Friday, April 27, 2018

The Hater's Ball

Antifa vowed to shut the conference down and ensure it never returns to the great state of Tennessee. Said great state responded with an impressive show of force. We were greeted by a combined deployment of state police and TBI agents that likely numbered over fifty. The stencil-necked androgynes, in contrast, so far remain unseen. 

The conference is being held at a state park. There's a hard lesson in this for libertarian-leaning types. That lesson is that the private sector is not a guarantor of free speech. To the contrary, it's where the energy to shut down the free exchange of ideas emanates from. VDare has repeatedly tried--and failed--to hold conferences at private venues (here's to this August being different!). Without the constitutional obligation to protect freedom of expression, the private sector won't protect it--at least not if it's viewed to be unprofitable to do so.

There are some other hard lessons identitarians need to learn. I watched Z-Man forcefully communicate them to some people at the top of alt right organizations tonight. Those fourteen words become a lot more attainable if they heed his advice and his admonitions.

In The Way of Men, Jack Donovan opens with the assertion that the way of men is the way of the gang. There's a lot of truth in that. 

People in leadership positions are vetted, often formally and always informally. Trust is earned, not merely given because a person seems to have the right combination of carelessness and charisma. If a guy was a Rothbardian yesterday morning and was crying on Vice last night, he can't be put in charge of anything today. If a guy supported Hillary Clinton in the general election more enthusiastically than Bernie Sanders did, he shouldn't be organizing an event putatively intended to "unite the right" in Charlottesville. If he does organize it, don't show up.

I've been in the dissident right for a long time. After a decade of spinning wheels, things suddenly started to move in 2015 and 2016. The Trump Train tore out of the station. It finally felt like we were getting somewhere. But that train doesn't have enough steam to get us to our ultimate destination. 

We're trekking on foot again. It's the people who've demonstrated indefatigable competence and dedication over years--and in the case of great men like Jared Taylor and John Derbyshire, decades--who serve as examples that the next generation must look up to and emulate. Time has tested them and they have passed with flying colors. 

I'm happy to report that "the JQ" is a big topic this year. So is South Africa. Simon Roche's presentation is the one I'm most looking forward to tomorrow. More then. 

8 comments:

The Z Blog said...

I hope I was not too forceful, but they need to hear it. It's not enough to be right. Leaders have to be effective.

Anonymous said...

Tell John Derbyshire hello.

Have you seen him yet?

mark auld said...

A.E. and Zman,you are our representatives there.

Sid said...

"The conference is being held at a state park. There's a hard lesson in this for libertarian-leaning types. That lesson is that the private sector is not a guarantor of free speech."

This is the third red pill, and in a lot of ways, this is the hardest one for conservatives to swallow.

The first red pill is that there are massive, inherent differences between the races. The lesson from this is that the world is full of intractable problems that, at best, can only be softened but never solved.

The second red pill is that women are drawn to dark qualities in men. The lesson is that civilization demands balancing the light and the dark, rather than the foolhardy attempt to cast away all shadows. In fact, as Goethe said: the brighter the light, the darker the shadows.

The third red pill is that the markets are not inherently good or wise. Just as often as they create what is good and destroy what is bad, they unleash parasites that systematically undermine the long term causes of economic growth and annihilate what we cherish. The lesson here is that we can't simply leave our future to some dicta or formulae. We must seize our future for ourselves and direct our own course.

Reading Gretchen Morgenson's "Reckless Endangerment" in 2011 about the 2008 economic collapse fundamentally changed my worldview. When you see German business leaders claiming an infinite supply of unskilled laborers will cause the economy to expand, or the latest thing Google is up to, it's not enough to say that the market is smarter than you. The market is a blind beast, and its masters are often ignorant or malicious fools in whom we should not trust our fates.

szopen said...

Apropo JQ. I must say I was dumbfounded when I learned that Congress passed a law which allows Department of State to use any means necessary to ensure the property of Holocaust survivors to return to, in case where there are no surviving heir, Jewish organization (in USA. "Restitution of heirless property", nice name BTW).

I understand that we are pretty unimportant country, remembered only when some president says "actually, he forgot Poland", but still the fact that a huge country is able to get bipartisan agreement directed at Poland, calling for breaking previous USA-Poland treaty and international law is really, really eye-opening.

Anonymous said...

@szopen,

If it was eye opening what do you see?

As one of those who must fight where they are told including by treaty Poland:

1] As Poland is attempting to use likes of me sympathy zero. FAIL.
2] History is littered with corpses such as Poland. Perhaps Israel too someday.
3] Be like the Finns conventionally and the French Strategically [your own nukes]
4] You used us as potential cannon fodder and are now betrayed in turn. See point #1.
5] US POTUS relationship with State Dept long the relationship of Japanese Civilian govt to Kwangtung Army. Japanese Kwangtung Army dragged rest of Japan into war with China and so into WW2. Difference Kwangtung Army were Patriots and US State Dept are not.

Look to your own considerable devices. USA cannot be trusted but Poland is not innocent.

vxxc

Audacious Epigone said...

Z,

It needed to be said and it will need to be repeated.

Anon,

Yes, he is in good spirits. He has apparently discovered Twitter for the first time (even though he's had an account for years). It's fun to watch!

Mark,

It's a great environment. It's hard to articulate how invigorating it is to interact with people in the flesh and blood. So far I've talked to Roger Devlin, Gregory Hood, Derb, Z-Man, Greg Johnson, James Kirkpatrick, Nick Fuentes, and the person who runs the hategraphs twitter handle.

Sid,

Well said. I swallowed the three pills in exactly that progression. I'm not alone in that.

Corvinus said...

"The first red pill is that there are massive, inherent differences between the races. The lesson from this is that the world is full of intractable problems that, at best, can only be softened but never solved."

Certainly, there are inherent differences between the races. Massive? Not really. Exclusively biologically based are these differences? No. Exclusively environmentally driven are these differences? No. It's somewhere in the middle, although current genetic research in the next decade or so will make things even more clearer (hopefully), unless the political side of scientists from the Left and Right will muddy the waters by concocting their own narrative of the actual results.

"The second red pill is that women are drawn to dark qualities in men. The lesson is that civilization demands balancing the light and the dark, rather than the foolhardy attempt to cast away all shadows. In fact, as Goethe said: the brighter the light, the darker the shadows.

No, women are drawn to men for a number of reasons, one of which may be their "dark qualities". Most women would assuredly not want to be "punched in the face because they love when a man takes charge and tells them no" (Jim's Blog) or be "roughed up for their own good" (Heartiste's Blog). Of course, the whole social-sexual hierarchy as perpetuated by Vox Day and his now defunct "Alpha Game" blog is a classic case of deception.

It is a patently pseudo-intellectual system created by "real men" who make a series of subjective behavioral and personality appraisals as its foundational pieces. Any protestation about this label or refusal to act in the prescribed manner brings about a pejorative response. It may be “convenient” for men to articulate what they believe are definitive aspects of their fellow man’s conduct because they subscribe to this hierarchy, but what about those men who find definitive flaws in how those decisions were arrived? What happens when those men challenge the structure by arguing that the “unvarnished truth of the structure” is in reality a set of assumptions predicated on sophistry? Would God truly judge in this exact manner by calling Christian men betas, gammas, and situational alphas?

"The third red pill is that the markets are not inherently good or wise. Just as often as they create what is good and destroy what is bad, they unleash parasites that systematically undermine the long term causes of economic growth and annihilate what we cherish. The lesson here is that we can't simply leave our future to some dicta or formulae. We must seize our future for ourselves and direct our own course."

Something even I can agree with :)