The Snowglobe

Way back before the 2016 election really got started, I recall watching National Review’s David French learn on twitter what the word “cuckservative” meant. It was an amusing thing to watch as he went back and forth with some alt-right types. I could tell he was feeling like a cool kid picking up slang from the in-crowd on the playground. Then he realized that the “cuck” they were referring to was him. He then set off blocking half the internet. It was an amusing example of just how isolated these people are from us.

The chattering classes are supposed to be the interface between the Cloud People and the Dirt People. Before the explosion of mass media, the chattering skulls would go on the three Sunday chat shows to tell us what to think, while pretending to tell us what our rulers were thinking. Usually, these people had a column in one of the big city broadsheets or they were a “reporter” in Washington. This worked as the Dirt People had nothing against which to compare it and we never got to see these people outside of their roles.

Mass media has some unexpected consequences. For example, we get to learn much more about the commentariat. A super cuck like David French has put his whole life out on the internet, so he’s not fooling anyone. They say familiarity breeds contempt and the general hatred of the media is most likely due to the exposure that comes in the mass media age. That and their lies are much more easily exposed. When some popinjay goes on a rant about something, we can easily find where he said the opposite in the past.

Another result is the strange isolation of the media from the rest of us. Read biographies of old newspaper guys and one of the things that stands out is their working class lives. It was not just that they were the sons of toil, they remained in that world. In 1934, it was not weird for a big city newspaper reporter to live in the same building as a plumber or bus driver. Carl Bernstein never went to college but worked his way up from the copy boy at the Washington Star. Today, no newspaper in America would hire a guy like him.

This isolation has a another facet to it. The volume of media means the number of people thinking of themselves in that world is massive as well. Then there is the overlap between the academy, government and the media. When Obama took office, over 100 media members quit and went to work for the new administration. As the managerial state has grown and matured, it has absorbed the mass media with it. Look at the major chat shows and you often see people who have been in government, media and the academy.

These blurred lines mean the sense of community has grown. The people covering the Imperial Capital no longer see themselves as natural adversaries of the people they cover, unless those people are seen as a threat. The fawning over Obama by the press corp even embarrassed Obama. Contrast that with Trump, who is viewed as an outsider. The conspiracy to rig the last election by the CIA/FBI/DOJ has largely been ignored by the media, because they see the principles as their neighbors, allies and friends.

A more amusing reminder of this great divide between them and us was the heavy breathing last week about the so-called “intellectual dark web.” Someone from alt-right central casting, name Bari Weiss, wrote a piece declaring a group of old warhorses the new radicals of the internet. Like all women writers of her age, Mx Weis employs the autoethnographic style, popular with the womyn in gender studies. It’s mostly a feeble attempt to cast herself as edgy, because she knows people who think they are edgy.

That was the point though. This was not written for the broader audience, if it even exists for publications like the New York Times. It was written for people in the media. It was the sort of self-adulation you see on award shows. From the perspective of someone like Mx. Weis, Ben Shapiro is super-edgy. Anyone inside the managerial class, offering the slightest resistance to the prevailing orthodoxy, is a rebel. It’s not a lot different from the guys at prep school who cut class to smoke weed. To their peers, they are bad boys.

The old paleos were able to see the managerial state forming up. They were surprisingly prescient about what would happen to the politics of both liberalism and conservatism, as practiced thirty years ago. What they did not anticipate is the merging of corporate culture, multiculturalism and the mass media into the managerial state. They can’t be faulted for it, as no one could really anticipate how new technology would accelerate the growth and evolution of the American ruling class. In the 90’s, the smart people predicted the opposite.

The managerial class has achieved class consciousness. If you are working at the New York Times, the American Enterprise Institute or a government agency, you see the people in these roles as your colleagues. They are the people with whom you socialize and gossip. Their kids go to school with your kids. You live in the same exclusive neighborhoods. Not only are the people outside that world strangers, they vaguely feel like a threat, with their inability to vote correctly and complaints about diversity.

Unlike ruling classes of prior ages, this one is not entirely endogamous or closed off to outsiders. Like the Chinese imperial exam system, Dirt People with something on the ball can test into this world. But also like the exam system, the American managerial class is becoming immune from new ideas and innovation. What passes for creativity is simply neologism filled recitations of the one true faith. If Jordan Peterson is your idea of a radical thinker, you’re living in an intellectual waste land. A world where Bari Weiss makes sense.

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George Orwell
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George Orwell

Ben Shapiro, edgy? It is to laugh. Dark Web? He’s had his mug all over conventional media. Nothing mysterious about him. For a true shock, let Mx Weiss read John Q. Publius at Anatomically Correct Banana… if she can find a handy fainting couch.

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Duke of Deploraville

And it’s not only the Anointed Commentariat who live in a parallel universe — they are just more numerous than the Cucktarians. The media’s licensed cucks have their own shared script, one which projects a vague tone of rebellion against the leftist status quo without challenging its premises. Cucktarians can be identified by their own brand of virtue signaling: “Democrats are the real racists”; “African Americans inhabit a dysfunctional culture because the welfare state plantation keeps them down”; “I don’t care whether immigrants are white, brown, purple, or polka dotted as long as they enter legally,” etc. With a few… Read more »

SES
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SES

(((Ms. Weis))) I think her name alone says most of what needed to be said.
Regarding testing into that sphere, most of the actually intelligent and perceptive Dirt People really want nothing to do with those in the “intellectual” classes. They see right through them.

Hugh
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Hugh

So we have a form of singularity in which the Administrative State achieves Skynet status, and is finally in a position to tell Congress, the Courts and the President to go take a hike.

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“Like the Chinese imperial exam system, Dirt People with something on the ball can test into this world.” The whole point of affirmative action its descendants is to entrench vagueness and subjectivity into selection systems. This is how you end up with the current wave of nepotism and favoritism going on in professional and post graduate schools. Sure, a few outsider whites make it every now and again, but the vast majority of picks are minorities, women, and legacies. These guys aren’t stupid enough to put their own kids in their own programs, though, they get their buddy or cousin… Read more »

Fat Boy
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Fat Boy

Elaborate with regard to medical school please.

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Not sure what you’re looking for, but it’s pretty obvious that unofficial AA is taking place, despite what laws states pass. Universities consider themselves above the law, and AA basically serves as cover for underground nepotism, and exchanges of favors.

I have not seen any conversations take place, if that’s what you’re asking. However, certain patterns indicate what must be going on.

Diseases are diagnosed by the behavior that you can see. They don’t announce themselves like arrivals at a ball.

Fat Boy
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Fat Boy

Horror stories

Glen Filthie
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Glen Filthie

I personally think we have to stop obsessing with the mass media. Everyone knows what the deal is with Sloppy Williamson, David Fwench, Mix Weiss and all the other cretins of the mainstream media. We lost it decades ago, it ain’t coming back, and all there is to do is sit around until it dies of it’s own accord – or we kill it ourselves. I don’t want ‘edgy’, I want informed opinion. I don’t have to agree with it – I’d be happy to just to know the guy wasting oxygen, electrons and my time – knows what he’s… Read more »

Zeroth Tollrants
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Zeroth Tollrants

Vox is the only one of three ppl you named, that’s vaguely Alt-right, though, and he spends much of his time purity spiraling and calling people in the Alt-right names like Alt-retard and leftists. It’s amazing to me how he constantly tries to “read” Richard Spencer & the TRS guys out of a movement that he didn’t form, had nothing to do with as far as organizing, does not deliver speeches, nor attends events, in support of, in addition to not living in the country for over a decade. He also seems to think he makes up the rules regarding… Read more »

A.B Prosper
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A.B Prosper

I happen to agree with you re: Vox Day and religion. The Deus Volt crowd as I like to call them has a cognitive blind spot when it comes to Christianity and would be shocked by how many people in the dissident right and .alt right aren’t Christian and don’t think its mandatory for a Western social order That said the people he’s attacked are not of the Right, Jordan Peterson is the UN’s pet shrink, Podesta’s employee and hates nationalism , Ben Shapiro is Neo Con and Spencer is a Neo Nazi more or less I don’t care if… Read more »

Zeroth Tollrants
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Zeroth Tollrants

The alt-right contains many, many Christians, Pagans, Agnostics, and Atheists. You called Richard fucking Spencer a neo-nazi, so I’m discounting pretty much everything you said past that, because you can’t be trusted to make sound judgment calls if your that ridiculous. Vox Day trying to “read” people out a movement THEY started is no different than what the Neocons did to nationalists, populists, and paleocons. There is no real such thing as “left” or “right” wing. You’re either a part of the big machine or not. You also don’t get to decide who’s “left” wing or who’s “right” wing. The… Read more »

Random Dude on the Internet
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Random Dude on the Internet

I buy into the theory that Bari Weiss was trying to funnel young white men away from the alt right and to these low-middlebrow bloggers and personalities. If they tried to make Ben Shapiro edgy, then that might work in getting them away from actual dissident right writers. The positive is that the overton window is shifting enough to where even they have to admit that the NRO or The Weekly Standard is no longer the avant garde of right wing discussion.

Ripple947
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Ripple947

Well then who is a radical enough thinker, Z Man? Sailer? Jared Taylor? The Derb? Mike Enoch? Ted “Vox Day” Beale? Yourself? It seems to me that many alt-righters have their own form of political correctness and those who don’t meet it are to be dismissed as cucks. You could call them gateway drugs but people like Dave Rubin and Jordan Peterson are helping many people question the assumptions of our “Cathedral”, or “Synagogue” for the Jew-obsessed. But for those who insist on ideological purity it’s not good enough.

Zeroth Tollrants
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Zeroth Tollrants

People who are right wingers & think they are “getting help” from liberals like (((Dave “I fit into any container I’m poured into” Rubin))), and DOCTOR “self-medicating” Jordy, need to see a psychiatrist.

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

It’s great if a normie watches a few Rubin or Peterson videos and feels excited by the new vistas. I am concerned about the guy who has watched 10 Peterson videos and not radicalized. The worst is the guy who internalizes Peterson’s arguments against identity politics.

BestGuest
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BestGuest

Zman, What do you think is the best way forward against the MS? Sometimes I worry that it’s too late, but then I think we never had the internet (and then I think that we never had mass surveillance of normal people either.) Blech. I really don’t know what to think anymore.

FellowDissident
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FellowDissident

I stopped reading at Carl Bernstein. In fact Bernstein did attend U.Maryland and he wrote for its student newspaper prior to dropping out.

Now that nit has been picked at, I shall resume your excellent commentary.

TomA
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TomA

The common denominator of the media, academia, and bureaucratic elite is a parasitic dependence on a productive host for sustenance and survival. These people simply could not have survived in the environment of our ancestral evolution, in which basic fitness was a life or death matter. These people are, at best, dead-weight and, at worse, a degenerative disease that is killing our robustness.

Dutch
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Dutch

Journalists are still the front-row-seat college kids writing essays to please their professors, but who get to pretend they are the cool, tough kids, who sit in the back of the room and carve epithets into the desks with switchblades.

Edit—Saml Adams, hadn’t continued to read down to your post. Didn’t mean to poach.

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
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Ris_Eruwaedhiel

The overclass and the underclass vs. the middle class producers and achievers. They think that the middle class is a well that will never run dry.

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

“Where have you gone Michael Royko…our nation turns as slowly…” Back in college one of my roommates decided to interview him for a J-School project. Wouldn’t return his calls, so finally he goes downtown to stake him out at the Billy Goat. Finally shows up. Royko then “Gunny Hartmans” him in front of the entire bar (he had no respect for Medill) , but then tells him to grab a barstool and gives him the interview. What he got were the war stories of a tough Polack who could give a shit whose eye his thumb landed in and wrote… Read more »

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What a joke, the intellectual dark web. Just a way of saying, this far and no farther. Mr. Overton says no.

Auntie Analogue
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Auntie Analogue

The cognitive elite who make up the Deep$tate/”academia”Wall$treet/Enemedia-Pravda/managerial class includes both “progressives” and “cuckservatives” – the Uniparty – who are well-practiced at performing kabuki to distract us from, and at discharging squid ink to conceal from us, the true core issues that impact us ordinary Americans, all while the Uniparty does, of course, nothing that doesn’t benefit its own class.

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Read that article and laughed. Those guys are “dark web”? Derb an Z man are ultra alt-dark web I guess, barely seen or heard except for a small society with secret handshakes.
It’s a clown show!

Chiron
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Chiron

“When Obama took office, over 100 media members quit and went to work for the new administration.”

GWB speech writer David Frum is also a “journalist” and his working on The Atlantic the last time I checked.

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Looking like either the FBI or CIA – or both – started a “whisper campaign” against Papadapolous and Page by getting these two British professors to whisper in their ears about the Russians and the emails. A few months later, those two guys mention Russia/emails to other people, and those later meetings are used as evidence justifying wire taps and spying on the Trump campaign. The latest media phrasing on this is that when Trump says something, they start off with “offering no evidence, Trump said…”. Increasingly, Trump is looking like the target of a coup led by the CIA… Read more »

TomA
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TomA

Halper was a paid agent provocateur working for both the CIA and MI6, and his assignment was to entrap/manipulate/incriminate Trump Campaign members using standard spy-craft deception techniques. This was an act of overt sedition, which is why the British are so nervous.

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Res ipsa loquitor

KAB
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KAB

Dear Z:

You have not spoken much about Trump since he made his disappointing comments on the Second Amendment. Any new thoughts?

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Maybe they are trying to be the left guards the way NR is for the right.

A.B. Prosper
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A.B. Prosper

That class consciousness has been there for along time. I mean how many working or hall middle class people play Jai Lai or Water Polo and would be accepted at a club without a lawsuit? This was well known in the past and part of the media structure well into the 80’s and 90’s the rich are not like us but back than they mostly left the Middle and Working classes their own devices only manipulating them from time to time while hating ion the poor They seems to have grown to hate and resent those people though, maybe because… Read more »

LineInTheSand
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LineInTheSand

Are you a Juggalo or have ties to them? I wasn’t expecting to read a defense of them on this blog.

A.B. Prosper
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A.B. Prosper

The Dissident Right is better in nearly every way that the Left but we mostly come from the Middle and low end of the Upper Class and can be snobbish and have our own ideological bubblse too The kind of people ICP are talking to kind of get overlooked maybe ignored. Big difference is we don’t hate them and aren’t are condescending . We want them to be like us or have the choice to be anyway, economically more than anything This is a good thing though I suspect the Dissident Right doesn’t understand these people or the Rednecks much… Read more »

my 2 cents
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my 2 cents

In contrast to aligning politically, anyone in that genre lost me when they made “b—” into a synonym for “female.” That’s the kind of unconscious slam I can’t get past — and don’t want to.

Zeroth Tollrants
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Zeroth Tollrants

The ICP are very *explicitly* anti-white identity, as well as promoters of degenerate, white trash, Wiggery, Anarcho-capitalist behavior. If that’s what passes as “Christianity” today, count me out.
Their past statements against white Identititarians and trad nationalists are mind-bogglingly facile, in addition to being globalistic.

SWRichmond
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SWRichmond

“The managerial class has achieved class consciousness. If you are working at the New York Times, the American Enterprise Institute or a government agency, you see the people in these roles as your colleagues. They are the people with whom you socialize and gossip. Their kids go to school with your kids. You live in the same exclusive neighborhoods. Not only are the people outside that world strangers, they vaguely feel like a threat, with their inability to vote correctly and complaints about diversity.”

…and they ALL live in large urban centers. Hint Hint.

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Well, looks like outcome of the powwow today with Trump etal was that all documents come out to Congress unredacted and John Kelly is hosting the reveal party. What was that Praetorian comment?

Eva Ritchey
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Eva Ritchey

It’s Jordan peterson’s desire and ability to stand up for men and Western culture that is edgy for many dirt people. He is a teacher , not a radical thinker. His mistreatment by cloud people over pronoun usuage was revelatory for this once left leaning academic . Don’t be so hard headed .

Zeroth Tollrants
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Zeroth Tollrants

He’s a mentally ill, globalist shill, that acts as a useful idiot gatekeeper in his role as a BS snake oil salesman.

Burner Prime
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Burner Prime

Right bloggers (ostensible intellectuals anyway) like Z-Man and Vox (and derp commenters) love to pick on Ben and Jordan but it looks to me it is out of jealousy, as in: “I can’t believe numbnuts like those guys get so much attention – more than me”. And not so many of us plebs GAF about being “edgy”. More people are intrigued and energized that Ben, Faith Goldy, and Jordan are appearing on mainstream airwaves taking the fight directly to the enemy on the battlefield, sometimes taking physical damage like Faith did last week. Who else is? Z-Man, Vox, Remus, Heartiste… Read more »