Sentences (#80)

General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis:

Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.

(Source (Via))

That someone who said this might be US Secretary of Defense soon is awesome in a way that isn’t easily expressed.

ADDED: Bonus from Steve Bannon — “Darkness is Good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. …”
a. Feeling trolled yet?
b. Quite an achievement by Dick Cheney to get on that list.

November 20, 2016admin 21 Comments »


21 Responses to this entry

  • Brett Stevens Says:

    I guess black metal was correct after all about good being evil, and evil being good.


    Posted on November 20th, 2016 at 3:07 am Reply | Quote
  • colleen Says:


    Posted on November 20th, 2016 at 3:13 am Reply | Quote
  • Stirner Says:

    This should be the Mattis quote for when Trump moves to the middle to reach a compromise:

    “We’ve backed off in good faith to try and give you a chance to straighten this problem out. But I am going to beg with you for a minute. I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”


    Posted on November 20th, 2016 at 4:04 am Reply | Quote
  • Wagner Says:

    I bet Cheney could lecture Moldbug on the nature of “the Cathedral”.


    Posted on November 20th, 2016 at 4:44 am Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    Dick is all right, he shot his best friend in stomach wth shotgun, definitely deserves a place on those list.


    Posted on November 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    cant see any problem with marine too. “kill everybody” – best defence paradigm I’ve ever seen.


    Wagner Reply:

    “Kill everybody” fails the Categorical Imperative. Darwinism is for people who’ve never applied darwinism to darwinism itself. Religions evolved and religions evolve. Morality evolved and darwinism is a (current) phase of its evolution. Imagine for a second that darwinism is an evolutionary mishap, that’s all.


    SVErshov Reply:

    will you drive 200 year old car, assuming it can run at all? same with Darwinism, the whole project is 150 years old and require some seriouse refurbishing. Evolutional genetics provides a lot of new data, which can seriously question many central Darwinian paradigms.

    “kill everybody” before they kill you, is preemption and official US army military doctrine since 2013, so in this case general did not say anything out of the blue.


    Tom Reply:

    Don’t confuse acceptance of Darwinian reality (“Darwinism”) with adoption of a Darwin-obsessed moral framework. Natural selection operates whether it’s ignored or not; the best we can do is be mindful of it. The Austrian insight applied to evolutionary theory tell us trying to master it is precisely as futile as trying to plan an economy, and for the exact same reasons. Advocacy of Gnon-conformity should be taken as advice, not an expression of moral dogma.


    frank Reply:


    Darwinism will always be true, in the sense that Newtonian physics will always be true. And this is the only sense that matters.


    Posted on November 20th, 2016 at 5:59 am Reply | Quote
  • R. J. Moore II Says:

    I guess black metal was correct after all about good being evil, and evil being good.

    Milton’s Satan predates black metal by a comfortable margin.


    Posted on November 20th, 2016 at 3:25 pm Reply | Quote
  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Thank you Admin,


    “With tears in my eye if you fuck with me I’ll kill you all”. Another one.

    He’s actually quite scholarly BTW.

    So was Chester Arthur Puller USMC.


    Posted on November 20th, 2016 at 3:27 pm Reply | Quote
  • Melanie L'Heuremaudit Says:

    Excerpt from “Whatever happened to Evil” (from 1990 concerning Ayatollah Khomeini in the matter of Salman Rushdie.)

    “Confronting the entire world, his tally utterly negative in the distribution of political, military and economic forces, the Ayatollah had but one weapon at his disposal, yet that weapon, though it had no material reality, came close to being the absolute weapon: the principle of Evil.

    The negation of all Western values — of progress, rationality, political ethics, democracy, and so on. By rejecting the universal consensus on all these Good Things, Khomeini became the recipient of the energy of Evil, the Satanic energy of the rejected, the glamour of the accursed share.

    He alone now holds the tribunal because he alone has upheld against all comers the Machiavellian principle of Evil, because he alone is ready to speak Evil and exorcize Evil, because he alone allows himself to incarnate that principle on the basis of terror.

    His motivations are unintelligible to us. On the other hand, we cannot fail to recognize the superiority that his posture assures him over a West where the possibility of evoking Evil does not exist and every last trace of negativity is smothered by the virtual consensus that prevails.

    Our political authorities themselves are but mere shadows of their declared functions. For power exists solely by virtue of its symbolic ability to designate the Other, the Enemy, what is at stake, what threatens us, what is Evil.

    Today this ability has been lost, and, correspondingly, there exists no opposition able or willing to designate power as Evil. We have become very weak in terms of Satanic, ironic, polemical and antagonistic energy; our societies have become fanatically soft — or softly fanatical. By hunting down all of the accursed share in ourselves and allowing only positive values free rein, we have made ourselves dramatically vulnerable to even the mildest of viral attacks, including that of the Ayatollah — who, for one, is not suffering from immunodeficiency.

    What is more, we end up treating Khomeini, in the name of the rights of man, as “Absolute Evil” (Mitterrand) — in other words, we respond to his imprecation in its own terms, something which runs counter to the rules of enlightened discourse.

    (Do we now ever describe a mad person as “mad”? As a matter of fact, we are so terrified of Evil, so greedy for euphemisms to denote the Other, misfortune, or other irreducibles, that we no longer even refer to a cripple as such.)

    Little wonder, then, that someone capable of speaking the language of Evil literally, even triumphantly, should have precipitated such an attack of weak knees among Western cultures (all the petitions of the intellectuals notwithstanding). The fact is that legality, good conscience and even reason itself end up collaborating with the curse.

    They have no choice but to call down all the resources of anathema, but by that very fact they fall into the trap of the principle of Evil, which is contagious in its essence.

    So who won? The Ayatollah, unquestionably.”

    Baudrillard (Whatever Happened to Evil)


    Posted on November 20th, 2016 at 4:13 pm Reply | Quote
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  • Wagner Says:

    Hey admin I hope you have a plan to kill internet Rationalism. Sooner the better, ol chap.

    Scott Alexander’s popularity just goes to show that the Antiversity idea should be scrapped; elaborate deceit is the only thing that sells. Corrupt and corrupting poets are expelled from the City by means of a superior poetry not a superior truth.

    In my peasant opinion you should put your horror fiction powers toward writing either a scifi that explores Patchwork or a dystopia that utterly discredits cathedralism.

    Philosophy is only half of philosophy, this is why Plato wrote the Timaeus.


    gray Reply:

    Toxins taste better when they’re in bright primary colors, don’t you know. Beauty is one of the three virtues of Catholicism. (And the only one easily discernible.)


    Posted on November 21st, 2016 at 12:00 am Reply | Quote
  • Melanie L'Heuremaudit Says:

    Candice the Cuck-Slayer

    I’m glad she’s on my side!


    Posted on November 21st, 2016 at 2:06 am Reply | Quote
  • Kgaard Says:

    Can I just say … Bryan Caplan is an insufferable douchebag.

    Thank you.


    Michael Rothblatt Reply:

    All the neoliberals are, from Friedman and Caplan, to Cowen and Tabarrok.


    Posted on November 21st, 2016 at 3:43 am Reply | Quote
  • catalogue de grenouilles Says:

    Malcolm X variant: “Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.”


    Posted on November 21st, 2016 at 4:51 pm Reply | Quote
  • Wally D. Says:

    It’s a valid plan, like a software programmer having a plan to destroy viruses seeking to destroy the programmers handiwork.


    Posted on November 27th, 2016 at 5:35 pm Reply | Quote

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