One’s Mind Should Be Open, But Not So Much That A Deity Might Fall In

Discourse on contemporary political beliefs reminds me, in a strange way, of the strong nuclear force.

The strong nuclear force binds quarks to form hadrons, and also keeps protons and neutrons contained in atomic nuclei.

Like electromagnetism, it is a fundamental force. Now the force carrier of electromagnetism is the photon, which is massless and electrically neutral. This makes electromagnetism relatively easy to analyze. The force varies as the square of the distance, that sort of thing.

The force carrier of the strong nuclear force, the gluon, itself carries a strong nuclear charge. This makes analyzing the strong force fiendishly difficult, because you have to account for the attraction of the gluon to the particles for which it is conveying strong force attraction, and the charge of the additional gluons that carry the strong force of that gluon, and so on.

And so it is with politics. Consider “Ten Commandments for Atheists”:

1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
3. The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.

Blah blah blah

Which were mocked by a Based Internet Duck:

look i’m not religious at all myself either but if you proudly self-identify as “atheist” just fuck off and unfollow me, you’re a big faggot

I find all this passing strange because … I don’t believe in God.

But I am not an “atheist.” An “atheist” is a progressive. A progressive is a believer in a mutant strain of Christianity which discarded its belief in God, much as a virus discarded most of its cell material.

I am an “agnostic”. An agnostic is technically “One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God.” But that is just something a 19th-century intellectual made up so that he could smirk to his friends while still getting invited to fashionable parties. Nobody could actually think that way.[a] It is not how humans are made.

In our world, “agnostic” means “an atheist, but not a dick about it”.

And in spite of:

5. God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.

in our world, an atheist is one of the Godly.[b]

[a] It’s worth keeping this in mind if you are confused by the multitude of early Christian doctrines and heresies. It’s likely that no one cared about Monophytism or Nestorianism as such. Future historians may well say to themselves, “impossible to know whether there is a God?! Was there something in the water supply to make people incredibly passive-aggressive?”

[b] Perhaps by analogy with neo-Reactionary, we could call the Cathedral belief system “neo-Puritanism.”

Progressive was a word with only positive connotations …

Henry Dampier:

The suite of entitlement programs and regulations put into place before, during, and after the New Deal have all been dedicated to the weakening of the family system and the strengthening of the nation-state and the corporate systems that feeds resources and manpower into it in a rationalized fashion.

What this has generated is a society in which parents do not feel as if they own their children. They instead prepare their children for success in the corporate state …

I think the real damage is not to parenting, but to other voluntary traditional associations. Before government got involved (Moldbug: “[Welfare] was a word with only positive connotations — until the twentieth century got its hands on it.”), charity was the province of religion and fraternal organizations. These were much better suited to help the needy while denying a free pass to the idle.

In the age of demotism, no good deed goes unpunished, no worthy institution goes unmolested. The nanny state is a hindrance to traditional parenting, but child bearing/rearing survived[1]. The fraternal organizations — basically modern guilds, self-insurance by lower and middle class labor [2] — did not.

[1] I personally do feel as though my offspring are mine. Though they need to be deprogrammed from time to time.

[2] This — a memory from a book read long ago — needs a cite. Anticipate a post with more detail after the appropriate research is done.

The Saint Is Hungry, And Must Be Fed

Nick Land notes:

To publicly promote a political profile of peculiarly self-congratulating moral earnestness it is simultaneously necessary to feed the shadows. What happens unseen is essential to the purification of the image.

The Obama Administration is only significant here insofar as it grasps the deep political logic of democracy — and its subordination to sovereign PR — with such exceptional practical clarity. Better by far to indiscriminately drone potential enemies to death on the unmonitored periphery than to rough up a demonstrated terrorist in front of a TV camera.

It’s the future you wanted (Xenosystems readers excepted). To imagine anything fundamentally different working under democratic conditions is sheer delusion.

There’s another sort of bifurcation at work. As I commented on that post:

To be Progressive is to identify, correct, and atone for society’s past sins. And the more awful those sins, the better for the Progressive to beat his breast and bask in his halo. If there were no “police brutality”, no torture, no armed forces atrocities — what would fill Mr. Obama‚Äôs teleprompter? How would raise funds?

One of the awful features of democracy is that it has no incentive to fix problems. Quite the opposite — there is every incentive to let problems fester, for several reasons:

– Organizations and programs created to solve a problem would lose their funding were the problem to vanish.

– Dysfunctional governance serves as a rallying cry and a touchstone of opposition. Do you think Republican senators and congressmen really want to abolish Obamacare? Why would they deprive themselves of a useful campaigning and fundraising tool?

– Elected officials can provide a useful service to their constituents, poking the bureaucracy to produce a reasonable result. Hedrick Smith estimated that as many as 5% of a congressperson’s voters were the recipient of this assistance.

Democracy converts its citizens to spoilt children, and as such, voters show no gratitude. A concrete example: Just after I was born, a speed limit of 55 miles per hour was imposed on all highways. Just before I started driving, this limit was raised to 65 in rural areas (of course most people drove faster no matter what the speed limit).

When the Republicans took Congress in 1994, they eliminated the federal speed limit. Everyone loathed the unrealistic speed limits, but getting rid of them didn’t seem to have done the Republicans much good. I’ve never met anyone who explained their voting habits as an expression of gratitude for any law or policy.

So don’t expect the most self-righteous presidency in history to have a practical result, when it comes to torture or anything else. Rather the opposite.

A Lie Can’t Stand

From a San Francisco paper a couple days ago:

A season marred by run-ins with authorities came to a crashing end Wednesday for Ray McDonald when the 49ers axed the defensive lineman after San Jose police said they are investigating the 30-year-old for an alleged sexual assault.

At this point a black football player getting into trouble isn’t news. It’s not even dog-bites-man; more like dog barks. But I thought this was funny:

[H]is mother, LaBrina McDonald said, “There is no truth to this at all.”

She added, “A lie can’t stand. The truth always comes out. Ray has taken good precautionary measures with how he handles himself.”

“Good precautionary measures.” Ah, a mother’s love. Considering that he’s predisposed to thuggery, he’s basically a good son.

Shooting At Auburn

Jakell Mitchell can’t breathe either.


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The girlfriend of a slain Auburn football player said he was arguing with a man at a party when a third man pulled a handgun and opened fire.

Redshirted freshman football player Jakell Lenard Mitchell, 18, died after being shot in the chest early Sunday morning at an off-campus apartment complex. It was the same apartment complex where two former football players and a third man were shot to death outside a 2012 pool party.

There is nothing suprising about the way that Trayvon Martin died. He jumped a person smaller than him and slammed his head into the pavement.

There is nothing surprising about the way in which Michael Brown died. He robbed a cigar store, he strutted down the street as if he owned it, he rushed a cop.

But Jakell Mitchell … isn’t it surprising that a student at a
major university would get into a fight that would end in a shooting?

And isn’t this surprising?

The apartment complex is the same where authorities say Desmonte Leonard killed three men at a party in the summer of 2012. The complex, a few miles from campus, is popular with students. Its name was changed following the 2012 shooting.

Behold the 21st century American progressive theocracy, in which
we are commanded to be surprised by things which are unsurprising, and to take no notice of things that are shocking and unusual. “Popular with students”!

Fierce Amoral Urgency

Oh hi fellow wonderfully moral progressive, would you please sign my petition banning torture?

Hey tonight you should come over and watch Game of Thrones, yeah we’ll watch some really intense scenes.

No not the one where they cut the guy’s dick off, the one where the rat chews through someone’s chest.

Oh yeah we can watch Red Wedding too.

Man, could anything be more awesome than Game of Thrones?