Thinking Backward

One of the hardest things to do when thinking about a subject is to start without a desired outcome. Most people start with the end in mind and work backwards, finding supporting evidence or constructing their argument. There’s noting wrong with it, just as long as you are willing to change your mind when you stumble upon contradictory data or an alternative argument. That’s hard, though, so most people don’t do it. Ideologues stubbornly cling to their ideology, because it is easier than confronting their beliefs.

The funny thing is most people don’t realize they are thinking backward. Even with the popularization of the term priors by economists, few people bother to examine or even consider that they are working within a moral framework. In fact, most people don’t even consider the possibility of there being a moral framework. In America, at least, people who engage in publicize discourse at any level are almost always operating from the assumption they are freely exploring the full range of possible outputs and inputs.

The truth is, Progressives have imposed a moral framework on American public debate and most of their efforts are aimed at maintaining it. The four mortal sins of the modern age are antisemitism, racism, sexism and homophobism. There’s nothing rational about these sins. In fact, these crimes have little support in Western history. All of them were cooked up in the 1960’s as the New Left seized control of public institutions. A quick look at Google N-Gram for their frequency in print makes this point quite clearly..

If you could go back in time and retrieve some of the most Progressive thinkers from a century ago, and bring them into the present, they would be baffled by the limitations on modern debate. Teddy Roosevelt would be baffled as to why Jews, blacks and women were even allowed to participate in public debate. The point here is that the moral framework in which we operate as modern Americans is entirely contrived and entirely new. It’s as if we have been colonized by a minority cult imposing their alien religion.

Few think much about this as most of us have been born into it, but the way to understand the current troubles and the Dissident Right is to understand this point. Our public debates in the West are not about finding the right trade-offs to arrive at a sensible set of public polices. It is about public piety and defending the dominant moral framework. For example, when a guy like Sargon of Akkad decides to form a new cult based on Civic Nationalism, it is important to focus on what goes unsaid, rather than what he says.

Now, I’ve covered the limitations of Carl Benjamin in the past, but it is still useful to look through his new cult’s founding principles. What’s missing from his laundry list of items, obviously plucked from libertarian forums, is freedom of association. The reason for that omission, and I doubt he thought much about it, is that freedom of association means the freedom to privately discriminate. If you are free to associate with whomever you like, you are free to disassociate with whomever you like, for any reason you like.

For guys like Benjamin and his followers, they have been marinated their whole lives in the morality of the Left. They just assume that private discrimination is immoral and always has been immoral. They assume it to be true in the same way people accept gravity. Even when they think about it, they quickly realize this road leads to heresy, so they change the subject. In the case of Benjamin, he is is publicly in favor of laws against private discrimination. He thinks the Christian baker should be compelled to bake the cake.

The amusing thing with libertarians, but also the incoherent liberals like Benjamin, is that they will fly into a rage if you suggest ending abortion or oppose drug legalization. They demand the citizen’s absolute right of dominion over their body. There’s one exception. A person is free to fill their body with drugs or hire someone to rip[ out their unborn child, but they have no right to position their body next to someone else without first getting permission from the state. The irrationality of that position never occurs to them.

The fact is though, individual liberty starts with freedom of association. No one has a right to be around you, which is the fundamental argument underlying the four mortal sins of Progressivism. Blacks have a right to associate with whites. Women have a right to work in your business or join your club. Jews have a right to join your golf club. Homosexuals have a right to be around your kids. Restore freedom of association and all of those conjured rights become irrational and unenforceable. Modern liberalism collapses.

That sort of forward thinking is strictly prohibited, so everyone is forced to think backward, starting with the “Four Isms” and then creating a moral philosophy within those limits. It’s not hard to imagine Benjamin sweating over his manifesto, with the image in his mind of a purple faced racist standing in the doorway to block blacks, Jews, gays and women from entering his business. Liberals and libertarians are forced to defend liberty within the increasingly constrained space permitted within the moral framework of Progressivism.

That is the fundamental reason the Dissident Right exists. It is a rejection of that moral framework. The alt-right kids talk about being red-pilled, but what they really mean is they asked themselves something like  “why do blacks have a right to be near me?” No one was able to provide an answer, other than “shut up!” What we’re seeing is smart young white guys figuring out that the starting point of any sane society must be freedom of association. No one has the right to be around you or have easy access to your culture.

Group identity is the natural outgrowth of personal liberty. If you are free to be around whomever you choose, the group has the same right. If a bunch of libertarians wish to setup a town on libertarian principles, and make adherence to those principles a condition of membership, they have the right. If on the other hand, everyone must seek permission to association with others, then there can be no individual liberty of any kind. Places where people must get permission to speak and move are called prisons.

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Garr
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Garr

Guys that thought that a Jewish vs. nonJewish struggle and that a struggle between races defines and propels history, and who were emphatically on the nonJewish and White sides in these struggles, created the labels “antisemitism” and “racism” in the 19th Century — they were proudly labeling themselves.

Obviously the labels “sexism” and “homophobia” have a different kind of origin.

I don’t know what’s going on outside of NYC, but I can assure you that in NYC and NYC colleges there’s not the slightest bit of agitation against or worry about “antisemitism.”

Issac
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Issac

I doubt very much you have an accurate historiography of those terms and I can assure you my relatives in New York kvetch reliably about the antisemitism they suffer at the hands of the gentiles. BDS is a particularly popular issue they’ve made sure I am abreast of. I remind them often that the white gentiles are the only tribe that would ever vote against BDS, but their irrational hatred of the white American overrides their love of us in the homeland. They assure me that in the future, wise brown women politicians will never let a sanction be placed… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I think the majic word here is wise

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counter-semitism.Fuck-off back to the shtetl and leave the educated creative whites alone,.

Terry+Baker
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Yes. Freedom of association. Of course.

Totalitarians historically claim association is up to them, not you. It is not surprising that the left is still trying to reverse the outcome of the cold war. This is their way of saying that they won and you’d better conform, or else.

Trump has shown us the way out – call their bluff. Because, in fact, they are bluffing.

Terry+Baker
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Would add that human sacrifice in all its forms is the bedrock belief of the left. An abortion is an act of human sacrifice. The extra judicial banishment of any individual who dares question the sins mentioned is sacrificial. It’s a long list….

We must begin to call them out on this – accuse them of their belief in human sacrifice and follow up with obvious examples

A.B. Prosper
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A.B. Prosper

Excuse me but no, abortion is infanticide which is common to most human societies throughout history. Its not a big deal and nor is eugenics which again is common through history, defective or unwanted offspring were often disposed of

There are some on the loony left who have a reverence for abortion rights as the pedestalize women but its not some ancient religious ritual to Moloch

Mark Auld
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Mark Auld

I doubt there’s a sjw out there who would admit that they are the real totalitarians.

Lorenzo
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Lorenzo

If antisemitism is one of the mortal sins now, it soon won’t be. Look at the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel agitation on college campuses and among the hard left wingers. Import some more Muslims, keep allowing them to control discourse and pretty soon Harvard University will start publishing Der Stürmer again.

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Harvard once published Der Sturmer?

Lorenzo
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Lorenzo

My typing fingers outran my grammatical logic there.

Anonymous White Male
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“If a bunch of libertarians wish to setup a town on libertarian principles, and make adherence to those principles a condition of membership, they have the right.” This is where the rubber meets the road. This is why the Tenth Amendment was such an excellent move. Not just setting up a town. You could set up a State! If you wanted to outlaw homosexual public displays (You’re never going to be able to get rid of it. Just keep it in the closet.), or abortion, the States have/had that right. If you didn’t want negroes to be part of the… Read more »

LoveTheDonald
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LoveTheDonald

I completely agree … except you’re wrong about the traitors.

Anonymous White Male
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Anonymous White Male

Yeah, I don’t advocate assassinating anyone. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. No, really, just kidding. Maybe…..

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My only bumper sticker

“Rope, Politician, Lamppost
Some assembly required”

Mike@Mike.Mike
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Mike@Mike.Mike

Isn’t it curious the peak and decline of the word “sexism” occurs right at the point of the Monica Lewinski affair. No sexism to be seen here, rubes!

Yak-15
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Yak-15

“Our home prices discriminate so we don’t have to” is basically what dictates how modern liberal elites think. Essentially, they are enabled by their wealth to associate freely with only the highest quality minorities. This builds a statistically incorrect perspective of minorities and a misrought moral persuasion by proxy by means of an incomplete factual picture. Force those leftists to live among low quality blacks and send their children to school with them, and you change the picture.

That why I am in favor of settling an unlimited number of refugees in San Francisco.

Roulf
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Roulf

Having lived there a number of years I can tell you first hand most of the Bay Area wealthy do not live in downtown San Francisco. Students, workers and Asians do. There is already a massive homeless epidemic plaguing the streets but the wealthy tech elite and hipster yuppies don’t care, they don’t drive through the Tenderloin. The drugs come to them.

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

2 A.M., a stroll through Union Square, peering at the hyper-stylish displays of Tiffany’s… accompanied by none but the shuffling hordes of the walking dead. Ye gods. Those street zombies.

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Had about a five year streak when was embroiled in a bunch of tech replacement projects so was in and out of Silicon Valley on a regular basis. Sometimes got stuck at the Four Seasons over by the 101, but since the weather was nice would walk through residential Palo Alto to meetings downtown. Observed a lot. Always seemed the strangest place on earth. An utter barbell economy. Nothing but people who had made it in tech and the people that made them salads and coffee and lived way way further down the peninsula. Nothing in the middle.

calsdad
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calsdad

Shut off the funny money and all those liberal elites won’t be able to afford to distance themselves from the results of their actions quite so easily. If you really trace back where a lot of liberal elites make their money – it is all connected to some way, shape – or form – to the government. Which is another way of saying that their livelihood is removed from your pockets thru threat of governmentally applied violence. Dig deep amongst the “End The Fed” crowd and you’ll find they realize the width and depth of this problem. EVERYTHING in the… Read more »

Al from da Nort
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Al from da Nort

Z Man; Am I the only one to notice that the upward inflection in all three indices of The Four Pillars of PC (love your formulation) occurs during the reign of Bush I (GHWB) 1988 – 1992_? This was after a semi-leveling off during the Reagan Years. Possibly this uptick was the result of the ending of ‘Greatest Gen.’ anti-Prog pushback,* leading to the incipient formation of the Uni-party under GHWB. Or a successful Prog second effort: Cause or effect_? As I recall from that time, for us Anti-Prog Boomers it was all too easy to bask in the warm… Read more »

Din C. Nuffin
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Din C. Nuffin

Interesting. At least 2 of the “mortal sins” replaced their opposites, which used to be mortal sins. The sin of racism replaced miscegenation, and homophobia replace homosexuality. Not sure that’s progress.

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

Dammit. Proof that the NAP is for pussies, since pussies can’t enforce the right to be left alone.
Nor defend a territory to make the NAP possible.

(NonAggression Principle)

Alzaebo
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Alzaebo

Ok, so what’s a good word for “2×4-splaining”?

As in, “No, the 2×4 to the forehead isn’t the explanation, it’s just to get the donkey’s attention.”

Whapsplaining?

Use in a coherent sentence:
“…since the NAP is for pussies, as the Zman whapsplained to us.”

One way to get red-pilled, for sure.

Roulf
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Roulf

“It’s not hard to imagine Benjamin sweating over his manifesto…”

Hope it caused a serious episode of psychotic depression at least. I’m surprised he bothered, as so many no longer keep up pretenses. Like that Ohio Rep’s twitter feed you shared on Gab (https://twitter.com/RepTimRyan). The guy sounds more like one of Thulsa Doom’s high priest loons than a political statesman. Preaching “Morals, Values and Principles” and very little about law, statistics and the business of government.

John Smith
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“Few think much about this as most of us have been born into it…” —————————————————————————————- I was raised on it. The women in my family were loud, domineering and willful and if I had problems with it the men dealt with it and I was forced to bow down. I lived like that for years until one day, my newly minted lesbian SJW daughter came home from university and I was expected to bow down to her too. I wanted to. I really did, to go along to get along – but I couldn’t do it anymore. I realized that… Read more »

Observer
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Observer

“It’s as if we have been colonized by a minority cult imposing their alien religion.”
No, it’s not “as if”. It is.
That minority cult is Jews.
And they imposed it by becoming influential in academia & the media.
Then they used those institutions to determine our society’s moral code & status allocation. As well as systematically discredit, deconstruct and stigmatize every competing morality & status allocating institution. Beginning with the Church & the family.
The solution is to create new institutions that disseminate a more healthy morality & allocate status to those who uphold that morality.

r9wWG
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r9wWG

think that antisemitism got dropped from the Big Four. All Alinskyite social fasscists hate Israel & support the slaughter of jews.If you’re a Jew walking around Paris is probably more physically dangerous than walking around Berlin in the 30s. Just because the EU hasn’t starting chucking jews & conservatives into barbed wire camps doesn’t mean they are not going to start & probably sooner now than later

TomA
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The people you describe in this post are more than just irrational, or in the more extreme cases, insane. They are the soil in which tyranny grows. Once you internalize that government is an effective instrument with which to force others to bend to your will, then it is a small step to use that immense power to establish dominion over all the non-conformists and graduate to physical oppression (or worse). And the assumption that you can talk these people into reasonable restraint is suicidal. A better use of brain power is to clearly define the threat and then plan… Read more »

Monty James
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“If on the other hand, everyone must seek permission to association with others, then there can be no individual liberty of any kind. Places where people must get permission to speak and move are called prisons.” Does anyone see the path to recovering the freedom of association that doesn’t involve pulling down the current order, with attendant bloodshed and casualties? There’s no doubt something I’m failing to consider, but the Constitution seems to be a bit inert at this point, of not much use for governing more than one culture. Is anyone else clicking on the Google button and being… Read more »

J+Clivas
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The Vietnam war pushed a lot of Americans towards Neoliberalism.

Anonymous White Male
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Anonymous White Male

I don’t believe this is true. I think the MEDIA’s focus on the Vietnam War was used to push a lot of Americans towards Neoliberalism, but even so, it was always a minority. Which is why they had to change the demographic and keep a vice-like grip on the narrative. Even in the 50’s, you had a large number of Northeast liberals that postured about how much they were proponents of civil rights for blacks (“They like to be called negroes!”), but as long as there weren’t any in their neighborhood and few on TV, they could pat themselves on… Read more »

joey+junger
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joey+junger

The most maddening and enraging thing about the liberal violation of freedom of association is that they just assume non-whites are clamoring to bask in their warm and sanctimonious glow. The only reason black or brown people would ever want to be around a manlet like Chris Hayes or Lawrence O’Donnell is that they like the culture that honkies create. They don’t like the honkeys. White liberals are too patronizing to ever consider that blacks find them about as appealing as Bull Connor found the blue gums of a Negro latching onto a public water fountain. I remember in my… Read more »

Thorsted
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Thorsted

There has been a long polemic on youtube between the “sceptic community” that Sargon/Carl Benjamin belongs to and race realists with the youtubers “The Alternative Hypothesis” and the biologist “Jean-Francois Gariépy”. It ended with “sceptic community” lost and some closed their channel. Carl Benjamin/Sargon has been criticised by the “The Alternative Hypothesis” on his view that individualism is the solution to identity politics a few days ago. It can be seen here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VoRG8K9iz0&t=99s

tdurden
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tdurden

It amuses me how some people have such a hard on for libertarians like they are some kind of looming threat to civilization when they are, what….less than one percent of the voting public? Almost as entertaining how GOPe in 2012 told libertarians how totally insignificant they were right up until their liberal newenglander had his ass handed to him by the weakest sitting president since Carter, then suddenly it was all the libertarians fault. I guess everyone needs villain to shake their fists at.

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

The TR reference was reminder of the (perhaps apocryphal) quote from William Jennings Bryan during his tenure as SoS under Wilson. After being informed of the latest coup in Haiti, he apparently remarked “imagine that , n–grs speaking French”. A different world indeed.

Matt
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Matt

Z,

How do you build out a model of freedom of association that doesn’t bring no-go zones to America?

Perhaps Detroit becomes our own Molenbeek?

M

bogbeagle
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bogbeagle

Private Property.

The original and best “no-go Zone”.

The denial of a man’s “freedom to associate” is a denial of his freedom to control his own life.

That’s a property violation… “you might THINK that you own your body/life, but its’ ME who is gonna determine how you use them”.

We used to call it slavery. Now, it’s known as Social Democracy.

Paul Bonneau
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Paul Bonneau

Oh, boy, here we go again. Now it’s “libertarians don’t agree with freedom of association”. I can’t think of any prominent libertarians who believe people should be forced to bake cakes, or admit Jews to their clubs, or whatever. But I guess that gets in the way of this straw man you are building. The reason libertarians have a reputation of not fitting in socially, is precisely because they don’t go along with the general milieu, but argue (most of the time anyway) from principle. And freedom of association is almost never left out; that would make no sense. It’s… Read more »

Jonah Kyle
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Jonah Kyle

Actually, anti-semitism is being supplanted by anti-Islam, and in fact, anti-semitism is now being appropriated by the fascistic leftists.