Category Archives: Moderniteit

No one cares 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.” {not deleting old stuff, but man is this horrible. – future alf.}

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? {only slightly less horrible}

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Nrx Overload

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It is at times implied that the internet is a magical place of freedom and anonimity – the mere term ‘second life’ implies the possibility of a parallel life lived on the internet, completely separated from your supposedly ‘first life’. I find myself disagreeing. The internet is but a digital representation of yourself, and digital life resembles real life in all aspects. The internet has two advantages, which are the speed of information dispersion and the immense universe of information available. But this is nothing revolutionary – a telephone and a library provide similar services.

Nrx is one of the many obscure corners of the internet, yet it is the part of the internet which makes an incredible amount of sense. This place has converted me from a sort-of-progressive into a convinced neoreactionary (whatever that may be). Yet implicit in its knowledge is the fact that the internet will not save you, for only your thede may save you. Internet thedes are intellectually mind-blowing, yet practically speaking weak-sauce. They do not help much in real life. I could even argue the opposite: Nrx messes up your real life, for you increasingly feel disconnected with everything around you. Modernity is crap. Media is crap. Equality is crap. Contemporary art is crap. Everyone’s opinions are crap. Some part of my personality has always felt this, which is probably why I am in this obscure part of the internet in the first place. But I feel alone. Whenever I discuss anything of marginally intellectual level with people I inescapably feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

I find myself discussing the most basal concepts which people forget within the week. People are sheeple. Progressives wallow in their power. Atheists swallow everything the media tells them. Protestants are in favor of gay marriage. Catholics warn for macho behavior of men. There truly are very few sane people left and the cynic in me wonders if there ever were many in the first place.

People don’t want to think truth about gays, jews, progressivism, religion, women, power and whatnot. It hurts their heads. They want to think happy thoughts. They want to enjoy modernity, which admittedly is still functioning fairly well in the Netherlands. Rumblings at the horizon are to be ignored and the same goes for messengers of bad news such as myself.

I prefer to have a well-functioning real life, which means I need to get along with the people in my real life. Not sure what conclusion I’m drawing here. Show but don’t tell, I guess. Or: the internet is not your friend. Or: make knowledge work for you, not against you. Whatever. Grumble grumble.

Delusies van moderniteit

Fight Club is profetischer dan Chuck Palahniuk ooit had kunnen voorspellen – het is meer dan de stem van 1 generatie mannen, het is de schreeuw van de gehele moderniteit.

Zoals Freud al zei, het is een cruciale eis van beschaving om de destructieve driften in mens te onderdrukken. Als man geen reden heeft om zich aan de regels van de samenleving te houden dan zal die samenleving uit elkaar vallen. De ideale methode om dat te bereiken is sublimatie: de kanalisering van maatschappelijk ongeaccepteerde driften in productieve activiteiten. Moderniteit geeft die opties, maar bedelft ze onder een berg stierensjit. We worden geacht naar school te gaan, naar universiteit te gaan, carriere te maken, vrouwen te knallen, huisje boompje beestje, etcetera etcetera. We moeten succesvol zijn, maar succesvol zoals gedefineerd door een massa-consumptie maatschappij die drijft op oppervlakkige leugens en bedrog. Onze ‘rolmodellen’ zijn sterren, miljonairs en modellen. Maar bereik die status en er zijn nieuwe rolmodellen! SUPERsterren, BILjonairs, SUPERmodellen! ‘HET IS NOOIT GENOEG’ zou het credo van moderniteit kunnen zijn.
Moderniteit stopt ons in een mentaal keurslijf waar we niet uit kunnen komen zonder de fundamenten van moderniteit te verwerpen.

Traditioneel geven we de media hier volledig de schuld van en daar zit waarheid in, alleen zit het probleem dieper. Wij zijn de media; het is niet alsof de journalisten in een paralelle wereld leven waarin ze compleet losstaan van het dagelijkse leven. Journalisten zijn mensen als jij en ik, mensen met een familie, een baan en verantwoordelijkheden. De enige eis die hun wordt gesteld is om geld te verdienen. Hen wordt geacht artikelen te schrijven die worden gelezen, die de interesse van lezers trekken. Het is dus niet zo dat journalisten in een ivoren toren bedenken hoe ze het volk nu weer gaan verneuken, eerder dat journalisten de bestaande emoties van het volk terugreflecteren en versterken. Zie ook het succes van de Telegraaf.

Met andere woorden, de schuld ligt niet exclusief bij de media. We zijn hier allen deel van, ieder van ons draagt een zandkorrel aan verantwoordelijkheid.

Wat te doen met deze zandkorrel?

Verwerp moderniteit, bouw een nieuw model. ‘Postmoderniteit’ is helaas al geclaimd door misleide academici die moderniteit een andere naam geven en doen alsof ze iets nieuws hebben bedacht. Gelukkig is ‘neoreactionisme’ helemaal vrij. En neoreactionairen zitten propvol ideeen over alternatieven voor modernisme. Voor vandaag deze quote van Free Northerner:

“You don’t have to be special, it’s impossible for everyone to be. You don’t have to save the world, you can’t. Some people are called to do great things, most aren’t. You can do average things and still have a meaningful, impactful life. You don’t have to save the world, be the best, or become a super alpha male, instead, focus on something meaningful you can do and do what you can where you are.”

Tending Your Garden