Caption Contest #BaltimoreUprising

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Anti-communist rap had to be a set up; communism is made for people who like rap, the world over.

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American correspondents, is it true? Did black people outraged by police brutality really get up at 10 am yesterday, put on their gas masks, and street battle against riot police wielding tear gas? Like the flyer suggests?

BaltimoreUprisingI Bet White Baltimore City Paper Reporters Made This Flyer

Or was it more like the other two pictures? In the first one, the middle aged white guy is holding a Starbucks coffee in one hand and a “Racism Kills” sign in the other – the sign professionally printed and very readable on TV.

But the second picture? I’ve decided to start a new conspiracy theory. Jerry Garcia faked his death and is now taking selfies with a freshman African American Studies class while being interviewed by blonde reporters for some online news site. Maybe Buzzfeed.

protesters-frontenacThis Protest Brought To You By Starbucks

plaza-frontenac-protestsJerry Garcia Poses For Pictures With Fan Club

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Land of the Lost

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Techno-futurism or techno-capitalism isn’t anything new, it’s just current social and economic policy without the sugarcoating.

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Skeletor doing his Nick Land shtick Skeletor doing his Nick Land shtick

Nick Land, the balding, autistic, and humanity-hating mentor of the loose agglomeration of Judaic masturbators and anime nerds comprising the hardcore #Zioreaction scam, epitomizes the self-aggrandizing nihilism and cult of “personality” informing the “movement”. Precisely what it is about this influentially tedious figure that qualifies him as a “reactionary” or “man” of the “Right” is a mystery, as his ballyhooed philosophy appears to consist of little more than gothic sci-fi-flavored intellectualizations of his fantasies of oppressing the poor by remote control from an automated oriental massage parlor.

Nick Land doing his Skeletor shtick Nick Land doing his Skeletor shtick

The program would seem to differ from neocon drone warfare only in that his blog has lots of big, skyscraping words and a frightening black background to scare away those carbon-based lifeforms who might wander innocently onto his Borg-ark. Land, if possible, may be an even bigger proponent of “creative”…

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Abraham Lincoln Invented White Privilege

The term “white privilege” is pretty recent and associated with ideologues like Tim Wise. Wikipedia gives the idea, if not the phase, as coming from W.E.B. DuBois in 1935.

White privilege is not so much about the idea that whites are privileged, though, as that they deserve to be de-privileged. Advocates quickly and impatiently pass over the proof of the concept- as being so obvious that only bad faith could cause disagreement- to the consequence, which is how whites should be punished for this.

We know from the deep thinker William Munny that deserve has nothing to do with it, but what do whites deserve and why?

The idea of whites “deserving” stuff goes back even farther. Northern reaction to the Nat Turner “rebellion” was that, well, Southern whites had it coming to them because of oppressing blacks. What about poor whites, who did not own slaves? Turner killed indiscriminately, men, women, children, slaveowner or not, anybody white he killed. This was justified by the Atlantic in that he only did this to instill terror to quickly put an end to resistance. So terrorism is OK!

John Locke formally conceived the right of revolution, in that people had the right to overthrow governments they didn’t like. Which may include killing people who get in the way. State on state warfare has moral justifications and limits going back to Thomas Aquinas, which focus on combatants. Revolution doesn’t have combatants, it only has people who may or may not have the levers of power. Turner felt anybody white had the levers of power, and in Boston that was OK. If you were poor white trash in Virginia, too bad for you.

It’s easy to not care about the lives of people who are far away and not like you. It’s a little harder to deal with a lot of death and destruction of people close to you, even if they are just workers or yeomen. That death and destruction did come, with the American Civil War. How was the Northern political class going to process that?

Usually people justify war deaths by the noble cause. Supposedly the Northern cause was just and noble, and Union soldiers died to free blacks and end slavery. The Puritans didn’t see it that way, though, and they didn’t want to give credit to humble men whom they loathed and despised. The common man of the North had waited too long to take arms against slavery, and his commitment to not just the political integrity of the USA as established by the Constitution but to the cause of racial equality was highly suspect. The common man of the North was to blame for slavery as well, not in quite the same way as a Southern plantation owner, but to blame nonetheless.

Lincoln was reelected in 1864, because Northern voters saw he was succeeding and the Civil War would be won by the North. It seems logical he would have congratulated them on their commitment to the cause and assured them their sacrifices were not in vain, the deaths of their young men, along with many more maimed for life were for a good purpose and their commitment was commendable.

Lincoln is thought of by most as a pragmatic politician who navigated the politically possible to keep the United States together; Southern partisans see him as a vengeful abolitionist. While the former is partly true, the second is certainly true also.

Lincoln in the Second Inaugural Address speaks of conciliation, but he does so by placing the blame for slavery on both North and South. Not on the abolitionists of Boston, of course; they had been fighting the good fight for decades! (After a couple of centuries of making good money directly and indirectly from slavery, of course.) No, the blame was for the common man of the North, fighting, but too late, and not for black equality but for free soil.

To a progressive, nothing you do counts. You aren’t the right kind of person, and you did it for the wrong reason. William Lloyd Garrison was a pacifist, and he and most of his family sat out the war (paying the money to avoid the draft, which the common man couldn’t afford.) But the Union soldiers dying on the field- they were guilty.

 

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The Red Pill Isn’t All That Red

The idea of the “red pill” seems to come first from the “Manosphere” and represents in theory a radical new way of relating to the opposite sex, without normal social rules and assumptions, cribbing the term from the sci-fi film “The Matrix”.

This view contrasts the old way of dealing with women, with courtesy and respect based on social rules and customs, with a new way, of using sociobiology to behave in a way women find instinctually attractive. The first way is said to be “beta”, and for losers, and the second way “alpha”, for real men and winners.

“Neo-reaction” (the word is sort of an accepted usage, but so lame I feel I need to start with it in quotes) uses the red pill concept as rejecting constitutional democratic politics, with the similar idea that the old system is a foolish illusion.

The trouble in both cases is the movement isn’t as far away as it seems. In the manosphere, the “alpha” man with his manly swagger and good humor is only acting the way a normal, average guy did in the 1950s, and he will still exhibit most of the behaviors defined as “beta”, that is having a good job, having good manners and not yelling at or hitting women.

Likewise with neo-reaction, the followers are using a classic modern model of political action of engaging in an intellectual debate, forming ideas and plans of action, then presenting these to the public and acquiring power and influence. People have been doing this in the West for four hundred or five hundred years.

Sex and politics are closely related; but how do these things relate to each other? In the first case, the idea is that it is stupid to follow rules other people don’t. And this is true- to an extent. In game theory this is called “defection” and is a reasonable strategy under some conditions.

Society must assume some people will not follow the rules and punish those who don’t. This will not be perfect, and some people will get away with stuff. If too many people get away with stuff, people become demoralized and more and more people defect, and the system collapses. People defecting will likely perceive that they are only following a new, superior set of rules, but justifications for violating certain rules have to be seen as mere sophistry.

In an environment with widespread defection, some order can be maintained if some people still follow the rules, even if it is not particularly advantageous or somewhat disadvantageous. Jesus referred to the “salt of the earth”. In those times salt was a critical commodity not as a table flavoring, but to preserve meat. Salted meat could be kept a long time, unsalted meat not immediately consumed quickly rotted, became putrid and covered with maggots.

The concept of “never defect, ever” however has to be regarded with suspicion also. People against Christianity, or some other social system they don’t like, say those following rules that do not appear to directly benefit them are dupes. You have to limit how much people suffer for following the rules, or you don’t have a functioning society that serves people.

The would-be rakes of the manosphere are to some extent rebelling against rules nobody told them to follow. The “rules” of dealing with women only apply if women want to deal with you in the first place, so no if a young man is too shy, not well-dressed or well-groomed, and does not have any accomplishments being polite with women will do nothing for him. And yet if he is attractive in a personal and social sense, he must display good manners and good behavior. On the other hand, the feminist ideal of male behavior the younger generation seems to be exposed to is quite ridiculous, and ignoring it only makes sense.

If there is a sad aspect to the manosphere it is the idea manly excellence can be faked. Maybe it can be, for foolish women for short periods, but a man popular with women likely has other things going for him and is successful and well thought of in other ways. To tell a young man to be the best he can be is advice that will help in every way.

As for the neo-reactors- if something has worked in the past, you might well assume it will work now, except that for some things this is not true. The modern political model allowed some people to gradually increase their power and influence roughly from the time of the invention of the printing press to the invention of the radio. These media are one-way; you can get together with a group of like-minded people and talk about stuff and then go write and publish but TV and radio don’t work like this. The neo-reactors think they are meeting in a coffee house in London in 1700. Those guys were often forgotten crackpots, but some changed the world. The neo-reactors aren’t because the system developed immunity to their pill a long time ago.

Before you take a pill, ask yourself- is it good for me? Is it bad for me? Does it do anything at all?

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Pinball Wizards of the Apocalypse

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"That deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball." “That deaf, dumb, and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball.”

“Sometimes I feel a bit like a reactionary hitchhiker,” writes B.W. Rabbit at Xenophobe.net.

Basically, when one increasingly finds he has very little common ground with mainstream political movements, his nostalgic trips down memory lane may eventually lead him to embark on a journey down “reactionary road.” This highway has many possible lanes and exits. He might find himself heading in the direction of the paleoconservatives’ front porch or the neoreactionaries’ castle, perhaps the libertarians’ weed farm, or the traditionalists’ homestead, the manosphere’s “No Ma’am” meet up, the radfem free bleeders’ pool party, or even the neo-nazis’ Antarctic base. Essentially, one metaphorically “hitchhikes” from one ideological group to the next, with each of them only willing to take him part of the way where he wants to go, and he never may never quite…

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“Hipster” Is A Code Word For “Racist”

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It all started so innocently. A big fan of Kievsky’s blog, Mind Weapons In Ragnarok, I had commented a few times under a few handles. After reading about “hipster racism” I logged in under the handle “Hipster Racist” to post the latest side-splittingly funny outrage by The Usual Suspects about a new phenomenon: “hipster racism.”

That’s all it was supposed to be. But it just meta-sized from there. A handful of times I wanted to retire the handle, but people said, “don’t. It’s iconic.” So I started a blog and supplemented my drinking with diatribes, trolling, conspiracy theories, and dirty stories.

Well, “Hipster Racist” stuck, so now every few days I log on and search for “hipster racism” on Google News. Every time I think I was overstating the case, that “hipster” is a code word for “white liberal who is secretly racist,” I find something like Salon attacking a…

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Struggle Sessions at Starbucks HQ

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Reblogged from Aryan Skynet.

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H/t to Spandrell, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz conducted some struggle sessions for his HQ employees.

It’s the usual suspects, saying the usual things. The one speaker who is not black, fat, or gay, a normal looking white woman, timidly suggests we should try to understand police officers too, with many qualifications of course. I wonder how much longer she has a job for.

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