Smear-ghouls

It’s only one tweet, but I’m going to treat it as massively indicative, because:
(1) It’s Friday night
(2) It’s more entertaining that way, and
(3) It actually might be massively indicative

Plunging straight into madness’ maw, therefore, we have this:

Some immediate take-away? ‘Neoreactionary’ (the word) has crossed a currency threshold, and its destiny is now vastly senseless. It’s retrospectively obvious that if anything was going to happen to it in the wider culture, it was going to be this. Roughly, it’s becoming what ‘neoconservative’ and ‘neoliberal’ were, and are: a political term that circulates socially because it designates something vague and scary to its enemies, who then use it as a smear-ghoul to tar things they don’t understand, and don’t like. This probably sounds bad, but if we think so, it’s a sign of how unrealistic we’ve been about the dominant semiotic processes in degenerating democracies. It wasn’t ever going to be any other way.

Running isn’t going to work. There’s an argument to be made for fleeing territory, but to flee signs is utterly pointless. There’s no superior semiotic position to be escaped to. The way this is happening is the way it happens. It has to be understood, worked through, played with. As the Wittgenstein-tendency of NRx would surely be the first to concur, private languages are intrinsically delusive. When your antagonist is a titanic cultural control apparatus, your words are going to get messed with in ways that seem simply insane. That’s the way it is.

It’s not — by any means — an altogether disastrous situation, at least, not any more than the situation in general is disastrous. Even if the dominant public sense of a co-opted word is allusive, polemical, and strategically abusive, there is still a subtle undercurrent of awkwardness.

“Oh man, those Tea-Party morons are like total tools of the neoreactionaries!”
“Yeah, too right! *snork* *snork* *snork*” (What the hell is a neoreactionary? Gotta Google that m***********.)

And really, it doesn’t matter what they think — except right out on the margin, where things slip. It’s obviously going to be the targets of the smear-ghouling, in a few peculiar cases, who ask: If this ‘neoreaction’ business is creating so much fear and loathing among our enemies, there might be something to it that I’d like.

SoBL has a quite brilliant tweet on the topic:

Conspiracy construction is an essential part of the process. It’s a way the Left-establishment digests threats without having to think about them, keeping the problem purely strategic, rather than ideological. One consequence — eventually it brings a conspiracy into being. If war has been declared, you might as well fight back. In this sense, the swelling wave of Silicon Valley conspiracy mongering on the Left strikes me as wholly positive, its absurdity notwithstanding. Tech billionaires who find themselves in the cross-hairs of this stuff are pretty much forced to acknowledge that appeasement isn’t working. Some of them are going to get the idea that the Cathedral wants to destroy them. At that point, they start looking for options.

You can have the CIA angle thrown in for free:

How long before some elements within the intelligence services start to wonder whether they have some unexplored options, too?

33 Responses to this entry

  • Lesser Bull Says:

    Brilliant. In retrospect, we should all be ashamed that we didn’t foresee that neoreactionary would be used for anyone who is at least 60 seconds behind the leading edge of the wave of progress.

    that last is especially ironic for anyone who knows anything about the CIA.

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    Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 6:14 pm Reply | Quote
  • neovictorian23 Says:

    NRx/DE is a classic Tar Baby, as long as it remains decentralized and formally leaderless. The “hit pieces” over the last year like “Geeks for Monarchy” merely sparked interest in the geeks who hadn’t stumbled across it yet. If AuCoin could please, please throw it it in the briar patch again (oops, sorry, my Uncle Remus is going wild).

    Since there is no NRxWorks and no DE Foundation (as such) there’s nothing and no one substantive to attack as the “Koch Brothers of the Neoreatction” currently. Peter Thiel’s name recognition is (my estimate) about 10 percent with the American public and even lower around the world.

    There’s nothing to attack except a black, shapeless, shifting Tar Baby, therefore all attacks merely inform those who haven’t heard yet of a Thing that a certain percentage will be interested in. Bring ’em on. When I worked in politics we used to pray for vicious character assassinations from liberal news outlets, because they only made “our guy” stronger in the eyes of people on the Right.

    Finally, the CIA/intelligence community angle is almost too delicious to bear. If that gets going the NRx will be just like the porcupine–appearing about three times as large and 10 times as dangerous as it (presently) is, and becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Finally, is Generalissimo Francisco Franco still dead? Even if so, perhaps we can get an endorsement.

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    Alrenous Reply:

    >the NRx will be just like the porcupine–appearing about three times as large and 10 times as dangerous as it (presently) is, and becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    These jerks are at least faking actual fear of a bunch of barely-connected sarcastic assholes. Frankly it’s pathetic, but this lack of confidence is hardly surprising.

    That is: no way dude, the CIA doesn’t feed the DE, the DE feeds the CIA.

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    Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 6:26 pm Reply | Quote
  • Anissimov Says:

    @This makes me wonder if we should be encouraging that dumb rumor that Land started DE to get back at Thiel.

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    neovictorian23 Reply:

    If we can get David Icke to tweet that DE and Land are a facet of the Lizardoid Human Invasion we’ll have advanced another order of magnitude.

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    admin Reply:

    Lizardoid I will stoically accept.

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    admin Reply:

    Strategic brilliance aside, that would be annoying.

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    Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 6:41 pm Reply | Quote
  • scientism Says:

    Perhaps this is the corollary to AAA: become the bogeyman. Convince both Left and Right that the final boss battle is imminent. Force people to choose sides.

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    Lesser Bull Reply:

    Most civil wars start when the broad middle gets convinced that they won’t be left alone and will have to pick sides.

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    VXXC Reply:

    There is wisdom.

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    scientism Reply:

    I think we’re in a race against demographics. I look at what’s happening in Japan and see that the toxic mix of low fertility and West-worshipping liberalism isn’t just making them disappear but has made them too weak to do anything about it. The same thing is happening to us, but with immigration. In Japan, they’re talking about villages being abandoned as the increasingly scarce young move to the cities. In the West, we’re abandoning the cities to young immigrants. Our economic centres are being colonised first. The only conclusion I can draw is that when collapse comes, on the current timescale, what rises from the ruins won’t be us. In the US, it’ll probably be Hispanic. In Europe, it’ll probably be Islamic.

    Liberals are gleefully chortling about the situation in Japan. Every article on the subject in The Economist could be summed up as: “Looks like Japan is going to have to accept immigrants – LOL!” We focus on the Cultural Marxist types, yet the full spectrum of mainstream political thought is shot through with nihilistic anti-natal suicidal insanity. Something has happened to the people who live under liberal and social democracy. We’re no longer made of the same stuff. We’ve been neutered. I think it might actually be too late, but acceleration looks like the only good option. We need collapse sooner rather than later. Anything we can do to polarise debate and sow hostility is probably a good thing.

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    an inanimate aluminum tube Reply:

    Good post.

    And this is why activism is not pointless and why the outcome of elections does matter.

    We need 8 or 16 more years of Obama. #AAA. We desperately need to avoid the election of a moderate pragmatist who will patch over some of the problems in the system and buy it additional time, while maintaining the same general trajectory.

    And it’s not at all guaranteed that we’ll get another Obama figure.

    Aeroguy Reply:

    I’ve been agitating leftwingers I know towards the Warren camp for a while now. She’s the president America deserves.

    VXXC Reply:

    May I ask why acceleration is acceptable but fighting isn’t? War isn’t, but pouring gas on your own funeral pyre is?

    Because something has certainly happened to some of us.

    If that’s the solution preferred over strife and hardship then survival isn’t merited.

    Maybe the Progs have it right and Neo-Reaction has it wrong, The Progs are working towards
    auto-genocide. Some in NRxn counsel to help this process along. Who is insane and evil?

    scientism Reply:

    @VXXC What do you mean by fighting?

    an inanimate aluminum tube Reply:

    You don’t have an army VXXC, so you can’t fight.

    How are you going to get an army? You can’t put out an effective message, you don’t have access to a megaphone.

    The only one who can get an army for you is the Cathedral. If it is reckless and it gives us 4-6 more terms of Obama or similar in quick succession, you might get the army you need.

    But if it plays its cards right and acts with caution you’ll never get an army and your window of opportunity will soon be over, permanently.

    It may be possible to encourage the Cathedral to be reckless.

    Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 7:22 pm Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Land you bastard.

    This was about selling T-Shirts all along, wasn’t it?

    AHHH HAAHHH!! Soooo!!!

    gotcha. I see the fiendish plan. Mind you how can I cash in?

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    admin Reply:

    You should get into the T-shirt business, it would suit your skill set. (I was hoping Twitter would tap it, but instead you used it as medium for composing dismantled Victorian novels.)

    Start with an NRx SuperPAC line — should be good for some exploding heads.

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    VXXC Reply:

    Good comeback!!

    It’s my thought process flows with AM energy drinks, smokes, coffee. My wake-up routine. And disjointed T-Shirt size Victorian novels. Hmm. You might not be wrong. Kinda thoughts of Chairman Mao format for the Singularity Apocalypse.

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    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    (I was hoping Twitter would tap it, but instead you used it as medium for composing dismantled Victorian novels.)

    lel

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    Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 7:40 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    The PUA segment of NRx shouldn’t mind if the meme that NRxers are evil gets supplemented with the meme that they are rich and powerful.

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    Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 8:29 pm Reply | Quote
  • Smear-ghouls | Reaction Times Says:

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    Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 9:13 pm Reply | Quote
  • Bryce Laliberte Says:

    With time, a leftist calling something “neoreactionary” as a slur will only increase its power.

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    VXXC Reply:

    And as noted we can get laid out of it.

    AHHH

    Sorry Babe Gnon calls, later.

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    Bryce Laliberte Reply:

    It already seems to be effective for that.

    Or maybe that’s just me.

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    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    it has a powerful sound to it: neoreaction.

    The ‘eorea’ glides into the gutteral ‘ctsh’ and ends with powerful ‘un.’

    We could shorten it to ‘eoreaction’ and not lose any of its auditory power.

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    admin Reply:

    Starting with a consonant definitely sounds harsher.

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    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    @ ‘eoreaction’? Seriously how can you not see the glaring similarity to ERECTION. Don’t drop the N.

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    Posted on July 25th, 2014 at 9:46 pm Reply | Quote
  • Orthodox Says:

    Whatever steers them away from looking into our FSB funding is fine by me.

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    Posted on July 26th, 2014 at 12:42 am Reply | Quote
  • E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Says:

    Tell me when these ‘options’ become a thing with a dollar sign attached

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    admin Reply:

    One big Neocam state sell-off, and it’s a whole new game.

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    VXXC Reply:

    I suggest Alaska. Oh..watch. Watch. That’s America’s Manchuria and right now we’re in the terminal stages of the Ding-Dong dynasty.

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    Posted on July 26th, 2014 at 1:39 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    “dismantled Victorian novels”

    Hell. that’s a T-shirt company right there…

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    Posted on July 26th, 2014 at 12:09 pm Reply | Quote

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