"At the top level of scholarship, these new red organs will be as serious
and intellectually ambitious as the old blue organs that compete with
Well, yes, and that's exactly why it will fail. Both of those are negative numbers.
upon the internet, as I did, and despair. Nobody is even slightly
serious. The culture is deeply, deeply anti-intellectual. Grass monke
happy no think. Play in grass with spear, then hungry, then go chase and
stab, then cook, then play again. No think gud liaf!
"Pillarization requires your cultural identity to be formalized and visible to the state—as visible as to any advertiser with two nickels to rub together. "
Pillarization is asking the Pope for permission. The peasant must
do what they're told - at best they can beg daddy to be told to do
something different. I can see no evidence they are even capable of
disobeying. They can forget, misunderstand, or get confused about who
the prime mover is. They can't actually disobey.
"There are many reasons to switch pillars—but this is never a trivial, or even easily reversible, process."
Yeah? Why not? You intending to let them keep voting?
Why would someone want to keep flitting back and forth across a "cultural" divide? What, the Jew is going to join the neo-Nazis for a week because they're handing out cookies? "It's okay honey, I don't mean it. Back in a bit. Put my yarmulke in the wash for me."
Don't take Moldbug's fungus rot any more seriously than Moldbug takes it.
"Unfortunately, since sovereignty is conserved, this balance implies a third party which is supreme over both others, and enforces the balance."
Today I learned sovereignty is not conserved.
Has Moldbug really been fully converted to narcissism? "There is no cooperation, only dominance or submission."
Yeah imagine loving someone and wanting the best for them. What a loser, right? Who does that?
Moldbug of course admires China's anti-virus policies.
Moldbug clearly disdains China's anti-expansionist policies.
"The cure for a culture war, or for any civil war cold or hot, is simple: [arch-busybody]."
"After Augustus, Rome was unified. It had lots of problems and developed more, but never under the Empire did it have class conflict—not until Christianity."
Who wants to bet this is a journalism?
"It is true that Caesar came to power as the candidate of one faction"
So yeah it turns out you can get this "monarchy" thing by just winning.
"the populares—roughly red-state Rome."
Populares are of course the blues. Party of irresponsible paupers, criminals, and fraud. Liberals, basically. Optimates are the rich haughty net-tax-payer party. Armies were made primarily of Optimates. Truckers vote against Caesar.
"In 60 BC, Caesar sought election as consul for 59 BC, along with two other candidates. The election was sordid—even Cato, with his reputation for incorruptibility, is said to have resorted to bribery in favour of one of Caesar's opponents."
that -returning to proper spelling- Kaisar had to cross the Rubicon
because he had broken approximately every law during his stay as consul.
The reason he wanted to be consul in the first place was exactly to get
away with breaking the law - Roman consuls could not be persecuted for
lawbreaking during their tenure. He was none too good at following it
even without that protection.
Only there were term limits. Kaisar was not eligible for re-election. If he had crossed into Rome without declaring war, he would have ended up very, very arrested. Had to stage War of American Rebellion, alpha version 0.2 instead.
Hey maybe don't hold up criminals as heroes. Unless you want me to rightly call you a criminal, of course.
"In power he did treat his original supporters well. But he treated everyone well. "
I mean, that's who gets literally stabbed in the back, with a knife, right? Someone who treats everyone well? Reminder that Hungary's Orban can drive around his country without a secret service escort.
Kaisar was known for his mercy. He would sometimes forgive those who antagonized him. Not those pirates that one time, but quite a few folk. Brutus, for example, was a beneficiary of Kaisar's mercy.
"Oligarchies often contain little invisible emperors of their own fields—but they abhor any formal centralization of power."
The Alrenous Thousand Emperors hypothesis. In particular, the crypto-Pope.
"[Kaisar] was also an aristocrat born and raised, which was no more an obstacle then than it is now."
He was a degenerate. He fatally wounded Rome, ensuring it was 100% destined for total destruction. He got the traitor's end he exactly deserved. Rome should have rejected him utterly, but instead joined the traitor's cause and likewise suffered the wrath of Nemesis.
"When we compare Chinese politics today to Chinese politics 50 years ago, from the Red Guards to TikTok, we cannot ascribe the loss of mass political engagement to any genetic or cultural factor. We are still looking at Chinese people, in China, being Chinese."
Mao was a CIA agent - admitted on the CIA's own website - almost fully Anglified. When the CCP referred to a Communist party, it wasn't being Chinese in the slightest.
Maoist were immensely destructive towards traditional Chinese culture, a) because it was so offensively Chinese and b) because that's how Anglos behave toward traditional Anglo culture in their own home countries.
- who said it? - Communism is as American as apple pie. Stalin was
Anglified. Anglos run demoralization on themselves and try to make
everyone else do so too.
"It is hard to imagine what blue Americans would look like if excluded from power"
They can't feed themselves, so they would look dead.
"While it is hard to answer this question, any one who is not a gamer would probably agree: without games, gamers would probably be better off than they are now."
I mean yeah don't play Fortnite, sure.
I guess I moralize about coffee, though. Pretty sure coffee's worse. Games don't have withdrawal.
"All we know is that this aristocracy is, like most aristocracies, made out of amazing human beings."
Allegedly knows all about Kaisar and hasn't even read the Republic.
Not like this guy:
"Plato! Gawker may not know Plato, but
"I mean that the father grows accustomed to descend to the level of his sons and to fear them, and the son is on a level with his father, he having no respect or reverence for either of his parents; and this is his freedom, and the metic is equal with the citizen and the citizen with the metic, and the stranger is quite as good as either."
"In such a state of society the master fears and flatters his scholars, and the scholars despise their masters and tutors; young and old are all alike; and the young man is on a level with the old, and is ready to compete with him in word or deed; and old men condescend to the young and are full of pleasantry and gaiety; they are loth to be thought morose and authoritative, and therefore they adopt the manners of the young."
"In any case, from Plato’s dialogue we see how the witch-hunter can
invert the reality of power and presents himself as the underdog,
fighting back against the gigantic and all-encompassing conspiracy of