Popcorn Activism

Partisan political stuff is as tacky as you can get, and if anything could get people chucked out of NRx (and into the garbage-compressor of history), that should be it. Having said that, and — of course — in a spirit of the loftiest imaginable detachment, here’s just the slightest morsel.

The Sailer Strategy is a model of sorts. This is due less to its concrete recommendations (fascinating even to those who disagree with it, perhaps vehemently), than —
(a) Its configuration of the political chess board as a puzzle, posing the question: Given this set up, is there any way for the GOP to win? Playing GOP is much more fun, because it’s actually a challenge. Sailer doesn’t need this encouragement, because he’s clearly a small-d democrat, and probably also a big-R Republican, in sympathy at least. Despite this, his disreputable noticing habit makes him radioactive, which brings us to —
(b) While a paragon of ingenuousness, Sailer is positioned by strategic necessity in a position of subterfuge. His ideas are discussed in fearful whispers, in shadowy corners of political think-tanks, and circulated only in heavy disguise. It would be quite impossible for a pursuit of the Sailer Strategy to be publicly admitted, short of a social and ideological catastrophe so profound that its recommendations would have already been rendered moot.

The Outsideness Strategy is anti-democratic, merely opportunistically Republican, and politically-unmentionable for even more essential reasons than those just now alluded to. It has the advantages of extreme practicality, comparative simplicity, and — most importantly — definitiveness. It is intrinsically irreversible. It cannot be part of any continuing political dialectic. Once it is executed, the GOP will have expended itself utterly in completion of its teleo-historical function and auto-dismantle, among the ashes of American Democracy®.

The unspeakable core of the Sailer Strategy: The GOP actually doesn’t need anything but the white electorate to win, and [gasp!] racial polarization could easily be conceived as an asset.

The Outsideness Strategy analog: the almost incomprehensible idiocy of the democratic system and, more specifically, of the American electorate is a massively under-exploited resource. The subtitle of the strategy paper that really cannot ever be written reads: Winning big and terminally on the idiocratic battlefield.

This is not the place to rehearse the neoreactionary diagnosis of democracy as an engine of cognitive deterioration. The “appalling political ignorance of the American electorate” isn’t exactly stupidity, but it’s a reasonable proxy, and no one has any serious plans to fix it. Let the liberals explain it to you:

I’m assuming it can be assumed.

Two helpful references before bolting things together:
(1) Peter Thiel explains why it would be a disaster for the GOP to win the presidency in 2016, unless the financial has crashed by then (which he doesn’t expect it to).
(2) Jonathan Chait argues:

Eternally optimistic seekers of bipartisanship have clung to the hope that owning all of Congress, not merely half, will force Republicans to “show they can govern.” This hopeful bit of conventional wisdom rests on the premise that voters are even aware that the GOP is the party controlling Congress. In fact, only about 40 percent of the public even knows which party controls which chamber of Congress, which makes the notion that the Republicans would face a backlash for a lack of success fantastical.

Nobody expects these two to agree upon much, but they do agree upon one thing: ‘Blame the President’ is the key to the democratic game. The figure-head of executive power — crafted ever more blatantly to Hollywood standards with each fresh election — is the convergence point where sublime ignorance, mass resentment, media opportunity, and electoral agency intersect. Just recognizing the President largely exhausts the mental capacities of the electorate as far as political matters are concerned, with a little slack left over for First Lady reality TV, and then — possibly — knowing the name of the Veep. After that, its swirling cognitive chaos, fed by outrages from partisan bubble-worlds, TV sound-bites, salacious detail, and race porn. The thought processes of the median voter are extremely easy to model: Things bad, blame President! Nothing beyond that has any real relevance, except to nerds.

Outsideness Strategy jiu jitsu jumps straight out of this. The fundamental recommendation: Shore up the symbolic radiance of the Presidency, and then avoid it like the plague. Aim to win everything except the Presidency, until the whole machinery comes apart. In other words, a GOP pursuing the OS would (furtively) renounce presidential office for the remaining duration of American Democracy.

What would be in it for them? Everything except the Presidency. That’s almost everything already. Pursue the Strategy, incrementally gut the powers of the executive, and the proportion of political prizes lying outside the Whitehouse steadily grows. That’s where the interests of an intelligent (if still craven, gluttonous, massively corrupt, and in most other ways radically despicable) GOP lie. All the pork warehouses get shifted away from the glittering media-saturated magnificence of the Whitehouse, ever deeper into the shadows, enabling monstrous plundering on an unprecedented scale to take place completely beyond the horizon of concrete democratic comprehension. (Nobody said it was going to be pretty.) POTUS gets the blame, Nu-GOP gets the gravy, FedGov is delegitimated, power is salted away steadily into state houses, and the whole abomination hurtles towards national disintegration. There’s only one thing the GOP has to do, and that’s to lose the presidential election every single time. Manage that, and it wins pretty much everything else without even trying.

If the Outsideness Strategy had already been initiated, we certainly wouldn’t have been told about it. The 2016 GOP Presidential pick will tell us a lot.

ADDED: “Republicans need to remember: The electorate that turns out at midterms is demographically narrower than the pool of voters who elect presidents.” — Relevant, and usable.

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  • Stirner (@heresiologist) Says:

    There is already a mechanism in place to implement some of the Outsideness Strategy.

    States can enter into “Interstate Compacts” that bind a group of states together under a common legal framework to address an issue of mutual concern. For example, if 4 states all border a common river, the 4 states involved can set up a joint structure to govern runoff, water pollution, river diversion, etc. Interstate Compacts have to be approved by Congress – but only Congress.

    Some of the more federalist oriented Republicans have been exploring using a healthcare interstate compact to circumvent Obamacare.

    If you wanted to further sever leviathan, one could simply adopt a block transfer payment system of federal benefits to individual states, then have each state program be monitored by federal workers….in that state. Shifting all those juicy DC jobs to different states would probably get massive public approval.


    Boon Vickerson is out there Reply:

    Secession and abolition of the entire state is the only remedy to the monster the leviathan has become.


    Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 3:57 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mai La Dreapta Says:

    This is brilliant. Far too brilliant for the GOP to have realized it, but might they put it into play nonetheless?

    This makes me like the Electoral College even more: the biggest states are pretty reliably blue with the exception of Texas, but more states are reliably GOP. This makes it pretty easy to arrange things such that the President will always be a Democrat, by virtue of always getting NY/CA/FL, but Congress will be GOP because Congressional seats (unlike Electoral College votes) can be split, and the Senate will always lean GOP.

    It’s so beautiful, I could cry.


    vxxc2014 Reply:

    Except this has already been done.

    Except this is the genius of Clinton, taking FDR’s Administrative government appratus [which requires eternal virtue among the Administrators, bad bedrock planning assumption] and privatizing it out under Rubin.

    Sorry admin, this has already been done. It was waiting there to happen and it did.

    As for gutting the Executive, that is a process administratively and legally done during the new deal, for instance Humphrey’s Executors and the Administrative Procedures Act of 1946 and completed politically under Nixon. Clinton both turned the Presidency into a bordello farce and turned over the plunder to the Private Sector. All your plundering has been taking place since the 1990’s. Now that the government if it couldn’t inflate it’s own currency has already been exhausted they’ll turn to what’s left of the private sector: the small businessman and the middle classes wealth. That’s where Obamacare comes in.

    ACA has a quite public but little known nifty little box called the HHS Data Hub. In it is every single electronic record known to American government. This did not happen for the war on terror, it didn’t even happen during the Cold War. Because it didn’t need to. ACA is about MONEY. That hub is the Domesday book of our Progressive Norman conquerers, and in it is an accounting of every American Hide.

    The law and the clauses in these policies allow out of pocket costs for instance of $1 million dollars, and the underwriters aren’t HHS [Health and Human Services]. It’s everyone’s buddies in Finance. Not for nothing have ACA linked stocks doubled.
    If you want to know who’s implementing the plunder stage of Clinton’s Outsideness look to Mercer aka Marsh Maclennan.

    Remember they owe hundreds of Trillions in American Govt, and $800T or more in Finance’s dervivatives. This is a good a reason as any that HealthCare “Reform” had to be done immediately and was top priority.


    Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 4:14 pm Reply | Quote
  • Erebus Says:

    Absolutely brilliant.

    But isn’t there a fairly obvious counter-strategy? If the Democrats repeatedly gain the Presidency in an uncontested fashion, and if they’re losing ground on every other front, isn’t it clearly in their best interests to shore up and expand the powers of the Presidency? Take what you said about Hollywood Standards — which implies a certain degree of polish, charisma, and the ability to ‘connect’ with the hoi polloi — and add to it the fact that the President is both a political and a military leader. (The latter at least nominally.) Isn’t it then conceivable that the USA would end up with a South American style Strongman or Generalissimo at the head of its government? A leader who has the backing of his beleaguered party, who feels that he is under attack from shadowy political opponents in the legislature, and who has the charisma and the PR Team to sway enough of the commercial and military elites under him… The 20th Century has shown us where that leads. It may not end well for Congress or the GOP, though it would certainly accelerate the collapse.

    Let’s not forget that the approval rating of the legislature is consistently low — far lower than the President’s. Let’s also not forget that most of the civil service — such as Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Health and Human Services Department, the Treasury, and of course the Department of Defense — are all under the control of the executive branch. The civil service is often openly contemptuous of congress, and with good reason: They know that the real power to govern and administrate resides with them, and not with those here-today-gone-tomorrow politicians. It’s not inconceivable that a charismatic executive could mobilize those executive branch forces and dissolve a hostile congress “for the greater good.”

    …Ah, all in all, with the cultural Brazilification of America, who’s to say that we don’t deserve South American style government-by-Strongman?


    Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 4:40 pm Reply | Quote
  • spandrell Says:

    Seeing Thiel on Glenn Beck playing doomster was quite something. Gotta download that clip.


    Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 5:31 pm Reply | Quote
  • tg moderator Says:

    I call this the ditch strategy. A silly analogy: A large bus with a hundred people on it is traveling down a freeway toward a chasm. Unfortunately there is no bridge at the chasm–just a rather large cliff. The vast majority of people on the bus support the bus driver’s decision to drive down the freeway. A small minority point out that there is a bridge on an old and seldom used, nearly abandoned road. These folks are shouted down. The crowd insist that the freeway is the best way to travel. One woman remarks, “No one uses those old roads anymore, they are so out of date, that’s just like believing in divine right of kings or something. Bridges are so old fashioned.” A chant gets started for the power and hopes and dreams. The bus driver and his friends encourage the notion that the bus will sail over the chasm on the power of hopes, dreams, and new technology. A fairly large minority try to encourage the bus driver to head for the cliff at a slower pace. They try to appeal to the crowd for the bus to travel at 55 instead of 75 and even promote another driver who promises to drive toward the cliff more slowly. The minority eventually realize that there is no point in trying to get rid of the bus driver or replacing him with another. Any other bus driver would stay on the freeway. The minority decide to distract and harrass the bus driver until he drives in the ditch. They hope that the resulting crash will cause enough damage to the bus driver and his supporters that they can take control of what’s left of the bus, rebuild it, and head for the bridge. What actually happens is that the bus bounces down the ditch for a couple of decades and then gets stuck in the muddy ditch for a couple of hundred years….


    Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 5:55 pm Reply | Quote
  • max Says:

    Should I be supporting Ross Perots and Ron Pauls, then? (Unless they’re in danger of winning…)


    Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 6:20 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mr. Archenemy Says:

    If Republicans stayed away from Presidential elections, low voter turnout would cause the Cathedral to freak out about lack of legitimacy (a mild version of this happened earlier this year in MA, where in some places no one bothered to run against incumbent Dems), which might hasten the end.


    C. Y. Chen Reply:

    I’m not sure how much the Cathedral pays attention to turnout numbers/percentages, seeing as we don’t use a system that factors that in. Given the lack of alternatives that are pushed in the mainstream, they’ll be satisfied with easy victories, so long as the boat isn’t rocked.


    Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 6:29 pm Reply | Quote
  • Anonymous Says:

    They’re not smart enough to think of this and they are definitely not smart enough to carry it out after they thought of it, and even if those things weren’t true they definitely definitely haven’t got the balls

    Plus congress has no guns. The national weather service is armed with automatics these days…


    vxxc2014 Reply:

    They don’t have to be smart enough to think of this or implement it, the Democrats took care of it for them. And all of them, there is no opposition party and the GOP’s purpose is to keep it that way. See Clinton’s Outsideness, above.


    Really pointing out that this is already been completed including the plundering part – or at least the beginning and appratus of the plunder- and the Dems did it makes up for the disparging of Americans by our host. I was about to become non-plussed until I noticed in the heat of his compostion he overlooked this has been done.

    Of course if it doesn’t I can start putting up This Is Britain videos, or we could look at the Continent. Most Brits are voting for Beer, at least the Labor voters. Whenever I feel depressed about my people I have only to look to Europe. Only Dictators could save you now. England needs another Cromwell to survive and may well get him.

    Most Americans don’t care about politics, aren’t supposed to most of the time, and they do know this is a scam. Why should they care who’s President, or who’s in Congress at this point? It’s not really the core of the problem.


    Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 7:32 pm Reply | Quote
  • tg moderator Says:

    Are we sure they have not been attempting this strategy? We have had Dole, McCain, Romney, etc. nominated for president. On those occasions when republicans have had the house or senate they still act like a pouting opposition party. They do manage to creat new tax loopholes for various cronys once in a while, but otherwise things remain much the same. The plan as I understand it is to make the Democrats own the presdency and then watch the unfolding distaster with the tail firmly pinned on the donkey instead of the elephant. This reminds of the the long worse is better discussions at Larry Auster’s back in 2008. Larry argued half hearetdly that voting for Obama might be the right move…, but being a man of principle, a trait few republicans seem to share, Larry was relucant to say that acting to make things worse was the right move. I must admit today’s post is an interesting variation on the worse is better argument.



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  • Steve Johnson Says:

    The GOP is as darkly enlightened as any xNR.

    They know exactly what their job is: make sure that no real opposition arises by doing exactly enough to appease their constituents without getting in the way of the USG.

    Model that as the game and a whole different picture emerges.

    1) Protect at all costs Republicans who will reliably vote for the USG line when it counts but will caucus with the GOP.
    2) Make sure the party never gets taken over by people who don’t support (1).
    3) Give in on every important issue but redirect blame to the (D). For the “hard core” who won’t accept that give them the scalps of men on your team who have already cashed out and are willing to take one for the team.

    That’s it. It’s not so complex. It also maps to how the GOP actually acts.

    Nixon tried to actually take on the USG. He had a huge majority in a national election and he was taken down by the permanent USG.


    vxxc2014 Reply:

    This is the actual GOP strategy for decades. FDR broke them the instant he met them.

    Reagan of course was really an old school New Deal Democrat. He just didn’t like the Great Society, welfare, or communism. Which is why he went Republican. They hated him and probably were happier when he was dead than any Liberal.


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  • vxxc2014 Says:

    I can conclude with a compliment to Admin for noticing the true potential of American government, but I’m sorry to say Clinton has decisively completed the final paragraphs stage, a process FDR laid the administration for, Nixon lost all Political control of, and the recommended making the President a farce while turning over the government to a shady private sector and Finance was done by Clinton.

    We don’t have to speculate on whether the Outsideness Strategy will work, it has and is working now.


    Posted on November 7th, 2014 at 12:52 am Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    This is an excellent provocation, but as an actual strategy the Sailer strategy beats it hands down.

    Four gaping flaws in the design concept:

    1) Presidential elections: popular Democratic presidential candidates will bring out voters who will also vote for Democratic congressmen. The Democratic President/GOP Congress strategy fails. Alternatively, if the Democratic presidential candidate is unpopular, because the prior Democratic presidents have made the party unpopular, then the Republican will be elected President. Remember, the Outsideness strategy assumes that voters are stupid, so there is no way to communicate to GOP voters that they shouldn’t vote for the Republican, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

    2) The judiciary: the president has the whip hand on judicial appointments. Judges are the ones who really run things in this country. Ultimately, attempts by Congress to take power behind the scene will be denied by the judiciary.

    3) The bureaucracy: the bureaucracy is inherently left and will continue to wield real power. Since the President, not Congress, has formal control and some actual control over the bureaucracy, the Outsideness strategy does not effectively neuter the enemy.

    4) The president: the president has much actual power in our system, including the power to buy off congressional factions. He is not just a figurehead. The current occupant functions mostly as a figurehead, but that is because he is incompetent. The total political incompetence of future presidents cannot be relied on.


    admin Reply:

    These objections are all branches off the basic argument that any plausible political strategy has to bag the presidency, yes? — With the exception of the second half of #1.

    I agree that losing the presidency, reliably, is difficult. That’s why it requires concerted (though surreptitious) tactical attention. The GOP already has a fairly impressive skill-set in this regard. Draw up a secret table of electorally-repulsive but credible characteristics (a hellfire-Christian plutocrat dwarf makes a sound candidate), and then surround the election bandwagon with a theater of seriousness. I’m sure the Roves of the world can do this stuff.

    Does a Democrat president advantage the party in congressional and state-wide races? That seems far less of a problem. The whole strategy is based on the weakness of this assumption. If the Presidency is weakened, sytematically undermined by a hostile congress, and subjected to consistent multi-dimensional sabotage, it’s hard to see it accumulating a heap of spare political capital to dish out.

    Which leaves he rest of the argument, which seems to presume that the Presidency is needed for leverage against the bureaucracy, judiciary, etc.
    (1) Judicial appointments require congressional approval, no? This would obviously be the front line of the struggle. I don’t see why it’s intrinsically unwinnable.
    (2) Is there any evidence at all that the Presidency provides a platform for attacking the permanent bureaucracy? I’m not seeing it. Steadily bankrupting the central government seems the only way forward here, but there’s an argument to be had, for sure.
    (3) Most important point though, from my PoV, is that winning the Presidency inevitably perpetuates the system. For the Sailer Strategy, that’s feature, not bug. Clearly, I’m unable to follow him down that road.


    vxxc2014 Reply:

    But the Dems have already accomplished exactly what Mr. Land proposes.

    Phase Plunder well under way, see Housing/Finance/GSE/TARP/Bailout/QE.

    Like any Endemic warfare the outcome is pre-determined and the victims aren’t felled by any actual combat but pre-arrangement.

    More? Welfare in the USA is actually delivered by Finance -Goldman, JPMC et al deliver the benefits since Clinton – it’s important that the EBT cards work. They do, and Finance takes a cut. They deliver it to among many others Walmart, Pathmark [true low end shopping here] and Best Buy Liquors – it’s a chain of Liquor stores. Not exactly the same as Best Buy electronics.

    More? Past years VA veterans waiting lists “crisis” was resolved by getting a new VA head, a gent named McDonald. Who’s chief claim to fame prior was he merged Proctor&Gamble with TEVA* Pharma and shortly thereafter was kicked out by the Board. The VA immediately saw it’s Media stories go nothing but postive then disappear. The VA will now be outsourced and service delivery will improve for veterans. If there really was an unlimited amount of money that could be created from nothing this would all be to the good.

    *TEVA has already settled a fraud lawsuit for Medicare Fraud. Fraud is so endemic to Medicare/Medicaid it’s probably their number one accounting and actuary table at about 30% of the budget. LIke all such firms when you get caught your lawyers plead guilty and you pay a fine, a pittance of the profits. The govt gets a [phony] scalp, the prosecutor gets a notch in his gun and line on his resume he’ll use to land a better job with the power lawyer firm he ends up working for [representing the firms he prosecuted]. Like our wars now the Law is Ritual Warfare, or Ritual Prosecutions. No one actually goes down that matters, the ones that do get a payoff. Like any Endemic warfare the outcome is pre-determined and the victims aren’t felled by any actual combat but pre-arrangement.

    Look that’s just a couple of examples. The problem you have is you’d be disturbing an multi-trilliion dollar ruthless extractive enterprise already up and running smoother all the time, it’s chief problem is it requires unlimited money in the form of Fiat, Zero Interest rate monetization of ever increasing debts and on the private side about $500T at any one time in Derivatives Interest rate REPO [that’s what US Corporations have running in the Interest rates derivatives market, source DTCC].

    Now perhaps Admin is getting at the GOP takes over these rackets effective Tuesday past, and to an extent yes.

    The GOP has no motive to disturb a functioning business of Trillions per year that is their very lives and livelihood, and the Dems already took care of business.

    [yes I realize I may be playing a role of the child and the naked Emperor, but duty will always call you know.]

    Look this is a great scam. But the problem is it requires endless and increasing money creation from thin air. Fiat, printing, Central bank MEFO/QE/BOJ 100% bond purchasing and so on. It means that the Laws of gravity regarding money are exorcised and banished.


    vxxc2014 Reply:


    That Dwarf you refer to is currently Ted Cruz. All of the above, the appearance of Count Chocula or the Count of Sesame Street, also Harvard Lawyer and kept man of Goldman Sachs. He’s actually Mr. to Mrs. Goldman Sachs [Mrs. Cruz].

    He will reliably bring up Israel into every security and foreign policy issue and then denounce as Anti-Christian [not Anti-Semite BTW] anyone who doesn’t agree that for instance Americas Arctic Circle policy should have Israel as it’s Keystone.

    He’ll probably be the nominee. He’s eminently nominate-able and un-electable.

    Who won’t is Chris Christie. As an Honest pol who took on Unions in NJ [equivalent of I don’t know Glasglow or Barcelona] and former Federal Prosecutor he can’t be allowed near the $9T extraction business of DC. No way.


    Lesser Bull Reply:

    **These objections are all branches off the basic argument that any plausible political strategy has to bag the presidency, yes? — With the exception of the second half of #1.**

    No, I think the basic argument is that any plausible political strategy has to capture the judiciary and at least contain the bureaucracy. If the presidency doesn’t have any real control over these gentry, than certainly Congress doesn’t. In other words, I think the proposition that the President can’t do anything about them, but the Congress can, is an extremely dubious proposition.


    admin Reply:

    What would a “political strategy … to capture the judiciary and at least contain the bureaucracy” even look like? Obviously it sounds good. Beyond contesting left-trending judicial appointments, adamantly, at every opportunity, and defunding anything FedGov does, also at every possible occasion, I’m not seeing the opening (or from you even the bare outlines of a plan).

    Does the Sailer Strategy address this stuff? If so, I’ve never noticed it.

    Lesser Bull Reply:

    Oh, and one more. The voters generally blame the President, but that’s not an iron-clad rule. The GOP genuinely got torched in their struggle with Bill Clinton over the budget. the public did blame the GOP for it, and if I recall the GOP did not do so well in the next election. On any one issue, judicial appointments for instance, if the GOP pushes too hard, the public can be made to care.


    admin Reply:

    The Gingrich House Republicans made the most fundamental error open from their position, as the Outsideness Strategy understands it: becoming deliberately conspicuous. Subterranean sabotage, not theatrical confrontation, is the key to making this work.

    Softly-spoken GOP congressmen should be available to the media, when required, to say: “We’re doing our very best to work with the President, we understand his position is very difficult, and we sincerely want to help him out of the difficulties he’s gotten himself into, even though he is a Liberal extremist of questionable competence.” Then they get back to work, undermining, obstructing, and subverting whatever they can.


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  • Dark Linkage and Fractured Thoughts | The Legionnaire Says:

    […] the act of voting (though notably, TRS has a different take). Of particular note is Nick Land, who takes a quick moment to display the kind of evil cunning that American politics is sorely […]

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  • Captain Obvious Says:

    If the Outside Strategy begins to work, the Republicans could simply field a Mussolini or Restorationist who honestly intends to abolish democracy. The Democrats win the presidency and the Outside Strategy advances. On the off hand the candidate actually wins…


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