Monthly Archives: July 2016

Iconoclasm

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It seems like I woke up one morning and suddenly It Was Happening. Trump’s Twitter account reaches Justin Bieber popularity level, terrorists attack weekly, Wikipedia hosts LGBT writing weeks and Ghostbusters 2 screens in Dutch Cinemas. Overseas there suddenly is an ‘Alt-right’ and perhaps or very likely it will grow in the Netherlands as well. Reaction has reached peak memetic efficiency in the sense that any modernist argument can pretty much be refuted with a picture and a caption. Modernity is built on a scam and that scam is now falling apart.

It is interesting how people try to explain away the scarier developments of the past year: ISIS. Mass immigration. Putin. Trump. Turkey. It does not fit their pre-existing story, for their pre-existing story tells them that the world is slowly uniting into one big utopian family. But the level of cognitive dissonance is growing and the amount of mental gymnastics performed to counter fearful thoughts is reaching maximum capacity. The Reactionary(c) on the other hand is of course not at all surprised by the events of the past year and if he is surprised it is in the positive sense, for he is not just proven right a little bit, no, he is being proven right a lot. I sure feel like performing an upbeat I-told-you-so dance around a burning globe. I’m probably not the only one.

When one compares the reactionary view with the prevailing mainstream view the discrepancy is huge. Now on the one hand people say that the opinion of the masses does not matter because elites will do as the elite will do. Yet at the same time sovereignty is conserved and since we live in the age of the masses, mass opinion matters. Correct me if I’m wrong but the entire movement around Trump is a mass movement is it not? Trump is redirecting the attention of the masses. For instance Trump has injected into the mainstream audience the -Heartistian- meme that diversity + proximity = war. Which is a great counter meme to modernity. But it is only one of many reactionary memes. For every reactionary mean an an average person has about 99 modernist meetings implanted in their head. After all, progressivism has about a 200 year head start on this whole neoreactionary shenanigans. It is often said that the only way Trump can achieve meaningful change is when he breaks democratic regulations that make up the US Federal government.

Trump, being a charming man, usually knows very well what he can and what he cannot say. There was this one business with him suggesting that women ought to be punished for abortions which did not go down well, but all in all Trump knows very well what the average voter is thinking and act accordingly. Speaking personally I do not posses even 1% of trumps diplomatic tact. I like to talk about truth and that is about it. Ergo I have pretty much the lost all interest in public political discourse, because it now seems clear to me what the topic of conversation will be for the next Current Years: it will be leading towards iconoclasm. Remember everything you have been taught? About history, about the enlightenment, about the second world war, about races, and of course about democracy? Yeah that was all a scam. Remember Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Che Guevara and Barack Obama? Yeah they were all liars or just stupid. Remember freedom of speech, human rights, equality? All just a bunch of leftist bullshit. Oh and have you heard of Harvard university? Man don’t even get me started.

So remind me again- do the masses like comforting lies or do they like harsh truth? Indubitably the masses do not like harsh truth and they will choose comforting lies until harsh truth hits them in the face like a cold fish. Even if Trump does turn out to be the God Emperor alt-right propaganda makes him out to be, I see no pretty way for the West to make this U-turn.

Vaag verhaal

Soms praat ik vaag. Als men vaag praat kan dit op meerdere oorzaken duiden. Bijvoorbeeld als mensen vaag praten omdat ze niks inhoudelijks te zeggen hebben – veel geblaat om weinig wol. Anderen praten vaag omdat ze vaag denken; bij deze mensen is de verbale spaghetti een reflectie van hun innerlijke chaos. Weer anderen praten vaag omdat ze bang zijn helder te spreken. ‘Wat zullen anderen hiervan vinden?’ denken zij. Liever cijferen zij zichzelf weg dan dat ze de kritiek en afkeuring moeten verduren, soms met hele terechte redenen. Nog een andere reden: jezelf expres in codewoorden uitdrukken omdat je niet wilt dat de verkeerde mensen het oppikken. Taal is tribale identificatie – zie het internet. Voor de buitenstaander lijken memes willekeurig maar dat zijn ze niet. Ze zijn voor de in-groep bedoeld waar ze vandaan komen.

De reden voor mijn vaagheid is een mix van bovenstaande redenen. De reden dat ik dit schrijf is omdat enkele mensen die mijn blog lezen aangeven dat ik te vaag ben en of ik wat duidelijker kan schrijven. Dat lijkt me een prima plan. Het probleem is dat ik niet echt weet waar ik moet beginnen.  Het is een cliché om de Matrix als metafoor te gebruiken maar zo voelt het wel. Wat heb ik nou eigenlijk te zeggen? ‘Moderniteit is een skem’, denk ik. We worden opgelicht. Er worden ons tientallen oren aangenaaid waar we bij staan. Dat klinkt nog steeds vaag, ik begrijp het.

Ik denk dat ik een idee heb hoe ik het wil vertellen. Dat idee zit niet in het resterende deel van deze post; deze post zal eindigen met een feitelijk opsomming van enkele ideeën. Beter dan niks toch?

1. Ik heb weinig met moderne politiek. Ik ben een eenvoudig man – politiek gaat om machtsverdeling, meer niet. Al deze prietpraat van politici en media laat me volledig koud. ‘Links’ en ‘rechts’ zijn handige termen om te hanteren maar dan wel met de volgende definitie:
links = chaos
rechts = orde
Ik houd van orde. Ik houd niet van chaos.

2. Het Westen is radicaal links geworden in de afgelopen 200 jaar. De ‘verlichting’ was een leugen waar Franse lapzwansen op feestjes indruk mee maakten. Helaas is de verlichting ondanks het uitgebreide falen van de Franse revolutie als een vuurtje verspreid door Europa en via Harvard door Amerika. Onze ‘rechtse’ partijen zijn gecontroleerde oppositie, meer niet. Het duidelijkst zien we dit in de VS, waar de conservatieve partij met succes wordt neergezet als ‘cuckservatives’, aka de hoorndragers van de democraten. Vandaar het succes van outsider Trump.

3.  Ik geloof niet in democratie. Democratie is chaos. Democratie is een ponzi scheme waar Plato al doorheen prikte maar wat de Fransen ons met succes hebben aangesmeerd. Het Nederlandse stelsel van politieke partijen laat mij koud. De elite in de randstad zullen doen wat ze willen doen.

4. Als ik zou stemmen zou ik op PVV stemmen. Geert Wilders is de man. Ik ken lang niet alle partijpunten van de PVV en waarschijnlijk vind ik het merendeels veels te links voor mijn smaak, maar Geert is tenminste duidelijk over het belangrijkste probleem waar Nederland mee te maken heeft: de immigranteninvasie.

Faith in the signs

 

So a couple of days ago I was walking around the outskirts of a quant town, enjoying some Dutch herbs. 3 Germans on bikes approached me – they were looking for a city in the neighborhood. I had no sense of spatial orientation and no sun to help, so I pointed them towards a couple of blue signs in the distance. Their city had to be on those signs I told them. They told me they already looked at those signs and the city was not on there. I told them it had to be, seeing as the city was sufficiently big and close to be included on the signs. As they were German they did not take my word for it and they went on to heatedly discuss the right direction amongst themselves. I wished them good luck and continued walking, eventually passing the blue signs. The city was on one of the signs.

This made me realize 2 things: 1) Germans are decidedly autistic 2) the Netherlands is the only country in the world where I knew the signs were helpful. You do not get lost in the Netherlands. Everything is orderly. If your direction is not on the big blue signs on the big streets then it’s on the small mushroom signs in rural areas. Every square meter has been assigned a purpose.

This image of order is what fuels the fantasy of altruism: there is no enemy, there is no ‘we vs them’*. Cooperation and trust among people is high – Dutch people expect everyone to get along with everyone. ‘Gezellig’ is a hard to translate Dutch word that refers to social events where people don’t really know each other but enforce a good time anyway because that’s what good people do.

It will be interesting to observe how all this pride will come to fall. The model is not sustainable. The US leads the fall with the conglomeration of cities in West Netherlands following in 2nd place and the smaller cities in East Netherlands in 3rd place. The wheels of K/r-selection are turning.


 

Well there is of course there is but it is defined as ‘we’ (good people of the world) vs ‘them’ (haters like Trump, Farage and Wilders), which does not count as a real we vs them because everybody knows these people suck so really lets just ignore that. 

I don’t care about freedom of speech

“lol-traffic went up! Aahh I got hooked up. FeelsGoodMan. Shit better write something before the pressure builds up. Have that Dutch post cooking. Nah it’s too edgy, better write something spergy.”

So what about that free speech, huh.

I don’t care about freedom of speech. I don’t know if this meme has been dealt with the way Jim has dealt with the meme of asymmetric warfare*, but I’ll write about it for the sake of writing. The idea of free speech used to interest me and be an interesting topic of discussion. Now the meme just annoys me.

Free speech does not exist. It is a figment of modernist imagination, one of the modern Gods in his pantheon, like the Greeks used to have but crappier. Free speech is an abstract thing no organic being really cares about. The way freedom of speech comes down practically is in 2 ways:
– you get away with it
– you do not get away with it
That’s all there is to it.

Trying to engineer ‘freedom of speech’ as a meme for society pretty much serves as a Schelling points for naive people and liars. You don’t backwards engineer a society which is propelled forwards by forced honesty. The conditions in which people feel comfortable to share their honest opinions follow natural law. In a good-functioning group people are rewarded by being (mostly) honest so they will wield the power of ‘freedom of speech’ more often. They still would not care about ‘Freedom of Speech’ of course. They are just happy that they got away with speaking their minds.

* Can I get away with dick-riding Jim so often? Can I get away with saying dick-riding? I mean, Boondocks did it right?