The Four Pillars of Anglosphere Dysfunction: Social Isolation, Materialism, Class Distinction and Puritanism

Materialism is a big contributor to Anglo American social isolation and breakdown

Rookh Kshatriya is the creator of the Anglobitch blog, The Anglobitch Thesis and the author of Havok: How Anglo-American Feminism Ruined Society.

Having read all the articles and insightful commentary on this excellent site, it occurs to me that the Anglosphere’s misandrist agenda can be reduced to four broad conceptual fields or ‘pillars’. These interact in various ways and all are present in the Anglosphere nations, to a greater or lesser degree.

The first pillar is social isolation. In the Anglosphere, the individual develops in relative isolation and is expected to be self-motivated, socially combative and emotionally repressed from early childhood. Heartless schools and educational institutions take on many of the socialization duties normally provided by the (now defunct) nuclear family, which is why so many Anglo-Americans are damaged and enraged. Because they grow up in relative isolation, they are far more reliant on the mainstream media for identity formation than children in comparable societies. This explains why a massive proportion of Anglo-Americans suffer symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, harbouring fantastical expectations culled from movies and TV shows.

Cultural dissidents like Winston Wu and Steve Hoca talk at length about the friendlier, more sociable attitudes that prevail outside the United States, even in countries with relatively low standards of living. They also talk about the obsessive focus on work that mars American social life (work does not have to eclipse everything else, as prosperous Scandinavian societies demonstrate).

Anglo-American culture is defined above all by its rapacious materialism – the second pillar of dysfunction. According to the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, human personality is essentially a void ‘created’ by external associations in early childhood. Because of dysfunctional child rearing by narcissistic, self-absorbed parents, Anglo-American self-identity tends to be shaped by material objects rather than human interaction. This explains the voidlike sterility of Anglo culture, and its overriding fixation on material goods as ‘food’ for the needful self.

In fact, the Borderline Personality Disorder so rampant among Anglo-American women is perfectly adapted (some would say designed) to feed the rapacious Matrix and its consumerist hamster wheel. In particular, the United States is a gynocentric brothel wherein men acquire material junk to get sex from empty, frigid women in a culture which deliberately raises the scarcity value of sex to inhuman levels. The demerits of such a society for men are self-evident, and explain the existential disaffection so common among Anglo-American males.

The third pillar of Anglo-American dysfunction is the class system. Britain and the United States both have relatively low rates of social mobility compared to other industrialized democracies. Both countries are run by impermeable, self-contained socio-economic elites who attend private schools and frankly know little about mainstream experience or opinion. This is why Anglosphere populations are increasingly alienated from politics and think they have no control over their own lives. We have moved beyond a situation where people vote for competing parties to one where they are voting against the political class itself.

Of course, people are free to enjoy the fruits of their own labour and pass these advantages on to their families (or whoever they see fit). However, in the Anglosphere this has led to the formation of political dynasties and an inflexible Deep State which are essentially undemocratic and do not serve the interests of the majority. Weird trends in Anglo-American foreign policy (for example Britain giving foreign aid to countries with space programmes or hopeless American attempts to democratize Islamic nations) originate in the detached and eccentric nature of the Anglo-American elite. Not all Anglosphere countries are thus defined; Canada and Australia are among the most classless countries in the world. However, these countries are increasingly ruled by idiomatic elites and will soon resemble their older cousins.

Religious Puritanism has morphed into secular feminism in Anglo culture

Latent Puritanism Suffocates Anglo-America

The fourth factor is, of course, residual Puritanism. Although religion is not the force it once was, the distinctive Puritanism of the Anglo-Saxon countries persists as secular Puritanism or repressive political correctness. This is the definitive core of Anglo-American feminism and explains the institutional misandry which dominates the modern Anglosphere. The Sixties Sexual Revolution was a brief anomaly and misandrist feminism has largely restored Victorian morality to every public arena: a man risks imprisonment for even talking to a woman in many places.

Prostitution remains illegal in Britain and North America, and men who pay for sex are still morally and legally criminalized. Most males outside the top 20% in terms of looks, money and status will experience long periods of celibacy if they do not marry young (and even if they do). The lamestream media still tries to peddle the myth of the sexualized Anglo-American woman; however, this narrative is created and maintained by sex-obsessed gay men and bears little resemblance to reality.

In sum, Anglo feminism is now the major issue confronting males across the Anglosphere. Originally created to defend women’s ‘rights’, Anglo feminism has morphed into a puritanical Gorgon obsessed with stigmatizing heterosexual sex, excluding fathers from their children, pathologizing masculinity, promoting transexuality, driving men from higher education and… well, you know the score by now.

Together, these four factors cohere to make romantic life extremely difficult for most Anglo-American males. For example, class is closely linked to both materialism and sexual repression in the Anglo countries. The hyper-hypergamy of Anglo-American women – the assumption that they are divine angels too good for any man – obviously springs from this warped association. Opponents of the Manosphere ridicule its denizens as marginalised eccentrics – keyboard warriors and alienated deplorables. However, the Manosphere draws inspiration from lived experience in the Anglosphere and its four pillars of dysfunction. And its message has spread because of ‘truth marketing’: the experience of daily life in this culture simply supports its general arguments.

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Is MGTOW the Ultimate Destination for Successful PUAs?

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Is PUA a stepping stone to becoming a MGTOW?

Regular visitors to TNMM will know I’ve gone through a lot of women in the past few years since learning female nature, writing about it, and becoming a successful PUA. I really should have a turnstile installed in my bedroom to keep track of all the tail that’s in and out of there.

Before learning the crimson arts, I managed to get about 30 women into bed by the time I was 30 years old. But in the last few years, I’ve been getting more ass than a toilet seat. I got to a notch count of around 150 women before I stopped counting and writing them in on my list.

The latest development is I have become bored with women and the Game. Sex is still fun, and appealing, but I need less of it. Once a man has climbed the mountain, realized a cornucopia of sensual delights and how to make females feign attention in him, he realizes success can often be a stale finale.

My success with women – and staring into the toxic abyss that is female nature with each successful pick-up – has caused me to lean more towards living a MGTOW lifestyle lately.  I won’t reach the level of a MGTOW monk and I’ll still go through about a dozen women a year by my estimation (about one a month), but my interest in women continues to wane after gaining extensive experience with them. Women are empty souls. The writings of Schopenhauer first clued me in on female nature, and later I found the writings of J.D. Unwin as well as Briffault’s Law:

The female, not the male, determines all the conditions of the animal family. Where the female can derive no benefit from association with the male, no such association takes place.

  • Past benefit provided by the male does not provide for continued or future association.
  • Any agreement where the male provides a current benefit in return for a promise of future association is null and void as soon as the male has provided the benefit.
  • A promise of future benefit has limited influence on current/future association, with the influence inversely proportionate to the length of time until the benefit will be given and directly proportionate to the degree to which the female trusts the male.

From Briffault’s Law and the fact bad boys have higher notch counts than good guys, a man can glean that the essence of Game is this: If women don’t want to use men for resources (Betas) they want to try and tame them (Alphas and Sigmas). In short, Game is based on using innate female desire to manipulate and control men against them.

Once you realize women don’t see you as anything except something they can consume, try to tame, or exploit, the allure of sexual encounters with them starts to slip and the scales tip in favor of just avoiding them. The only thing most of them have to offer is sex. (And of course, children. But who wants to have children with Anglobitches dangling the Sword of Damocles i.e. state enslavement over a man’s head?) A man who is thoroughly experienced with women begins to see through every dissimulation, every trick, every game they play before they even make the attempt to move you like a pawn on the chessboard.

He knows how to short circuit the hamster. He even develops a sense of whether a chick is going to be a hot mamacita or a cold fish in bed before the encounter takes place. This man has even developed a sense of resentment towards women…but at the same time realizes he shouldn’t get mad at a predator for being a predator. Why would he get mad at a jaguar for being a jaguar?

But, he might be better off to just avoid the jaguar most of the time. (It’s always good to keep those PUA instincts honed, however, hence the most of the time reference.)

So, this conundrum does pose an interesting question. Do many, if not most successful PUAs eventually become MGTOWs once they’ve realized enormous success with women, and seen chicks for what they really are? I know I don’t want them in my life beyond occasional hook-ups. I’d much rather focus on activities and pursuits that make move me towards self-actualization on Maslow’s pyramid.

Sex is an important part of a man’s lifestyle. But sex and women should never be his final destination. Chicks are merely hedonistic, passing pleasures along the way.

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MSM Lauds Woman With Stinky Vagina, Blames Boyfriend for Breakup (Seriously)

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Telling a woman she needs to clean her rearend is crossing the line in modern Anglo culture

How many petty reasons do women come up with for dumping boyfriends? What’s the most petty reason an ex gave you before performing the old “It’s not you, it’s me” maneuver? Breakups which are always accompanied by a YouGoGrrl from the rest of the Predatory Females in the pack of wolves afterwards.

What if you stink? What if your penis smelled bad? Do you think a woman would break up with you? Of course she would. But now, men are being criticized for telling women to clean up their act a little.

In one case that has hit the gynocentric mainstream press with a predictable round of female applause afterwards, an Anglobitch had her vaginal hygiene questioned by a “disposable” male. In other words, she had a stinky hole, and her boyfriend called her out on it.

How did she react? She promptly dumped him then went on to publicly blame him for the breakup. Classic female maneuvers all around. Any man experienced with the dissimulating female knows of their innate talent to rewrite history so it conforms to their emotional flights of fancy. From the New York Post:

A doctor has urged other women to break up with any partners who criticize their vaginas — after sharing her own personal experience with a nasty fella. Dr. Jen Gunter spoke out after commenting on recent reports that women have been using Vicks VapoRub to cleanse their vaginas.

Oh, he’s “nasty” and not her.

Notice how women conflate separate issues in their emotional overreactions. Jen’s boyfriend probably just didn’t like being around a chick that smells like tuna all the time. No man is telling women to use Vicks to clean themselves. That sounds like female stupidity developing all on its own via urban myths. (Vicks will clean you out good, guh.) In any case, Jen writes:

For what I am sure is the 100th time the vagina needs no cleaning and the vulva needs very little. Gunter then shared a very personal story about the time she ditched a man who made disparaging comments about her vagina.

Remember men. Alpha Fucks, Beta Bucks. Nice guys finish last. And assholes finish first. Read between the lines and apply the teachings you’ve learned here at TNMM and elsewhere in the manosphere as you analyze this relationshit:

I once dated a guy who insinuated my vagina did not smell right. He was an ass in other ways too, but I just didn’t see it until he impugned my vagina. For example, he [thought] my hair would be better if it were straight. Sadly I took the bait, it wasn’t.

No doubt, her ex preying on her insecurities is what drew her to him. Dark Triad men are often very successful plunderers of poon.

He thought I would look better if I dressed a certain way. Again I took the bait. I just felt worse.

Telling her to practice some basic hygiene was the final straw. What an outrage! A man not wanting to stuff his male parts inside something that smelled toxic.

When it came around to telling me how my vagina could be better it finally clicked that this is a form of control that men often use. Fortunately I am an appropriately confident vagina expert and I had a light bulb moment and dumped his sorry ass.

Applying the same standards to women, when a guy’s ass crack smells because he doesn’t wipe well enough or his armpits stink because he doesn’t apply enough deodorant, and a woman tells him he stinks – is that a form of control women often use? Telling men they stink?

Does this mean stinky cunts are the new norm in the race to the bottom of the barrel in feminized Anglo culture?

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America Has Been Compromised: How Democracy Will End

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Even Steve Bannon, Trump’s former strategist is now talking about the same historical cycles that led to the fall of Rome now plaguing the American Empire

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the American government has been compromised. The current situation is clearly Elites vs. The People. The People are losing. We have become pawns for the corporate-government complex to move around on an oligarchical chess board. Spengler called this corruption of democracy “economic interests permeating the political forms and authorities” in his epic civilization model that predicted today’s malaise with stunning accuracy a full century ago – way back in 1918.

Even Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former strategist is now referencing such historical cycles in his new book, Always the Rebel:

America has “an underlying culture, that has been passed down from Jerusalem, to Athens, to Rome, to London. It’s the belief in self-reliance, it’s the belief in the self-determination of the individual. It’s freedom to be the traditional family. The culture that is our way of life. I think it’s absolutely vital and important. And we have an obligation to those that came before us as much as we have an obligation to the people in the future to pass that down.

Bannon’s thesis is expounded upon by Breitbart:

The Roman Senate “was bought and paid for by the elites. … The exact thing we face today!” he exclaimed. “What the Roman Empire faced is exactly what we face, that you lose the citizenship — and the power of citizenship — of the Roman Republic, you become an Empire, and that empire becomes a massive concentration of power and wealth, which is detached from the people.

And then eventually, you’re having people who don’t want to serve in the legions, you have to go for foreign soldiers. Everybody is a mercenary. And therefore, no one really stood up or was prepared to die, really, in service to the country. And then what happened? Wave, after wave, after wave of migrations from the Goths, the Visigoths, the Huns. Coming into the empire and changing the culture and destroying the civic society they had in Rome. The empire could not withstand it.”

Incidentally, I’ve already become a mercenary in my dealings with the American Empire and I encourage other men to do the same. I see this nation – which turned its back on me and mine long ago – as nothing more than a source of money. Any life worth living that I now enjoy happens exclusively outside its borders.

By studying cycles that befell all high cultures Spengler accurately foresaw today’s elite-run sham that is Democracy, Inc. or managed democracy as author Sheldon Wolin calls it. The Founding Fathers were too optimistic about humanity’s prospects, it seems. As Freud later knew, man is a ferocious, gruesome creature who will never be restrained by some scribblings on parchment, no matter how eloquent or noble their intentions might be.

An interesting discussion about how the next phases of Spengler’s predictions will unfold was posted on a forum by and for history buffs. This excerpt is particularly interesting:

Possible sequence of events:

People become increasingly aware that their ‘democracy’ is not that at all and is in fact a sort of plutocracy where the strings are being pulled by the richest behind a facade of cynical self aggrandizing opportunists posing as statesmen, whose real purpose is the accumulation of power for power itself and treating politics as a sort of game to be indulged in for the pleasure of it.

The parties on the ballot paper are mirror images of each other, peopled as they are by the cynical game players who can be bought by the money men, be they socialist or conservative the ‘policy differences’ are mere window dressings and the true policies are in essence the same for both sides, the continuation of the status quo and victory for the personal financial and power gains and ‘jobs for the boys’.

The masses, aware of their powerlessness resort to a purely passive role as spectators of the suffering of others on TV so long as it doesn’t affect them directly. They are supplied with a reasonable standard of living and shallow entertainments ‘bread and circuses’ (also supplied by the money men e.g. Murdoch and Sky Sports) in return for keeping their heads down and their mouths shut and for going along with the status quo at election time or abstaining as more and more do.

In any case the ‘free media’ which goes along with democracy is essentially in the power of money also and increasingly resorts to a sloganeering form of ranting whether either right leaning or left leaning almost another form of entertainment to titillate the viewers without any real substance.

Slowly the cynicism builds and builds until one day, sick to the teeth of the corrupt, bogus and empty institutions of state and the utter meaninglessness of a isolated and empty existence, the people cry out for a savior in the form of a great and heroic leader who will smash the rotten edifice of democracy and purify the world.

Hail Caesar!

That excerpt was posted way back in 2009. It rings even truer now, almost a decade later than it did back then. It has been said history repeats itself. It may not repeat itself, but it sure seems to echo, with astonishing predictability.

We can already see foreshadowing of “the people cry out for a savior in the form of a great and heroic leader who will smash the rotten edifice of democracy and purify the world” with the ascension of Trump to the presidency. There are further signs of a clearly anti-Establishment attitude in the fact a plurality of voters say the Washington Post’s bought and paid for hit piece on Roy Moore (yet another classically Anglo-American sex scandal) makes them more likely to vote for Moore in the Alabama senate race.

(Moore’s continuing 8-point lead is also a clear sign character assassination does not operate the way it did in the past now that the Wisdom of Crowds phenomenon on the Internet gobbles up fake news narratives like Bon Bons.)

Expect the anti-Establishment sentiment to become even more pronounced in the years and decades ahead. When the public cries out for a strongman to bring order to the chaos created by a thoroughly corrupted democracy, do not be surprised. It will happen within our lifetime.

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Man Develops App to Show What Women Look Like Without Makeup

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The before and after images of Madison using the MakeApp app

A glib Anglobitch, appropriately named Madison who writes for NY Magazine is taken aback that a man who is apparently tired of false advertising from women has developed an app to show what women look like without their numerous layers of paint on.

She posted her disgust with the “truth in advertising” app in a recent writeup.

Please look closely at the photo on the left. That, reader, is me, the writer, wearing a full face of makeup. Clearly, my gelled brows and tinted lips were intended to con some schmuck of the opposite sex into thinking I am extremely good-looking and then make him buy me six iPhone X’s.

Well, at least Madison alluded to the truth of the matter when it comes to what women expect from men. Every relationshit basically boils down to a sex for resources transaction buried under layers of clever female sophistry.

Called MakeApp, the app lets you un-makeup five photos for free before asking you to pay $0.99 to continue editing images and videos. Now look at the photo on the right. That’s me after MakeApp edited my face to let everybody know how grotesque I look when you digitally peel off the highlighter and mascara. Horrifying, I know.

Blaming Russia for pretty much every problem the world faces is popular among increasingly unhinged leftists these days.

MakeApp is the brainchild of once-Kremlin-linked, Russian founder Ashot Gabrelyanov. For what it’s worth, I thought the AI itself worked pretty well on my face.

Next thing you know, feminists will be blaming Russia instead of the patriarchy each time they walk around bleeding once a month. Madison’s disgust with the MakeApp app is all the more reason for men to download it today.

When I worked in the news industry, the fugly to presentable transformations women went through were remarkable. The few times I saw chicks who read out loud in front of a camera (reporters and anchors) without their makeup were memorable experiences. They looked like completely different people. In many cases, their skin damaged by years of sitting under a chemical bath.

In each and every case, reality knocked them down a good 2-4 SMV points over the Maybelline illusions they displayed to the world. Now, thanks to the power of technology, men can see what women are hiding before waking up horrified one morning after a pump and dump.

Now, if we just had an app to reveal the fat rolls chicks are hiding underneath billowy clothing or slimming camera angles.

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Nullification – New Silicon Valley Precognition Software May Render 2nd Amendment Useless

As new precognition software is combined with just announced legislation, TNMM has prepared a hypothesis on how the Second Amendment could be virtually nullified, giving the government the power to take guns away without repealing it.

Of course, the Second Amendment will likely never be repealed, because a Civil War would break out. But it might be gutted using new techniques of the growing American Police State and the elite-managed democracy now plaguing the one-time bastion of freedom. Here’s how.

First off, in case you’ve been asleep, the U.S. government has, for all intents and purposes, gone rogue. It no longer answers to its constituents, but rather to wealthy cliques who buy the legislation they want to tighten their grip on the lives of the populace. Forget the illusion of democracy. Forget Congressman and Senators, those “humble public servants” who in reality only feather their nests with corporate money at the expense of the liberties of the taxpayer. The days of even the pretense of “freedom” are waning in America.

Case in point: The Department of Homeland Security has been partnering with Silicon Valley firms – specifically Palantir – to develop what they call “precognition” software. Or, software the government will use to predict the future. Of course, the Police State USA leviathan claims this latest technological demon is being unleashed because it needs to stop terrorism. The problem is, this software will literally make thought crimes a reality. (Incidentally, historian Webster Tarpley calls terrorism the myth of the 21st century, and makes a strong case for state-sponsored false flag terrorism in books and presentations.)

Reason TV just filed a frankly, frightening report on this matter this weekend. You can view the entirety of the report above. Here’s the gist of the report:

Silicon Valley firms are building surveillance and profiling tools to help government agents make sense of the massive amount of information available on social media and in publicly accessible data sets.

Yes, Big Brother is acutely interested in your online activities, including every move you make on Facebook and Twitter. Every “Like” or laugh or sad or angry emoticon you feed into the matrix is being used to design a computer model to predict your future activities. But, why? Continuing from Reason:

Are they using cutting-edge technologies to keep Americans safe, or laying the groundwork for a police state?

“Keeping Americans safe” is fallacious reasoning, since there is reason to believe the CIA and FBI are behind many, if not most, of the mass shootings in recent years. The sloppy Las Vegas false flag helped blow the lid off such possible Deep State operations. But, there’s profit to be had from creating constant security threats for the establishment to “solve”. The old rule is, you have to create “problems” to create profit.

So, to answer the question posed by Reason, it’s the groundwork for a police state.

The Palo-Alto based Palantir is one of the biggest so-called threat intelligence firms, and it’s primary backer is Peter Thiel, the PayPal founder, Facebook board member, and Trump supporter.

Thiel is clever. He claims to be an ardent libertarian. He might be, but his involvement in the design of software that could easily be used to strip civil liberties makes the skeptical man wonder if his “libertarian” politics are just a convenient cover story. Think wolf in sheep’s clothing.

TNMM has also been cautiously skeptical of the last minute, Hail Mary pass Donald Trump’s ascendancy into the presidency represents. It seems there’s good reason for our skepticism. Trump has supported the use of precognition software in “extreme vetting” schemes of potential immigrants to the U.S. On the surface, this sounds good to knee-jerk conservatives until one learns this software can easily be deployed on the populace.

Now, let’s add a little Hegelian Dialectic into this witch’s brew, a tactic regularly used to justify the stripping of civil liberties each time the U.S. power structure discusses terrorism:

[Thiel] believes Palantir’s technology will prove crucial in stopping future terrorist attacks. Some insiders credit Palantir for enabling the government to find Osama bin Laden’s hideout in 2011.

Incidentally, the “We got Osama!” narrative followed by his quick, mysterious burial at sea is likely yet another clever manipulation among countless others in a government of web of lies that runs from from top to bottom.

(Here’s some background so readers know that last paragraph isn’t a baseless claim. The Power of Nightmares, a three-hour long TNMM recommended documentary by the BBC’s Adam Curtis helps explain how the Neoconservative theory of creating phantom enemies to spur change the elite power structure wants gained a foothold in the American government in the 1960s and 1970s, was deployed against the USSR in the 1980s and then adapted to the “terrorism” narrative circa 2001. We’ve been living under it ever since.)

Regular readers of TNMM might remember Osama’s death was never truly confirmed. Some researchers claim Osama bin Laden, a former CIA-asset might have already been dead for years when the PR move was made by the Obama administration to announce his death. Additionally, Seal Team Six, credited with taking Osama out all mysteriously died in a Chinook helicopter crash a short time after.

All this mystery surrounding the death of Osama reeks of a sloppy Deep State cover-up operation. It is indeed interesting that shaky foundation is now brought up to justify freedom-destroying “precognition” software.

Of course, proponents of the software and the legislation never talk about the risks to the American public. Continuing from Reason:

Edward Hasbrouck of the nonprofit Identity Project says that the technology enables the government to violate civil liberties without necessary checks on its power. He compares it to the Berlin Wall. “By building checkpoints—by building the control mechanisms,” Hasbrouck says, “we’re already putting into place the infrastructure for those who will abuse them in the future.”

Here’s how precognition software will be deployed to destroy the Second Amendment. A report from Breitbart just released today confirms Police State USA is making moves to put this nefarious software into use by knocking people’s doors down before they’ve committed a crime, and seizing their weapons:

Senate Democrats pushed nine different gun controls during the past six weeks, and ABC News has now emerged with a tenth gun law which they suggest may be the ringer.

That law would legalize firearm confiscation orders like those in Washington state. Such orders allow a judge to issue an ex parte order for the confiscation of an American’s firearms.

Now comes the kicker:

This means the order can be issued without the firearm owner even being present for the process. His or her first knowledge of the order would come when police knocked on their door to sweep the house for firearms.

That last paragraph should make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Senators are pushing this civil liberties-destroying legislation even though law experts say there’s no real basis behind it or need for it.

[UCLA Law] Professor [Adam] Winkler put it this way: “The truth is that it is very rare to know in advance when someone is going to be dangerous with a firearm. This is not going to make a huge dent in our gun violence statistics.”

It bears repeating: Legislation now being proposed in the U.S. government allows people to be arrested and their arms seized BEFORE THEY’VE EVEN COMMITTED A CRIME.

Synthesizing all this information, a number of glaring conclusions can be drawn. First off, precognition software is verifiably in development and likely already deployed in ways the public doesn’t yet know about. All our online activities are being tracked by Silicon Valley and the U.S. government to predict our future actions. And, the Senate wants to pass legislation allowing police to come busting citizens’ doors down, seizing guns before based on a computer model that says a person is about to commit a “crime” against a tyrannical state.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that entire process is a conduit meant to totally gut the remnants of the Second Amendment. Soon, if not already, every word we say will be monitored, recorded, and analyzed in facilities like the Utah Data Center by Big Brother. Say something against your “benevolent” overlords in government in the privacy of your home, your Amazon Echo transmits it to them, and boom – next thing you know police are throwing you on the floor taking your weapons away.

Now we know why the power structure has been monitoring our online activities, pushing to monitor what we say in our homes with speech recognition software, tracking our every move from Facebook to Twitter and then some. They’re creating a model to predict human activity. Basically we’ve all become subjects in a giant lab rat experiment in which we are the lab rats.

And they’re pushing the buttons.

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The War of Art

The Great Masters like Rembrandt were at their creative peak in the Summer of Spengler’s model of Western culture – can the West summon more works of greatness in its Winter?

Paracelsus is a contributor to The New Modern Man.


I’ve just sat down to write, “The Muse” has just struck me. Personally, I’m not much for a set schedule as Steven Pressfield describes in his book – The War of Art – which this article is named after. I’ve always been more manic, if a good idea comes along get it out however I can type. Right now “it” happens to take the form of writing, but in the past it has been everything from painting to playing numerous musical instruments. In my mind I was going to become the next Trent Reznor, but I just ended up being a fucking stellar dilettante. But, as I sit here listening to The War of Art, I reluctantly admit Pressfield makes a damn good case for staying on a single pursuit until it finally pays off.

Chances are if you’ve ever met me in person you have endured one of my famous tirades about what I’m currently researching. For years my modus operandi has been to obsessively dig into whatever topic has caught my attention – only to abruptly stop once I find my new raison d’être. In fact there are really only two things I’ve ever stuck with for the long haul. Those two things are weight lifting and reading. Although I don’t lift every single day I still think about lifting every single day. But reading, I can’t not do it every single day, every single day I have to learn something. It would be painful not to discover insight I’ve never possessed and potentially revelatory. However, there is a catch.

Throughout history voracious readers have often been praised as the very reincarnation of Thoth himself, but this praise isn’t always justly due. The voracious reader and devotee of Pythagoras isn’t Pythagoras. While you can be deeply moved by a philosopher or writer, you still lack their unique style. For a while I got onto a serious fiction reading kick and consumed as much as I possibly could from these writers:

H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jim Thompson, Cormac McCarthy, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, and last but not least – my favorite author- Carlos Castaneda.

The last author on this list is shrouded in intense controversy about what column his work should actually go in. I don’t personally care which, because to me that rascal Dõn Carlos was one hell of a writer and his books are the greatest literary influence on my life. Yet as a writer I’ll never be able to write like Castaneda or Lovecraft, or any other writer named on that list. God knows I’ve tried writing fiction, just none of it has been any good. My point is, reading alone just gives you better ideas, you are responsible for applying them.

This is the heart of The War of Art, the fact that creativity is first and foremost a labor. Although it is a labor of love, it is a laborious process that tests you and your ability to persist in the face of intense resistance. Now that I’m regularly putting pen to paper I can attest to the fact that I am engaging in intense mental labor. And labor though this may be, I fucking love it.

Writing is awesome, the process of converting ephemeral and fleeting thoughts into an indelible visual record. How often is that abstraction ever given the rightful praise it is due?

As for my “process,” I am and always will be a pen and paper kind of guy, every single word you read has been written in cursive and typed up. It is an arduous process, but it is one that doesn’t lead to the litany of distractions typing on a computer lends itself to. On my blog I’ve written at length about the seductive nature of internet porn, but, I never addressed the internet itself. One minute you have the resolve to sit down and type 50 pages, the next minute you are watching the new GT2 RS set a Nordschleife record on YouTube. This is why I am a proponent of the highly atavistic pen and paper. You are faced with a blank piece of paper and the call to create something compelling worth reading.

This war of art is a war worth fighting. Creating something unique is a exceptional talent, and it doesn’t matter the form or the inherent reason why you are doing it. You can strike up a conversation with any stranger and the de rigueur question will always be asked at a certain point – “what do you do?”  Deep down you know that it is merely a perfunctory gesture because most people hate their jobs. But the minute you commit to a creative profession you find a sense of joy with your answer to that question.

I’m a writer, and I’ve had to work alot of shitty jobs to get here, and I fucking love it. I don’t have to pretend I work at a prestigious company or that I have prestigious credentials and letters from an equally prestigious institution. Sometimes I write pure drivel and un-adulterated bullshit and my internal editor throws it in the trash. But that judgment rests with me on what goes to print.

I’ll leave you with this, if you’ve got something unique to contribute, put it out there. You’ve already got plenty of skin in the game. Tomorrow isn’t promised, and today isn’t over just yet. I once had a painting instructor shit all over a piece that I was working on and happened to love. Turns out he was going through a nasty divorce and was spending most of the time out in the hallway arguing on the phone with his soon to be ex-wife. He was an arrogant East Coast artist type teaching beginning painting at a community college and his opinion meant fuck all to me. There are always going to be critics.

You only need to meet your standards, so beat your internal critic every single day. Beat you resistance to create and get to fucking work!

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