The Office Space Election

Back in 2016 Michael Anton wrote the essay called “The Flight 93 Election” that characterized electing Donald Trump as a last-ditch effort to save the country from the globalists.  In 2020 Anton and everyone else is saying that once again this is the most critical election of all time.  So that got me thinking.

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Office Space” you might remember the scene where the protagonist, Peter Gibbons, is talking to a hypnotist about his problems.  He explains that every day at his office the boss ratchets up the misery a little more.  So, every day is worse than the one before and that guarantees that every day is the worst day of Peter’s life.

In the same way, because in each and every year for decades now, the political and social situation in America has gotten worse, the next election is by definition the most important election in your lifetime.  And so, it’s important to do all we can do to get good men in office and push for the changes that we need, to make this a free country again.

But guess what?  Elections and politics are not the most important things in our lives and we should be thinking about these other things even more than we do about the politics.  In fact, the worse the politics get the more we have to spend time figuring out ways to live happily despite them.

And here the analogy with the movie continues.  The hypnotist provides a hypnotic suggestion to Peter that he will no longer worry about his job.  But before he has time to restore Peter to normal the hypnotist has a heart attack and dies.  So now Peter is completely unconcerned about being fired and goes through his day in a relaxed manner ignoring anything his boss says that he doesn’t like and speaking absolute truth about what he thinks about his job.  Of course, eventually everything comes crashing down, but his new found composure gives him the chance to re-evaluate his life and escape from the career and personal entrapments that had made his life a living hell.

For us, the liberating situation is finding out that both parties are a rigged game against us.  Knowing this makes it possible for us to try and navigate around all the various entrapments that have been built into the system.  We can consciously make choices to minimize the impact of these traps.  We can develop work arounds and we can form alliances with others like ourselves who have stopped drinking the Kool Aid.  And amongst ourselves we can speak openly of the truths that the establishment papered over.  We can openly say that illegal immigration must be stopped and that the corporations are outsourcing all our jobs and that a man in a sun dress is not a woman.  Spreading the word that the Democrats and the Republicans have been gaslighting us for decades and working against our interests makes it possible to see clearly who is on our side and who isn’t.  The system is still rigged against us but at least we’re no longer flying blind.

And the final analogy with the movie is the ending.  One of the other victims of the oppression at the Office is a crazy guy named Milton.  The boss tortures Milton by moving his cube into worse and worse spaces.  Finally, Milton ends up in the basement and is told to spray for roaches on his way in and out.  But as a last straw the boss takes Milton’s beloved Swingline stapler.  So, he snaps and burns the company to the ground.  In this analogy I’d say the crazy guy would be the fringe right who may finally get so fed up with being bullied by Antifa and BLM that they go toe to toe with them and essentially blow the whole thing up.

Not everyone, including myself, would see that as a desirable outcome but it wouldn’t be a shock if it happened.  The provocation from the left has been monumental and the fact that some major blowback hasn’t happened is only because everyone is waiting for the election to happen before settling scores on the street.  But even if the conflagration isn’t an actual explosion but only a political reaction it will happen and it will provide a resolution.  The seething hatred on both sides is palpable and what is left of the moderate middle is being boiled off by the heat of the moment.  It is pretty much impossible at this point to imagine the two sides of the country reconciling.  We just dislike each other too much.  Probably the best case would be a looser federalism that would allow each side to occupy their own territory without trying to impose their values on each other.  But how we get to that best-case scenario is the part I can’t figure out yet.  Can we get there without a real conflagration?  Let’s hope so.

07SEP2020 – American Greatness – Post of the Day – Michael Anton on Trump

Michael Anton worked for President Trump as the Head of Communications at the National Security Council.  In this essay he provides an eye-witness account in defense of the President’s obvious patriotism and love for the soldiers.  It’s interesting to see how someone who was present when certain comments were made can shine a light on how they can be maliciously taken out of context.

The Donald Trump I Know

Michael Anton Analyzes the Impeachment Strategy and Summarizes the Possible Outcomes

In his sixty two hundred (!) word essay “The Empire Strikes Back” Michael Anton narrates the Deep State and Democrat controlled Media’s Ukraine-gate maneuver and how it’s supposed to justify impeachment and removal of President Trump.  Suffice it to say it is ponderous to read through the machinations they are going through to justify their treason and depressing to realize what nakedly illegal practices of their own they are trying to protect with the smokescreen of impeachment.  The Deep State and the Elites feed from the trough of federal spending that is funneled to lawless countries like the Ukraine.

I won’t attempt to even summarize his essay.  If you have an interest in these matters, which I do, you might read it.  But I’d like to quote some ideas from his conclusion.  Anton thinks that it is unlikely that even the craven Senate Republicans would be stupid enough to convict the President.  But if they did, he had this to say about the consequences:

“And it might. It worked against Nixon. It almost worked against Reagan. But let’s be clear: if it works this time, there are only three possible outcomes:

First, deplorable-Americans will meekly accept President Trump’s removal, in which case the country as a self-governing republic will be finished; the elite coup will have succeeded, their grip on power cemented. With all due respect to the vice president, this is not the way—these are not the people on the backs of whom—he should wish to enter the Oval Office. And I am confident he will not.

Second, deplorable-Americans will revolt at the ballot box and punish the elites in a series of elections that put in power serious statesmen intent on rooting out corruption and reestablishing democratic accountability.

Or, third, deplorable-Americans’ attempt to set their government aright via ballots will not avail, as it has not so often in the past; they will realize that it has not, conclude that it never will, and resolve by any means necessary to get out from under the thumbs of people who so obviously hate them and wish to rule them without their consent.”

That third outcome is the Dissident Right’s refrain, “we can’t vote our way out of this.”

And as to the outcome for the Senate Republicans if they did convict the President:

“Oh, and let’s also be clear about something else: if the Republicans “collude” with this sham and force the removal of a president whose approval rating within his party hovers north of 90%, and whose voters scarcely understand—much less agree with—the “case” against him, they will destroy the party forever. I don’t often make predictions, because I’m not good at it, but this one is easy. They will have removed all doubt that they are anything but ruling class apparatchiks, adjuncts, and flunkies of the administrative state from which they take orders.

And let none of them dare gaslight us with the trite dismissal that Trump’s removal would not overturn the 2016 election results because the president’s replacement was also elected. Trump’s intraparty enemies hate him, and wish to be rid of him, precisely because he is not one of them, because he stands for, and represents, something fundamentally different. Getting rid of him is, for them, a way to get back to business as usual. But there is no going back. A few of them in safely anti-Trump states or districts may survive the president’s removal but the vast majority will not. A new party—a Trumpian populist-nationalist party—will arise from the Republican Party’s ashes. More blue-collar in economic orientation and less in hock to coastal and financial elites, it will do a better job of attracting Democrats and independents—possibly pointing the way to the first real national majority coalition since the Reagan era. And that new party will not welcome the traitors, who will have to make do with contributorships on CNN and MSNBC. Assuming any slots are available.”

This assessment seems quite likely.  And the Senator I’d most enjoy seeing bounced out of his seat is Mitt Romney.  I would hope that Utah would enact a recall law specifically to remove him if he were stupid enough to aid in the removal of a popular president.  In fact, even if the conviction is unsuccessful, if Romney votes for it, I hope the people of his state remove him for that alone.

Anton worked for the Trump White House in addition to being an academic.  He is almost uniquely positioned to discuss the reality of our present situation.  What I find interesting is that even a mainstream and serious commentator such as Anton is now pointing to the apocalyptic realities of what would happen if the Uni-party Establishment decides they can overturn the 2016 election results by removing a popular president.  What that tells me is that the intelligentsia on the actual right has reached the same boiling point as the rest of us.  When a policy wonk joins the Deplorables it won’t be long before the pitchforks and the torches start showing up on the scene.

 

 

Bronze Age Mindset – A Book Review

When Bronze Age Mindset (BAM) came out last year I heard a little bit about it at various sites.  When Michael Anton reviewed the book back in August I became interested and decided to read it.  When the author (Bronze Age Pervert or BAP for short)  published a response to Anton in October I reminded myself to buy it.  Now I’ve read it and I am trying to get my opinion into some kind of an orderly form.  But unfortunately, BAM isn’t that kind of a work.  It’s a mixture of philosophical treatise, civilizational diatribe, atavistic lament and fraternal advice.  One thing is for sure.  BAP wants this world to melt down hard enough so that he can securely raise the black flag and start slitting throats.

As has been noted previously by Anton, BAP is in at least part agreement with Nietzsche.  BAP reviles our age for its complete lack of heroic opportunities.  He believes that for at least a portion of modern men life in a modern democratic state is a death sentence.  A large part of the first part of the book describes his comparison of modern life to the life of the warriors of Bronze Age Greece as embodied in the Homeric works and the military dictatorship in Sparta.  Along the way he expends enormous vitriol decrying the modern world and its feminists, neutered males (bugmen), endless bureaucracy, politically correct institutions, slave-driving lifestyles and the generic ugliness of modern life.  He despises democracy as a false equivalency.  He believes in the superiority of the alpha male and his right to rule over the rest of society.

BAP writes this diatribe in a clipped version of English that uses internet abbreviations and leaves out definite and indefinite articles at random.  This doesn’t make it too difficult to read along but to my ear it is affected.  Toward the end of the book he lapses into grammatical English and is obviously very literate.

As for the pervert in his name (BAP), he does seem to espouse at least some kind of homoerotic sensibility but he seems to describe it as not a homosexual attraction but an appreciation of male physical perfection.  Either way for me it’s off-putting.  Also, he thinks that the seamiest parts of the underworld with its pornography and prostitution and other perversions is important and men like him are meant to delve into it and take possession of it for some redemptive purpose that involves destroying the bugmen order.

The book is uneven and ranges from poetic to almost psychotic.  Some of it is either humorous fantasy or the author believes in things that are obviously untrue.  For instance, he claims that Laotian is the same language as the dialect of Spanish spoken in Chiapas Mexico.

Toward the end of the book he talks more realistically about what a non-bugman can do to exist in the nightmarish post-normal world we find ourselves in.  Here he is addressing the non-pirate, non-superman part of the population that have jobs and families.  Some of the advice is actually very sensible and useful.

All in all, I found the book interesting.  He has some insights that even a normie such as myself finds resonant.  Undoubtedly the book is uneven and at times bizarre but it has valid points to make and it speaks to a part of every normal man who finds himself marooned in the modern Hive and wonders how we got here and how we get out.  It’s not for all tastes but if you’re interested in another take on the modern world this might be interesting to you.

 

 

 

If You Have Any Interest in the Dissident Right and What They Believe Read This.

Awhile back I linked to a post by Michael Anton in which he reviewed a self-published book called Bronze Age Mindset.  Well the author of that book was given a chance to address the content of the post over at Claremont’s American Mind webpage.  I’ve linked to it below.  If you are at all interested in the dissident community that was the on-line heart of Donald Trump’s support in 2016 then you may find this article very informative.  I did.  The pseudonymous author (Bronze Age Pervert) is extremely persuasive in laying out his case for the need, or rather, the unavoidable certainty of the collapse of the current liberal worldview.  Highly recommended read.

 

America’s Delusional Elite Is Done

 

 

Michael Anton Analyzes Bronze Age Mindset

Michael Anton is an interesting character.  Having been Publius Decius Mus of Flight 93 Election fame I like to see what he has to say.  Here he receives a copy of Bronze Age Mindset from Curtis Yarvin ( also known as Mencius Moldbug) and actually manages to read it through.  Read his reaction.

https://www.claremont.org/crb/article/are-the-kids-altright/

Apparently the unneutered millennial men are pretty pissed off about the world we are handing over to them.  Can’t say that I blame them.  This place is pretty awful.

Now I guess I have to try reading it.  Is there no end?

 

Michael Anton Introduces Us to John Marini

Back in 2016 when Michael Anton was Publius Decius Mus on the Journal of American Greatness, John Marini’s pseudonym was Cato the Elder.  Anton admits that Marini’s posts were the most unpopular possibly because they were the most intellectually challenging.  Marini’s field of expertise is the metastatic cancer that is the Administrative State, also known as the “Swamp.”  Anton here tells us that Marini has a book called, “Unmasking the Administrative State.”  Marini is a big brain so without a doubt this will be a heavy slog for the man on the street.  Rather than recommending reading this book, which I’m not even sure I’ll read, read Anton’s article about it.  He is always a worthwhile read and is a good way to see the bigger picture that’s behind the latest outrage that the Swamp is perpetrating on us on any particular day.

https://www.claremont.org/crb/article/draining-the-swamp1/

 

 

11MAR2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Anton Says “Tucker Carlson Must Not Be Silenced”

The knives are out among the leftist Twitter Mob for Tucker.  They have some old clips of Carlson talking with one of the weird shock jocks and saying some edgy things.  It will be interesting to see what Fox News will do.  They aren’t exactly the bravest of men.  Personally I think Carlson is a valuable asset for our side.  I’d hate see him run out of town.  Michael Anton agrees.

Tucker Carlson Must Not Be Silenced

Michael Anton is Interviewed on Powerline

Michael Anton wrote the Flight 93 election back in 2016 and he is one of the people who recognized how important it was to beat Hillary Clinton.  He has served in the Trump White House and he is a Claremont guy.  I think he is one of the smarter guys out there and he’s on our side.  I found this podcast very interesting.

 

 

The Power Line Show, Ep. 110: After the Flight 93 Election

Tucker Carlson Interviews Michael Anton on the Birthright Citizenship Question

 

Publius Decius Mus (aka Michael Anton) seems to always be a go-to guy for every important argument.  And birthright citizenship is no exception.  Listen to Tucker Carlson question him on the history of the 14th Amendment and why it has been used to justify giving the children of illegal immigrants automatic citizenship.

Very useful information to have  when you want to answer some idiot like Paul Ryan.