught in the slipstream of tentacled abomination, as we are, the question is an involving one. Is the spiral into a “holocaust of freedom and ecstasy” a leftist maelstrom? That seems plausible, even unavoidable, if the right defines itself in opposition to chaotic evil. But if poly-tendrilled monstrosities from the Outside aren’t our natural allies, what the hell are we doing among these squares? It’s simply fate and allegiance from where we’re slithering: If it’s a squid-shaped horror out of deep time, with an IQ in four digits or more, and unspeakable plans for mankind, then it’s one of ours, and — more to the point — we’re its.

February 19, 2013admin 19 Comments »
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  • k-virus Says:

    I think there is something to be said about this. A long time ago (for me), you once mentioned that “what appears to humanity as the history of capitalism is an invasion from the future by an artificial intelligent space”, and so to that extent, as Capital is from the future it is exterior to the present, and so allied to (neo-)reaction in (at least) that way. You’ve also touched on the “anti-human” nature of capital, which is as much a quality of Cthulhu (being the fanged noumenon that they are). Cthulhu is also exterior to the here & now, and so perhaps you could say that “a squid-shaped horror out of deep time, with an IQ in four digits or more, and unspeakable plans for mankind” is a natural ally of reaction if reaction can be characterised by (as you’ve already suggested) exteriority to the (spacio-temporal?) present and anti-humanism, as long as we don’t read anti-humanism merely as an opposition to humanist views/philosophies.

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    Posted on February 20th, 2013 at 5:38 am Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    @K-virus
    My guess is that anybody steeped in transcendental philosophy has an obscure time-intuition that the past and future connect ‘around the back’.

    Kipling’s The Gods of the Copybook Headings, much beloved by reactionaries, puts it like this (final verses):

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

    For Lovecraft, the Old Ones impend:

    … the deathless Chinamen said that there were double meanings in the Necronomicon of the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred which the initiated might read as they chose, especially the much-discussed couplet:

    That is not dead which can eternal lie,
    And with strange aeons even death may die.

    Or, elsewhere in the Necronomicon:

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

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    Posted on February 20th, 2013 at 6:07 am Reply | Quote
  • k-virus Says:

    Maybe I’ll do a better attempt at engaging this time. Inasmuch as insurrection is a leftist phenomenon (perhaps not “historically”, but in the last twenty years of my timeline [the meta-timeline as far as I’m concerned] it is), Azathoth is a “natural ally” of such folks.

    A machin(ic assemblag)e once said “the forces of chaos are kept outside as much as possible, and the interior space protects the germinal forces of a task to fulfill or a deed to do”. Insurrectionists make ingress into this magic circle, while Azathoth is “the crawling chaos”, whom others have pointed out is on alt.horror.cthuhlu is “‘actually’ the giant black hole in the center of the galaxy” and of course said machin(ic assemblag)e points out that “chaos is an immense black hole”…

    Perhaps the leftist singularity (or accelerationism?) also tracks towards (complete) dissolution of the existent, as “a mistake in speed… would be catastrophic because it would bring back the forces of chaos, destroying both creator and creation”.

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:28 am Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    @ K-virus
    Do any ‘better’ at engaging and you’ll start ripping open the amphetamine scars in my brain.

    Left Political Singularity doesn’t substitute well for techno-commercial singularity, though, because it is pessimally self-limiting. It accelerates towards utter collapse, rather than to intelligence explosion, and therefore gets terminated by reality at its limit, within a cyclical or rhythmic pattern. Can Azathoth be effectively invoked within the (leftist) revolutionary delirium? Not in a way that opens the gates for a prolongation of its trajectory, nor in a way that reaches true eschatological conclusion of the historical process (which re-starts amidst the ruins). Consummate “dissolution of the existent” can only be a fantasy on the left, because its capacity to destroy declines monotonically with the process of destruction. Once it runs out of bullets, or even machetes, with utopia still incomplete, it has no options but to await the next great turning of the gyre.

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 6:47 am Reply | Quote
  • k-virus Says:

    I like to distinguish between “(leftist) revolution” and insurrection along the lines of Aragorn!’s distinction between a “movement-in-waiting” and a “movement-with-teeth”. I’d hesitate to put insurrection in with the “left singularity” anyway, I just wanted to run with the black hole (as singularity)… But then again, I think insurrection, most purely “accelerates towards utter collapse”, so perhaps it does fit in well. Certainly utopia is not an aim of the insurrectionists I am thinking of, they merely actualise an orgy of destruction.

    I think (or I would prefer) that it’s more likely that insurrection tracks towards a turning on humanity in a display of “beautiful treachery against mankind”, rather than fizzling out “to await the next great turning of the gyre”. I see this as distinct from the anti-humanism of the final solution, in that that is the act of those inscribing a magic circle, rather than those inferior sorcerers who just want to blow holes in the universe.

    You bit me, and now I track insurrection to “radical antihumanism”, a sorcerer summoning Azathoth against the existent.

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 7:09 am Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    For ‘treachery against mankind’ to complete itself, it has to ensure that its momentum has a deeper substrate than mere (human) agitational energy, which will always disappoint. Irreversible exit requires extraordinary escape velocity. Otherwise, there’s just romanticism, and disillusionment-in-waiting. In my — admittedly very limited — reading of Aragorn!, I don’t see any sign of a serious motor. Azathoth requires a material base beyond insurrectionary group dynamics if it’s going to lock in, and stay locked in for the course.

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 7:23 am Reply | Quote
  • k-virus Says:

    But of course.

    Perhaps it is as Miéville says, that such insurrection is merely the capture of supposed-leftist forces by something exterior to mankind… Spiral Jacobs driving it all to (localised) chaos. Of course, he does romanticise his way out of both the insurrection (painting it as meaningless in comparison to the rise of the proletariat) and the summoning of (a tunnel to) Azathoth (contrarily defeated by a group of individuals).

    Is a black hole not a black sun? That’s a serious motor…

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    A serious motor once techno-commercially installed.

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 7:52 am Reply | Quote
  • tic(k) Says:

    @adminaw, man. since when is the noumenal strata of the Outside commensurable w/ the causal framework of ‘techno-commercialism’? if the material base of the Outside is “beyond insurrectionary group dynamics”, and thus operates on a level that no temporality (or scale of momentum) can assess, how can such a motor (a quantity) engage w/ that which remains foreclosed to magnitude, desisting from ‘our’ cosmology? what does this have to do with us? installed by whom? once magnitude is depleted or stripped, X may be closer, on a ‘singular’ level, to that which claims the strata ‘we’ are operating from…

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply | Quote
  • k-virus Says:

    Perhaps that poster on alt.horror.cthulhu was wrong, then, because to think Azathoth would need such anthropocentric structure to spread chaos (even inside human-security-systems) seems ludicrous to me.

    Maybe entropy is tied to Azathoth, then, as that motor-towards-chaos.

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    @ Tic(k)
    Unless ‘something’ is commensurable with ‘our’ stratum, it has no relevance to the question of terminal insurgency (which K-virus was raising (brewing?)).
    “installed by whom?” — wrong question. The (time-travel) Bootstrap Paradox is the route to the right ones.

    @ K-virus
    If you want to scramble the anthropomorphic stratum, you need something that gets down and dirty with us. If not, enjoy your gnostic religion.
    ‘Entropy’ — sure — but that category is a little too general for our purposes here, isn’t it? How does the machine work? How does it engage?

    IMHO, you insurrectionary nihilist religion cats need more economics. Go Austrian. You can always twist it into something acceptably blasphemous later.

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 8:37 am Reply | Quote
  • tic(k) Says:

    @admin okay, agreed on a commensurability criterion for terminal engagement. I personally remain unsure with regard to ‘insurrection’ as a plot-point for the modeling of (ontological, anthropogenic, etc) foreclosure, insofar as *utility* may remain a confounding variable when it comes to effectuating noise on a stratum dependent on such valuation (unless it isn’t, of course, and I’m oversimplifying). Perhaps such a terminal model would contingency model inputs—quantities—from a sample of utility functions, in order to simulate the sample ‘under’ radically depleted energy conditions. A simple example would be a simple heat-death modelling of econometric probability sets, if we’re still on thermodynamics. Null results, maybe, but without determinism insofar as the model has no end (since it may pattern from ‘end’)? I don’t know. Also the ‘dynamics’ of the inputs could be retained, maybe. ‘no problem’. cf. a radicalization of Gotelli & Graves, et al. “The set of all ordinals doesn’t exist.” also remember the nietzschean/deleuzean polemics of quantitative analysis without qualitative differentiation (“lifeless, dead”)? If the ‘hype’ of “the end of the end …” has already ‘maxed out’, what do we do next? there’s nothing for us to do… that’s where we may start? maybe not…

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 10:04 am Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    @ Tic(k)
    Any chance of a few more clues?

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 2:04 pm Reply | Quote
  • r Says:

    http://www.uvm.edu/~ngotelli/manuscriptpdfs/gotelli_mcgill_ecography.pdf

    Gotelli, N. J. and Graves, G. R. 1996. Null models in ecology.

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 5:03 pm Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    Thanks.

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    Posted on February 22nd, 2013 at 11:43 pm Reply | Quote
  • ( ) Says:

    Input a sample X—econometric distribution, probability space, etc.—from a simulated (or replication of, to invert extropic ‘phenomena’) model of e.g. (local? to stay on ‘our scale’, for now) heat-death, population extinction, inert atmospheres, etc. Once input, Sample X, following Gotelli & Graves/McGill, may generate Y stochastic variance (or none at all) *in/from the absence of* e.g. utility valuation, energy conservation, temporal/dynamic fluctuation, etc. In other words, X distributed from the modeling of dynamical (or whatever) foreclosure—which would dissipate scaling mechanisms commensurable w/ ‘us’—while sampling from systems which participate with “our stratum”.

    Such modeling may have trivial effects on these systems, but this triviality may be very apt, ‘in light of’ events which promise/d, on the level of numeracy etc, where the end has nothing else to conserve, and “we” have ‘been there’ for awhile…

    Also rather apt considering your recent post on “inaction” (without the logos)?

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    Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 12:37 am Reply | Quote
  • admin Says:

    That paper looks fascinating, but it’s going to take a few hours of devoted attention.

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    Posted on February 23rd, 2013 at 2:58 am Reply | Quote
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