Moron bites (#1)

Time for a new occasional series here — devoted to persistent minimum-intelligence memes unworthy of serious attention, except as socio-cultural symptoms. To be exhibited in this series, an ‘argument’ has to be strictly beneath contempt. It’s sheer zombie thought — which means it isn’t thought at all. (Recommendations will be collected, with gratitude.)

To initiate Moron bites, it would surely be difficult to improve upon this:

It is obviously essential to the genre that its instances are inter-changeable, and familiar. They do not rise to a level of sophistication consistent with significant differentiation, and the moron reservoir from whose shallows they flop out onto the bubbling ooze, is thrashed by a ceaseless ritual of zombie generation. This one is of course a classic ad hominem argument, the laziest way to bury a provocation beneath a slur, and the refuge of the half-wit throughout history. Michael Anissimov has already done a sound job of incinerating it, noting its roots in infantile projection. Nothing further is really necessary (if, in fact, anything at all was).

Still, there is something that can be added, and it is articulated very clearly by Hans Hermann Hoppe in this talk (about 29 minutes in). Aristocratic privileges are not difficult to acquire today, by anyone of even very modest natural capability. They are distributed lavishly in exchange for services to the Cathedral, even of the most nominal kind. One need not rise to a position of special prestige within the academy, media, or state bureaucracy to enjoy a complacent sense of spiritual superiority, it suffices merely to identify with the Elect. Linking this (again) is irresistible. When you feel entitled — as a white person — to denounce white people in general without the slightest concern that such derision might be mistaken for self-criticism, you are not socially positioned as a revolutionary, but as a degenerate aristocrat. Your assumption of impregnable moral and social advantage is so great that it has become entirely invisible to itself.

NRx is formalist. Insofar as it obsesses on questions of aristocratic hierarchy — and this is far from a prevailing syndrome — it does to in order to draw attention to the conservation of social rank even (if not quite especially) in those social orders which most tediously flaunt their demotist credentials. Those reiterating moron bite #1 are unlikely to be the new nobles, but more probably low-grade flunkies, who nevertheless esteem themselves through the spiritual bond with their (academic and media) masters. In other words, they are scum posing as members of an aristocracy. Their facility at projection is remarkable.

ADDED: Classy (and then ‘interesting’) response from Matt H. —

October 2, 2014admin 19 Comments »


19 Responses to this entry

  • M Says:

    (“Moron chews it”, I imagine the late Mr. Zappa would add to that)

    I feel that responding to a dumb ad hominem with “you are projecting!” is unfortunate, even when blindingly true.


    admin Reply:

    Yes, I also worried about the “beneath contempt”. Once you’re in the snake pit, it can be tricky to climb out.


    Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 4:28 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alrenous Says:

    Emotionally I approve.

    Intellectually I have some doubts. For one, my standard for ‘beneath contempt’ is incredibly high, which suggests I’m biased, which would mean my judgment on this is useless. (And if I’m not it means everyone else’s judgment is useless.) For reference, as a serious intellectual position I’d say the above example is not merely underwater vis a vis contempt; it’s generous to say it’s aphotic.

    Second, is it really stupidity? It could be rhetoric, conscious or subconscious. I can guarantee either none of his actions are a function of this belief making it irrelevant, or his actions simply contradict it. Further, as rhetoric, it’s disgustingly competent. It plays fallacy’s strings with grace. That said, one of the way to defeat sophism is to take it seriously. You want to play it as a serious point? Fine, then be scorned as such an ‘argument’ deserves.


    Wen Shuang Reply:


    That’s just it. The apparent propositional content is epiphenomenal.


    Alrenous Reply:

    Excellent word for it.


    Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 5:08 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    The word you are looking for is henchmen. Uh, henchpersons. Henchcishetpersons.


    Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 5:25 pm Reply | Quote
  • Stirner (@heresiologist) Says:

    Perhaps the term lackey fits the bill.

    Via La Wik: Lackey is typically used as a derogatory term for a servant with little or no self-respect who belittles himself in order to gain an advantage.[2] Such advantage is often assumed to be slight, temporary and often illusory.


    Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 pm Reply | Quote
  • Aeroguy Says:

    Shouldn’t qualification for this mean that addressing it seriously would also be beneath contempt, like picking a fight with someone in an intellectual wheelchair.


    Alrenous Reply:

    Not beneath contempt. Just regular contempt, and yes.


    Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 6:35 pm Reply | Quote
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  • Thales Says:

    Meh. I liked that dismissal better the first time when it was called, “In perfect Communism, who will shovel the shit?”


    Thales Reply:

    P.S. also, reminds me of my prefered dismissal of socialism, “Every Leftist sees himself at the pizza boy who got lucky, never the cuckold stuck at the office.”


    Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 8:32 pm Reply | Quote
  • Hurlock Says:

    Such base attacks by progs are very telling.

    Especially this particular attack.
    As you point out, nowadays you can gain a lot of status by simply preaching the Faith of the Cathedral. You are automatically “above” anyone else in society who is not in line with The Scripture.
    When neoreactionaries talk about returning to monarchy or about other speculative social arrangements the progressive is confused because he doesn’t find any mechanism (for the neoreactionary) of gaining social status similar to the one he himself is relying on when Preaching the Faith.
    This reveals the fact that the progressive is a status whore and is utterly uncapable of comprehending other people not being status whores. He is projecting. For him everyone just HAS to be a status whore so he concludes that all neoreactionaries must implicitly assume that they will somehow be high status (by definition) in their alternative social arrangements even if they do not explicitly talk about why or how will that happen.

    In short, all progressives are power-hungry status whores who would sell their soul to the devil just so they can satisfy their inferiority complex and they project this on everyone else.


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    Posted on October 2nd, 2014 at 10:15 pm Reply | Quote
  • SanguineEmpiricist Says:

    I’d prefer an Aristocratic Egalitarian society, but as an intellectual tool to keep the fools from falling all over the place.

    “Who would be the monarch/grandmaster of the human race?”


    It is doubtful dear Kahneman would accept his new position, but he serves as a great reference point.


    Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 1:17 am Reply | Quote
  • Erebus Says:


    Kahneman is a singular and unusual thinker. If one makes somebody like Kahneman supreme monarch, one may run into quite a lot of problems when it comes time to name a successor. (A problem once faced by many dynasties — as the people who established them tended to be far more able than their descendants!)

    Moldbug once, in a sort of half-joking manner, suggested that Charlie Stross be made King. This was, I’d reiterate, framed as a sort of joke — a punch-line… but I don’t think that it’s a bad idea. The fact that Stross is fundamentally a pop-techno-futurist with a more-or-less optimistic perspective, and the fact that he’s intelligent and thoughtful enough to sustain a coherent vision of the future, actually recommend him to that sort of position. The rest can be learned.


    Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 5:27 pm Reply | Quote
  • low income low status low brow juvenile reader Says:

    I shovel (digital) pig shit now so…


    Posted on October 3rd, 2014 at 10:23 pm Reply | Quote
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  • Reactionary Tree Says:

    This is often the argument I hear made against me, even by my right wing friends, when I say that monarchy would be more ideal than democracy. They dismiss me saying I just want to be king or that I want to be in the aristocracy. Or they say that I would not be as successful under such a system as I am today. It is pretty much a non-argument as far as I am concerned and does not address any of the criticisms being made against democracy.


    Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 10:38 am Reply | Quote

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