Inaugural podcast talking about the state of the Republican Primary
The terrifying news tonight is one great man died, and what is left of the Republic is in jeopardy. Justice Scalia was everything a SCOTUS justice ought to be. The power usurped by the Supreme Court has been one that fundamentally makes a mockery of having a republic as a form of government. Once the left realized they could use the Supreme Court to bypass public opinion and the constitutional amendment process, they have used it as yet another tool to fulfill their agenda. Since Lochner was overturned in 1937, upholding existing rights for individuals have been the only victories for the right. The left, on the other hand, have seen the invention of rights and powers for the government out of thin air. This mockery must end if we are to ever return to a functioning republic.
When I first conceived this post it was very different from how it turned out. What was originally going to be a reflection on some past events became a look into the thought process that goes into my own process of self-improvement.
I started by looking at a unique experience I had a few years ago. As adults, very few of us have the freedom to do whatever we like whenever we like. We’ve got to make enough money to make ends meet, and for most of us that means having a job. That’s certainly where I am in life. I’m salaried, paid well and charge customers by the hour.
But a few years ago, I had a chance to experience “the dream”. I had just finished grad school, and because I got a research job, I didn’t spend the money I had saved to get me through school. I also had a chance to live in an oceanfront house for a couple of months, rent free, on my own. I had to pay for gas for my car, my cell phone bill and my food, but otherwise I had no expenses for the duration. I moved in a week after I got my masters degree.
I still play some video games from time to time to relax, and I’ve been playing Europa Universalis 4 recently. EU4 is a grand strategy game set on a world stage during the Renaissance and Enlightenment (1444-1821). I picked it up recently decided to go for an achievement, Ideas Guy, where you create a custom nation and create a nation with outrageously good bonuses for your country, but only start with one of the worst provinces in the game. My goal is to create a trading empire which would fufill a requirement for overall income. In the end, my income was 80% from tariffs on trade.
I also decided if I was going to be playing games, I might as well turn them into something to write about, hence this after action report. Knowing my audience, I decided to accomplish this achievement while playing the game as politically incorrectly as possible.
I started as: a Western nation; made up of Americans; worshiping Catholicism, ruled by a theocracy, who were avid colonizers and traders, in South Africa. I called my country the “Heavenly Kingdom”.
I don’t think many people would deny that the hard right around the world is growing in numbers and in impact. I’ve decided to write this piece for two reasons. First, many people find this trend troubling and are quick to project what they hope our stories and backgrounds are to resolve their cognitive dissonance. The second, those of us who hold views outside the mainstream of American politics tend to rightfully shroud our backgrounds in mystery in a way to stay pseudonymous, but I always appreciate learning about others and finding shared experiences.
I also want to make this point clear: when I use the phrase “hard right”, I mean that if I was honest about my views, I could not win elected office. That said, there’s nothing I’m not perfectly comfortable expressing to my friends and family. Feel free to examine my other posts or talk to me on Twitter to discern my views; that’s not what this article is about. This is an article on how I found myself a political nomad.
Six months ago I was first introduced to the work of Mike Cernovich, author of various websites, most notably Danger & Play. Upon reading his work, I decided to read his book, Gorilla Mindset. The book is, in short, a set of techniques that work towards a common goal: asserting control over the things that make you an individual: your mind, your body, and your deeds. The book starts with an extended look at controlling your emotions and your thoughts. It moves on how to harness those good thoughts before switching tacks. A focus on body and health topics follows before finishing with personal finance and productivity.
Upon reading it, it seems like a book full of great ideas that are almost overwhelming to try out in your own life. It is hard to judge the true value of a book like Gorilla Mindset until you’ve seen what it does for your life over time. That’s what this article is going to focus on: where Gorilla Mindset has directly led to improvements in my own life.
I have been anticipating “Cuckservative” written by John Red Eagle and Vox Day since it was first announced. The book was intended to be a provocative attack on the conservative movement. “Cuckservative” provides that in strides.
The book promises and delivers a thorough take-down of the conservative movement’s response to the immigration reform of 1965, which has changed and will change America in the future; and not in a way that maintains the traditional rights of Englishmen, promotes laissez-faire capitalism or maintains Christian culture.
The focus on immigration clearly serves a larger purpose. The entire conservative movement is indicted in “Cuckservative”, and the immigration issue serves to put the authors in a position to undermine the entire movement. It is, in military terms, an example of infiltration tactics in political rhetoric.
There are many people going around in the Republican party today saying they’ll vote for Hillary, form a third party, stay home or otherwise not support the winner of the Republican primary this year if it doesn’t go their way. Robert Heinlein, in his work on grassroots politics, “Take Back Your Government” has a few choice words for you:
It is not legitimate to vote in the Republican primary in the summer, turn around and vote for the Democratic ticket in the fall.
When you accepted a voice in the selection of a particular party’s candidates you contracted with the other members of that party to abide by the outcome.
The principle is formalized in a caucus. The caucus is a device used to bind a group to unanimous action and is used both for programs for the selection of candidates. If works like this: A group of people with something in common get together for the purpose of a political action. Some member moves to caucus. This is a motion of procedure; no issue of candidate is as yet before the group. If the motion carries the group as a whole is bound to act unanimously to carry out the will of the majority.
Pretty rough on the minority? Wait a moment-anyone who at this point decides that he is not willing to bind himself gets up and walks out. He has been deprived of none of his rights as a free citizen, but he has decided of his own free will not to work with this group.
You may still have misgivings. You may still feel, quite honestly, that you want to be free to pick up your ballot in November with an unlimited choice to split the ticket any way you like for the men you believe to be the most able. Well, no one will stop you. But an adult is never free in that sense. He is bound by his conscience, his sense of responsibility, and his commitments to other people. If you have taken an adult part in the preliminary democratic processes which led up to that ballot in your hand then you already have obligations and are morally bound to carry them out.
If you’re not comfortable giving your vote to the winner of your party’s primary, its time to leave that party. You are a free adult who is capable of making decisions.
The reasoning for this is simple. If you vote in a primary and vote for the opposing party in the general, you’ve proven you’re an untrustworthy ally, not just to people you abandoned, but to all people who see.
An excellent work on grassroots politics that still holds up today, give Robert Heinlein’s work: “Take Back Your Government” a read today.
Last week, the 4th Generation Warfare Handbook was released, written by military historian William S. Lind and current Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Gregory A. Theile.
Instead of a normal book review, I will try to apply the tenets of this handbook and 4th generation warfare in general to our war with ISIS.
A quick overview of the four generations of modern war (those taking place after the conclusion of the 30 years war)is best done with direct historical examples.
Looking at the American Civil War, there’s a clear evolution in tactics between the beginning and end of the war. The difference between Bull Run and Petersburg represents the evolution on both sides from massed manpower to massed firepower.
This is the first is what is undoubtedly a long series. It attempts to answer the question: how could you reform broken American institutions in a way that doesn’t become reminiscent of Paris in the summer of 1793? For the sake of simplicity, I imagine a capable monarch who is able to see reforms through over the course of decades and change systems incrementally.
If you pay taxes, you are spending roughly as much on government education as you are on the military. It pains me to say it, but we’re getting a better ROI from the DoD (don’t worry, I’ll have plenty to say about them in the future). Why is this? I’ll give you a few reasons, certainly not exhaustive, but a sufficient indictment of the whole system.
- Teachers cannot teach in a way that they believe is the most effective way for them to educate the students in their classes.
- There exists an incestuous monetary relationship between teacher’s unions and government officials, paid for with taxes.
- Schools produce graduates who not only fail to learn academics, and fail to learn useful skills, but are also not socialized to living in America.
- A university system that reduces math and critical thinking skills of students
- Professors who are reduced to their ability to suck from the federal grant teat.
We’ve basically got not one, but two broken education systems in this country. K-12 and the university system. How do we fix these, over time, in a meaningful way.