What Is To Be Done?

John Derbyshire talks about the futility of dissidence-

http://takimag.com/article/the_futility_of_dissidence

I’ll do him one better and proclaim the futility of opposition. It’s not just Jared Taylor that gets the leper treatment; any opponent of the system, however “mainstream”, gets it. John McCain is a reliable toady, but while running against Obama- something he didn’t really seem to want to do- he was a pariah. Most moderate Republicans like McCain faithfully vilifying conservatives and telling them to shut up. But simply proposing things like reducing government spending gets a person full scapegoating.

If Derbyshire seems a little puzzled about the purpose dissidents serve, it’s providing an example. Providing people with a feeling of inclusion by actually including them is difficult and expensive, but providing people with a feeling of inclusion by making them glad they aren’t getting the treatment that other guy is getting- which he deserves because he is bad- is pretty easy.

Mainstream conservatives serve two purposes. Like dissidents, they provide people to whom one can feel superior. But more dangerously, they help maintain the illusion that we have a functioning democracy. Issues are debated, and an election is held. More often than not the liberals win, and implement their policies. Sometimes the conservatives win, which means the people need a little more persuasion. The conservatives never actually implement any policies, but that goes unnoticed.

Jared Taylor does what he does publicly because he can tolerate the vilification and makes a living from it. No one who isn’t a professional “race realist” can afford to have their views known to anyone except close friends.

Moldbug is right that conservatives can’t use left-wing techniques. And yet any machine can be sabotaged. The system is a very strong and reliable machine, by far making up for its relative inefficiency by its redundancy and flexibility. Almost everything that conservatives point out- ad nauseum as bugs are actually features. Irrational? Check, can’t be dismantled rationally. Based on lies? Check, being ordered to lie makes people fearful and compliant. Confusing and arbitrary? Someone once said the power of the sword of Damocles is in that it does not fall, but dangles. And yet I can’t believe it doesn’t have some vulnerability, somewhere.

What doesn’t work in opposing the system and reducing its power? Essentially everything that’s been tried up until now. The truth- simple statements of fact about reality- are like holy water on a vampire to the system, and yet telling the truth hasn’t done it much damage. And people are generally aware of the truth anyway- that black people are prone to violence and stupidity, women can’t do many jobs as well as a man can (and vice versa), that the government exists mainly to pay off the right people.

But people go along with it. If I can find “Animal Farm” at the library, I’ll check it out. I suspect the answer is in there somewhere.

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About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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3 Responses to What Is To Be Done?

  1. jkr says:

    wow, just wanted to drop in and say great blog.

  2. zhai2nan2 says:


    Someone once said the power of the sword of Damocles is in that it does not fall, but dangles. And yet I can’t believe it doesn’t have some vulnerability, somewhere.

    What doesn’t work in opposing the system and reducing its power? Essentially everything that’s been tried up until now.

    The system has learned from every kind of populist democracy. The system has learned to thwart and subvert attempts at reform. But the system will crash.

    The rich are paid off. The middle class try reform and get clobbered. The poor can barely survive.

    The weakness of the system is that it is run by malevolent sociopaths. They thrive on cruelty. They make people so miserable that they push them to the wall. Many of them simply die like roadkill, but some of them fight.

    Right now, in Egypt, the Palestinians are feeding hungry Egyptians. That should have been impossible. The system of malevolence got so complex that even the sociopaths in power did not foresee how weird it would get.

    The modern world is highly interconnected, and highly unstable. The malevolent sociopaths in power are not gods. They have a lot of technical tricks, but their bag of tricks is finite, and they are too mad with hubris to rein their passions in. They are going to screw up some weird technical detail and the system is going to collapse.

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