Vox had a couple of posts up about this but I figured it would be useful to have Larry’s first hand version. It does highlight what Vox says about SJWs using any means possible to destroy those who resist their demands. Larry truly is a moderate guy and the charges used to attack him are laughably untrue. And he is successful enough that this is more of an insult than an injury but it shows how they can destroy less successful people working anywhere near an SJW area of influence. A cautionary tale.
The ZMan has a post today ( The Narcotic of Minor Celebrity ), that should be of interest to most of us who are the audience for the right wing blogs and sites. All of these judgements are extremely subjective and it definitely matters whose ox is being gored but there are some good points being raised. It’s the nature of modern web commerce that drama increases web traffic and so we get a lot of drama. But attacking each other turns it into a zero sum game where someone wins and someone loses. That doesn’t build a community. I guess the question comes down to what the right wing web presence will look like in the future. And it’s an important question. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are shutting down conservative content providers and Google has demonstrated its willingness to selectively hide right wing content. Assuming that nothing changes another method for promoting right wing messages and businesses will be needed. With respect to this I have a little bit of interesting data. I tried out Google AdWords for about a year. I determined that the clicks from that source had an almost 100% bounce rate and almost never returned. So chances are they are click-farm zombie hits. And this highlights the necessity for growing our own stuff and supporting an ecosystem on the right. This will require a certain amount of cooperation and also a reasonable amount of tolerance for people with at least slightly different ideologies. I see the bickering and purity tests as counterproductive. I don’t espouse locking hands and singing kumbaya with the SJWs but I don’t think there is any danger of that anyway. I think that attacking people who are more or less on our side is slowing down the coalescing of a consensus that is occurring on the right. What seems to be missing is a framework that allows all these disparate elements to engage and allow for synergy. I imagine the Republican party should be that framework except it’s not. It’s part of the problem instead. It’s more or less occupied territory. I’d say we need a new party except that’s a recipe for disaster. What’s needed is a cultural/commercial enterprise to give the right a space to interact. The closest thing I can think of is a right wing version of Amazon. That’s a tall order. Maybe Peter Thiel could get to work on it. In the meantime we all should do our part to support anything that halfway looks like a step in the right direction. But boy it’s hard to find.
A couple of day ago I linked to a post on American Greatness by Angelo Codevilla https://amgreatness.com/2018/04/13/living-with-politics-as-war/ . I’d like to elaborate a little what I think is interesting about this article. Vox Day has often said (and I paraphrase) that the Alt-Right (or Dissident Right or whatever else you call it) will have arrived when the normies have shifted so far to the right that their views can only be distinguished from the Alt-Right by tactics and not by what they believe are the facts on the ground.
Well, I think I’m seeing that happen in real time. Codevilla is a mainstream academic figure and not an Alt-Right provocateur. Reading his description of where the country now is and what to do about it is to realize that the idea of going back to a consensus society is effectively dead. The only question between the normal traditionalists and the Alt-Right is whether we just set up separate shops under the nominally United States or fight a civil war to establish borders between enemy states. That is remarkable. It should be disquieting for me but it isn’t. I still think it will be a bloodless divorce but either way I think we should get on with it.
Codevilla goes through the various arenas where Leftist coercion is the most egregious (schools and colleges, corporate blackmail and de-platforming) and suggests that federal coercion will be less effective than it was formerly and that state legislatures may ignore federal precepts and just go their own way as they have lately on drug enforcement. Whether he is correct about the federal government giving up on some of its control of local behavior isn’t clear to me but I do think that push back from the right is likely to increase in strength in the future.
So Vox is fond of saying, and I quote, “The Alt-Right is inevitable.” Depending on how you want to define the Alt-Right we may be seeing proof of his statement. And if that means the vast majority of non-leftists waking up to the necessity of casting off the oppression of the Left then I am 100% on-board. Long live the Revolution. Off with their heads (or at least throw the bums out).
The Right-Wing is awash in Kevin Williamson opinion.
“Schaedenfreude,” “Christian condolence,” “there but for the grace of God,” “I told you so,” “a cautionary tale.” I guess I’m not sure what I think. Probably a little of each. But it really doesn’t matter what I think about Kevin and his troubles. But what I think would be interesting would be an interview by someone farther out on the right side of the spectrum who could explore how he thinks this fits in with his ideas about the just desserts for the dirt people. I wonder if some intrepid blogger might call him up and find out if his recent experience may have impacted his feeling about the great unwashed. That would interest me.
Hat tip to Vox Day as he links to and quotes a very interesting article about the decline and fall of the Roman Empire by one of its modern descendants, an Italian chemist named Ugo Bardi. Vox is referencing in his title the science fiction story “A Canticle for Leibowitz” where a future world forms monasteries to preserve knowledge through a new fictional Dark Age as the analogy of us recognizing the coming Dark Ages after ours. Which also hearkens to Rod Dreher’s book “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation,” where he compares the present societal decay with the post Roman age that sparked the monastic age. Bardi in his article goes into the extant texts of Romans from the beginning of the Roman crisis under Marcus Aurelius all the way to end of the Empire in the Fifth Century to argue that the Romans never figured out either what was happening to them or that the Empire could end.
I’ve been fascinated by the spectacle of the Roman Empire since I was a schoolboy hearing about Rome from my Catholic grammar school nuns. Thinking that we are in an analogous situation is equally fascinating and depressing. But maybe there is still time to avert such a collapse. Vox thinks it’s probably too late for the US. I try to be more optimistic. If you find the current societal situation at all analogous to that other example of civilizational collapse then you might be interested in looking at both posts.
Back in 2015 Vox Day identified Donald Trump as the best candidate for president. He understood how Trump would handle the republican field and how he would connect with the American people. Between Vox and Scott Adams I read about how a NYC billionaire was going to win Pennsylvania for the republicans for the first time since 1990s. And they were right. And eventually everyone found out they were right. And the right wing rejoiced.
But believing in Donald Trump seems to be difficult for many people. They expect a traditional politician and he’s anything but that. And they doubt his conservative bona fides. And it’s easy to understand. If you’re a dyed in the wool Second Amendment advocate then the bump stock sacrifice may seem an unforgivable sin. Or if you are a fiscal conservative the budget deal probably looks like an abomination.
But what you have to remember is that in a war sometimes tactics allow you to survive to fulfill your strategic goals. President Trump is adept at dealing with bad optics. He knows when to deflect and when to distract and he knows when a tactical retreat may be needed. Basically, he knew that the gun control furor required a gesture. He provided one. But it’s a small retreat if it deflects the main assault. And in the long run the Supreme Court (if appointed by someone like Trump) could find the bump stock provision unconstitutional anyway.
Right now, plenty of people on the right are throwing in the towel and declaring the end of the Trump presidency. I guess I understand their low morale. They’ve been conditioned by the entire post-Reagan republican experience to expect failure. But what they don’t understand is they will never have a better chance of actually reversing some of the damage that thirty years of liberals has already done.
So now Vox is naming names for the record ( http://voxday.blogspot.com/2018/03/woe-is-us.html ) and asking that the record be kept. And once again, I agree with him. In Trump We Trust. He may be defeated by the Deep State and drowned trying to drain the swamp. But at least he’ll go down swinging. So good for you Vox Day and long live the God Emperor, Donald Trump. And here’s hoping the faint of heart may soon recover their hope. Because Trump is our last best hope.
So, I have been out of touch with the world for a week. Today I tried to catch up a little. Vox Day had a couple of linked articles. I’ll paste his article and the linked article in both cases below. Sounds like Jeff Sessions is working his slow cautious way around to rooting out his enemies in the FBI and Justice Department. Excellent. Maybe Mueller is next.
Let’s switch it up to something more topical
The Three Laws of Social Justice Warriors by Vox Day
- Social Justice Warriors always lie.
- Social Justice Warriors always double down.
- Social Justice Warriors always project.
Vox and the ZMan both look at this situation and address different aspects. Vox says if you don’t build your own platforms you will be destroyed. Zman sees the current situation as a Public Utility, no different from the electric company discriminating against its customers.
Both good and valid points. But I think Vox is speaking to right now and Zman is pointing out something for the justice department to look into. As someone who use Google for various services it brings home the point that having your own support system and not depending on liberals is a good idea. But a hard one to achieve.
Vox Day is an intriguing figure. He is literally putting his money where his mouth is. His right-wing entrepreneurial activities include (among other things) commercial endeavors in book publishing, video games and now comic books. In just a few years he has impacted the cloistered and SJW infested world of the Hugo awards and spread the gospel of confronting social justice thugs with his books on SJWs.
His latest venture is the comic book kickstarter that garnered a quarter of a million dollars and has allowed him to hire some of the best talent from the pre-SJW converged past of DC Comics. (Chuck Dixon, the creator of Bane and Frank Fosco, a talented artist who has worked for DC and Marvel). The effort will involve several separate imprints. One imprint is called Alt-Hero and is explicitly aimed at combatting the politically correct conventions of modern SJW converged Marvel Comics with in-your-face right-wing heroes. In addition, there is an imprint called Avalon which will be an entirely original work of Chuck Dixon chronicling the super heroes in his imagined city Avalon. Dixon has said that Vox has given him free rein to create the Avalon universe according to his own creative vision. And that is why I am very excited about this venture.
As I have stated previously, I’m in no way, shape or form a comic book enthusiast. But I recognize how employing talented creators to work without the disabling effects of politically motivated orthodoxies has the potential of attracting the customers who have walked away from comics because of these very problems. That is exactly what needs to be tried. If it succeeds even on a limited basis it can act as a template for other areas of the culture that are currently strangulating under leftist control. Vox’s Castalia House publishing business produces fiction and non-fiction that is unaffected by politically correct ideology. I’ve enjoyed a number of these books. And even though I don’t follow comics I did enjoy the Bane character in the third Batman movie (Dark Knight Rising). He was wonderfully evil and an amazing agent of chaos. I have to assume that Mr. Dixon has some amusing things to share in this Avalon story line so I intend to try it out when it becomes available.
My larger point is that Vox is demonstrating what needs to be done. Look at the niches the converged industries provide for a right-wing alternative and give it a try. The internet is the great leveler of all things entrepreneurial. If you can imagine a thing that has a market you can market it there. I’ll add Alt-Hero and Avalon to my list of Right-Wing Businesses.
Vox is an enormously polarizing figure. But he is a trailblazer for anyone on the right who wants to be part of the solution to the vacuum that is all that’s left of right-wing cultural institutions. Don’t like left wing news, then blog. Don’t like the left-wing NYT Best Seller’s List, then patronize right wing publishers and authors. Don’t want your kids to have to read about or go see a movie about gay Spiderman or transsexual Thor, then maybe buy a few of Vox’s comics for them instead. To be consistent, I guess I’ll have to put my money where my mouth is. Comic books? Who woulda thunk it?