Paradoxes

It is impossible to assess your age, at least in the context of prior ages, as you have perspective on those prior ages that you lack for your own age. There’s also the fact that you can’t really remember how something felt. You can remember that some event caused you pain or made you happy, but you cannot recall the feeling. It is why we have the expression, “Time heals all wounds.” Still, one cannot help but sense that this age is peculiar and paradoxical compared to prior ages.

We seem to be at the great confluence of several historical cycles. One cycle coming to an end is the story of the American empire, which itself is the final chapters of the the Anglosphere and the Industrial Revolution. Another is the closing of the post-Cold War interregnum. We’re also in the final stages of the Enlightenment. Of course, we are at the dawn of the demographic age. There are probably other historical cycles ending and beginning, but those are the obvious ones.

As a result, we live in a time of glaring contradictions. Just as physics seems to have hit a dead end, our own story seems to have reached a point where it seems impossible to resolve the contradictions while maintaining the old beliefs. The only thing everyone can agree upon is the present order is not working. That in itself is a paradox, because for most of our history, great material excess was the goal. Just as we have reached that point, everyone is unhappy with the result.

Of course, it is possible that people in prior ages had the same sense, which is what drove them to alter their trajectory. The great social and political movements that came into being in the 19th century did not spring from nothing. Industrialization and urbanization failed to live up to their promise. The bloody resolutions to those social conflicts in the 20th century got us to this point, so maybe this is just the natural cycle of human history. We resolve one conflict in order to confront another.

Still, it does feel like we are living in an age in which all of the old truths we have always accepted are being disproved. A third of the country is out of work, which we were told was an untenable condition, but no one seems to notice. Revolutions from the top were supposed to be a clever turn of phrase, not a real thing. Yet, here we are living through a revolt of the ruling class against the majority population. The weirdness of this age is something that cannot be dismissed.

That is the value of thinking about paradoxes. They cause you to reassess your thinking and reconsider old assumptions. The great test of any theory is reality. This is why libertarianism is nonsense. It exists only in theory and only in isolation. The defenders of the status quo have to deal with the fact that in many cases, the reality of liberal democracy has fallen short of what was promised. In some cases, the important ones, we seem to be getting the opposite of what was promised.

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This Week’s Show

Contents

  • 00:00: Opening
  • 02:00: The Value Of Paradoxes
  • 12:00: The Paradox Of Democracy
  • 27:00: The Paradox Of Markets
  • 42:00: The Paradox of Modernity
  • 57:00: Closing

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Hamsumnutter
Hamsumnutter
20 days ago

is it paradoxical that every time I hear that closing music my mind automatically goes strait to Foghats Fool For The City . nyc born and bred…. have a good weekend Zman

Doug
Doug
20 days ago

Speaking of historical cycles, here’s a (sideways) discussion by Paglia and Peterson that touches on this. I found it very interesting. I know most of you hate Peterson, but it’s still worth the time. I like the way Paglia tempers his thoughts and words in this case.
https://youtu.be/v-hIVnmUdXM

Marko
Marko
Reply to  Doug
20 days ago

“Hate” is probably inaccurate, “ridicule” is more apt. Peterson is a sophist from a bygone era (2016-17). As he got more well-known he got more unhinged. But he inadvertently helped some people find this side of the great divide.

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Member
Reply to  Doug
20 days ago

I think he’s good; he is a step in the right direction for people that are otherwise hopelessly lost.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Glenfilthie
20 days ago

As long as people don’t get stuck on his “Rules for Life.” which are nonsense better suited to mental cases and they move in our direction he has some value.
Peterson though has worked rather closely with the UN which makes me suspect he is like Ben Shapiro, meant to keep people away from Our Thing and serves as controlled opposition.

Wolf Barney
Wolf Barney
Reply to  Doug
20 days ago

I doubt if most of us here think about Jordan Peterson at all these days. A couple of years ago, opinions were probably mixed. He did some good things, such as his advocating for James Damore, standing up to SJW nonsense, etc. Then out of the blue, he came out promoting Lewontin’s Fallacy regarding race, blocking Faith Goldy from a free speech forum, etc. I’ve always thought those involved with publishing his 12 Rules book made him disavow some of the white nationalist views since he was somewhat popular with them prior to that.

Screwtape
Screwtape
20 days ago

In the Demographic Age, we are not going to “vote our way out of this”. Yet many on our side of the divide hold that a vote for “the lesser of two evils” or Trump is the best we have at the moment or even he will “drive the left nuts for four more years” is still a valid rationale for pulling err mailing the lever. Others hold that an impotent vote gives TPTB power of knowing they control us; validates an illegitimate process of an illegitimate government. Similarly, the straightest line between the present and “A future for our… Read more »

Juri
Juri
Reply to  Screwtape
20 days ago

This problem was 100 years ago in Russian Empire too. Nobody supported rotten degenerate elite.Those nosupporters did not understood that this rotten filth was the only defense line against full communism, so we ended up with 73 years of madness and tens of millions dead. GOP is crap but what else you have against commies ? Dumb belief like we had 100 years ago, that commies are our college students, journos, intellectuals and so on, so at the end of the day they are still our people and can`t be very bad.

Member
Reply to  Juri
20 days ago

This was always the impression I got of the Russian Revolution. It was a time of almost universal demoralization. No one believed much of anything anymore. Then along came these guys who did believe, and very much so. The Bolsheviks’ fanaticism allowed them to triumph over far larger factions that had succumbed to apathy and despair. This is why I still support Trump and the GOP. I don’t think many, even here, see that the alternative is not really Biden or even whatever Strong Black Wammen they pick as VP when he has that last stroke. The alternative is very… Read more »

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Juri
20 days ago

When one party is demonic and the other is diabolical, the people must perform an exorcism.

b123
b123
Reply to  Screwtape
20 days ago

See my blackpilled comment below. Canadian whites are so cucked that I hear 10x more complaints about immigrants, FROM immigrants! Almost 100% of white Canadians will not talk about the situation.

One bad racist party wanted to reduce immigration from 350,000 per year to 250,000 per year. They got 2% of the vote.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  Screwtape
20 days ago

I agree that we can’t vote our way out of this. I am undecided about whether to vote for President because my vote may be interpreted as that I support the system. Nonetheless, here are some recent Trump actions about immigration and demographics.

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era housing rule (This Obama rule designated the county I lived in as in need of diversity)
https://americandigest.com/trump-rolls-back-rule/

Trump Bans Counting Illegal Immigrants in Congressional Reapportionment
https://www.newsmax.com/us/trump-immigration-reapportionment/2020/07/21/id/978262

186,700 illegal immigrants from 130 nations stopped by Trump’s coronavirus border closure
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/186-700-illegal-immigrants-from-130-nations-stopped-by-trumps-covid-border-closure

No other administration would do this and it buys us time.

T. Morris
T. Morris
Reply to  LineInTheSand
20 days ago

Unless you live in a legitimate swing state, what the hell difference will it make if you pull the lever for … whoever the hell you pull the lever for?

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, why does it concern you whether anyone thinks of your potential vote for Trump (or for the tooth fairy, for that matter) as “supporting the system,” or actively trying to destroy the system, or whatever?

You have to resolve all of this in your own heart and in your own mind. To hell with what anyone else thinks.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
Reply to  T. Morris
20 days ago

The left keep winning because they work hard and organize to get what they want. The right only votes and, when the vote doesn’t turn out the way they want, go sulk and decide to not even vote anymore. They won’t get off their asses and try to pull an active party together. The right will continue to lose until they match the left in dedication and organization.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Lorenzo
19 days ago

There’s certainly some truth in that. It’s difficult to match the AWRs when it comes to fanaticism.

Royaliste
Royaliste
Reply to  Lorenzo
18 days ago

Hear! Hear!

Forever Templar
Forever Templar
20 days ago

Regarding Cold War-era Soviet entertainment, are there any old shortwave radio listeners here? Soviet and Chinese jamming stations were sometimes fun to listen to. Numbers stations were sometimes a hoot as well.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Forever Templar
20 days ago

During my tenure in West Germany (mid-80s), I recall listening on a buddy’s radio, sometimes it was numbers in German. Another time it was Voice of America. The English transmission was OK, but then it said something like “Our next transmission will be in Polish” and the jamming was immediate 😀

Juri
Juri
Reply to  Forever Templar
20 days ago

MeToo…on the other side of Iron Curtain. Inside the Soviet Union they used only so called “white noise”. Once they used music or voice but people quickly learned that when some music comes from unknown source, then interesting channel is nearby. Jammers were very powerful and easy to find So actually this jamming helped people to find otherwise weak and hard to find foreign signal

Glenfilthie
Glenfilthie
Member
20 days ago

Ya know, Z, you started this one and I was expecting a complete dog of a show… but this is right up there with some of your best. Well done – and have a great weekend. 😊👍

Yves Vannes
Yves Vannes
Member
20 days ago

All our conflicts are aimed internally. There is no Germany vs France, North vs South, Protestant vs Catholic, Christians vs Moslems, Western Empires vs Eastern Empires. We have neighbor vs neighbor, neighborhood vs neighborhood, brother vs brother, city vs countryside, Western native vs foreign usurper, builders vs destroyers, nuSacred vs oldSacred, demos vs democracy, men vs women, generation vs generation…and these internal conflicts are ubiquitous throughout the civilization. The rot is internal and fundamental. The natural order of a system being in the service of a ethnic community of people is now a people upended in the service of a… Read more »

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Yves Vannes
20 days ago

Brilliant post, Ivan. (And I love your parenthetic conclusion.) The only thing I would add is that secession of some sort is the ONLY solution. Ultimately we must break away from the crumbling facade of what formerly was our nation. If we don’t, we get buried in the rubble.

Felix Krull
Member
Reply to  Yves Vannes
20 days ago

That was a Tim Leary reference? I thought it was Kai Murros:

https://www.bitchute.com/video/BJdosLhjmdhK/

Yves Vannes
Yves Vannes
Member
Reply to  Felix Krull
20 days ago

TL was playing the hippie pied piper around the time KM was born.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPSzTBP5PAU

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Yves Vannes
20 days ago

Yep, the real hate is now directed inward. I remember a few years back, I was talking with an older guy who actually thought the Russians were a threat. I laughed and said, “What’s more likely to happen, the Russians taking over your neighborhood or Mexican immigrants?” All sides are beginning to no longer accept the authority of the other. White progressives and POC don’t view Trump as legitimate or as “their” president. The NFL players kneeling are idiots, but their sentiment – “This isn’t my country” – is starting to be felt by more and more people. Just wait… Read more »

Felix Krull
Member
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
20 days ago

“What’s more likely to happen, the Russians taking over your neighborhood or Mexican immigrants?”

Or as Queen Ann said, “if you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go to Syria. If you don’t want to be killed by a Mexican, there’s nothing I can tell you.”

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
20 days ago

You know, Citizen, in a non-academic sense that’s an important question – just how much will humiliation and ruination will Whites quietly accept? I used to think at some point most would revolt, but I no longer believe that. When White grandmothers celebrate their mulatto grandchildren and White mothers encourage the disparaging and drugging of their own sons, there really is no way to quantify the depth of the depravity. Not with a bang, but a whimper.

Rich
Member
Reply to  3g4me
20 days ago

Too many are frogs in the pot.

b123
b123
Reply to  3g4me
20 days ago

That’s a good question. Not to blackpill, but if it’s anything like Canada, the answer is that there will be no pushback. Whites are getting the squeeze in Canada. While Toronto has been enriched for a while, the smaller cities in Ontario were pretty white. In the past 5 years, they’ve spread out to every place that isn’t a total shit hole. White flight is basically no longer an option since the new subdivisions are 90%+ non-whites moving in. Whites respond with even more cucking. More immigration! Young whites rally to progressive causes despite being priced out of the housing… Read more »

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  b123
20 days ago

Agree that it’s grim. Heck, look at South Africa. But I am seeing more and more green shoots out there. Many Whites are sensing that something isn’t right, that they’re not getting the deal they were promised.

We’ll see.

b123
b123
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
20 days ago

Indeed we will see, there’s nothing much else we can do but wait and see. Redpill here and there.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  3g4me
20 days ago

Sadly, I suspect that a very large portion of Whites – certainly the majority – will do nothing or even embrace their enslavement/disappearance.

My completely baseless guess is that if we ever do pull together and push back, it’ll be ~20% of Whites. That means that even if we’re lucky, almost all of use will lose in some form or another the vast majority of our family and friends. If we’re unlucky, we’ll be forced to move and lose all of them.

Some Guy
Some Guy
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
19 days ago

Whites aren’t going to fight back because it’s easier to zonk out on Netflix and grill instead. We’re too comfortable as a people so we’re never going to do anything.

Lanky
Lanky
Reply to  3g4me
20 days ago

First with a bang, then with a whimper. Especially in matters of race mixing.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
20 days ago

The Left forgets that when they try to illegitimize the current president, future presidents will easily be illegitimized by many people as well. They forget that when they support violence in the name of some public good, that they will get perpetual cycles of violence. When they seek to eliminate policing and discipline, that the lack of police and lack of discipline will not be remediated when the Left returns to power. Incivility cannot be turned on and off with a switch. Create a hostile, incivil environment, and that is exactly what everyone will get, for a long time.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Dutch
20 days ago

They’re all in. They take over and seal off the exits or they’re finished, and they know it. So they’re fighting with desperation.

The fact that it’s still a contest tells you how small a minority they are, and that’s what pisses me off about the situation. They have no right to pull this off. They can’t be allowed to pull it off.

Vizzini
Vizzini
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
20 days ago

Conservative Inc. is currently trying to rile people up over the treatment of Uighurs in China. Not getting much traction pointing out that the problems of an alien people a world away are meaningless to us in light of the problems we have right here.

Member
Reply to  Yves Vannes
20 days ago

I’ll mail in my 6 upvotes for this comment too.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
20 days ago

I love the trash Spotify is pushing on its Friday release playlist.

They honestly think people want to listen to pop songs about BLM, bugsnax, and man on man.

Clown World, I hate you.

Joey Jünger
Joey Jünger
20 days ago

Anthony McDaniels has an interesting piece out about how some small island population of aboriginals managed to get ownership of some commodity on their island that colonial powers had been exporting for a long time. Pretty quickly you had type two diabetes and all kinds of other pathologies sprouting up among these once-noble savages. It’s sort of the “prisoner of one’s pleasures” problem of a man who works hard and then tells himself he’s going to have fun holding up in his mansion, and then slowly goes insane. Although I think a case-in-point like post-psychotic break Howard Hughes had more… Read more »

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Joey Jünger
20 days ago

I know we (UK) had some phosphate exporting company at some point that was handed over to islanders… Was that the one?

KGB
KGB
Reply to  OrangeFrog
20 days ago

Back in my college days I had a friend who was taking a geography course. One day there was a sizable earthquake in Azerbaijan. The professor was talking about the difficulties that Azerbaijanies would be facing in its wake when a guy in the class piped up, “I think you mean, “Aboriginies”.

Friday Funny
Friday Funny
Reply to  KGB
20 days ago

A friend tells me he took a low-level psych course with a famous vibrant college and subsequent professional basketball player. The course professor posed a hypothetical question with follow ups: would any student in class murder somebody for money and, if so, for how much and where would you flee to afterwards? The only student who raised his hand was the vibrant. Queried for how much, he said “$10,000.” Asked where he would flee, our star basketball player replied, “I would leave the United States.” Where specifically outside the US would he choose to go? “Sheeet, that easy. I gonna… Read more »

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  OrangeFrog
20 days ago

OrangeFrog said: “I know we (UK) had some phosphate exporting company at some point that was handed over to islanders… Was that the one?”

I think that’s it. I read that artical a while back. Once the islanders had all that money they began to eat and drink themselves to death.

Ben the Layabout
Ben the Layabout
Reply to  Joey Jünger
20 days ago

Nauru is a textbook case of cupidity killing the goose that laid the golden egg (or bird shit in Nauru’s case). 😀 I’ve posted this before. It’s not the only example, but one of the best. I challenge anyone to present an example where, given a precious resource, the local rulers didn’t steal, waste, deplete or otherwise ruin it in short order.

Felix Krull
Member
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
20 days ago

When the French left Algeria, Algeria was the largest phosphate producer in the world.

Only phosphate is corrosive, so you need to recapitalize the entire production apparatus every five years.

Five years after the French left, Algeria didn’t produce phosphate.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Felix Krull
20 days ago

You’d be amazed at all the vintage cranes, derricks, and warehouses in the port of Algiers that have simply been left to rot for 60+ years.

Sandmich
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
20 days ago

And by “amazed” you mean “not amazed” 😉

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Sandmich
20 days ago

Heh.

The Right Doctor
The Right Doctor
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
20 days ago

We had a favorite game to play when I was stationed in Egypt (with a peacekeeping group). We’d see a partial concrete-block building of several stories with no workmen around. The challenge was: is it being built or torn down? It was that hard to tell.

ChicagoRodent
ChicagoRodent
Reply to  Felix Krull
20 days ago

The Rockin’ Moroccans next door are a top producer. You’d think the Algerians would ramp up production to compete with their neighbors and drive down the latter’s revenues in a “friendly” game of Arabian tag.

And, yes, I must be pretty dang bored to concern myself with such things.

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  ChicagoRodent
20 days ago

I lived in Algiers for over 4 years.

The general attitude was, “we have the gas, we have the oil, what more do we need?”

Which is a shame, because they could easily compete with for the other income streams going to Morocco and Tunisia.

ChicagoRodent
ChicagoRodent
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
20 days ago

True confession: I only apprehended that Morocco had large phosphate reserves because the former bartender/uproariously funny Sephardic Jou, Danny, a Rockin’ Moroccan at my “wellness” club, The East Bank Club, back when my sporadic iron weights workout partner was Stedman Graham, unnecessary name drop, continuously plied me for capital re investment possibilities here and there and one such “opportunity” was the phosphate mining potential in Morocco. I’ve since visited Morocco and the food’s great but it’s corrupt as hell. A paleontologist friend of mine had his entire vehicle fleet hijacked at machine gun point by a dig site there. A government… Read more »

Member
Reply to  Ben the Layabout
20 days ago

Maybe Norway with oil? Then again, Scandinavians can make all kinds of stuff work that doesn’t work anywhere else. Once the Norwegians are replaced with Africans though I suppose all the oil will be in the hands of some warlord.

sentry
sentry
Reply to  pozymandias
20 days ago

If European Union falls(it will probably happen) then Welcome Immigrants parties fall. Also, I very much doubt non occupied european countries will let migrants do whatever they like in Europe.

miforest
Member
20 days ago

talked to a friend in canada whose wife is from germany. the most amazing thing about this clownworld it that it is worldwide. canada is exactly like the US. His wife tells him that germany is too. Locked down , economy collapsing at unbelievable speed though unniticed because of “social iisolation” , and the governments handing out money they don’t have at an amazing rate. the VR feel of this covers the fact that once we are all broke the Serfdom will be real.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  miforest
20 days ago

We got a middle class from the economic fruits of industrialization, maintained and expanded it through the expanding credit facilities of financialization, and will end it in broadly applied EBT credits in a cashless society, after all the stuff of the middle class is taken away. One way to look at this is that a middle class is a historical anomaly, goes against the human nature of the nobility versus the serfs as the ordinary state of things, and is not a phenomenon that can be perpetuated for too long. Human nature, greed, power, selfishness, and cruelty will prevail. All… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Dutch
20 days ago

A global Narau.

I’d say the historical anomaly is a White bubble, our population at about a third of the total in 1940.

We successfully grew into new territory for about 20 generations, and then opened the door to the tragedy of the commons and miforest’s Serfdom.

We were piggybacked.
Maybe we’ll just have to persevere until the commons meet their own tragedy- it won’t take long, heck, it’s happening already.

Rich
Member
Reply to  miforest
20 days ago

Most talk of the national debt seems to have been drowned in the drone of the printing presses.

Vizzini
Vizzini
Reply to  Rich
20 days ago

I still encounter old-timer conservatives complaining about “their tax dollars” being spent on this or that egregiously awful plan. I tell them, “Dude, your tax dollars were spent in the first quarter after you paid them. This country runs on magic money, now.”

Mikep
Mikep
20 days ago

Great show. The law of unintended consequences is a real bugger that’s for sure. I think that, that, and the fact that when you educate people you don’t necessarily make them any smarter goes a long way towards explaining the current mess in Western Countries. Over here in Blighty the new regulation on wearing face masks in shops comes into force today. There is no doubt that the current British government contains some seriously intelligent and highly educated people, not the least of which is our prime minister Boris Johnson. Equally, it’s clear that they would very much appreciate it… Read more »

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Mikep
20 days ago

I, for one, haven’t been laffing.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Mikep
20 days ago

when you educate people you don’t necessarily make them any smarter 

All my life I had heard “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink” But only recently have I come across the remainder

“You can fill a man with knowledge, but you cannot make him think.”

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  c matt
20 days ago

You can lead a whore to culture but you can’t make her think.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Bilejones
20 days ago

Thank you, Dorothy Parker!

Mikep
Mikep
Reply to  Bilejones
20 days ago

I think you meant. “You can dunk a witch in water but you cannot make her sink.” That’s how you know she’s a witch.😉

Member
Reply to  c matt
20 days ago

This is one of the many reasons to cite Sailor’s “overproduction of elites” as a fatal flaw in our civilization. There are many of what I would call “paradoxes of perception” in our cognition. One is the famous Dunning-Kruger effect. Essentially, it seems that an ability and one’s ability to evaluate one’s own performance in that ability are linked. This doesn’t surprise me. It is known, for instance, that a person who has a stroke that destroys color vision also finds that all their memories are now in black and white as well. There seems to be a reverse Dunning-Kruger… Read more »

Mikep
Mikep
Reply to  pozymandias
20 days ago

Very true.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  pozymandias
20 days ago

The Great Garbage Avalanche of 2505.

sentry
sentry
Reply to  pozymandias
20 days ago

“overproduction of elites as a fatal flaw in our civilization.
isn’t that enlightenment’s M.O.?
universal education
To liberate the human mind from dogmas and encourage scepticism(atheism), tolerance(cuckholdry), and critical thinking(hate patriarchy).

Dinoethedoxie
Dinoethedoxie
Reply to  pozymandias
20 days ago

Our education system is most definitely not about memorizing facts. If you doubt that then try asking any graduate what they learned two years ago. They might remember a few factoids and that’s about it.

The real purpose of the education system is to instill a deference to faux authority via operant conditioning. What they actually learn is to parrot back whatever bullshit the teacher slings for a gold star and pat on the back.

Vizzini
Vizzini
Reply to  pozymandias
20 days ago

There seems to be a reverse Dunning-Kruger effect as well. People may simply not be able to easily place themselves in the shoes of those less intelligent than themselves. I’ve heard it postulated that it is difficult to communicate with anyone more than two stddevs away from you in IQ, in either direction. There are a few smart people who can “dial down” and comprehend the lower IQ modes of thinking, but far more common is that the cognitive elites assume that everyone thinks like they do, maybe just slower. They really cannot comprehend the sheer level of poor decision-making… Read more »

sentry
sentry
20 days ago

I do believe a civilization falls when its citizens are denying certain aspects of reality. Western world has reached a point where it rejects all forms of truth.

These are the enlightenment values stretched till present day where constantly european man has been testing himself(or by the elites) to see how unnatural can he become, how self destructive can he strive to become, to see if there is a limit to his ignorance.

sentry
sentry
20 days ago

“A third of the country is out of work, which we were told was an untenable condition, but no one seems to notice.”

When Bill’s vaccine comes I wonder what will the media narrative be?

“Wanna eat? If you do then let us sting you!”

Rich
Member
Reply to  sentry
20 days ago

Your vaccination history will become part of your social credit score at some point.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  sentry
20 days ago

Ann Barnhardt gives the tracking and sterilization program about 10 years to Children of Men, the eradication of most population. Get rid of us, and nature will cull the rest.

I agree. We may be blessed to see the Fall.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Alzaebo
20 days ago

The reason you haven’t heard much about population control is because every single developed nation is in population free-fall and this scares the piss out of the elites. Israel is the exception that proves the rule but its one rather small nation and its most fertile group are like our most fertile groups, non participatory in modernity to a high degree. COVID 19 showed us more than anything is the system is amazingly brittle and kind of sickness that would in the past have been dealt with by masks and hand washing has caused a global depression and a huge… Read more »

sentry
sentry
Reply to  abprosper
20 days ago

I don’t think they give a fuck about the global economy, economy is just alchemical finance as Soros put it. Soros gained power & wealth specifically by crashing markets. If we go by your premise which is that elites care very much about the economy then war must happen in the next two years cause they need new adherents to their global economy as you said. This might explain why globalists hate Trump so much, he does not want war with anyone. I am of the opinion they wanna destroy economy so that they can come up with solution when… Read more »

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  sentry
20 days ago

I don’t think that they are this smart. As for caring about the economy, no. They do care about their own pockets and that requires an economy.

sentry
sentry
Reply to  abprosper
20 days ago

I don’t think the jewish elites who are Soros level or above are as mediocre as you think they are, but I understand your feeling. When looking at the democratic party I feel the same way you do.

Felix Krull
Member
Reply to  sentry
20 days ago

<i>I am of the opinion they wanna destroy economy so that they can come up with solution when enough people have died from starvation & civil unrest.</i>

Yes. The next manufactured crisis will be famine.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Felix Krull
19 days ago

Famine is already an ongoing problem and requires no effort to manufacture one. The Malthusian Greens (M.G.) are completely correct in that the Earth is way past its carrying capacity and the way we use materials and energy cannot be sustained. In order to avoid a catastrophe, there needs to be way less people. The trick is ratio. The healthy Whites vs Everybody else ratio is around 25%. A better ratio is More White. The original M.G.’s knew this and while discrete made policy on these grounds feeling that for the most part only European derived societies had the understanding… Read more »

b123
b123
Reply to  abprosper
20 days ago

we have two opposing views here:

  1. the elites are creating a sterility vaccine to depopulate the earth
  2. the elites are terrified by the dropping birth rates of civilized peoples

1) means the elites are evil. 2) means that they are stupid because everything they do works towards dropping our fertility.

Mikep
Mikep
Reply to  b123
20 days ago

3 There’s nobody driving the bus.
It looks like what we’re seeing may be the result of a war going on behind the scenes, between various factions of elites, no plan, just competing groups seeking advantage over each other to the detriment of society as a whole.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  b123
19 days ago

I generally agree with Mike P on the faction issue but evil and stupid are fully compatible.

Carrie
Reply to  Alzaebo
20 days ago

Ann Barnhardt also recently posted a graphic of a 1997 interview that George Magazine did with Bill Gates, wherein he talks about a respiratory-related pandemic, population control, and vaccinations.
it couldn’t just be a coincidence, could it?
i am entertaining the idea of visiting my library (when it fully opens, naturally) and seeing if there is microfiche available for this issue of George Magazine.
(probably one of the many reasons “they” Ass as in ated John Junior one year later. I think that guy studied up and knew stuff, not least of which was who killed his father.)

Carrie
Reply to  Carrie
20 days ago

Update: barnhardt.biz posted a link to the George Magazine article.
It is here:
https://www.docdroid.net/UFdFc2h/georgemagazine-february1997-survivalguidetothefuture-bill-gates-interview-pdf#page=3

(Note that the document may not “show up” … but rather, I downloaded it (problem-free onto my Mac) and can now view the article easily.

sentry
sentry
Reply to  Carrie
20 days ago

You’re right, the 1997 magazine predicted pulmonary disease in 2020, it was very specific, this prediction happened in the exact same issue where they’ve interviewed Bill Gates.
It also talks about how old people are the ones with the highest risk to get this disease.
You can’t make this shit up.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  sentry
20 days ago

There are a lot of people who outright admit they won’t take the vaccine. Its around 1/3 that admit it, probably higher and these were stats used in an interview with the President o Tucker While he didn’t say it,rven he seems somewhat suspicious preferring treatments which we know can work unlike any vaccine for a Corona virus. That is too many armed people to force or coerce into anything unless they allow it. Ultimately any solutions will come to making new nations from this wreckage probably by force. The Left gets this with its nonsensical C.H.A.Z. and we have… Read more »

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  sentry
20 days ago

sentry said: “When Bill’s vaccine comes I wonder what will the media narrative be?” Here’s what it will be.

Kentucky Couple Under House Arrest for Not Signing Quarantine Papers After COVID-Positive Test
https://www.newsweek.com/kentucky-couple-under-house-arrest-not-signing-quarantine-papers-after-covid-positive-test-1518927

StanP
StanP
20 days ago

Calhoun’s experiment – A paradox of mice (and men?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m7X-1V9nOs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Calhoun

The parallels are a bit too close for comfort…

Drake
Drake
20 days ago

I truly believe your last statement – a life too soft makes people miserable. Maybe Robert Heinlein had it right – only Veterans should vote. Or the Swiss and the early Romans – every male citizen has to serve in the military.
It’s funny how vets can spot each other – they seem to stand out from the adult children everywhere. And while I’m a lot softer now than I was in my early 20’s, I recognize it. I know I have it easy, and I know I could deal if things got hard.

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  Drake
20 days ago

I was just thinking about Heinlein’s work this afternoon at lunch. Haven’t read Starship Troopers for awhile, maybe I’ll have to find my copy. Whilst I do think that such a system as this has virtues, I could imagine the uproar if even something resembling a national service was re-introduced into the UK. Toxic masculinity, don’t you know? Our ‘life too soft’ has probably led us well past the point of optional recovery, so it seems that it may go to the point where everyone has to get hard or die. The most interesting thing is how quick the decline… Read more »

Drake
Drake
Reply to  OrangeFrog
20 days ago

I believe the background story in that book was a disastrous war and collapse from which hard men had to rebuild. So they did in a way to ensure their successors would also be hard.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  OrangeFrog
20 days ago

At least we got to taste it.

The soft life. The dream of countless generations.

We were at the party, whether we deserved it or not- thanks, mums and dads!

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  Drake
20 days ago

A willingness to murder strangers because some politician tells you should to be grounds for disenfranchisement.

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  Bilejones
20 days ago

Bilejones said: “A willingness to murder strangers because some politician tells you should to be grounds for disenfranchisement.”

Exept for war and capital punishment, I don’t think murdering strangers is a good idea at all.

Vizzini
Vizzini
Reply to  Bilejones
20 days ago

You may not be able to follow a leader and murder strangers, but rest assured there are plenty of strangers out there willing to murder you on the direction of their leader.

T. Morris
T. Morris
Reply to  Bilejones
20 days ago

No government employee, especially military, should be allowed within a country mile of a voting booth or ballot during a national election. And that’s jusy for starters.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Drake
20 days ago

Its mindset. I’m not a vet but I am a country boy so its not the same only parallel I admit to being lazy and to more than a little degree capable of living like a bug man do to my high introversion with a lifestyle and just ordering in with occasional out I also know I can step up and handle shit when I need to. The problem is like most people there is no reason to do so. Other than radical life extension which doesn’t exist and maybe a few more supplies and land, I have everything material… Read more »

c matt
c matt
20 days ago

I don’t know if the paradox of democracy is really a paradox – seems more of its natural progression. Not sure why anyone with two neurons to rub together would believe more democracy leads to less politics.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  c matt
20 days ago

The more I see of the putrid fruits of democracy, the fonder I grow of medieval society. There were those who worked, those who prayed and those who fought. And at the top was a king or duke who made all of the big decisions. In that society everybody knew his place and endeavored to be an exemplar of his limited sphere. There was no Shaq’Slayvio’n dictating fiscal policy or cadres of Karens telling everybody how they must dress. Those issues were the purview of the monarch, and that, as they say, was that. It was a simpler and far… Read more »

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
20 days ago

Like Gibson’s character put it “why would I trade one tyrant thousands of miles away for a thousand tyrants one mile away?”

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  c matt
20 days ago

Indeed.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
20 days ago

We live in a democracy?

Demos; root, as in ‘demographic’

rico
rico
Reply to  Alzaebo
20 days ago

We live in the most broken, Post-Western wasteland on the planet, who cares for the euphemism you use to describe it?

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Alzaebo
20 days ago

At this point it’s democracy in name only. Still, the US used to be an actual democracy and look what it led to.

KunioKun
KunioKun
20 days ago

Re: anarchotyranny If you think of people as being nodes embedded in networks of people, things and ideas, as you increase the number of connections, the people in the network becomes more rigid and incapable of doing anything. Each new connection decreases their degrees of freedom. Regardless of all the resources and talent embedded in the network it cannot handle even little problems because everybody and everything are frozen in place. The only time the network can function is when something takes hold of it and focuses everything in one direction like bits of metal in a magnetic field. That… Read more »

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  KunioKun
20 days ago

KunioKun said: “The only time the network can function is when something takes hold of it and focuses everything in one direction like bits of metal in a magnetic field.”

Fear is that great something.

Failed Fukuyama
Failed Fukuyama
20 days ago

“That is the value of thinking about paradoxes. They cause you to reassess your thinking and reconsider old assumptions.” I don’t know if anarcho-tyranny is a paradox, but dissidents and nationalists have certainly learned a lot from the current policing paradox compared to the state of naivete we were in 2016. With things like Malkin’s pro-police rallygoers getting assaulted right under the noses of callous indifferent cops (Charlottesville 2.0), or cops relentlessly harassing and arresting white bystanders defending themselves while black criminals and rioters are allowed to run rampant, a good chunk of the dissident and nationalist right is being… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Failed Fukuyama
20 days ago

Dear Old Blighty tried to warn us.

During the Bush/Blair years, 400,000 Muslims would march in London screaming “death to the Queen!!”- and the bobbies only rushed to shut up the white Brits watching from the sidelines.

Mikep
Mikep
Reply to  Alzaebo
20 days ago

The authorities show by their actions who they fear, hint, it ain’t the pakkis.

brooklyn dad
brooklyn dad
Reply to  Failed Fukuyama
20 days ago

Can’t help but laugh at the sight of our NYC cops, who had knelt with “protesters” only a couple weeks earlier:
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Glad they’re OK now but I doubt they’ve learned a thing. Command probably gets more “woke” the higher up you go, and many grunt cops probably don’t support the BS, but they’ve also done nothing to rein in the anarchy at the same time as they continue to flex tyranny. So yeah, this corrupt, neutered, rotting institution deserves to collapse.

Charlemagne
Charlemagne
Reply to  brooklyn dad
19 days ago

I have been a South Georgia cop for thirty years. Me and my colleagues are amazed at our so-called peers in the blue cities. Folks, those B.L.M. asshats and their blue haired strumpets assaulting innocents and destroying property would get an whoopin’ in my county.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Failed Fukuyama
20 days ago

The question is, do the cops stand down because their sentiments are with the Hutus, or are they standing down because some Soros-bot DA orders them to?

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
20 days ago

They are following orders to stand down, to keep their jobs and pensions.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Dutch
20 days ago

That’s essentially what they told Malkin after her “support the cops” rally got attacked. So sorry, you’re an okay gal, but orders are orders. Anyone who’s surprised they put their own financial welfare first is a fool (although anyone who really believes they’ll get a pension in the next 10-25 years is doubly a fool). Point being, don’t count on anyone to have your back.

BTP
Member
20 days ago

Yes. Paradoxes. It’s almost as if there were some essential problem with humanity or something. Something originally queered with us all at the beginning of time. Oh well. With respect to the capitalism thing… It’s interesting how thoroughly the Chicago School was proven catastrophically wrong. It was that bunch who taught that the antitrust laws are irrelevant (at best) because how could anyone monopolize an industry when all you need to do is start a competing company! It was their school that dismantled the entire antitrust apparatus in the country over the last 30 years. As Jean Tirole has many… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
20 days ago

Off topic – Back in our normiecon days, my husband and I used to read Mike Adams’ columns (at Townhall?). He was implacably hostile to feminism and ‘studies’ and other forms of PC. Won a lawsuit and $700,000 against his employer and because he had tenure they couldn’t get rid of him. He had apparently agreed to resign with another $500,000 payoff and then . . . for no reason at all . . . was found dead in his home. Should I be shocked that I’m not surprised, or sad that I’m not shocked?

Vizzini
Vizzini
Reply to  3g4me
20 days ago

The first thing I thought was “Mike Adams did not kill himself.”

tarstarkas
tarstarkas
20 days ago

The problem is that we “educate” far too many people. Paradoxically, we don’t bring up the number of smart people, we simply make the smart people stay in school longer. At some point in the past, education achievement changed from a proxy for intelligence to a magical talisman which bestowed higher earnings on the diploma holder. This is true even at the high school level. Every single year 10s of thousands of kids graduate high school with an elementary school education and with no drive. But on a resume’ or an application, the smart person with a HS diploma has… Read more »

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  tarstarkas
20 days ago

At one point, college education guaranteed boosted future income. By the 90’s, that was breaking down, yet a generation of kids was still sent to the diploma mills on the premise that they should just get a degree in whatever, because “employers want to see it.”

This is how we ended up with a generation with liberal arts degrees and 100K in student debt working at Starbucks.

Portland Bobby
Portland Bobby
Reply to  MemeWarVet
20 days ago

This is how we ended up with a generation with liberal arts degrees and 100K in student debt working at Starbucks. There it is right there. While the usual “diverse” cities had their brief but unsurprising orgy of looting by the usual suspects, the most ferocious and continued rioting seems to be in cities with huge surpluses of obsolete managerial strivers who will never be needed again. Cue Jim Kunstler: As for the Antifas … nobody can say for sure how many are drawn from the student body of nearby Portland State University — a hothouse of Wokesterism — a few… Read more »

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Portland Bobby
20 days ago

Insightful and accurate; would that so could upvote so fine a post…

The 2015-17 AltRight was largely the same thing, but composed of a different set of kids.

tarstarkas
tarstarkas
Reply to  Portland Bobby
20 days ago

All of these BS degrees are a direct result of putting people in “higher education” who absolutely do not belong there. It is how all of the colleges manage to have basketball and football teams. This was going to happen with or without NCAA, but it happened a lot faster and got a lot bigger than it otherwise would have. They wanted to have prestigious athletics departments and they wanted lots of diversity and these areas of study were how they achieved them.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  tarstarkas
20 days ago

So as to not do that, we need jobs that pay enough for a good life, decently priced housing and a sense of respect for the working man. I am not sure its possible as a hell of a lot of jobs that would have been decent even somewhat high status are easily automatized away, No A.I. required Hell its so bad out there that even edgy jobs like musician no longer pay enough to live on do to crap like Spotify. How we fix this is far beyond me but given that this is late stage capitalism in the… Read more »

b123
b123
Reply to  Portland Bobby
20 days ago

Yuuup, they fantasized a glamorous city life – Sex and the City X Mad Men, 2020 (or 2010) edition with Tinder, fancy condo units, prestigious jobs, and cultural power over the rubes. Instead they got roommates, old apartments, no savings, stronger competition from the 3rd world, women are just whores for the (((boss))), and lots and lots of boxed wine. I’m exaggerating, of course. But nothing is worse for them than having to go live in a hick town with evil rednecks. Or worse, Evangelical Christians! Seeing that even the rural rubes are having a better life than these wannabe… Read more »

tarstarkas
tarstarkas
Reply to  MemeWarVet
20 days ago

I can still remember all the propaganda about education when I was a a teen and as a young man. These people absolutely spoke like a HS diploma was a talisman and later this warped into a college degree. They literally said that this piece of paper would guarantee higher incomes. They did everything they could and bent over backwards to make you graduate. They did the same exact thing with college. In between high school and college I met many, many people who all believed the same thing, that a piece of paper was the difference between a good… Read more »

Maus
Maus
Reply to  tarstarkas
20 days ago

A high school diploma in the 21st century means nothing. Between teaching to the testing, grade inflation and the inability to suspend or expel disruptive students, absolutely no valid conclusions can be drawn from the mere possession of such a certificate, particularly by a NAM. Indeed, just a few years ago, before the mass delusion gripped California, the state tried to impose an exit exam to prevent the idiots who managed to snag a diploma from fronting that they’d actually mastered any knowledge, skills and abilities. Governor Moonbeam, the so-called Education Governor, killed that. College may be a credential factory,… Read more »

Mikep
Mikep
Reply to  tarstarkas
20 days ago

This grade inflation is definitely a thing. Back when I left school, roughly half of kids would leave school with a bunch of O levels, which proved that they were the smarter 50% of the population, at least that was the theory. Now to demonstrate the same thing, you have to graduate from university at age 21 with at least a 2nd, having lost 5 years of earnings and gaining 10s of thousands in debt.

ChicagoRodent
ChicagoRodent
Reply to  Mikep
19 days ago

When I started my Eeee!! undergrad degree late 80’s the prof, not a GA, told us first day to look to our left and look to our right because one out of the three of us would not be returning the next semester. Nearly everybody in our section was #1 or #2 in their high school class, I wasn’t even top ten in my freakishly talented h.s class, but I was upper 1% scintilla SAT math. Sure enough our section reduced by 1/3 drop outs following semester. And then school got really hard. Today the tests and grading are dumbed… Read more »

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
20 days ago

The world made a lot more sense when I came to view the past 100 years as the attempt of one particular ethnic group to gain dominance over their historic rival, and their rival’s complete ceding of the field to them

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  MemeWarVet
20 days ago

Hate twitter:

“Lets check into who was behind that “human rights” legislation then act accordingly”

A rejoinder:

“We won’t let U into Hungary in10-15 years when u will have to flee”

tarstarkas
tarstarkas
20 days ago

A real Boomer treat this week. Believe it or not, they were once young and care free:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf0Dm-OaTNk

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  tarstarkas
19 days ago

Anyone remember when Hugh Hewitt used to start his radio show with this song? Must have been at least 15 years ago.

Hugh is a nice guy but nonetheless must be dealt with harshly for his treason to the traditional people of this country.

Wkathman
Wkathman
20 days ago

It’s a good idea to change things up a bit at this stage. The possibility of burnout threatens the best of dissidents. Zman deserves credit for his willingness to experiment.

JR Wirth
JR Wirth
20 days ago

“Old truths we have always accepted are being disproved.” – Actually they’re pretty new truths. Sure, most of them are from the mid 20th Century, but that’s still new. The really old truths are just now emerging from the shadows, after decades of being ignored. Our entire society is as dated as a 1950s social security office and decadent as a seedy porn set, all at the same time. What I wonder about is once the very old truths completely emerge, will our society even have the ability to cope with them? Will our future even remotely resemble the present?… Read more »

b123
b123
Reply to  JR Wirth
20 days ago

I’ve noticed a “Chyna bad” message being spread all over reddit in r/politics and the normie subs. Not a good sign.

I don’t really care about Chyna. Or HK, or Taiwan. Certainly not worth going to war so more white men can die serving a country that hates them.

In 20 years whites will be begging to be allowed to immigrate to Chyna. Only a small minority, under strict terms, will be allowed in, I’d imagine.

Wallace Pho
Wallace Pho
20 days ago

The state of Catholicism today:
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Anti “racism” really is going to be our new religion, isn’t it? These people are more fanatical than orthodox Muslims or Jews, and our new religion even comes with threats of excommunication and beheadings for apostasy, heresy and blasphemy.

The difference is our new religion offers no pathway for salvation or redemption. Have any religions in human history lacked this pathway before? Maybe the religion of the Aztecs?

Balkan Fanatic
Balkan Fanatic
Reply to  Wallace Pho
20 days ago

Cuckstians, turning the other cheek for 2000+ years

MemeWarVet
MemeWarVet
Reply to  Balkan Fanatic
20 days ago

The Prince of Peace whipped Odin’s faggot ass

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Balkan Fanatic
20 days ago

Tell that to the Muzz of the high and late Middle Ages.

Balkan Fanatic
Balkan Fanatic
20 days ago

In the beginning there was a (s)word
Which one was first? I am tired of words
Where the f*uck is Pinochet?

G Lordon Giddy
G Lordon Giddy
20 days ago

I have enjoyed lately going back to the Greek philosophers and reading about them and reading some of their works.
Never been to Greece but some of the travel video’s on You Tube look pretty cool too.
Better than watching kneeling baseball players.
Greece is on my travel bucket list.

Balkan Fanatic
Balkan Fanatic
Reply to  G Lordon Giddy
20 days ago
3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  G Lordon Giddy
20 days ago

They use ‘turkish’ style toilets in Greece – at least the ones I visited in Athens. And unless it’s spring lambing season, your ‘Greek’ food will be made with dried and tasteless beef. You have been warned.

Balkan Fanatic
Balkan Fanatic
20 days ago

You want an ultimate measure of the downfall
This was our world only 100 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOK8Jb76ibc

Bilejones
Member
Reply to  Balkan Fanatic
20 days ago
urbando
urbando
Reply to  Balkan Fanatic
20 days ago

This. Upvoted.

bob sykes
bob sykes
Reply to  Balkan Fanatic
20 days ago

May I suggest Erik Satie with drawings of interwar Paris,

https://www.bitchute.com/video/rctzCkljWQ3y/

Durendal
Durendal
20 days ago

The fix to the problems with capitalism and the “free markets” is government making it fair for the people. A Third Position perhaps?

Whiskey
Whiskey
20 days ago

Great podcast. A couple of minor quibbles though. First, there ARE alternatives RIGHT NOW in the marketplace for Intel chips. I just spun up a server on AWS this AM and had my choice of Intel or ARM chips for all sorts of Ubuntu, Suse, and AMI images. I know Windows is available sort of on ARM and Apple has a laptop on ARM. ARM has both far lower power consumption and heat generation than Intel making cloud providers more profitable by lowering their operating costs but also does not have the infamous buffer overflow exploits that pop up years… Read more »

Delmar Jackson
20 days ago

Zman, glad you are taking a step back from the waterfall. “Tahiti people have a saying, if you don’t eat Life, Life eat you.”
Have a good summer before the anticipated twister comes in the fall.

Whitney
Member
Reply to  Delmar Jackson
20 days ago

I was just driving around earlier thinking it’s a surprising that everything hasn’t completely collapsed yet but they just keep pumping money, printing money, whatever and there’s going to be another stimulus so I guess that means the money and everything’s probably going to run out in the middle of winter.

Eloi
Eloi
20 days ago

Quick question – at 10:20 Zman references a concept where grains of sands become a pile. He called this “The politics of the keep” as I understood. I listened four times. I could not find this when searching online. Did I mishear? I am interested because I use that exact same analogy with Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon, where I say there must be a point (har har) where a collection of dots suddenly become the image we see; the same philosophical tipping point. Any input is appreciated.

sampfran
sampfran
20 days ago

I think this new freeform discussion on more esoteric topics is working; I’m loving the limited references to current events that are tied to larger topics, which helps anchor our position in history as dissidents. (I’m tired of drowning in the anarchist crap and blackety-black elsewhere.) The last segment on paradoxes in modernity was superb and really stood out: it echoes the arguments that writers like JH Kunstler and JM Greer make in how we are suffering immensely from the unintended consequences of “overinvestments in hypercomplexity.” The discussion on prosperity in the old USSR was good and tied in nicely… Read more »

JR Wirth
JR Wirth
Reply to  sampfran
19 days ago

Why is it that my parents original appliances from 1963 lasted until the late 90’s, until the rubber seals disintegrated, yet I’m on my second set of appliances in 10 years (KitchenAid, for the way it’s made…my ass) and I’m about to go on my third dishwasher? And it’s so interesting that the new circuit board is exactly the same price after installation as a new appliance, all because of a two cent contact. That’s another shitty part of this era. Hardly anything lasts. Garbage products for garbage people.

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
Reply to  JR Wirth
19 days ago

They’ve been playing that planned obsolescence scam on Americans for decades.

Official Bologna Tester
Official Bologna Tester
19 days ago

Z Man said: “Just as physics seems to have hit a dead end, our own story seems to have reached a point where it seems impossible to resolve the contradictions while maintaining the old beliefs.” It’s not just physics. The “western artistic tradition” disappeared up it’s own ass a long time ago.The tech indusry too. AI and virtual reality isn’t actually the great leap forward most people think it is. just some improvments on existing technology. Lost of repetition there as well. The fact is, that it’s just about everything in the west. The law of diminishing returns is taking… Read more »

Frip
Member
19 days ago

G.K. Chesterton is one of the early “our guys” who’ll never completely fade away. There will always be someone quoting him, therebye inspiring younger guys to search him out. For those who don’t know, Chesterton was the Michael Jordan of paradox. It’s how he thought and wrote. It can get a bit tedious, especially when the paradox he’s “exposing” isn’t within a mile of being a paradox. More like an obvious straw man. Excusable, since he had to write ALL THE TIME to keep from falling into poverty. Paid-by-the-column type thing. (It’s shocking how poor, talented Brits were prior to… Read more »

Campinginmurderland
Campinginmurderland
19 days ago

Zman,

I may be working at Ft Meade for a significant amount of time in the near future, for reasons. Any reference on places to live nearby, on the facility is an option.

Moss
Member
19 days ago

What fantastic discussions this morning. Thank you to our host, of course, but also Yves, Dutch, LineintheSand, et al. This thread made me realize I periodically suffer from Understanding Fatigue (and bouts of Black Pill). Theories and forensics concerning how we got here have been helpful in my mental / intellectual journey, mostly to strengthen my resolve to live (and respond) in reality. But since I made the decision 4 months ago to sell everything and get out of the Deep South, I’ve just been focused on living one day at a time. Leading my family out of “civilization” and… Read more »

diconez
diconez
17 days ago

revolts are truly popular and from the bottom. revolutions involve the whole of society changing, so there’s always some faction at the top that capitalize on some temporal grievances of the masses to pursue their agenda of changing of the guard – which involves not just leadership change but also wide-ranging societal ones, so as to prevent the earlier faction to return. ergo, all revolutions are from the top. ergo we have to look above that top, to Heaven.  hopefully Zman can look above, that way he realizes right-wing secularism is yet another poison of the Enlightenment; although not controlled… Read more »