Cthulhu’s Half Brother Only Swims Left

Let’s talk about #Gamergate.

But before we can talk about Gamergate, let’s talk about the Left and where it has won.

Colleges and universities. Which is only natural. The educational establishment has been the natural preserve of the left for, oh, centuries. The progressive program, stated baldly, is that scholars shall rule. And universities are full of scholars. What could be more natural?

The government bureaucracy. Which is natural. The progressive program, stated baldly, is that the government should do a lot. And the government is full of the government.

Hollywood. Crawling with progressives. Which is natural. Wait … why is it natural?

The pat explanation, made by countless writers opposed to progressives, is that Hollywood is full of not very bright nouveau riche actors who feel guilty and insecure about their newfound fame and wealth.

I accepted this pat explanation when I first heard it. But now (as with so many other things) … I wonder.

If the movie industry were right-wing, would it not be easy to find a similarly pat explanation? “Well, those actors, they pretty much worry about their next role. And they’re not from a sophisticated background.”

After all, the above paragraph, with very few substitutions, is probably an accurate summary of professional athletes.

What about … science fiction? Rather than a linkfest of references to RaceFail and the abuse of Orson Scott Card, here is a personal anecdote.

Awhile back I was browsing used books and came across The Heritage of Hastur. Hey! It’s Cthulhu’s half-brother!

Unfortunately, there was nothing Lovecraftian about this book. But nonetheless I read it, because long ago I had tried another book of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s, and had been unable to get through it. I’m older and more mature. Let’s give it another go.

It was dreadful. The plot development was glacial, the dialog insipid. Reading Bradley is like reading Asimov … if you take away Asimov’s scientific knowledge and his sense of humor. I gave up after about 75 pages. None of the characters, including the creepy homo cadet master, held my interest.

You can imagine my astonishment when I came across a list of Hugo nominees, and there was Heritage of Hastur in 1975.

As Wikipedia noted, “Creepy homo cadet master = win!” Okay. Wikipedia actually said of Heritage, “It is notable for its exploration of sexual themes, particularly the view that homosexuality is a normal variant of human sexuality.”

So the rot is deep, and goes back four decades. Do you think of SF as having a natural affinity for the Left?

How about video games? How about for fuck’s sake a bulletin board crawling with Nazis, trolls, and porn freaks? It’s like reading in the paper that Somalia operates three carrier groups in the Indian Ocean. It’s as if Reagan invaded Grenada — and the Grenadans invented the hydrogen bomb in a week and ended the war after threatening to drop it on Chicago using their ICBM.

Regardless of how you feel about video games, or 4chan, this should terrify you. This is the beginning of the end. This is the beginning of the Left Singularity.

Or not. After all, I’m just an anonymous guy on the internet. (Who’s anonymous because he doesn’t dare speak his mind in public.)

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Accelerlefto

Expanding on a comment I left on Nick Land’s excellent blog:

Jim keeps banging this drum, and it’s the truth: Acceptable politics moves further and further left, at an accelerating rate.

I am a computer programmer. 20 years ago, you might talk about politics at work, but it was clear that there was a separation between professional and political life. Today, high-profile companies advocate various left-wing goals. If I said that, say, my current employer should not agitate against Russian anti-gay laws, I wouldn’t even be laughed at. I would be stared at.

20 years ago, a high tech employee could be a Republican. Today, it is forbidden to be a Republican (let alone a reactionary). Look at what happened to Brendan Eich. (And, as Jim is fond of noting, a 2014 Republican is forbidden to be a 1994 Republican.)

It is possible, for now, to be a Libertarian. But a Libertarian must now describe himself as believing in leftist goals while preferring alternate means of achieving them.

Black Pill, White Pill

In a classic Mencius Moldbug post he lists 10 red pills, showing his readers an alternative reality to the inevitable triumph of democracy:

    1. Peace, prosperity, and freedom
      • blue pill:
        Democracy is responsible for the present state of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the US, Europe and Japan.
      • red pill:
                     The rule of law is responsible for the present state of peace, prosperity and freedom in the US, Europe and Japan.

 

I’m selling some pills of my own, about race relations in America.  Did I really just say “race relations in America”?  What am I, the New York Times?  In English:

Here are some pills about black people.  There is of course, no reason for them to be blue or red.

 

1. Equality

  • black pill:Blacks and whites, and Asians and everyone else for that matter, have the same average IQ.
  • white pill:Blacks average one standard deviation (15 IQ points) lower intelligence than whites.  They also have shorter time preference, which leads to more self-destructive behavior, more criminality, and less wealth (even considering their lower IQ).

2. White Flight

  • black pill:Whites fled large cities because they were horrible racists and had irrational fears.
  • white pill:Whites fled large cities because they were afraid for their personal safety.

3. The Black Elite

  • black pill:Modern integration liberated able blacks to lead the same upper-middle-class lives as whites.
  • white pill:High-ability blacks probably dislike common negroes as much as anyone else, and are relieved to be freed from legally mandated proximity to them.

4. Sports

  • black pill:Sports leagues in the past prohibited negroes from playing, because they were incomprehensibly stupid and evil.
  • white pill:Sports leagues prohibited black participation because they understood at some level that failing to do so would lead you or your daughter or son to root for a mindless tattooed thug, wife-beater, or murderer.

5. Riots

  • black pill:Blacks riot in their ghettos because they are oppressed and impoverished.
  • white pill:Blacks riot because the media tells them to and the police are constrained from doing much about it.  Encouraging muppets to riot is a classic Cathedral technique, the use of “Far Against Near.”

6. Martyrs

  • black pill:The experience of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown shows that America is still racist and blacks are still an underclass.
  • white pill:Progressives must be hard-up for victims if they are trying to make martyrs of Martin (a thug and petty thief) and Brown (who robbed a cigar store and attacked a cop).

7. Ku Klux Klan

  • black pill:Trying to explain the Klan is like trying to explain Auschwitz.  It is an evil that defies rational explanation.
  • white pill:Poor whites joined the Klan to keep themselves and their property safe.  Because the Klan was populated by peasants, it was probably stupid and brutal.  However the impulse behind joining the Klan was more about Neighborhood Watch than Tsarist pogrom.

8. Detroit

  • black pill:Detroit is a wasteland because racism.  By whites.  Who are, um, nowhere to be found in Detroit.
  • white pill:Detroit is a wasteland because it was abandoned to feral blacks.

9. Progress

  • black pill:Desegregation, integration, affirmative action are the cornerstones of black progress since the second World War.
  • white pill:The Great Society and Welfare State have been a disaster for blacks.  Uncle Sam the Pimp encourages black women to have childen no matter what their marital status, income, or maturity.  Intelligent blacks are helicoptered into schools and jobs beyond their ability.  And all blacks are encouraged to feel a resentment which even if deserved (of course it’s not) can serve them no positive purpose.

10. Morality

  • black pill:I’m opposed to racism because as a decent human being there is simply no alternative.
  • white pill:You are opposed to racism because anti-racism is your society’s defining ethos.  You have about as much freedom of thought on the matter as a North Korean contemplating the legitimacy of the Kim dynasty.

n.b. As with Moldbug’s post, this list is designed to provoke, not cross-reference, hence the lack of links.