The Progressive Sandwich

If one were to summarize why Buckley-style conservatism failed, the clearest answer is that it stopped being conservative. The central tenets of conservatism are tradition, organic society, hierarchy, authority, property rights and prudence. In the Anglo-Saxon model, ordered liberty can also be included. The limits on authority are the logic of a fixed and orderly legal system. Probably the most concise explanation of American conservatism came from Russel Kirk seventy years ago.

Buckley conservatism, in contrast, was never deeply rooted in social philosophy and this was a deliberate act. The Buckleyites wanted a create a political movement that could compete with Progressives. In order to do that it meant winning elections and that meant providing a practical platform for governance. As a result, Buckley conservatism was always a compromise. In order to fashion a practical political platform, it meant deviating from conservative dogma as necessity required.

This lack of ideological moorings, however, led it to drift away from conservatism toward something that is better described as marketism. Libertarians see property as the key to individual liberty. All human rights derive from ownership of self and property is the fruit of labor, so absolute property rights safeguard individual liberty. Marketism, in contrast, views liberty as the unfettered right to trade property and labor. Therefore, liberty is maximized only through the free and unregulated marketplace.

In both cases, the definition of individual liberty is at odds with conservative conceptions of individual liberty, as well as the tenets of conservatism. The Right has always understood that a man could only be free within the context of society. To exist within a society, he must gain control of his passions and master himself. Customs and traditions, which habituated him to his duties as a member of society, also channeled his energies to that which served the good of his society.

This conception of ordered liberty, in which man can only be free within the context of his role in society, is the wellspring of conservative thought. Respect for hierarchy, for example, is not just an observation of man’s natural state, but an acceptance of the fundamental nature of human society. Similarly, the right of property can only be a coherent concept within a human society, not outside it. There can be no property rights without society, so property rights must ultimately serve the good of society.

For libertarians and market absolutists, any restraint on how you can dispose of your property or how you trade property with others is seen as a violation of your individual sovereignty. Inevitably, it means taking the side of the market when it bumps up against custom or tradition. It means siding with novelty that promises more market freedom, even when it undermines the organic institutions of society. Inevitably, conservatives became the defenders of the wrecking ball that destroyed American culture.

It’s why a Kevin Williamson could gleefully cheer for the destruction of small-town America and their customs, in the name of the free market. From his perspective, the limitations of localism are a gross violation of freedom, so destroying those local communities sets the residents free to maximize their economic utility. Buckley conservatism has drifted so far from its alleged starting position, it now stands in opposition to that which defined its alleged starting position.

This recent piece by David French is another example. In it, he turns conservatism on its head in order to promote marketism. The problems of college athletics, however you wish to frame them, are not the result of too little commercialism. Only a blithering idiot could come to such a conclusion. The trouble with college sports, and the college system as a whole, is it is now almost entirely free of the system of customs and traditions that created it. Higher education is a market that strives to be a racket.

David French, of course, has become the comical front man for Buckley conservatism over the last few years. His blend of sanctimonious finger wagging and principled mediocrity is the exaggerated version of the dissident critique of conventional conservatism. He is the clown nose of Conservative Inc. This is not solely due to his many personal defects. His embrace of unconditional marketism has led him to adopt an entirely transactional view of human existence.

There used to be a time when both sides of the Progressive orthodoxy understood the limits and liabilities of the marketplace. The Left would howl about consumerism at the expense of authenticity. The Right would point out the dangers inherent in an unfettered marketplace. Buckley famously said, “The trouble with socialism is socialism. The trouble with capitalism is capitalists.” The modern conservative would not understand that juxtaposition. For him, the marketplace is supreme.

The underlying truth of radicalism is that it not only seeks to free men from the human condition, but it seeks to have them rise to the heavens and become gods. For the modern conservative, something similar has evolved. Whether it is a fetish for property or a fetish for markets, the Buckley conservatives imagine men breaking free of their constraints in order to become fully engaged market participants. For them, the paradise at the end is a shopping mall full of atomized strangers.

That’s why Buckley conservatism has failed. It is a primal call for a war of all against all, where atomized bugmen jostle to maximize their utility in the market. To consume product is the end point of existence. It is a crude and vulgar existence that celebrates man’s worst instincts at the expense of his nobler aspirations. What is on offer from so-called conservatives is a different type of hell than what is on offer from their partners on the Left, but it is still the same Progressive sandwich.

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191 thoughts on “The Progressive Sandwich

  1. Our overzealous Mr. Clean, as he was purging the immigration-restrictionists―and prospective “antisemites,” an inevitable consequence of such an attitude―from his NR staff, he even ratted publically (1992) on his own father as an habitual antisemite. When he kicked the bucket in 2008, his son, in turn, sold him out by revealing to the public that in his concluding years William F. Buckley Jr. while on the road would crack open the door of his chauffeured limousine and secretly sprinkle his bladder’s contents into the speedway commonwealth. Thus ended modern American conservatism. With a pee.

  2. This is better and fairer than your past treatments of Buckley.

    You’re also correct is diagnosing conservatism INC in the present day.

    Again you are condemning a man long dead for what’s being done by his successors but I suppose Buckley’s name has gravitas and French’s does not.

    And if the dissident right ever wants to go anywhere it will have to compromise to get power as well.

    This business of the living blaming their failures on the dead is graceless and probably fruitless, unmanly. I suppose it pays enough to keep the lights on. Certainly its very modern, Angelas ashes made the author rich.

  3. “Buckley style” conservatism failed because it did not address and accept the reality of race and racial biology…

  4. Libertarianism can never win because its an individualist philosophy going up a against a Left-wing group philosophy. Atomized individuals believing in Greed vs. an organized group with an end game in mind, power now and utopia later. BTW, Kevin Williamson is just a con man and grifter. He’d be writing for the WaPo as a leftist, if he could get hired. Sadly for him, their white man quota excludes nobodies from Texas U.

  5. “What is on offer from so-called conservatives is a different type of hell than what is on offer from their partners on the Left.”

    It’s kind of like those who argue about the best pizza: Dominoes or Pizza Hut. Once you’ve had real pizza you realize that both choices suck. The GOP vs Dem choice was like that through the 90s. Today the choices have dwindled to a slab of cardboard with ketchup and imitation cheese vs a slab of cardboard.

    Does anyone else here read the old offerings of Wendell Berry? He’s a hard guy to label with left or right, and that’s what I find intriguing. Not much there for the urban masses but for us rural folk seeking a return to community, he’s got it hardwired.

    • IIRC, Berry was a Southern Agrarian. You’re correct: the ‘urban masses’–including middle- and lower-middle working class families–are not really ready to grow their own when the SHTF…..

  6. “To consume product is the end point of existence”

    Years ago on TRS the meme, “walking alimentary canal” was coined for such an existence.

  7. The underlying truth of radicalism is that it not only seeks to free men from the human condition, but it seeks to have them rise to the heavens and become gods.


    Didn’t work out well for Adam and Eve, won’t work out well for anyone else.

  8. Excellent analysis from Z; the business about “market ism” is especially astute.

    There’s another lens through which to view all this, of course. One might call it an organic view. Much of what I think about politics, I basically learned from raising beefsteak tomatoes and other garden vegetable in my back yard as a kid.

    Old-times “conservatism” failed in large measure because it turned itself into a giant game of Twister, where the ultimate goal of the game was to avoid at all costs stating clearly the basic underlying premise of American politics, which is an organic, biological premise, more akin to gardening than to abstract theory.

    That premise is this: nearly all of the serious problems afflicting this country can be traced back to the presence here of negroes and Jews.

    The negroes are a hostile and biologically incompatible subspecies, who cannot coexist peacefully or usefully among Whites except under a level of supervision and restraint which has become morally repugnant to enforce.

    Jews are a hostile, invasive, predatory subspecies which can only exist among us as parasites, exploiters, deceivers and rent-seekers. Their relentless determination to occupy the conceptual and moral cockpit of the nation, their relentless pursuit of total domination of all choke points and bottlenecks of power, and their intrinsic, implacable, unquenchable parasitism spell the death of our society.

    We twist ourselves into unending knots, giving ourselves societal gangrene, in order to appease and accommodate the monstrous presence of these two utterly destructive, utterly incompatible, utterly hostile, spiteful, hate-filed and contemptuous populations.

    Ask yourself: if Jews and negroes were to vanish from this country tomorrow, which of the great problems afflicting us would we continue to tolerate? Which would not be solved in record time?

  9. Conservatism became ‘libertarianism’ because of money, not politics and this largely transpired after the retirement of the Soviet Union as The Adversary that made Fusionism make sense.

    The problem of ‘conservatism’ not being able to conserve anything, however, goes at least back to Burke, because ‘conservatism’ always existed in an accommodation with Liberalism. It really had no choice.

    Conservatism is collapsing because Liberalism is collapsing, the premises that support both movements have been fatally undermined. This is why any attempt at Restoration by trying to recapture a prior period of the Modern era is doomed to fail. The past is another country and there is no ‘there’ there any longer.

    This is why both the Old Right (such as Paul Gottfried) and the progressive/liberal/left all hate and suppress White Nationalism (they’re totally fine with Muslim, Black or Jewish nationalism).

    White Nationalism represents a rejection of fundamental tenets of Liberalism, specifically the primacy of an ahistorical, disembedded ‘individual’.

    • It’s not really conservatism vs. liberalism, it’s human nature vs. systems created by fools and dreamers. Human nature will always find a way. It did with the Soviet Union, and it will today.

  10. This, combined with VD’s usury posts, made my day. Now, if only I was a better writer who could succinctly encapsulate a message to explode heads on a conservative blogging site…

  11. What always galls me is the conflation of free markets with individual liberty. I figure that the more autonomous I am, the freer I am.

    But free trade insures your industry and expertise will be moving overseas, guaranteeing you’ll be dependent on China. I have a hard time believing greater dependency leads to greater personal liberty. That’s the major delusion of libertarianism. They aren’t selling liberty, what they’re actually selling is dependency.

    Free trade means being able to buy cheap crap from China. Personal liberty means you’re in a position to tell China to take their cheap crap and shove it.

    • One of the biggest criticisms of Christianity that I had heard growing up is that it had too many rules and they just want to be free to do what they want.

      The interesting thing about your observation and Z’s is that it mirrors the freedom Paul claims following Christ gives. It’s a strange oxymoron and tension of seeming contradiction, but your conclusion is exactly the resolution.

    • And we want the cheap crap. If the average American goes out to buy a dishwasher, it will usually be among the cheaper dishwashers. So all dishwashers eventually become cheaply made, causing a death spiral of cheapness. So now we’re stuck buying a disposable dishwasher every five or 10 years…the circuit board change always being within $50 of the cheap new dishwasher. There’s a scam afoot.

  12. Places like this are examples of where the smart people end up who boiled off the leftist and Conservative Inc strongholds. Articles and comments here are set at a much higher level than the drivel you’ll find from the likes of David French or similar, not to mention the howling loons in the legacy media.

  13. Good article. I’m still playing catch up. I thought Buckley and Kirk were somewhat simpatico; but I knew French, Lowrey(?), and the new guys who run NR are not simpatico with Buckley/Kirk.

  14. Excellent post.

    Tucker also came to a similar conclusion when he stated the current conservative view is for man to serve capitalism(aka the “free market”) no matter what the cost is to society and people. And pushing destructive notions such as it’s better for a woman to have a career than a family.

  15. Discrediting and defunding the institutional GOP is more important than dealing with the Dems. A one-party Democrat state will be less stable and less capable than a kabuki two party state, and shapeshifters will find it harder to hide in the weeds once ideological ground-clutter like French and Williamson is pensioned off. Take down the weaker link first.

    Travel day for H8ers Ball – will chip in some travel-rage venting later.

  16. I’m surprised that nobody pointed out the real cost of college athletics, which is the rise of the depts who really serve no other purpose than to give low-IQ athletes an easy major which will allow them to remain as students in the academy. Probably better than 90% of the athletes in college today do not belong in an institution of higher learning. Many, if not most, did not even truly earn a high school diploma. These departments are the academic equivalent of bamboo radio control towers and dirt runways. They are an ape of academia.

    • Baseball has “AAA,” “AA,” and the independent and instructional leagues. Baseball players are rarely put in the position of posing as college graduates. Unfortunately “Big U” needs the booster income from football and basketball. That would be an interesting subject of inquiry.

  17. Another keeper, Zman. Let’s see if your inspired prose here can do more than my arguments have to wean my husband from his dogmatic support of muh free market. My respect for authority and tradition have grown as I have matured, and my insistence on individualism has faded as I’ve come to realize the essential role of society – despite my misanthropy and need for privacy and space, I accept that I cannot and do not exist in an individual bubble. Now on to read the comments – which I usually do before commenting – but I wanted to praise another essential post by you first!

    • I am not religious. Yet I believe the following resources will help you:

      1. The Church and the Libertarian: A Defense of the Catholic Church’s Teaching on Man, Economy, and State – Christopher A. Ferrara
      2. Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective on the Role of Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More – John C. Medaille
      3. More Distributist authors may be found here:

      Always remember, too, that the party controlling the contract is the one with the most resources.

    • Thanks for that link, TimNY. Sam Francis was so, so far ahead of the curve and many of the themes he set out twenty-three years ago are the basis of today’s widespread dismissal of Conservatism, Inc. Amazing how that column not only has held up but proven prophetic. This passage struck me most:

      “I told (Pat Buchanan, in his second presidential run) privately that he would be better off without all the hangers-on, direct-mail artists, fund-raising whiz kids, marketing and PR czars, and the rest of the crew that today constitutes the backbone of all that remains of the famous “Conservative Movement” and who never fail to show up on the campaign doorstep to guzzle someone else’s liquor and pocket other people’s money. “These people are defunct,” I told him. “You don’t need them, and you’re better off without them. Go to New Hampshire and call yourself a patriot, a nationalist, an America Firster, but don’t even use the word ‘conservative.’ It doesn’t mean anything any more.””

  18. Civilization has only been around for a few thousand years, and so is a relatively new development in the history of our evolution. It is a man-made consequence of urbanization and is an optimization that evolved from many prior models (e.g. civilization “works” better than barbarianism for example). All social evolution is driven by fitness selection criteria of these new environments that we are now creating for ourselves. Conservatives yearn for the rebirth of the noble beast that can live in harmony with others. The modern elites want us to morph into insects.

  19. GloboHomoGayplex with a Side of Lard

    Sunday I went to the Big Enclosed Mall for the first time in years. Sure, it has become more Mexican and other minority-laden–which means more crude in every respect.

    What really hammered home the globo-homo-gayplex-fatty-geist were the graphical printed advertisements–facing outward from and adorning the interiors–of the clothing stores. Holy Fatty Mystery-Meat on a Tricycle. In Ancient Times (5+ years ago, last time I entered Big Enclosed Mall) these graphics were dominated by attractive people wearing the products of the stores. The idea was to show a beautiful, idealized fantasy where people who bought their wares were pretty/handsome and had fun.

    No more. Damn near every human in the graphics was ugly mystery meat and/or obese. Last time I entered Big Enclosed Mall, the color had invaded the graphics, but they were still healthy colored peo–ahem–“people of color.” Now the minorities represented were just plain ugly and many times fatties. And I recall a single attractive white male in a graphic depicting a dance party. He was surrounded in a multi-culti swarm with fatty dark meat sprinkled in–but without exception, the white females were these gag-inducing fatties caught in mid aerial panniculus hop/flop. While wearing the store’s clothing.

    Girls clothing stores were worse: ugly, fatty mystery meat plus a kiddie tranny in the middle of the graphic.

    It was darned near impossible for my fit & petite daughter to find anything that fit in most of the the stores. Everything was too large. “XXS” would leave material swimming about her waist. Only places that had a selection of clothes that fit her were the high-end stores. I noticed that THOSE two stores’ interior graphics had no depictions of humans at all. Mostly manikin displays of their wares and those graphics that did exist were artful depictions of ware only, no humans.

    I asked my daughter about the advertisements and her reply was, “Oh, I don’t look at the graphics, just the clothes.” No wonder, given how repulsive the graphics were.

    Of course, the mystery-meat live humanity bustling about Big Enclosed Mall were a horror show of women in too-tight clothing with buckets of lard flopping over rolls of still more lard.

    • Ya.

      “White nationalists” seem to suffer cognitive dissonance too, but this time it is about the state of the white race.

      Boomercons are stuck in 1980, when whites were still a majority.
      WN’s are stuck in 1950, when obesity was minimal, whites were all tall, thin, blond and respectable.

      We need to take an honest assessment of how the average white person is today. And frankly many are disgusting. WTF is wrong with them? I dunno. It seems that they have no morals, manners, values, or common sense. Very sad.

      The only place I see decent whites nowadays is at church.

      • UFO,

        It’s a sad truth. So many times I want to grab some tubby young white man or woman waddling down the sidewalk and make them come to the gym with me… make them strong and healthy. Or reach through some wiggers driverside window and turn off their rap music while telling them, “This isn’t your people’s music. You are better than this.” Seize the pudgy could-be-cute young lady by her nose ring or blue hair and make her see what she looks likes and is becoming and give her a vision of what she could be. And if I hear one more white kid say Kanye is a genius… Lord save me.

        But I dont want to go to jail. 😁

        • Some of them are hammering away at their own generation with some fairly reactionary punk music, such as Negative XP’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Ruined a Whole Generation of Women.” And a few other 2-minute jams of similar sentiment (if you consult the lyrics).

    • I see this all the time. You can see this in Home Depot ads too. Most people are totally blind to it. By the way, just how many in-tact upper-middle class African American families do we have anyway? You would think they were 40% of the population. Of course it’s not about advertising to blacks, it’s about advertising to left-of-center whites brainwashed by the Huxtables, who feel tingly inside that black people are finally making it into the mainstream white suburban lifestyle (which they aren’t and never will). In 100 years, blacks will still be the un-popped kernels at the bottom of the bowl. Even now, you have more Latina in HR department wardrobe ads starting to replace the Huxtables.

  20. There’s no doubt conservatism has failed. I think pictures tell the story better than anything — go back and look at pictures from any Western city in the early 1960s and compare those to today. It’s completely jarring — so much attractiveness back then, so much deformity now. David French is Dr. Pangloss — a person who can’t admit things have gone awry should not be taken seriously. An additional factor that must be mentioned is the welfare state — is it compatible with human nature? Social security eliminates a significant reason to have kids, and aid to single women having kids creates all kinds of havoc. If those programs *must* exist, there needs to be tremendous social sanctions against their abuse.

  21. The problem with the marketism destroying local markets is second only to the flood of immigration we’re facing. Amazon is a celebrated multi-billion dollar company, so is WalMart, etc., but they’ve left gaping holes in our society. Holes that used to be filled by local businesses. Banks are the same way. I can’t fathom why anyone would use Chase or some national bank, when perfectly good local banks and credit unions exist. For the most part, we’re buying everything from the same oligarchies with different storefronts, and the same Macaroni Grill next to the same BJ’s with the same Coldstone three storefronts up from Crate and Barrel.

    While this pro-immigration mantra celebrates our “differences” the marketism celebrates “sameness and blandness.” Let’s take Somalians in burkas, fly them here, put them on welfare, and then have them shop at JCPenney. It’s madness, completely detached from the underlying society, and it will all fly apart soon.

  22. I feel like the dog that isn’t barking in this debate is religion. Or, to put it very generally, moral standards independent of the market.

    In the 1950s, for example, even if it had been legal to put women in g-strings grinding up against each other on TV, people wouldn’t have done it, just because of general moral standards.

    The market functioned within these standards. When those standards disappear, then the market expands into the porno-dystopia we see today.

    Of course, that raises the complicated question: did the market itself destroy those standards, or did they come under attack from some other quarter?

    • Today we have “True Religion.” Another brand owned by a hedge fund. Even if you found a church, it most likely teaches the prosperity gospel, which is a nice twist on the real gospel. So don’t expect to get grounded at most churches. Jesus wants you to be happy after all, buy that venti-soy latte. Rejoice before walking into Pottery Barn. Don’t forget to tithe so the pastor’s daughter can buy her jeans at True Religion…first fruits after all…

    • I believe it was a systematic, deliberate attack from Hollywood and the educational system. Watch how movies changed from the ’40s-’50s through the ’60s-’70s. Hollywood went from enforcing the popular morality and culture to undermining it. The heroes became criminal deviate outcast like the lead characters in Easy Rider. Movie like The Graduate undermined and denigrated traditional White, middle-class morality and aspirations. Sitcoms like All in the Family and M*A*S*H, even The Mary Tyler Moore Show were a non-stop war on traditional American values.

      Meanwhile, the educational system of the ’60s and beyond was a relentless propaganda drumbeat of egalitarianism, feminism and anti-establishmentarianism.

      These were top-down efforts pushed by the “cultural elite” against the ordinary population. Eventually, the normal population started believing what they saw on the big screen and heard from their teachers was the way things were supposed to be.

        • Yes, I know. Hollywood has always been populated by whores and degenerates. They were simply forced to restrain themselves during the Hays Code years.

          Hollywood continued to work within the confines of the Production Code throughout the 1950s, but during this time, the movie industry was faced with very serious competitive threats. The first threat came from a new technology, television, which did not require Americans to leave their house to watch moving pictures. Hollywood needed to offer the public something it could not get on television, which itself was under an even more restrictive censorship code.

          “Oh, gosh, we just have to produce filth! It’s the only way to get people to see our pictures. People want filth!”

          Shoulda let the film industry die, if that was what was going to happen.

          ETA: (from the same link):

          Some films produced outside the mainstream studio system flouted the code. One example is Child Bride (1938), which featured a nude scene involving a twelve-year-old child actress (Shirley Mills).

          Jesus, they were trying to push pedophilia even back then.

          I was once a free speech absolutist. I’ve lately started coming around to the DR or Vox Day view. The first amendment isn’t a suicide pact. We all, if we admit it, want to live in a society that upholds the morality of our people.

          Who gets to decide what the morality of the people is? I trust government as little as anyone — it attracts sociopaths, megalomaniacs, scolds and mediocrities — but we need something.

          That was the role the church held, before the church was banished from the public square. If you like the benefits of living in a Christian society, you should deal with living in a society that enforces basic Christian morality.

          If we can’t have decency laws, because “decency” has to be defined by the lowest common denominator of Themite hedonist, then we’re doomed to live in a society organized along the principles of Thelemite hedonism. Personally, I’d rather live in Jerry Falwell’s American than Anton LaVey’s.

          • Viz, I don’t know how we counter it. Or if even “countering it” is(/not) a concession to a framework none of us agreed to. I’d love to know the way forward. You tell me.

          • Return,

            I lost my love of free speech when I found out as a young man that’s what “protected” prostitutes plying their trade… as long as it was in front of a camera.

            It’s the pharasees in black that are the problem. The judges. The men and women whose whims we lessers have to subordinate ourselves to. Lifetime appointees that command us but do not command even a single officer, agent or soldier. Sure, they make their ruling but it is an executive at some level that decides whether or not to enforce that ruling with his “troops.”

            More and more regions are deciding how they will enforce or not enforce said rulings. It’s already unraveling. We’ve seen both sides of the political spectrum proclaim the supremacy and legitimacy of SCOTUS only to decry its legitimacy when the number of judges turns against their interests. It’s the man behind the curtain waiting to be revealed.

            Dunno what the answer is, but it’s a frail framework holding the whole thing up.

          • Vizzini,

            Well formulated and passionate as per your usual. Always a pleasure to read your posts.

          • This seems ironically apropo in light of my question “Who gets to decide what the morality of the people is?”


            I’ve verified that this seems to be real. Fortunately we are not Chinese and should not want many Chinese in our country (as they don’t want us in theirs). The consequences of this move are God’s to deal with. I suspect it will backfire on them.

      • Yes….and the law itself began allowing moral decay. Laws against adultery and homosex practices were obviated; marriage became an option (both before- and after the fact) because “society” decided to pay for profligacy through welfare. The US was (and still is) such an affluent society that all this could be financed, ergo, it became licit.

        That’s going to end, of course.

    • I’m not a religious guy myself, but used to think Christianity was a positive force. I’m not so sure anymore — perhaps Nietzsche was right that Christianity was a strong feminizing force on the West.

      • Christianity that promotes the leadership of women is feminized and is to be avoided at all costs. If you suspect someone is a feminized Christian, just ask them their opinion on the women in leadership in the church. If they support ordination or women leading men, they are feminized and practicing an unbiblical Christianity.

        This is not necessarily linked to denomination. Currently, the only denominations NOT ordaining women are Southern Baptists, Orthodox, and Catholics (currently up for consideration in two of those).

        Forming a coalition of Christians who promote the masculine leadership of the church across denominations, I think, will be pretty important in whatever comes next.

        • Yes this Stina! Absolutely spot on.

          There was some hubbub about a Catholic synod “open to hearing about” ordination of women. That won’t go anywhere. (God forbid). The meat of the meeting is to allow married priests, the female ordination is just blather. Celibacy for priest falls under a discipline in Catholicism and has always been subject to change. Male only priests is dogmatic and is inviolable. To breach that is heresy. Even Francis wouldn’t dare.

          Of course, she the Vatican ever do so I’ll send a letter asking for excommunication from their herecy so my soul won’t be tarnished before God… and I guess I’ll seek refuge in the Orthodox Church.

        • The Catholics have their own problems. Catholicism is a fifth column in this country. True though. No female leadership.

          • Your bishops sure have the marching orders. The fifth column is about laundering government grant money while settling the replacement of you.

          • De Ferres,

            As a co-religionist I understand your pause, though I have to agree with JR. The Church is in grave trouble. It is in need of a drastic cleansing. There are groups within fighting the heresy and rot. Peter’s Church will shine again… but how long and through what tribulations God knows. As of now, they only increase and sustain the attack and degeneration of the West.

          • JR Worth,

            Other than a strong stance against abortion I am afraid I must agree with you, even as a Catholic. That hurts to admit. The Church has become a greater force of destruction here of late than a positive force. They are part and parcel of flooding the US with “refugees”. Of flooding Europe with Africans and muslims. Francis seems more concerned with Gaia than God. Of paying lip service to fighting pederasty and all but condoning homosexuality and the purple mafia.

            It is a problem that is cyclical. Peter was given the holy task of building the Church and man oftentimes runs it aground.

            All we can do is try to reclaim it. I support SSPX because they fight the growing heresy in the Church. I’ve watched attendance drop over the past few decades. I’m okay with that. If the Church turns away from wickedness people will return to find the truth. If not, and soon… it is better it wither on the vine.

        • Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (LCMS)
          Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)
          Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS)

          None of these denominations ordains women. Each of them is a nataion-wide denomination, despite the state names in their titles.

          • Bile,

            Couldn’t get the link to work. Maybe it’s my connection. Specific search name so I can locate it please?

      • Christianity is a positive force. Problem is finding actual Christians in most churches. You’ll hear Ophra-sized gems on niceness and if your super lucky you’ll get to hear about your privilege. Love your neighbor and dont be judgy… you know… times they are a changing and maybe homosexuality is a good thing.

        It’s the poz wearing the tattered skin of some unfortunate religious sect that flirted too closely with progressivism. Spiritual not religious. Stone walls on a foundation of sand.

        There are still churches out there. You can find them. They may not be shiny and grand. They may make you feel uncomfortable at times. They exist. God is still in those halls.

  23. Great insights Z-man. Thirty or so years ago I read NR cover-to-cover. About the best thing the magazine did for me as a young man was to introduce me to the likes of Solzhenitsyn, Vaclav Havel, Russel Kirk, Whittaker Chambers, and Albert Jay Nock. There were good men of great ideas that used to show up between the NR covers; they transcended Buckley many times over. Reading that magazine through the 80s is where I learned how to chew conservative meat and spit out the sanctimonious bones.

    I believe Gresham’s Law backs up a point you’re making: given the marketplace of ideas the inferior will ultimately drive out the superior. NR used to have some salient points for the dissident-minded, but while they sold themselves as radical they were anything but – Buckley & Co were predominately neo-Puritan hypocrites, and the only thing they wanted to conserve was their power-sharing role with liberals. They’d been outsiders through the New Deal era and wanted to regain a place at the table. The diatribe about “standing athwart history yelling STOP!” was pure marketing genius … and absolute rubbish. As time moved along Gresham’s Law took hold; now they “ride the timeline of history yelling ME TOO!”

    I understand why you may link a French essay to make a point but I just can’t read the stuff … it’s always a big steaming sanctimonious cowpie.

    • And never forget that we had an Inside Man at National Review: John Derbyshire.

      Nobody has done more to point me towards Redpill Road. All these things I heard first from Derb: human biodiversity, IQ and the dumb fraction, magic dirt, the cold civil war, goodwhites/badwhites, numbers are of the essence, “Japan is Japan because it’s full of Japanese.” Not to mention the first place I heard of Audacious Epigone, Chateau Heartiste, and the Zman!

      This guy was standing at the Gate secretly letting people through when the other gatekeepers weren’t looking.

      • Absolutely – Derbyshire. Wasn’t an intentional omission but an important one. Thanks for the catch.

        Dissiident’s Law # 317: Any author fired by National Review is on our side.

      • Sorry Babe, but you give him far too much credit. I’m glad he opened the gate for you, but I learned of all you mention totally independent of him – and years before he was depersoned by the Official Right. And despite his supposed understanding of human biodiversity, he keeps pushing for a White/Asian mutual admiration society. I’m glad for him that he loves his wife and family, but they are NOT a model for our society at large.

        • Not to mention that Peter Brimelow of VDare was “inside” before (or at least along with) Derbyshire but was othered years earlier for questioning immigration when he wrote “Alien Nation.” Derb still hewed closer to the official line and, even now – when he’s hosted by Peter – his view of HBD has a large “Verboten” sign re the JQ.

  24. The paradise at the end is a shopping mall full of atomized strangers.

    I recently had a deeply blackpilling experience of this “paradise” when I visited a Wal-Mart in Texas.

    Where does one begin? Morbid obesity. People dressed entirely without dignity. Mexicanization in full view. Obvious illegals everywhere. Huge bags and boxes of processed sugar/carb foods. Fat welfare families. Tasteless tattoos. Race-mixing. Lonely singles of all ages loading up with snacks to take home to their small apartments. Black and Latino rap music going at the same time in the parking lot. People with no savings (or considerable debt) driving home in cars the size of tanks.

    And Wal-Mart itself! The Walton story is presented as an All-American™ one, just a hard-working Arkansas boy getting the riches he deserves through hard work–and by buying cheap products from the third world and annihilating the small shops where the owners actually know the customers. Slapping a folksy southern smile on the demoralizing atomization of our country.

    Verily, if you want to see the Last Men in the flesh, get thee to Wal-Mart.

    • Change ‘in Texas’ to ‘in western New York’ and the same gloomy description holds. This would have been untrue even ten years ago. Throw in the joyless ubiquity of ‘Dollar Generals’ on the outskirts of every crumbling small town hereabouts, as places to black pill if you can’t get to a Wal-Mart.

      • Shop local. Shop Christian. Shop white. Take your money out of the system….

        without white men’s money, it collapses….

      • And some are even worse than others. If you go to the Walmart in Hamburg it’s tolerable, go to the one where I live (farther down the lake shore) and it’s ghastly. Dollar Generals are so ghetto as to be classified as self-contained blight.

    • Hmm. The Walmarts in Southeastern Ohio are generally quite nice. The ones near the Black and Somali neighborhoods in Columbus are intolerable, though.

      Honestly, the obesity and the sloppy dressing don’t even register with me, anymore. Poor people buy the Walmart clothes that are available to them. I remember a long time ago — 20 years? — Walmart stocked sports jackets and dress clothes. You could pick up a servicable jacket, shirt trousers and tie you could wear to a job interview. No more. I don’t know if nobody was buying them and that’s why they stopped carrying them.

      Meanwhile obesity is our national pathology. It’s a pathology of abundance and decadence.

      It affects the upper class somewhat less because of the behaviors Murray details in Coming Apart. The rich still live like Donna Reed while promoting a Maynard Krebs lifestyle to the masses.

    • That’s very interesting, I had the same experience at the Wal-Mart in my city.

      Instead of blacks and Latinos, it’s full of random Indians and Filipinos, Thais, Bangladeshis, burkas, Arabs, etc. The staff of this Wal-Mart are at least 60% Indian. And this is a new thing, there weren’t very many Indians at this store last year.

      Everybody looks so miserable, but most of all uncomfortable. Do you think the Filipinos came to Canada to be surrounded by a bunch of rude Indians and Arabs? The white proles also look uncomfortable. I can’t say they’re awfully dressed, or particularly trashy, but they are lower-middle class at best, I’d say. They also seem to look around and wonder what the hell has happened to their country, and why they’re being served by a snarling sub-con at the cash. But they don’t say it. Massive cognitive dissonance. Something stinks, but nobody wants to say anything.

      The sub-con staff themselves are miserable; they didn’t plan to immigrate to Canada to work for minimum wage at Wal-Mart.

      Anyways, throughout this grisly scene, you hear *BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP* constantly. No matter where you go in the store, you hear *BEEP* from the cash registers. Money, money, money.

      Aliens spending money, giving to ZOG. SHOP LOCAL. SHOP CHRISTIAN. SHOP WHITE.

      • This seems to be a common thing that white people do. They don’t like to talk about massive problems. They will bitch about small things, but go silent about things that should be spoken about.

        I can think of an analogy. When my dad cooks fish, it always stinks up the house. (I think it’s because he’s a bad cook; it never stinks that bad when I cook it). There is always an uncomfortable thought “lingering” in the house afterwards. Everyone knows the house stinks, but nobody says anything out of politeness.

        Think of this; but on a national or global scale. All these foreign aliens flooding into our countries STINKS… but none of the white people say anything.

    • Babe, folks may not remember this, but Wal-Mart did not start out with cheap third world products. They were big and expanding nationwide with their marketing slogans, “look for the union label”, “made in USA”. Somewhere along the line, probably starting with Reagan, but certainly when Clinton finished the NAFTA deal early in his administration, that all changed. Wal-Mart went Global and even anti-American. Not sure what part old man Sam Walton played at that point, but his kids and wife became super rich in the years after Sam Walton died (1992). Last I read, the Walton Family was the richest family at $160B combined wealth. But the point is, Wal-Mart was doing pretty well selling American goods initially. A fitting irony that Wal-Mart—killer of small town America retail—may be taken down by another startup, Amazon—globalist extraordinaire.

  25. The problem that Z describes is how conservatives usually retreat from the moral conservative communities that they really want to demands for mere low taxes and no social services. French is a great example of this.

    I can sympathize with their strategy. If you stand up for a conservative community, you are harshly criticized for being a Nazi. Conservatives hoped that their mere economic demands would allow them to preserve their communities, but the capitalists destroyed what they cherished.

    • Still chafes me that many moronic cuckservatives oppose massive wealth taxes on the billionaires because muh free mawket, muh job creators. However, the tide is turning after Trump’s election. Many ex-conservatives now favor Liewatha style taxes on Bezos and Zuckerfuck.

  26. What’s crazy is that Buckley Conservatism was considered far-Right when he first showed up in the public sphere during Ike’s time. Tells you something about how far back our problems go.

  27. I think you’re traveling to the snowy north this week so have a good trip. I always enjoy your travel writing. If this whole dissident right thing doesn’t work out perhaps you have another career 🙂

  28. There is a feelz part of the libertarian equation that naturally misses the part of human nature that is the social animal. When folks feel part of their society, when they care about the whole, when they feel they are part of their nation… people find supporting its institutions, shared-sacrificing for their people, aiding their own to be deeply gratifying activities. Libertarianism’s fly your freak flag allowances and any bushman can be just as American as you penchant drives home that tone-deafness.

    I would listen to my Silent gen grandmother “Memama” tell stories. Sharing their fish catch from the Gulf with neighbors during the Depression because “they was poor just like us.” Rushing to join the war effort by working in war production. Gathering every bit of metal to “make tanks for our boys.” Giving up their time to help old neighbors Victory garden.

    Memama was a staunch anti-Communist and anti-Socialist her entire life. I dont think it ever occurred to her she was just fine with a healthy dose of socialism as long as it was for her people.

    • I don’t think that counts as socialism. That’s just being a part of a functioning community.

      • @Kentucky
        Exactly right it isn’t socialism because it is done willingly because they want their way of life to continue and they care about their people…

        • I understand the compulsory and voluntary differentiation in your arguments gentlemen. My point was she was happy to give and do without for her people.

          There were other compulsory (and non) factors in her stories. Young men committing suicide after being declared 4F unsuitable for service. She was okay with drafting men for the war effort. Chasing down draft dodgers. State-mandated rationing. Social stigmatization of dissenters. Censorship of the mail and press during the war. For all intents and purposes she was in a socialist system complete with Mao-like social trials. She was fine with that because the nation was made up of her people.

          As the nation changed and looked less and less like her people her she became even more adamantly anti-socialist.

          I probably used bad examples in my first post so I’ve added these others. My final point is to reiterate what I’ve stated before. I’ve come around to the belief that I’m open to (and vehemently reject libertarianism and Communism) a wide variety of social management systems for Our People provided they are good for and serve the interests of Our People.

          I have no interest in taking your stuff for me or having mine taken for you. But I am open to taxation and giving if I am doing for My People.

          Giving up the fruits of my labor for the random, imported from Krapastan, economic unit living in my city burns me to the core.. reading about government funded re-hab clinics being opened in Appalachia is a soothing balm.

          • I have no interest in taking your stuff for me or having mine taken for you. But I am open to taxation and giving if I am doing for My People.
            I am only open to a sales tax and tariffs on exports and imports to support a homogeneous society…I think most on here would be ok with that…

          • Lineman,

            Yessir. Now we are on the same page. I have my own personal preferences for supporting a society for Our People that are similar to yours. We are discussing financing Our People. That’s the ultimate goal. The rest is details to be haggled out. The perfect is the enemy of the good enough. Many of us say we are willing to fight and die for Our People if they can just pull the wool from their ears and prove to us they are worthy of sacrifice. Should they do so, I will not quibble about how many or few shekels that will cost me.

          • Indeed I think now many Americans would support a tariff if it meant supporting a blue collar worker in Buffalo over an America hating drone in Gangzhou

          • Bingo! Now who controls the “framing” narrative? And why don’t they support American businesses?

          • Penitent Man – YES! This! I have tried searching online for some sort of charity that specifically helps White Americans (without spelling it out) – something locally based within the Appalachians or a similar area. My husband wanted to know what I planned to do with all our son’s old (unbroken and some even new but now useless-for-him) prescription glasses. I plan to trash them – I will not have them doled out to the Mestizo or African for free, when my husband worked and we sacrificed financially to ensure our kids had those glasses or braces or whatever. I will gladly donate them to less fortunate members of my community – but my community isn’t the world. It isn’t even my “neighborhood” of Han and Pajeet parasites. It’s my people.

          • 3g4me,

            Ma’am, I can’t give too many details but recently I collected lightly used work attire and through a personal contact and a bugger load of driving on both our parts (I’m a catholic and he’s a Baptist but we could agree on the cause) and were able to shod a full shift of men working a lumber mill in Appalachia. Most had tennis shoes on while doing that dangerous job for min. wage.

            There are ways to help Our People. Not just Appalachia. Help with clubs where Ours gather almost exclusively. Certain sports, 4H, rodeo scene, birding and nature clubs.

            Bear in mind I do not hate other groups as people, but again, love mine best. I expect them to help theirs and Ours to support Us. If largess from charitable actions flows to other peoples, fine, but he lion’s share is for Our needy and supporting us.

          • Infinity up-votes. 4-H is the best! Scouts, Campfire, Pioneers, AMC, (I’m sure their are more.) You can get your kids involved even if you don’t live on acreage.

          • Depends on the location. I was turned down as a 4H leader because I told them that I didn’t think that 4H was mostly white because racism during training (know that first hand) and that I didn’t support racial quotas. I support outreach and letting people decide for themselves. The county leader explicitly told me that local 4h was too white. I appealed, but this is California and the leader was found to not have overstepped the boundaries.

          • Veth,

            Alright. Lesson learned. For now, discretion is our byword. Maybe next time try stealth, and then after you’ve built your cred, silently torpedo that pozzed individual. Take their position. De facto power is a far cry better than de jure. I know it’s hard to keep quiet when you hear injustice or nonsense. Simply use it to fuel your fire and future plans.

          • That’s how all the other leaders had been playing it, and maybe you/they are right. But that method hasn’t stopped the erosion here in Cali. Someone has to take point and give others a chance to step forward, or serve as an example as to how far thing have gone. It might as well be someone who is not that vulnerable, like me.

          • Penitent Man – Bless you for your generosity. I understand loving ours does not automatically mean hating theirs, but it’s turning into that for me. When every name on your church’s Christmas “Angel Tree” is Han or Pajeet or Mestizo, the anger builds. Every time I pay at the grocery store (and that’s too often, because despite my efforts at being better organized I make multiple short trips a week) I grit my teeth because of the picture stuck on every payment slot of the smiling Mexican/Indian kid (not certain which) and the “For OUR Children” propaganda that accompanies it. No, he’s not ours – he’s theirs.

          • 3g4me,

            No ma’am. I wasn’t generous I was fortunate God saw my hands fit to use in some minuscule way. The Baptist missionary is a Lion though you’d never know by looking at him. He was able to go into the region because he has gained the trust of a distrustful and oft-broken people there. The work attire mission opened several other communities that were previously closed to him. That’s God. The Baptist missionary is physically tiny and old but a fearless, towering soldier of His Will.

            Find something, anything to help Our People. It doesn’t have to be charity. There are a lot of Our folks that are hurting. Particularly Our young. Not financially, most. The younger ones have been fed a steady diet of self-hatred and loathing of their race. Find a way to build self-esteem in them. A history group, literature, music… I recall you like to workout I believe.. find out how to get them to the gym and make them healthy. It’ll open an avenue where you can speak with them. You can help our young women do that much easier than I ever could because you are a woman. Im just spitballing here, you are intelligent and can find your thing to be made of service.

            I understand your frustration at the constant charity to foreign folks. We are tribes smashed together unnaturally. Maybe direct your church toward aiding Our youths specifically. There are some real challenges. The messy kind that will really test their faith. Higher rates of suicide among Our young, broken families, opiod abuse… you can tailor it to Our People without even having to say it. I’m far closer geographically to Mexico than Kentucky… I know there is a need in Mexico, but I was directed to get these things to Our People. The whisper, the obedience and then the path was made clear. Instead of 30 miles south the needed gear made it over 2200 miles to My People.

            If some charity goes beyond Our People, fine. Read again where Jesus talks about the scraps given to the dogs… there is enough.

    • There is a world of difference between “voluntary” as part of a community and “mandated” on behalf of one’s rulers. There is a wonderful line from Cromwell to Charles the I in the movie “Cromwell”. “It is simply that the people, being “ordinary”, would rather be asked than told”

      • Voluntary sharing within the community is part of the deal. Lefties, with their devotion to top down redistribution, assume that the government seizing everything, and then passing it out, is the same thing. Likewise, the local community voluntarily taking in a wayward soul, or a family in need, is also part of the deal. Lefties assume that overrunning the borders with illegal economic opportunists is the same thing. Lefties operate as atomized people, and can’t conceive of the community and local shared interests. Everything is top-down with them.

      • I learned a new word lately..
        it’s the opposite of “volunteered”
        it happens when someone else demands you volunteer for something.
        it is “VolunTOLD”
        as in “I was voluntold to work in the soup kitchen”

        • So please help me understand. Most of us here agree we, as white people, are facing an existential crisis of being replaced and reviled in the countries our ancestors built and bequeathed us. Our treacherous ruling class is flooding us with often hostile foreigners, dismantling our history and culture, fomenting aggression from non-whites toward Us while attempting to foster a sense of self-shame in Our children over the very color of their skin. We are to be vilified for the limited days of Our Peoples’ existence.

          And yet we quibble over the exact number of shekels we want to contribute to some imaginary future land where those same children, Our Children, can grow safe, strong and proud of who they are, what they are, and from whom they came to be.

          I guess the answer is we are all for saving Our People… but only if we get away from a graduated income tax, possibly adding a flat tax, shouldn’t be more than a tithe, possibly just sales tax but not booze, cigarettes or my favorite food, and only if the roads are privately maintained with moderate tolls, etc… otherwise I’m out and content to just build a society that is good for My People only in my mind. Screw Em, they were talking about adding a luxury tax on high end cars so… I can’t support that… goodbye white folks… you had a good run.

          Yup. This attitude is the stuff nations are built of, whole peoples are saved, and dreams are made of.

          Our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor… unless I dont agree with the tax brackets.

          I simply can’t wrap my mind around it.

    • She was lacking the coercion, the implied and often overt threat of violence which underpins Socialism.

      Nice try though kid, please play again soon.

      • Bile,

        Yessir, I see your point. I’m trying to break through the conditioning to reject the perfect vs. good ’nuff conundrum. I’m no socialist. But I am willing to accept a bill outside my personal preferential cost if it means Our People survive and thrive. I don’t care about debating the number of angels that’ll fit on the head of a pin whilst civilization burns around me.

        The Scandi up until recently made some socialism beneficial to their people. And threat of coercion and violence are not the sole creatures of socialism. Disproportionate power of any stripe holds those reins.

        I imagine a place for Us wouldn’t need much in the way of socialism or taxation. We’d be free of the white man’s burden and incorporating a culture of high altruism would take care of the rest. Encouraging tribalism among our own should seal the deal.

        I just dont want to place the cart before the horse.

  29. Another rarely spoken problem is that after WWII everything “right” became easily disparaged as de facto Nazism, no matter how far or moderate the “right” happened to be. “Right wing” became a swear word, or an insult.

    That prepared the way for the complete takeover of academia which finally succeeded in the 60s and 70s. Since WWII, educated conservatives just assume they are going to lose because that’s all they have seen and all they know. They talk the talk, but then slink back into their pampered lives and immerse themselves in left-wing pop culture and party hardy.

    Even after Trump succeeded in defeating the political correctness media storm from the SJW fascists, conservatives still haven’t figured out that the SJWs can be defeated. In fact, the Booby would suggest they’re afraid of defeating the SJWs. Sheesh! That would put them at odds with Hollywood, Saturday Night Live, and all the cool kids they partied with at the frat house. They can no longer walk the walk; they are fully decadent now.

    Perhaps they’re partly correct. There’s no going back to God, Mayberry, and apple pie. But educated conservatives have chosen to just enjoy the ‘good life’ and go through the motions as an alternative to forging a new ideology the the working class can embrace, or creating a new rallying cry for those who who reject the social path the far left has forged.

    • Conservatism, Inc. is right to fear us. They know we MEAN it. And we will have zero tolerance for their bullshit.

    • Washington Conservatives grew up in nice suburbs and fully embrace the overall culture, even if they feel it has excesses. They refuse to reject it in favor of a community that they create. It’s not just about the money. They really do seek the approval of the media and Washington/NYC/LA elite.

      Heck, you can even see that with dissidents. You think Charles Murray would reject Washington? He still wants their approval. Even Steve Sailer still attempts to negotiate with the other side, hoping that his ideas will win them over. He wants to be a part of that club.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Vox Day is a weird dude, but he’s right in trying to build a separate world and rejecting the current elite. To his credit, he doesn’t seem to care one whit about the approval of the MSM.

      The establishment’s greatest fear is that we pick up our toys and leave. They need us. They feed off of us financial and emotionally. If we create our own communities, with our own cultural touchstones and outlets, they are in trouble. If we create our own financing mechanisms, they’re utterly screwed.

      And they know it.

      Again, I’ve got a number of issues with Vox Day, but he’s on the right path. Separate from their world and create your own, including cultural platforms and financing. It’s the only way.

      • Amen Brother… Community is where it begins and ends…The only people that truly give a damn about you besides family is those that live in your Community or want your Community to succeed…Is it wrong of me to want a little more pain just enough to get people to start building theirs or moving to somewhere they can…

      • It’s really just a form of power worship. Because if you take even one step back, and look at these people afresh, you see what scumbags they are.

        Perhaps it’s just a survival mechanism to see the Powerful as the Good. Since the powerful ipso facto essentially dictate what’s right and wrong in your society, it sure as hell helps to go along and get along if you instinctively and unconsciously absorb the received values.

        But when you see that the Powerful are not the Good, and in fact can’t even tolerate pretending that they are any more, well, then … you start finding things like the Zblog.

        • Conservatism Inc. as well as Murray and Sailer came up through the system. (Remember, Sailer used to write NR.) It’s very difficult for them to reject the only world that they’ve ever known.

          I suspect that a lot of us around here went to non-elite, but good colleges or just finished high school and work/worked regular jobs. The Washington/NYC/LA elite are as foreign to us as the European or Chinese elite. We’ve lived our lives separate from them so breaking away isn’t hard.

          I’m more than happy having Z-Man, Lineman, The Babe, etc., as the group where I seek to approval. But for Williamson, French and even Murray and Sailer that likely would be a serious step down. They can’t imagine another world.

          • Interesting observation, Citizen. I did go to an elite college, and won various accolades, and got a prestigious job. I wasn’t raised within that milieu, but gained entree through my academic efforts and abilities. And while I found some decent and capable people, I found myself drawn . . . not to the top elite (where I never really fit in) or even the middle class I had grown up amongst, but the blue collar guys. The technicians, the enlisted military, the guys who know how to build and fix things and have basic common sense. They were neither impressed with nor intimidated by my purported IQ – they judged me by different and more important criteria. And while I still need the life of the mind, and reading and thinking, I need a stable community and indoor plumbing and air conditioning, too – and I know one cannot exist without the other.

          • 3g4me, there was a minority of us who worked in the dining halls and student union during our stints at the big-deal ivy wannabe college. We had a whole different outlook on things, and were a tight little group. How each of the rest of the students treated us, in our job interactions with them, ran the gamut. Gave us a lot of insight on our fellow students. Also, an empty seat, at a lunch in the private dining room at our dining hall, turned me from a food server to a seat at the table, for a small private lunch with James Watson, of the Watson and Crick DNA discoveries. A straight shooter and fun loving guy, since de-personed as a race realist.

          • Interesting, 3g4me. I also went to an elite college (and more elite places for grad school(s) and clinical fellowship), yet gravitate – at least in part – toward the same as you.

            A funny (to me) thing was when a good friend (Wellesley grad, diehard HRC supporter) found out I was going to vote for Trump. “But you’re one of us!” I had to gently correct her that I am Deplorable. “No! That doesn’t refer to you! Not at all! You’re smart, you have advanced degrees! It specifically refers to ignorant people from flyover country who cling to their guns, and are against immigration, are homophobic and Islamophobic and, and … oh. Oh!”

            Still good friends, but there definitely have been those who seem to be personally affronted that I’ve very consciously declined to be “one of us”.

          • Derb also used to write for NR before the defenestration. Nevertheless, he’s quite sound, not seeking the approval of institutional conservatives. I don’t often read Sailer but my impression of him is mostly positive.

          • I’m being too harsh on Sailer, whom I deeply respect. Sailer has been out there under his own name for decades, and it cost him. He could have groveled and begged to be let back into the club, but he didn’t, which shows you what kind of man that he is.

            I think that I just get frustrated that Sailer continues trying to debate the other side when it has become clear that the hate us. My hope is that Sailer understands this but keeps on trying, mainly as a way to ferry normies to our side.

          • It’s not easy for secular conservatives who think the other side means well but is misguided to see them as what they are, a deadly enemy

            Hell I’m hip deep in this part of the Right and even i think the logical outcome of that , what is required is shuddersome.

        • IMHO, the people of the Left do not trust ordinary people, and would instead rather throw their support behind big governmental institutions, even seriously flawed ones. Why might that be? Could it be that they know how parts of themselves are rotten to the core, and don’t trust the good parts of their souls to guide them and prevail? Likewise, those in our thing understand that we are fallen people, and darkness inhabits parts of us, but we choose instead to concentrate on the good, and to practice the discipline required to keep the bad at bay. We take responsibility for ourselves and act accordingly. Lefties don’t trust that people are capable of that, and don’t want the personal responsibility for exercising personal discipline. They take the attitude of “I’m OK, but I don’t trust others to be OK”. They are not lying, they have a fundamentally pessimistic view of the human condition, and don’t trust that others are actually capable of doing the right thing. They fear the demons in people’s souls, and don’t connect the dots that elevating certain people into positions of significant power simply brings those demons out writ large, because people without limits around them, and consequences for their actions, tend to act at their worst.

          • I’ve live in the DC area for a long time now. The East Coast whites and, especially, the Jews absolutely do not trust Midwestern whites (whom they see as rubes) and, especially, Southern whites (whom they see as evil).

            They hate you and want you and your people controlled for now and dissolved eventually.

          • Citizen,

            I traveled to New York, Jersey and the D.C. area extensively for business about a decade ago. Several score of trips. If the subject of the South or Southerners came up I was shocked how much bile and stereotyping the Yankees would feel free to regurgitate up with glee. Most had never been south of the M/D Line but whatever…

            I’m from an exclusively long line of Southerners and only by accident of birth (military) am the only one born outside Dixie in California. (“Just because one is born in a stable, it does not make one a horse” – Duke of Wellington).

            Point is, I used to try and persuade said Yankees that most people in the South are good folks and race relations were actually better there than what I experienced in New England, the mid-Atlantic and the West Coast (having been Nat. Guard in the LA riots I’ve seen racial disharmony under the brim of a kevlar helmet).

            As soon as I tried talking some common sense to these Dixiphobes I was immediately met with hostility and distrust.

            So now if the subject comes up I go the other way. Yup scary down there. If ever comes to a break up, probably best to let them go. Those rednecks grow up in the woods weened off their mother’s teeth straight to a gun. You wouldn’t want to fight them… you’ll just end up in a shallow grave in a hollar or a wet bayou grave.

            Dont know if it helps or hurts the cause but it makes me laugh inside.

          • Yeah, it’s stunning how comfortable SWPL whites and Jews feel openly trashing on Southern whites. They’ve obviously never had anyone push back against it, ever.

            As Z says, the elite throughout history have always been shockingly clueless about what’s going on around them, right up to the point that they put in chains.

          • It is partly because white males are the only ‘punching bag’ left anymore. You can openly and actively be racist and bigoted as phuck and nobody blinks an eye.

            I’ve been in rooms full of people making southern redneck jokes with these entitled DC social climbers and I don’t just mean in social settings. Boardrooms! The utter hatred they have for ‘flyover country’ is boundless. It is why we need an immediate separation, but they will never allow it.

            As much as they spit venom none of them ever stops to ponder where their food magically appears from in Whole Foods. And who makes the electricity magically appear to keep the store at the perfect 72 degrees & the lights on. If the ‘morlocks’ went on strike for even 2 weeks the nation would grind to a halt. We need a Paul Atreides / Muad’dib type person to simply get everyone to just stop showing up and start the resistance. I would love to see it in my lifetime because Trump ain’t that guy.

          • Apex,

            I would love to see the rise of Joe Bob Atreides/ Mud’daubber and his Free(good ol’)men as well.

          • Of course President Trump isn’t.

            He runs hotels and casinos. Two weeks of Muad’dib would put his family in the poorhouse

            The President wants to preserve an America where his type of family enterprise can thrive which incidentally means some work on less immigration, avoiding pointless wars , jobs and wages.

            Aka Civic Nationalism

            Still for someone who isn’t a dissident and is a boomer, he’s done well enough

            That said said the redneck situation is quite complex as flyover people and deplorables abound in every state. It’s not unknown to the the Stars and Bars flown in upstate New York or fairly urban parts of California.

            This lack of division pushes society in the direction of exterminatus rather than division. Functionally as y’all have noted Les Deplorables will need their own elite , maybe the guys from Duck Dynasty minus the hair or something and be willing to take control.

            Otherwise the cheek to jowl conditions give you one of those fall aparts where no one can really take charge which is very bad

            IMO long long term, it’s probably moot though. I don’t think modernity can or should be sustained and nature will end up killing it.

            The goal for the longer term, a hundred years and change plan is a living society and short term to mitigate chaos and to make a nation good to have a family and raise kids in.

            Clown world fails and every respect so in order to succeed Jow Bob or whoever will have to be able to do that and to have enough boot to stop the derangement syndrome when the SWPL class now as a redneck boss

          • Dutch, ordinary leftism isn’t about philosophy, it’s about organizing in secret to seize power and goodies for yourself and your chums. The public sector is a big fat sweet easy target for them, because public money never runs out, there’s limitless opportunity to use the force of the state against your enemies, and the organisation can’t be bankrupted no matter how much you abuse it. I accept that philosophy is important. But if we’re to beat the left, we won’t do it by accepting them as honest, loyal opposition and then arguing over the nature of man. We’ll beat leftist organisations by treating them like the crime gangs they are, and then cutting them off from public money. RICO, friendly courts and the balls to use them will be a lot more powerful tool than the editorial or the ballot box.

        • That’s where I split with Murray and Sailer. They think that we’re having a debate when, in fact, we’re having a war. The fact that they can’t see that says something about them.

          • They’re products of their time. Their frame-of-reference was forged in a different era, under entirely different circumstances. (They also seem to understand which side their bread is buttered on.)

          • In their defense, I don’t think the Left is their intended audience for the debates. They are not idiots, and I am sure they know the Left is beyond hope. But by being the only adult in the debate, they hope to win over the fence-sitters / mushy middle / normies. Whether that works, who knows – I guess we will find out a year and some change from now.

      • The Booby has no problem with Vox Day. His book provides a manual on how to protect yourself from SJWs and their attacks, and he’s done everyone a great service in that regard. I doubt Mr. Trump read the book, but he pretty much followed the script outlined by Mr. Day. Trump wasn’t following anyone’s advice. Whether you like Trump or not, he simply has balls and he showed it by not caring the SJWs or the MSM thinks. That’s how you defeat them. Vox Day’s #1 rule: don’t apologize.

        • Yeah, that rule is key. I’ve used it myself. Lefties and cucks simply don’t know how to respond to someone who doesn’t apologize or cower. They’re utterly baffled.

          At some neighborhood gathering, I mentioned that I’d never send my kids to a heavily minority school, especially black. Que the pearl clutching and accusations of my being a racist. I just said that I didn’t care and that you’d be a fool and a horrible parent if you sent your white kid to a heavily black school – which, of course, is why none of you do.

          Don’t apologize. Don’t back down. Within a minute or two, everything died down and it was like it never happened.

      • This whole “separate from their world and create your own” idea is a sound principle, and in realistic terms it is probably the only practical strategy going forward.

        The problem is, at least morally, that it is not “their” world. It is our world; we built it, we created it, everything in it that is of value, we and our kind put there; and they simply stole it all right out from under us. If you “create your own,” what is to prevent them from stealing that one, too?

        When the Jews began arriving in America in large numbers circa 1870s, what they found was an already fully built, fully functioning, advanced, sophisticated, vast and incredibly wealthy civilization which had ALREADY been conceived, created, fought for, sweated for, and painstakingly called into existence by non-Jews. They simply shrugged, declared war against it, and determined to wrest it from its creators through deception and subversion and economic warfare, and have this magnificent place as their own, with its creators as their slaves. And they succeeded. We could with Justice call our entire history “How the West Was Won… And Then Stolen by the Jews.”

        They have done this to every “create your own” juggernaut in the West: Whites created the printing press, the concept of a free press, telephones, radio, recording technology, television, cinema and the Internet, and Jews control them ALL. Whites created modern academic thought processes and the modern university, Jews own them. Whites created Western jurisprudence, Jews rule over us through arbitrary judicial fiat, channeled through a court system which Whites created but which Jews ride as though on a donkey.

        What is it of “your own” which you are going to create, which will not be stolen from you in like manner?

        • Good points. I’ve thought about that myself. I think that there’s really only one way to keep what’s ours.

          See my point about preserving our people. Jews are a people. Gentile whites are a people. We both deserve our own place in the world, our own separate place.

      • I have issues with Vox too but the man even tasted modernity being part of a decently known band and a syndicated columnist for USA today and having been offered, or so he says a few more goodies too.

        Having the cojones to turn all that down requires more character than most have.

    • A lot of that burial didn’t start after WW2 – it started as soon as the US was attacked at Pearl Harbor and war was declared. The pre-war right was in large part against getting involved in yet another war. You see an awful lot of right wingers these days who reflexively say stupid shit like “Chamberlain surrendered to Hitler”. Which is ignorant because they’re completely memory-holing the fact that people in 1938 vividly remembered the slaughter that was WW1. If your 18 year old son was butchered in 1917 – that means you were likely 60 years old or so in 1938. If you had an 18 year old son in 1938 – you were very likely a WW1 veteran.

      Just like the war howlers these days are usually the people who have never paid the price – I’m sure the same thing was likely in effect back then as well. Once WW2 got started all sorts of pre-war groups got wiped out. The American Nazi party was neatly closed down and memory holed. The conservatives who said we should stay out of the war – have been called “isolationists” ever since. FDR’s decision to turn away ships full of Jewish refugees was memory holed up until recent years – probably because until recently the left has not been attacking itself.

      Point here is – the end of the war didn’t begin the disparaging – it only solidified it – because the US ostensibly “won” the war.

      It would have likely been next to impossible to make any conservative arguments against being in the war after that victory – and after things like the Cold War fully took hold.

      There were conservative voices against the implementation of Social Security in the 30’s as well. But everybody has been semi-successfully feeding from that trough ever since then. So the success of all those anti-Social Security voices won’t likely come until the thing starts to collapse – which is now generations removed from those original arguments in the 1930s.

    • I got a taste of your observations yesterday when I heard that Ginger Baker died. So I listened to Jack Bruce sing and watched Ginger play the drums for a few hours, thinking about their musical genius when all I seem to listen to today is classical music, classic country, and John Berry soundtracks.

      • RIP Ginger and Jack

        a song about politicians c.1968

        Hey now baby, get into my big black car
        I wanna just show you what my politics are.
        I’m a political man and I practice what I preach
        So don’t deny me baby, not while you’re in my reach.

        I support the left, tho’ I’m leanin’, leanin’ to the right
        But I’m just not there when it’s coming to a fight.
        Hey now baby, get into my big black car
        I wanna just show you what my politics are.

        PS Play it FUCKING LOUD.
        that is all.

        • Ginger got really pissed whenever anyone said Cream was Rock, or Heavy Metal, insisting that he and Jack were Jazz and Eric was the Blues.

          Thanks for the lyrics.

  30. The first principle of conservatism should be the conservation of your people. Once conservatism accepted the tenets of the Cult of Equality, there was no place left for it to go than marketism. That was the only way for it to distinguish itself from the left.

    The Left looks to mold its human clay via government and regulations. The Right seeks to mold its human clay via the market and incentives. Both reject our humanity, and both will fail because of that.

    • The hard truth is that blood and soil conservatism is the only real conservatism. The only one that conserves.

      Anything else is just dancing around the truth in order to stay inside the Kosherton Window.

        • The Japanese are a bit like the Amish. They reject market changes that they believe will destroy the traditions of their people. American businesses and politicians are always baffled that the Japanese will not allow changes in their economy that should increase efficiency because to Americans, market efficiency is one of our gods.

          The business of America is business.

          The business of Japan is the Japanese.

          • I haven’t been to Japan since ’93,
            but when I was there I stayed in the suburbs w/ friends, and went to the local supermarket to check out prices.
            I had heard that the Japanese gov’t had policies to keep fruit & vegetable prices high, as a way of subsidizing small farmers. We also went to a small farm stand to buy strawberries .. $10 a pint. In the supermarket, cantaloupe was $30, Hershey Bars were $6 (compared to $1.50 in the US at the time).
            Apparently the local Japanese thought this was fine.

          • The problem is that Japanese policies only work for the Japanese, period. You cannot ape their policies and expect it to work anywhere else.

            Japanese joke that Japan is the only country where socialism worked

          • The business of the Japanese is self destruction and degenerate porn, my guy. They have massively sub replacement birthrates, a generation of young people that have ceased dating or having sex, old people dying alone with no community and being discovered months later, and massive succide epidemic. What sexual energy they still have is piped into robots and the most disgusting outlandish porn that they sell to the rest of the world. You are nuts if you think Japan should be anywhere near our model, it among the saddest and most dysfunctional societies on earth. And one with no future based on their people’s own preferences. Say what you want about Lagos, their people still mate and have a future as a people.

          • Japan has 120 million people mostly crammed into cities on a small island. Any animal a cut off from its nature will get sick and die back . Mankind is no exception.

            High tech life , high tech unnatural cities and modernity are profoundly anti human and cannot be sustained

            We need roots and nature and modernity with its gulag
            shopping mall virtual life is opposed in every way to this,

            There are no society wide sources of cheap capital, “one weird tricks” or anything else than can stop nature from taking its course though. nature always wins

            Rootless, faithless modernity is societal death.

            The real trick is to make the collapse as painless as possible and to preserve our cultures not to fight a tidal wave,

          • Normies don’t do fatalism. They do not seek, nor desire, nor support, a “collapse”. Modernity was the creation of humankind. Progress is our destiny. I thank my lucky stars that normies remain strong against those who desire a complete overturning of society in the hopes that, from the ashes, something “better” is developed.

          • Well, the US hardly has a future, either, unless you count a giant, brown-sludge super-ghetto as a future.

      • Politics is downstream from culture. Culture is downstream from biology. Biology springs from the people.

        You can’t conserve your culture or your politics if you don’t conserve your people. Conservatism begins and ends with the people.

    • Top notch, Citizen. So many insightful comments today! That’s why this blog is home for me. I’ll share a bunker (or re-education camp!) with all of you any time.

      • Dittos for me, 3g. The Ayatollah! A feast for thought. As for me, much more fun listening to you guys playing with ideas than it is Johnny Ballgame playing with his sportsball.

  31. My father worked as an electrical engineer at a natural gas company for over 30 years. He use to tell me stories of how the guys at local compressor stations would pull out the company’s heavy equipment to clear and bulldoze for local communities and towns any time they needed to build a little league ball-field, a new church or a park.

    The company freely allowed this and understood they had to be a part of the community to earn the trust and goodwill of the locals – especially land owners. There was no concern of lawsuits or liabilities. Regulations also put a checked on unfettered greed so the gas company would provided an affordable service while retaining a steady, reliable profit. A standard stock for mutual funds. All of that changed after Reagan/Bush, both of whom my father strongly supported at the time, but if you ask him about them now, he will demur.

    • “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” –L.P. Hartley. You can get away with that in a cohesive community. And before the financialization of the economy under Reagan/Bush.

      • Saint Reagan’s sins were many. No fault divorce, Mulford Act, Hughes Amendment, 1986 Amnesty, Asset forfeiture, funding Osama Bin Laden etc….

          • Social Security was going broke; instead of pushing it off the cliff, Reagan raised SS contributions from 2% to 7%.
            A regressive tax, that can’t be avoided.

  32. One of KDW’s latest columns was on how horrid the Left is in censoring stuff and it’s a return to the scolds of the 80’s, like Tipper Gore. Somehow, wanting to have music properly labeled for explicit content is immoral. Of course, the Instapundit groupies were cheering along, except for blasting KDW for his previous writings.

    The inability to tie a degenerating society to not being able to enforce standards is fascinating. They would not expect to run a marathon without training. Yet, they expect a decent, functioning society without enforcing standards.

    • Multiculturalism implies multiple standards. When people in a society have different standards that is a caste system. The targeting of Christianity isn’t necessarily to destroy it but to create room for polytheism which is necessary in any caste system.

      What makes our situation unique is that it’s an inverted caste system. The most productive and intelligent are assigned the lowest caste while compelled to maintain and take responsibility for the whole edifice. Our Untouchables are the people the rest of the world does everything they can to be closer to and look more like. Maybe it would be more accurate to call ours the Unthinkables.

    • Well said, Chris. And your equivalency is a good one – most people wouldn’t expect to host any sort of function or meeting or competition without prep work and anticipating problems and preparing for complications, yet they believe that all humans (not merely White Europeans, but all sub-species of homo sapiens) will somehow intuitively hew to basic decency and the moral standards necessary for functional society without any carrots or sticks – indeed, without any rules at all. Madness.

  33. “That’s why Buckley conservatism has failed. It is a primal call for a war of all against all, where atomized bugmen jostle to maximize their utility in the market. To consume product is the end point of existence. It is a crude and vulgar existence that celebrates man’s worst instincts at the expense of his nobler aspirations. What is on offer from so-called conservatives is a different type of hell than what is on offer from their partners on the Left, but it is still the same Progressive sandwich.”

    This gem should be memorized and used as a preface whenever one has to deal with Conservative Inc.

    It should especially be put into use when a progressive accuses you of being conservative.

    • “If one were to summarize why Buckley-style conservatism failed, the clearest answer is that it stopped being conservative.”

      No. It remained conservative, just not a brand that some on the right would support. In other words, the needle was not moved far enough by that group.

      “The Buckleyites wanted a create a political movement that could compete with Progressives. In order to do that it meant winning elections and that meant providing a practical platform for governance. As a result, Buckley conservatism was always a compromise.”

      No, it was choice for people to make based on whether his/her principles aligned to that overall ideology.

      “This lack of ideological moorings, however, led it to drift away from conservatism toward something that is better described as marketism.”

      And now we have the false premise laid out.

      “Respect for hierarchy, for example, is not just an observation of man’s natural state, but an acceptance of the fundamental nature of human society.”

      And who creates this hierarchy? Flawed men who believe they are flawless compared to those they deem unworthy. In other words, these observations are driven by confirmation bias, which leads to an artificial ranking of who is and who is not “x” or “y”.

  34. The only good part of the California sports proposal is that it further wounds the gross beast that is sportsball.
    Middle aged men need to see the pain of withdrawal when opioids like sports are torn away from them.
    The next step is for young men to get their porn and games taken away.
    Once wokeness infests every bit of their lives they will realize they are caged animals who only can look forward to being poked with sticks.
    If they still do nothing. We deserve extinction.

    • Several friends of mine now hate-watch sports. They can’t stop, they know nothing else to do with their time, but it’s misery for them. 30+ years of indoctrination and mainlining “Eagles Nation” or “Yankee Nation” into their veins. They know the drug is toxic, they cannot stand the players or the product or its presentation, but they still do it anyway. Quite simply, these bugmen are faced with a choice every weekend: stare into the abyss of middle-age (some of them without children) and their rapidly approaching senescence and death, or escape into watching wannabe-rap artists and criminals twerk on and assault each other while wearing purple pajamas for eight hours. What a choice.

      In fact, I’m preparing to hear one of them spend a few hours at work today bitching and moaning about how horrible his Sunday was because of the NFL. I have to sit and listen to this beaten dog whimper, because if I say one word, he’ll snap at me. Not, of course, the people doing it to him. He still gives them his money.

      I’m giving him another 6-8 months to snap to, or I’m abandoning him to what’s coming. I still hold out some hope, but it’s fading. I think extinction is the path they have chosen. They are holding on to the world they used to have — of which the NFL is a faint reminder — rather than face up to the one that’s coming. They’ll die wearing their Packers jersey from 1998.

      As a Gen Xer I am quite worried that I’ll be lumped in with the rest of my cohort down the line, when I’m not of their tribe, at all. I lived through their rancid, corrosive cynicism in my 20s as a columnist for various small on-line outlets — and in my personal life — and regard them (collectively) as a net drain on what’s left of this country. The cynicism is superficial — it’s not built on any knowledge, but on a facile rejection of anything of worth or value or nobility. I don’t think they will be of much utility once their sports opioids are taken away. With exceptions — like myself! like myself! — they should not be counted upon.

      • Excellent post and observations Ayatollah.

        You said he snaps if you say a word. Does this fellow have any interests or things he’s good at?

        Maybe you can encourage he use the weekend to do those things. Pick up guitar. Hike. Read a damn book.

        If he wishes to remain angry and blind… I guess you will have done all you could to help him.

        • Good suggestion. I’ve tried. Boss’ interests include drinking, computer games, defending Israel, telling a guy who spent six years teaching ancient philosophy and American foreign policy (two different degrees, but I was capable of it) he’s a moron, and these days, total confusion as to what’s happened to his beloved Drudge Report.

          I wish he could be saved, but it’s not going to happen until it’s too late. By that time, I’ll be long gone and hard to find.

      • Top notch comment, Ayatollah. One line in particular perfectly fits a couple of my husband’s high school friends (not my husband – he’s not that far gone!) – they will, indeed, “die wearing their sportsball jersey from 1998.”

      • I broke the fantasy-football-level sportsball addiction a few years back, distressing waste of time when seen from my rear-view mirror. Between Ayatollah & Chet there are painful truths to confront – we let ourselves get awfully soft on ball, vidya & other nonsense. Huxley-style hyperreality complete with a dozen different ways to soma is hard to resist. Changing up your habits is highly recommended but keep it low profile so as not to trigger red-flag-happy normies who think you’ve joined a cult because your “interests have changed.”

      • “Several friends of mine now hate-watch sports. They can’t stop, they know nothing else to do with their time, but it’s misery for them. 30+ years of indoctrination and mainlining “Eagles Nation” or “Yankee Nation” into their veins.”

        Somehow this appears to be an over reach, as if these sports fans suddenly became “woke” and are wondering why they spent decades on sportsball. I surmise that they are lamenting about certain aspects of the professional leagues, but they remain a dedicated fan, and you are upset that they are not seeing things they way they ought to.

        “I’m giving him another 6-8 months to snap to, or I’m abandoning him to what’s coming.”

        I would leave them now. They are not going to change. Why should they with your incessant virtue signaling?

        “I still hold out some hope, but it’s fading. I think extinction is the path they have chosen.”

        More over reach on your part. It’s not “extinction”, it’s preservation of what they enjoy doing, and it’s something you personally disapprove of like a school marm.

        ” I don’t think they will be of much utility once their sports opioids are taken away.”

        LOL, just because they watch the NFL and cheer for their favorite squad? Wow, just wow.

    • Imagine if all the sports stadiums blew up tomorrow. Millions (billions?) of men would have to snap out of their stupor and take stock of where things really stand.

      There’s a terrific WoTW video about how tribal instincts are catastrophically mischanneled into sport. I think it’s seeing this video that killed off my sports-love once and for all.

      • Great video. They have indeed become feeble-minded and infantilized, and cannot recognize what is being taken from them. They are gelded.

        I watched baseball for 20+ years and played it until I was in my mid-30s. I now no longer even know when the season ends. I am disgusted at the behavior of people around me, who live all week long for Sunday, and then throw it away on booze, food, and social media commenting during the games. They are utterly, utterly useless. They will die off rapidly without their sports. To say that these things occupy their minds 50% of the time is probably an understatement. And most are probably mentally lost forever; they don’t have the capacity or flexibility to ever shift their energies into something more productive or fulfilling.

        As Nietzsche said, the ancient Greeks knew there were many more slaves than we know. But some of us do.

        • Compared to what again? Focusing on politics? That is the definition of something that it is not healthy to focus on because it is something you exert zero control over. In fact, it is absolutely toxic to your soul on top of being useless and futile.

          I don’t have an interest either way, but if I have to chose between neighbors watching mostly harmless if stupid sports and those making politics into their gay and fake religion, I will take sports all day every day. God forbid people gain some joy and kinship in something in this short, bizarre journey we call life.

          • There are things I can control. Like moving out to the country, keeping my family together, having lots of whuh-ite kids, going to church, teaching them values that are now countercultural. That’s what I do. The rest of it, politics, is by definition outside my control and therefore not worth contemplating. Honestly based on his most recent podcasts, zman sounds the same way. Political theory and ideas with some history, yeah, but no current events, news and trump.

        • They come at us light speed. Moments. Moment to moment. What to pay attention to, what to ignore? Critical decisions we have to make every moment, unless we escape through addiction, alcohol, or have an obsession. Choose wisely.

      • “Imagine if all the sports stadiums blew up tomorrow. Millions (billions?) of men would have to snap out of their stupor and take stock of where things really stand.”

        LOL, no. There is no “stupor”. It’s men being men. What’s so wrong with that?

    • When I was a kid in school – derision and social pressure were very powerful forces – to ensure compliance on at least some level with the group. I discovered that participating in sports was at least one way to get acceptance and up my social standing. A lot of the guys I knew in high school – who actually PLAYED in one sport or another – are not the ones who have spend the intervening decades sitting on a couch WATCHING sports.

      I suppose the ranks of football fans contain an awful lot of ex-high school athletes who basically hit their peak at 18 and never rose much above that. But I think there’s an awful lot of people in there who fell into football fan-dom because it was way into becoming one of the crowd, meeting women, – etc.

      My ex- manager was one of these people. His life revolved around watching sports, sitting in his hot tub, and mowing his lawn. When him and some of the other managers who enjoyed similar lifestyle choices tried to “connect” with me by inviting me to Sunday afternoon get togethers to watch football – I’d casually reject them by telling them stuff like ” sorry I have 4 yards of concrete I need to get poured on Sunday” or “I’ve got to replace the front suspension on the truck on Sunday” – or – “I’ve got get the tractor out and install some drainage pipe” – or – “I need to replace the water heater”…… etc.

      It didn’t take long before they stopped asking. I think they got the point:

      “you guys sit around watching games on TV – I have actual things to get done and just don’t have the time for that shit”

      I think one of the keys here is to just reject the sportsball watching lifestyle. Don’t watch the games. Don’t wear the team jerseys. Don’t buy the overpriced sneakers. Don’t spend your hard earned money on actually going to the games. It probably wouldn’t take much to collapse the whole sportsball thing – by just inserting derision and social pressure into the mix. Especially if it came from men at a certain level – making a very conspicuous display of just rejecting the whole thing.

      Sportsball watchers are herd animals. They think they’re trying to fit int.

      Make it so they don’t.

      • For the less industrious the strategy is similar; no thanks but Im waterskiing, bicycling, running, combat sports, etc this sunday. Hate to miss all the fun of watching TV though. Really.

    • I’m going to dissent. In the town where I grew up kids played sports. Mostly Little League Baseball and Pop Warner Football for boys. They still shut down traffic once a year for the Little League parade. In my sister’s ‘hood all the guys go one particular neighbor’s “man cave” to watch the Pats and bond for a couple of hours during Sunday day games. I view this as community building. I think it’s great.

      • I’m not going to disagree that having CHILDREN play sports isn’t something that can bind a community together.

        But MEN used to do things like attend militia training once a month – and show up to help their neighbors build barns. That is what used to pass for “community building”.

        When you’re watching a game – you’re WATCHING a bunch of guys play a game . And those men you’re watching – are in large part these days completely against your community.

        Watching negro populated sportsball is not the same as cheering on your child’s Little League team.

        • “When you’re watching a game – you’re WATCHING a bunch of guys play a game . And those men you’re watching – are in large part these days completely against your community.”

          Actually, they are a MAINSTAY in that community by way of their direct involvement in church activities and philanthropic endeavors.
          You really do not know what you are talking about.

      • All things in moderation. I still get together with family and friends a few times a year to watch sports ball and attend a game or two. However, I have moved beyond the weekend ritual, and honestly, if it wasn’t a means to connect with my “tribe,” I would watch little or no sports ball.

    • If anyone deserves extinction, it’s people who say “we deserve extinction”. Why spread toxic memes?

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