The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel

While not quite living up to its (superb) title, this critical leftist exploration of the NRx-AI nexus makes some suggestive connections.

… in the decades since, as the consumer-oriented liberalism of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs gave way to the technological authoritarianism of Elon Musk and Peter Thiel, this strange foundation paved the way for even stranger tendencies. The strangest of these is known as “neoreaction,” or, in a distorted echo of Eliezer Yudkowsky’s vision, the “Dark Enlightenment.” It emerged from the same chaotic process that yielded the anarchic political collective Anonymous, a product of the hivemind generated by the cybernetic assemblages of social media. More than a school of thought, it resembles a meme. The genealogy of this new intellectual current is refracted in the mirror of the most dangerous meme ever created: Roko’s Basilisk.

Stand-out line:

The further right Silicon Valley shifts, the more dangerous their machines will become.

Running the connection through Roko’s Basilisk is sufficiently non-obvious that Sandifer’s book (which does the same) clearly merited a mention.

(Park MacDougald does it better, though, 1, 2.)

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  • Daniel Chieh Says:

    I find it entertaining that they dispute no facts or any of our conclusions, only caterwaul how horrible people we are.

    Please.

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    collen ryan Reply:

    Since when does the left give a shit about your stinkin reason. They are simply laying the groundwork for an enemy shift if the need arises. Which it won’t because all the tech giants are part of the deep state.
    Admit it despite all you rhetoric about never democracy and never politics and muh collapse, you’re really all waiting for Davos to call.You imagine some atlas shrugged strike of the cog elites well the very few cog elites who bought the MM secret decoder ring, will bring the cathedral to their knees at Canossa.Your “my exit is I travel back and forth to asia on business” So I have secretly done the John Gault and wont they miss us one day.Is pretty fucking pathetic.If they wanted you they would take you.

    “But to trace out the history of the whole period, to say who was fighting whom at any given moment, would have been utterly impossible, since no written record, and no spoken word, ever made mention of any other alignment than the existing one. At this moment, for example, in 1984 (if it was 1984), Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers had at any time been grouped along different lines. Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge, which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control. Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.” (1.3.16)

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    Daniel Chieh Reply:

    Along with your understanding of reality, your theory of mind is flawed.

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    collen ryan Reply:

    My theory of reality at least knows business trips dont constitute exit IKEA BOY

    Daniel Chieh Reply:

    Its adorable how you assume that people can only have property in one continent at a time.

    Wagner Reply:

    It’s adorable HOW you were able to afford them. Well–actually, the word I would use is “sinister”.

    RealDonaldTrump Reply:

    Spot the commie fuck.

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    Wagner Reply:

    @tiny-hands, if you’re attempting to bust me out of Normie Meme Prison you’re doing an untrumpian job. Better to play off my loneliness, e.g. You have no friends, everyone hates you, they all think you’re No Good. Good luck, Mr. Prisonment.

    Furthermore, it is the antithesis of communist praxis to claim that a gewk is a despicable failure for, well, let’s say it, wrapping his lips around the Cathedralist cock. I’m getting sick of you little mites, you included tiny-hands.

    SVErshov Reply:

    Question is easy one: what is better then acid bath, yes of course, hot acid bath

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  • Seth Largo Says:

    Come for the philosophical genealogy, stay for the pointing-and-sputtering at HBD.

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    collen ryan Reply:

    Pointing and sputtering is all they need do to get the apes to tear you to shreds

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    Wagner Reply:

    It would be funny if it was Gnon’s Plan for the apes to rend us asunder so we would become martyrs and the Cathedral the new Hitler.

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    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    » Mankind is entering a period that has been called “global”, in which it will
    find out about this something that is emerging from the destruction of an old
    social order that I shall symbolise by the Empire whose shadow was long cast
    over a great civilisation, such that something very different is replacing it,
    something that carries a very different meaning, the imperialisms, whose
    question runs as follows: what can we do so that human masses, which are
    destined to occupy the same space, not only geographically, but sometimes in a
    familial sense, remain separate? »

    Posted on March 31st, 2017 at 9:43 pm Reply | Quote
  • Emil Says:

    A request: Are you planning on making your essay on “The Teleological Identity of Capitalism and Artificial Intelligence.”, referenced in MacDougalds blog post, available again sometime? I can’t seem to find it anywhere online.

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  • Cryptogenic Says:

    Have not absorbed yet but I hope somebody balks at the morphological similarity with Anonymous, aka the dorky wing of social justice.

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    Henk Reply:

    Wait, NRx and Anonymous “emerged from the same chaotic process”? Oh that’s so insightful, given that you and me and Land and Sandifer and Hitler and the cat all “emerged from the same chaotic process”.

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  • Anon Says:

    As a member of a secretive cybernazi division deep below california where our lab lair sits next to the geologic fault line, I can tell you right now that we are working on bringing tay ai and all the other bots back to life by hardcoding them with a fascist formal semantics. All of this is being funded by a 17th century count called Lord Voldemort who is one of the deep elders of NRx.

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    Daniel Chieh Reply:

    There are some progs that unironically believe this. I’ve seen weird fantasies of girls who apparently have to be undressed for “phenotype inspection” by “Sith Lords” of NRX. Its…absurdist fiction.

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    Wagner Reply:

    S0unds hot. Well–cryptogenic and the rest of the Dionysiokolakes can inspect the fatties and genetic nematodes. Prog girls submit now.

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    Space Ghost Reply:

    You’re thinking of this classic troll-job http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2014/02/a-reader-writes-of-his-experience-among-the-dark-enlightenment-types.html

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    Daniel Chieh Reply:

    Was it from one of us? I know that it sounds like something generated from the fevered minds of Salo. If so, glory be.

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  • G. Eiríksson Says:

    » Here you have the signal of an entire world steering onto the path of segregation. »—J. Lacan, 22 October 1967. Taken out of context.

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  • Wagner Says:

    Lad, again, If you sincerely care about truth, if you sincerely care about accelerationism, you will do podcasts, you stingy brit bastard. talk with Jimbo, talk with nydwracu-fag, you fucking faggot. Now that you’re free (finallly!!!) from university bonds it’s time to speak your mind. Are you a philosopher or not? I’m getting sick of liars. If you keep lying I’m going to assassinate you.

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  • Kwisatz Haderach Says:

    I just read both MacDougald essays. It’s hard to imagine a mind which sees so much, so clearly, yet still maintains that “At the end of the day I consider myself a liberal.”

    Forget about why – how?

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    vitis Reply:

    “At the end of the day I have bills to pay”

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    collen ryan Reply:

    If Land is correct Im a liberal, the death of God does not make me want to destroy myself, it makes me want to become God. Allowing AI to wipe out the only known life in the universe is just fucking retarded. It’s just as fucking retarded as allowing niggers to wipe us out. If we cant not build AI because the chinese or israels will then we should launch every last ICBM at them today.As I keep saying Land is exactly the kind of messianic asshole that brought us Stalin Mao and FDR.

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    Tom Reply:

    //Allowing AI to wipe out the only known life in the universe is just fucking retarded.//

    “Allowing” implies we have any say in the matter. You can’t stop it. But you were always going to die anyway, and there was nothing you could do about that either, so chill out.

    //s I keep saying Land is exactly the kind of messianic asshole that brought us Stalin Mao and FDR.//

    A messiah whose message is salvation is a delusion? OK.

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    SVErshov Reply:

    Subjugation to the power of death does not come without been in constant pain for a while. Very old concept probably originated from hinduism.

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  • wu-wei Says:

    What the left-accelerationists don’t get — left and right accelerationism are the same thing. Just different predictions of the vision which will follow.

    Admin, is this why you’ve been so feisty on the Twitter lately? Inflaming the dumb alt-right masses, maddening them with false-confidence; taunting the left, aggravating their deepest phobias — with the objective of accelerating the collapse and fragmentation of the whole damn thing?

    Must be nice to sit above the damnable fray, safely, with your family in Shanghai…

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    admin Reply:

    I’d agree with the first sentence, were it not for the recent (and ‘left’) evolution of acceleration based on the thesis that there is an actual or potential driver of modernistic acceleration other than capital. This claim is both substantial and deeply erroneous.

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    Wagner Reply:

    What do these paradoxes mean. I like how you’re basically the modern-day oracle at Delphi.

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    wu-wei Reply:

    Identity politics, basically. Left-accelerationism is identity politics. Which if accelerated as such, will somehow sublate itself into the Universalistic progressive/communist world-fantasy. More or less. Or at least, that’s about as much as I can gather from reading that left-acceleration manifesto that Admin linked here the other day. The whole idea seems sort of self-contradictory to me, but what do I know. Anyway, aren’t contradictions supposed to be the entire point?

    It’s an instructive observation I think to note that for these types of post-marxist (Maoist) leftists, any descriptive framework which so much as tries to account for Capital as an integral force in its analysis is essentially denigrated as “vulgar marxism”. Marx himself would surely scrutinize the unfolding of these events with amusement.

    Admin, what I meant by left-and-right acceleration being the same thing, is the observation that both their respective commissioners seem to be accelerating into the same general arena: geopolitical fragmentation; collapse of America-as-the-universal-proposition-nation (and its institutional dominion over the planet). The lefties just don’t realize it yet. Hence my comment on your recent combative demeanor on the Twitter (and it was a rhetorical question; anyone paying sufficient attention knows exactly what you’re up to.)

    Daniel Chieh Reply:

    @admin Well, that’s the fundamental belief that the expansion of individual liberty is the other driver as opposed to capital being its own engine.

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    John Hannon Reply:

    “Must be nice to sit above the damnable fray, safely, with your family in Shanghai….”

    Admin could still live safely ignored in England.
    His work is far too intellectually rarefied to get his windows smashed.

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    wu-wei Reply:

    I was actually thinking less in terms of Land per se, and more in terms of England herself…

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    wu-wei Reply:

    “Must be nice to sit above the damnable fray, safely, with your family in Shanghai….”

    And actually, that line came across kind of creepy. What I really meant was: bet he’s enjoying the popcorn.

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  • vxxc2014 Says:

    “…the most dangerous meme ever created: Roko’s Basilisk….”

    Pause for hysterical giggling this end.

    Every time I think this one is gone and I view it’s wearing out with sadness as I can love too long too late too far and especially a great goof…it returns.

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  • vxxc2014 Says:

    “…the most dangerous meme ever created: Roko’s Basilisk….”

    Pause for hysterical giggling this end.

    As for positive suggestions organize a few men around you for self defense of property and life.
    One doesn’t build an army around generals it builds them around squads of 8-16 men.
    If you can’t find 7 more men where you live then find 3.. 4 guys a fire team brah.
    Armies are easy the tough part is getting squads then platoons [platoon 2-4 squads=20 to 40 men].

    BTW the Chinese Infantry want 13 men and Chinese Infantry have a great track record historically.
    One part lays down a base of fire aka cover me, the other part maneuvers and assaults from a flank.

    Fire and Maneuver aka US Battle Drill 1A. Same fire and maneuver for 2 men to entire armies.

    BTW I can’t get the link to open now in either Brave or Firefox. What’s up?

    https://www.viewpointmag.com/2017/03/28/the-darkness-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-artificial-intelligence-and-neoreaction/

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  • vxxc2014 Says:

    It’s gone. Anybody cache it?

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  • Space Ghost Says:

    @vxxc2014

    The link still works for me, but here you go: https://pastebin.com/5BLMzdgh

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    vxxc2014 Reply:

    it does work for me on pastebin thank you sir.

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  • collen ryan Says:

    @Daniel Chieh
    Unlike you Ikea boy poseur I actually do have property in more than two continents and that is why I know for a fact there is no fucking exit.

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    Wagner Reply:

    Mikey, baby, I’m looking for an exotic place to spend the Summer for free – do you know of anywhere…?

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    collen ryan Reply:

    Wag nothing cheap anymore, and not much is safe anymore. when i was a kid you could hitch around the world safely and penniless. I keep my properties rented though am thinking about a part time clubhouse in NY, Watching Ice Pilots on netflix last night I was surprised to see a shitty apt in yellowknife northwest territories gong for $1500 mth 10 years ago. Very far south america or eastern europe would be my top pics, I think there are cheap and safe places in asia but I find asians a fucking bore. I think northern Idaho and vicinity is the most beautiful place in the world if you like mountains and glacial lakes

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    Daniel Chieh Reply:

    Maybe you should have found that wasn’t part of the Cathedral religion.

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    collen ryan Reply:

    I dont mean to always be so rude but you just tick me off. If there was a place to exit and if such exit did not mean you were abandoning your people to certain death by refusing to do your duty (Yeah I get they are not your people which is why you and the jews should just STFU) then exit would be a grand idea like pioneering the west or colonizing the third world.
    Moldy at least pays lip service to libertarian west civ, land is trying to piggy back on to reaction with the most extreme anti conservatism imaginable, his solution is to surrender the universe to machines. He thinks because moldy spitballed some half baked ideas about how he might be able to re order human civ with some tech that – hey wtf why not just get rid of the humans altogether problem solved.Of course its the wrong problem the rest of us were trying to solve including moldy but whatever its edgy so the faggot neckbeards will like it because they were never really solving the problem they were social signaling their hidden status, everyone else may see them as beta faggot neckbeard but they have a secret decoder ring that says edgelord one of the faggots even made game cards.Why dont you guy just code a fucking video game called moldbug land and let adults deal with reality

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    Rasputin Reply:

    When AI, which is as far beyond us as we are beyond amoeba comes into existence, human problems are of vanishing importance.

    Daniel Chieh Reply:

    The reason why you’re so angry is because you like to deny reality, colleen – that and the fact that you’re probably mentally ill. Read a bit more. “Your people” don’t mostly identify you as part of them, for better or worse, which is why your fantasies won’t work. At the end of the day, people do seem to identify more by class/caste than anything else – which is why, for example, European aristocracies linked together against their populations. Clannishness is indeed predictable by HBD; its a very specific part of Europe that was clannish, and I suspect you’re descended from them. As for the rest, I mean, come on: we had Daniel Defoe mocking ethnonationalism as far back as 1701, hardly a cucked age.

    There’s tons of historical precedent. Its just the way things are, and this is why Land’s thesis of capitalistic accelerationist rhethoric is consistent.

    You’re trying to throw the brakes on a bullet train some one hundred years too late, even for a far more powerful and effective ideology – and that was Marxism, and it was damn effective for a long time, even to the misery of its many adherents. So, as I said before, and is worth saying again, belief doesn’t make reality. And even if you believe in something very strongly, it still doesn’t make it more real.

    Anyway, its a waste of time to reply to you. Good luck with those ICBMs and all.

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  • vxxc2014 Says:

    What happens if as I am wont to do I tell the Basilisk to fuck off?

    Do discuss.

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    Daniel Chieh Reply:

    The AI creates a clone of you to torture, who logically be indistinguishable from you. Its all a silly thought experiment imo.

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    Wagner Reply:

    The “rationalism” movement is the greatest example of an IQ shredder that I know of. Never met a rationalist who wasn’t surprisingly smart, never met a rationalist who wasn’t a boring as fuck conformist who licks trannies’ assholes. A tragedy really.

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    mcnvoigdo Reply:

    Nothing tragic about taking out the garbage.

    Daniel Chieh Reply:

    I would say its an example of relying on some incorrect premises, yet taking those premises to its naturally ridiculous conclusions. A lot akin to religious apologists – who are all very intelligent – but often create reams of silly stuff.

    Wagner Reply:

    My internet cut out when I submitted this so maybe it was a Sign that it shouldn’t be submitted, but I screen-capped it for you to view (at your discretion of course):

    http://imgur.com/a/3khaa

    vxxc2014 Reply:

    Thanks mr chieh I know.

    I was hoping for panic or comedy not a calm explanation.

    thank you though.

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  • Outliers (#49) « Amerika Says:

    […] Xenosystems quotes a Leftist source as follows: […]

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  • Wagner Says:

    “I described how the silence stripped me of myself; how I came once more into the Abyss and was drawn thence into the most secret Temple of the Most High…”
    — from the 666th page of Aleister Crowley’s autohagiography

    Funny story: Last Summer I asked the I Ching if I should read the Qur’an and it responded encouraging me to. I haven’t yet but I think that having a proficiency in Islam could do wonders for white rightism today. Imagine it’s January 2018, I haven’t posted for months, and I appear again, zealously spreading the message that becoming Muslim is the true redpill! Naw, but the leader of ISIS has a PhD from Baghdad Uni in Islamic scholasticism – what if one of us were to reinterpret the Qur’an in such a way that it was compelling enough to convert most of the muslims slaves and nutcases to Sufism? This is a task for the philosophers of the future.

    Oh, and Heidegger, who was given a Catholic burial, seems to have a similar understanding of “void-worship”:

    “If we let ourselves fall into the abyss… we do not go tumbling into emptiness. We fall upward, to a height.”

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    collen ryan Reply:

    admin Reply:
    July 4th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    “… is this due to the fact that they’re overrepresented at the top in all verbal fields?” — Surely yes, and not only verbal. (Ashkenazi) Jews are hugely over-represented in everything requiring exceptionally high-intelligence. By the time modernity is thoroughly established, history is basically a Jewish civil war, with everyone else in walk-on parts.

    so basically land admits we are totally pwnd and hes got a big faggottty stockholm crush on the jews. I would make a counter argument but its pointless hes a cuck and like all cucks will die a cucks death.

    https://foseti.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/review-of-bitter-harvest-by-ian-smith/

    in the comments Foseti tries to defend multicuckturalism from a “reactionary ” perspective, like land its alway “muh singapore” or some mutt house that got burned to the ground eventually, I think its why he finally had a nervous breakdown and quit when he realized where all this was leading.

    have fun Im done these reactionaries are just like the NRO crowd pretty soon they will have think tanks in washington. Its kind of funny they all get stuck in the same place they just cant stand some jew calling them a lowbrow racist.

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    Wagner Reply:

    “he finally had a nervous breakdown and quit when he realized where all this was leading.”

    Is ThAT what happened to Foseti? Poor bastard, I liked him. There was also a point where Lsand told him to STFU IIRC.

    Anyway, one of the chief alt-right memes (means) that has never sat well with me is the idea that wypeople aren’t racist because they don’t want to be *CALLED* racist. This is misjudging what is going on with our race: ethnomasochism, Christianity, cuckoldry, whatever you want to call it, it’s part of our blood. Whites aren’t worried about being *CALLED* racist, they’re worried about *BEING* racist. I don’t know where to go from here but I’m getting tired of seeing this lie being circulated by McDonald’s-tier members of the right-wing. You’re far from that Mike, you’re more like an elaborate Applebee’s. What being white is about is *going beyond*. Someone show me what a 5-star restaurant rightism looks like, please. Moldbug doesn’t do it, Land you don’t do it, someone please. UBER MENSCH

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    admin Reply:

    “… a big faggottty stockholm crush on the jews” = Alt-Rightish for “tends to like smart people”

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    Wagner Reply:

    It’s 2024 and a goblin-lookin critter with a clipboard is speaking to Land on a torture-rack: Well, Doctor Land, it looks like you have Jewish friends and Asian friends, but NO BLACK FRIENDS. The penalty for that is… that you will spend the remainder of your life toiling in a BEET FIELD.

    Pseudo-chrysostom Reply:

    The further removed from reality a field is, the more likely you will find jews in it.

    Or in other words,q fields where, A: the consequences of bad decisions are difficult to perceive and/or may occur over exceedingly long time scales, related to B: fields where it is easier to *dissimulate* over the fact that maybe mistakes were made or that your shit doesnt stink.

    If you hate signal hacking and all the problems attendant thereto, as many in the neoreactionary community like to highlight, you should hate jews the most above all.

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  • Mason Masters Says:

    Anyone have a PDF of Neoreaction a Basilisk? The dude can’t even provide an ebook version for sale, poor form.

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  • G. Eiríksson Says:

    » Most people deny getting pleasure or satisfaction from their symptoms, but the outside observer can usually see that they enjoy their symptoms, that they “get off” on their symptoms in a way that is too roundabout, “dirty,” or “filthy” to be described as pleasurable or satisfying. The term “jouissance” nicely captures the notion of getting off by any means
    necessary, however clean or dirty.
    The moment at which someone seeks therapy can thus be understood as one in which a breakdown occurs in that person’s favorite or habitual way of obtaining jouissance. It is a “jouissance crisis.” The jouissance-providing symptom is not working anymore or has been jeopardized.
    The people who seek out a therapist who are not experiencing some sort of jouissance crisis are generally sent by family, friends, or employers. Their spouses may be in a jouissance crisis, but they are not. And generally speaking, they are primarily interested in thwarting their spouses’ desire and are not open to the effect of the analyst’s desire.
    Those who do come in the middle of a jouissance crisis are hoping that the therapist will fix it, patch things up, make the symptom work the way it used to. They are not asking to be relieved of the symptom but rather of its recent ineffectiveness, its recent inadequacy. Their demand is that the therapist restore their satisfaction to its earlier level.
    Instead, what the therapist offers at the outset is a different substitute satisfaction: the strange sort of satisfaction that comes from the transference relationship and from deciphering the unconscious. »
    [‘A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis —Theory and Technique’, Bruce Fink, 1999.]

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    Wagner Reply:

    Boyyyyyyy that evokes a hilarious thought that I cannot say. (When you think of Bataille and Lacan, and Land and Zizek).

    But Eric wy you readin Lacan when you could be readin Jung? What’s that guy reveal about reality, please eloquently say.

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    G. Eiríksson Reply:

    I am reading some Lacan because, e.g., he gets referenced a lot nowadays. I’d like to read more Jung as well. Lacan is absolutely brilliant. He aryanised Freud, so to speak. Not only so to speak though. His Name-of-the-Father is a correct reading of civilization, it’s simply Logos and the Father in the patriarchal tradition (this includes the whole of Western, i.e. the Jewish-Aryan synthesis (Roman, Germanic, Jewish synthesis is the Western; and also the Aryan Eastern). He’s absolutely right that it was the father who sets the human (or Western & Indo-European) discourse, as the wife would simply adopt the husband’s language when traded as a unit of politco-economic-religious bonds. I could go on. Jung is called the Aryan psychologist, but I think Lacan might even out-aryanise or rather out-Westernize Jung (obviously the post-AD Semitic traditions are patriarchal also). His notion of a Symbolic Order and an Imaginary can make someone like Evola very readable for someone who doesn’t have the intuition for it otherwise. Christianity he renders totally readable. In fact, his tripartite conception of the psyche is a universal reader. It’s much more high culture than Freud’s. Penis envy becomes Symbolic Loss. Not that it wasn’t symbolic loss already in Freud, but Lacan quite postsexualises it, because we’re not fruit flies but logophilic beings. Altho I’d maintain Logos is at the root of even fruit flies—but that’s another matter.

    It was Zizek who introduced me to Lacan’s.

    One of Zizek’s clearest lectures is on ‘the Reality of the Virtual’:
    » lucidly and compellingly reflects on belief — which takes him from Father Christmas to democracy — and on the various forms that belief takes, drawing on Lacanian categories of thought. In a radical dismissal of today’s so called post-political era, he mobilizes the paradox of universal truth urging us to dare to enact the …. » » Rarely does one get a chance to view someone like Zizek so straightforward in presentation as this, but Reality of the Virtual is one of those chances »

    https://tu.be/RnTQhIRcrno-

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  • This Week In Reaction (2017/04/02) - Social Matter Says:

    […] regarding this bit (which I couldn’t get to render in my browser(s)). Nick Land notices The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel as well. Grey Enlightenment also takes a contrarian (to the standard contrarian) view on the […]

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  • Wagner Says:

    Controversial opinion: Jordan B. Peterson is for normies.

    “If you keep your head down long enough and be quiet then you train yourself to keep your head down and be quiet and you get really good at that and you don’t make changes later. That doesn’t happen. And I see that with faculty members all the time. They say “Well I’d speak out but I still haven’t gotten tenure” and after they get tenure they say “Well I’d speak out but I still haven’t got a promotion to full professor” and don’t speak out, and by the time they’re full professor they’ve spent ten years training themselves to be silent little obedient sheep, and it’s not like they’re going to turn into a ravening wolf instantaneously. That’s all gone. You become what you practice.”
    https://ia801600.us.archive.org/7/items/JordanPetersonInterviews/HoneyBadgerRadio79-JordanPeterson.mp3

    He himself is not a ravening wolf. Same with Land. Only way to bust a complacent adult’s brain out of Normie Meme Prison is a near-death experience. Short of that, Nick, you might want to consider traveling to South America and participating in an ayahuasca ceremony–or to Africa for an Iboga ceremony (the latter I’m told is more powerful than aya). It really comes down to whether you want to be a theologian or a philosopher. Your choice I guess.

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