Ace Torches the Popcorn Stand

Forget the headline, which is just a pretext — this post is really something. A couple of highlights:

They think that our desire for a better America will draw us to vote for the Least Worst candidates. […] But many of us now feel like the Communists, or the hardcore paleocons: There really is not a large enough difference between the two parties any more to bother oneself in terms of emotional and financial investment any longer. […] Either way, we will have some form of repressive, unresponsive socialism in this country; what should we care whether the National Welfare Depot is painted in Red or Blue? […] I’m not coming back. I’m done. For the past ten years of my life, I’ve made arguments, some of which I knew to be false, to defend and apologize for the GOP; I see now that I was a fool to do so.


Here’s Some Truth: We all know this, but being Part of the Team, I felt obligated to lie, because I figured you expected me to lie, even though you didn’t believe it. […] So yeah: The GOP is never repealing Obamacare or even trying hard to do so. They will make false efforts at doing so which they can present to voters as a Good College Try, but aw shucks, we couldn’t quite do it. […] It’s a relief to no longer have to propagate this obvious, feeble lie. […] I know very few of you believe the GOP has much intention of repealing Obamacare, but, being a Republican, I have previously felt the need to present The Official Party Position even knowing it was total bullshit. […] I’ve known it was a lie for a year, which is why I hate when it comes up on, say, the Podcast. What am I supposed to say? Am I supposed to pretend the GOP is going to repeal it? […] So they’re not. They never were. […] It was always a lie.

If there was ever a moment to stoop to a ‘wow, just wow!’ this might be it.

March 19, 2015admin 19 Comments »
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  • Erebus Says:

    Ace discovered the inner-party/outer-party charade. And he came to the same conclusion Moldbug did: No matter what, never waste time or energy supporting the outer party!

    Meanwhile, direct from a mouthpiece of the Cathedral:

    “Obama: ‘Maybe it’s time for mandatory voting.'”

    From the same link:
    “‘Turning the vote out might not be a problem, but wooing disengaged citizens now requires banal sloganeering and crass misleading negative advertising,’ Manning wrote. ‘To me, this can diminish the democratic experience for those who take the time to think through the issues.'”

    …Yeah, I’d say it’s a bit late for that.


    dantealiegri Reply:

    I had been wondering if Ace was getting to this point. I initially read AoS because he seemed to be the sort that wasn’t a True Believer. He had made mention of disliking the charades before.

    As far as NRx goes, AoS a very good place – has quite a few people that are effective. One person from there made a election prediction setup that was better than the major networks, and staffed it.


    Thales Reply:

    When Dem’s lost the 2000 presidential race, it was “time to end the electoral college.”

    When Dem’s lost the 2010/2014 midterms due to low Dem turnout, it’s “fime for mandatory voting.”

    I’m surprised it isn’t “time to repeal the 22nd amendment”, given their line-up for 2016.


    Posted on March 19th, 2015 at 1:36 pm Reply | Quote
  • Hattori Says:

    ” We lose on the issue, so then we Have The Issue to run on.”

    That’s pretty funny.


    Posted on March 19th, 2015 at 1:49 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mycroft Holmes Says:

    Are phoney right-wing parties the result of subconscious Universalist memetic zombification or are they the result of Commintern 2.0 trojan horse black-ops? Or both?


    Zimriel Reply:

    I’m going with that parties are an inevitable byproduct of elections, but that ambitious men take them over and then use them to gain advantage for – firstly – themselves and – secondly – their friends.

    They then afford openings for those trojan-horse black-ops you mention.


    Posted on March 19th, 2015 at 2:13 pm Reply | Quote
  • Lesser Bull Says:

    Mandatory voting is like printing money. It’s a sign that something is fundamentally broken and that the elites want to paper it over.


    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    “the fact that no one wants to vote must be what is driving the crass electioneering, yeah, it couldn’t possibly be the other way around.”

    Cart Driver: “Seriously though I’m telling you, the horse does all of the work.”


    SanguineEmpiricist Reply:

    No it isn’t, that criterion makes any institutional development “artificial”, marriage is very productive but deeply natural.


    SanguineEmpiricist Reply:

    unnatural* rather


    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    hardly. Marriage is natural for men, but perhaps not for apes. Hard figuring out which they are being at a given moment; but usually how marriage seems to be working out is a good indicator.

    dantealiegri Reply:

    Indeed, as @RiverC says, I don’t know if you have a leg to stand on – their is evidence of pairing back to neolithic times.

    Peter A. Taylor Reply:


    Humans have a wide sexual repertoire. Polygamy, monogamy (with and without cheating), promiscuity, and rape are all natural. There are multiple equilibria, some more stable than others. I gather from Satoshi Kanazawa that polygamy is more the rule than the exception. Monogamy may require healthy institutions that support altruistic punishment.

    Posted on March 19th, 2015 at 2:24 pm Reply | Quote
  • hillary in yoga pants Says:

    @“Obama: ‘Maybe it’s time for mandatory voting.’”

    “Shut up, be happy. The conveniences you demanded are now mandatory.”
    –Jello Biafra


    Posted on March 19th, 2015 at 4:25 pm Reply | Quote
  • Thales Says:

    Good for him, but the Matrix will just replace him with a new, GOP-sympathetic “Ace.”


    Zimriel Reply:

    Even if the Matrix does “replace” ace – I can think of several ways – it can’t replace his community of Morons.

    Consider Charles Johnson, currently our best example of the Matrix replacing a blog host. His Lizards moved out and regrouped in several other sites, not least Ace’s HQ.


    Lesser Bull Reply:

    The most likely replacement for Ace is Ace. I love him, but he is as volatile and hysteric as a girl.


    Posted on March 19th, 2015 at 7:05 pm Reply | Quote
  • This Week in Reaction (2015/03/20) | The Reactivity Place Says:

    […] Land notices Ace of Spades noticing that conservative support for the GOP is […]

    Posted on March 20th, 2015 at 10:19 pm Reply | Quote
  • Kwisatz Haderach Says:

    Testing… [I had to throw that vast senseless thing in the trash. It didn’t work. — Admin.]


    Posted on March 26th, 2015 at 8:27 am Reply | Quote

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