Lets tie some thoughts together.
The cathedral and leftist memeplexes
Moldbug identified a major power structure he coined the cathedral. The cathedral has many names. Moldbug often called it universalism because he was into innocent euphemisms in order to stop your CRIMESTOP buttons from triggering. Progressivism and Ctulhu are less innocent names of the cathedral. For me leftism is the most straightforward term. Moldbug claimed the cathedral was a collective of leftists, or more specifically a strain of leftism originating from the English puritan settlers in Boston whose fundamental doctrine was as follows: we are all equal.
Ideology like religion can be viewed as a collection of ideas or as Dawkins called them; memes and memeplexes. If a meme is a byte a memeplex is a gigabyte. Memes are thoughts, memes are information, memes are life. Christianity is a memeplex and so is Islam. Dawkins said that memes are not some magic entity as some followers of Kek would lead us to believe but that memes instead follow the laws of nature. The existence of memes like animals and genes depends on their survival in a meme-hostile environment. Memes in this sense evolve only with regard to their own survival. Whatever works.
‘In the 20th century 3 memeplexes were battling for world domination: democracy, fascism and communism. What if not 2 out of 3 were bad but all 3 were bad?’ So goes Moldbug’s explanation in which he goes on to compare the universalism memeplex with a parasite. The medical metaphor goes as follows: memes are like bacteria in that they infect your body and/or brain. Not all bacteria are bad for your body – we live in tranquil homeostasis with many bacteria on and in our body. But bacteria like viruses and parasites will also turn against our body and make us ill. In the same sense a memetic infection may be of neutral, positive or negative consequence for its infected host.
Moldbug argued that progressivism is a memetic parasite that is adapted to especially infect politically-minded young ex-Christians/atheists. The parasite has many handy features that helped its spread througout the Anglosphere:
- It actively denies being religious which allows for religious fanaticism without triggering the usual skepticisms religions have to deal with.
- It is a mutated strain of Christianity which allows progressives to maintain posture towards Christians while in fact being actively hostile towards Christianity.
- It makes its host feel good. You’re like, part of the circle of life man.
So leftism is a parasite. That is a controversial statement for most people in [current year]. I mean, a small portion of Dutch people vocally identify themselves as leftists and more have at least some sympathy for leftist ideas. About half of the power in the Dutch cabinet belongs to parties calling themselves leftist excluding the controlled opposition parties. If leftism is evil its evil has spread wide and far. Which is exactly what reactionaries have concluded.
What makes leftism so parasitic? Philosophically speaking it is evil because it is based upon the central lie that we are all equal which in practice is applied as the lie that we are all the same. We are observably not the same. Leftist standpoints flow forth from this central lie:
- feminism because men and women are the same
- mass immigration because whites and blacks are the same
- democracy because all voters are the same
- golden medals for all olympic participants because all athletes are the same
- same-sex marriage because all sexual predilections are the same
You may have noticed the olympic standpoint not being true. It just as well could be true. The thing with organising around a lie is that no one knows what is actually going on. That is why it is a lie. If you believe condensation clouds formed by airplanes are meant to brainwash the people you might just as well believe that your neighbour is trying to kill you because he is infected by said clouds. In the same vein if you believe that all people are the same you might as well believe that it is discrimination to only give olympic gold to the winner. If that sounds ridiculous remember that the US was having a nationwide discussion about how excluded MtF transgenders with penises felt about not having their own bathroom. If you start from a core lie you can normalise the absurd.
So now that we have identified the parasite and explained why the parasite is evil, the question remains: why leftism? What is in it for the people believing lies? To answer this question we turn to Spandrell’s story: point deer make horse. In short: when a minister wants to overthrow the president he needs a way to determine loyalty of the parliament. The easiest way to do so is to lie in an obvious manner. Take a horse to work and call it a deer. Those that praise the beauty of the deer are your allies. Those that are confused and ask why you call a horse a deer are your enemies. Work together with your allies and kill your enemies – the game is as simple as that. The horse itself is irrelevant. What is relevant is whose side you are on.
So it is as Spandrell points out: leftism is an easy excuse for defection. The entire point of leftism is to manufacture a point of disagreement with those in power and use it to funnel power towards yourself. Don’t like the king? Tell everyone he does not care for the environment. Don’t like your football coach? Tell everyone he hates women.
AnonymousConservative’s r/K selection theory boils down to the same thing. K-selected genes are programmed for honesty: ‘why my chap let us have a pistol duel at dawn so that I may defend my honor!’ r-selected genes on the other hand are programmed for sneakiness: ‘sure see you there.’ And find out how I rigged your gun asshole.
The leftist in the first place is a scam-artist and his psychological makeup is adapted as such. He is a martyr or as Matt Forney would say – a narcissist. He strives for a lie which will never be and he will lament upon that sad fact until the day he dies. This makes him better than you. ‘Don’t you care?’ he cries while he clutches your coat. Perhaps, perhaps not. But rest assured that the leftist does definitely not care about anything but the newest fashion in leftist defection.
So leftism is an evolved behavioural trait that aids survival by providing you with effective lies to defect when faced with life’s prisoner dilemma situations. Leftism is synonymous with scamming in this sense. What makes the cathedral unique as a scam is that it is such an elaborate scam. Why shouldn’t we all be equal is an unfalsifiable moral observation made originally by priests. Priests! It was a religious scam all along. You have sinned white man and at our altar you may atone for your sins.
What is leftism?
…Is the first question leftist readers will ask. My instinctual answer: unask the question. New question. Where does this rule of yours come from to define every word in every essay? New answer: it comes from academia which is generally cathedral territorium. Since the cathedral is built on lies clear thinking is never promoted. Therefore I distrust your inquiry into my definition and suspect you are looking for a clear dogma to defect upon. The cathedral likes discussing about definitions because definitions are always open for (re)interpretation. Ask the skypes.
You know leftism best when you encounter it. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is an excellent book of leftist strategies. Vox Day’s SJW’s Always Lie is an excellent book on how to counter leftist strategies (though I have read neither). I have found that the easiest way to counter leftism is by trusting your gut. Whenever you find yourself in a situation you feel uncomfortable with, ask yourself honestly: am I being scammed? If so, how?
The larger scam is of course the way society is being scammed which happens in many ways but most definitively through the importation of hundreds of thousands of muslim men. Not much you can do about that right now.
Current and future leftism
No one can predict the future positions the cathedral takes because the cathedral itself does not even know what future positions it will take. Truth you can take a swing at but a lie is arbitrary. Both Clinton and Obama were against same-sex marriage before they were in favour of it as recently as 2008. In retrospect this seems incredibly silly seeing as how gay marriage has become such a hallmark of [current year] leftism. But they didn’t know that 10 years ago!
A scam always comes to an end. ‘Truth goes the longest’ as they say. The problem with a scam based on holiness is that a rival priest can always be holier than you. Priest 1 says that it is good for the family if women vote, priest 2 says women are oppressed by the men in their family and it is good if they vote AND pursue careers. Both priests are lying but the second priest lies more blatantly (closer to the core lie) which makes him holier than the first one. So we get holiness spirals in which those competing for holy power descend further and further into a labyrinth of ever ascending madness. No one can stop it because everybody is a hypocrite. There is a Dutch word for this, schijnheilig, which translates literally into pretendholy.
Because holiness spirals are directly involved in affairs of power they are usually shrouded in secrecy. Power protects itself. But it seems like the American progressivist scam is slowly coming to an end and Wikileaks is exposing its secrets. The cathedral threatens to kill Julian Assange but so far they can’t make true on their promise. Assange strikes me to be a leftist who defected on the meme ‘sharing is caring’ which makes the drama all the more tragic. When the spiral spirals out of control we get a leftist singularity which is the priestly equivalent of what happened to Bernie Madoff when his pyramid scam fell apart. The USSR had a relatively peaceful singularity at the end of the cold war. What will happen to the West? The left is eating itself – no leftist likes Hillary who surprise surprise turns out to be a crooked scammer. But the alternative is Hitler so leftists find themselves in a pickle. If only Bernie Sanders had defected on Hillary when he was asked to campaign for her new school leftists would at least have someone to believe in. But the poor man was too loyal to the old school cathedral, oh sweet irony.
So now the cathedral is shaking like Ganondorf’s castle during the final boss fight. What will happen when it falls? Chaos? Civil war? Nothing? Peaceful Trump takeover? AI overlord Zuckerberg I? Islamic Europe? We sure live in interesting times.
There is a Dutch story from the middle ages called ‘Van den vos Reynaerde’ or ‘About Reynard the fox’. It was about a fox who tricked everyone. In the end he even scammed the king, a lion called Nobel by convincing him other animals were conspiring against the king. It was a funny story with a lesson: some people are natural scammers because most people are natural suckers.