Is Trump afraid of the affirmative action police?

No, of course he’s not. But getting Trump to repeal affirmative action and disparate impact laws is a priority right now, and we can’t get him to do it by begging. But what if we spread the meme that he’s afraid to do it? Right now, such a meme would not take off. However, if he drags his feet on the issue, we can make a case that he is afraid to touch affirmative action laws. How would Trump, a person who pays attention to social media, react, if he saw that people thought he was afraid to attack affirmative action policies? He’d prove us all “wrong.” He’s a man who responds to challenges.

Remember this one. It’s important.

Imminence and Transcendence

The tension between imminence and transcendence is the irritating grain-of-sand-in-the-oyster-that-makes-the-pearl (hyphens!) that has plagued philosophers from Heraclitus straight up through to the present day. Heraclitus had some mystical stuff about flux being organized by an eternal logos and Parmenides gave the imminent world a giant middle finger and rode off into the unchanging sunset with his arm around transcendence. I would like to go with him.

Fast-forward to the present day, and we have a conundrum. We see that a total focus on imminence tends to send everything down the shitter, while a total focus on transcendence leaves you helpless. It would be great if we could reconcile them, but we can’t, because that’s impossible.

Brett Stevens over at Amerika is a Heraclitus if there ever was one. His nihilism basically takes the bare intuitive notion of “reality” and chucks everything else out the window. This leads to a transcendent pragmatism, if you can imagine such a thing, that might just break through into the next age. But I can see the seed of trouble in it. His notion of transcendence is too small. Don’t get me wrong. Like I said, a true reconciliation between the immanence and transcendence is impossible. Stevens takes the bare notion of reality (which is where he gets his transcendence) and uses “pattern-order” or the ongoing process of nature, as the means by which that bare notion of reality leaks into the phenomenal world.

The trouble is that brilliant little Konigsbergian bastard, Kant. Stevens, I deduce, imbibed a shit-ton of Nietzsche (the most potent psychoactive he tried, no doubt), who brings with him Kant’s dark agnosticism about the noumenal realm. The danger is that the bare notion of reality will drop out of the picture when some one-sigma-above-average smartass decides to bracket it away as a useful heuristic or something. Then the transcendence winks out and we’re left with the same old dialectical materialist me-me-me egocentric circle-jerk that has defined the past few centuries of our decline.

What I see here, and what I suspect Stevens also sees, is that we need a real spirituality. We need an authentic, real, honest-to-God (words not chosen lightly) sense of transcendence apprehended in living experience. More importantly, we need a life path for this. The problem is that you can’t put this stuff together with an abstract rule system (a favorite whipping-boy over at Amerika for the past year or so), but in order for large numbers of people to seek such transcendence, you need a culture in place.

This is the key. The next culture that comes up, the heir to the legacy of the West, will be born at the same time as, intertwined with, and reciprocally defined by, the spirituality discovered by despairing modern man. It starts with us.

Not sure how to close this essay, except to let you all know to buy a nice extensive library of a particular kind of book (Evola, Tao Te Ching, Eckhardt, etc.), read the fuck out of it, and engage in some spiritual practice or the other. Doesn’t matter what kind – sit on a cushion and stare at your nose, pray to rocks and trees, whatever. Just get moving.

The Future

The biggest obstacle for the visionaries of the Right is the difficulty of imagining a radically different future. I like the “four pillars” of reactionary thought currently circulating through the alt-right sphere:

  1. Culture
    We have an identity and a continuity with the past, which acts as a compass.
  2. Discipline
    The human ego, with its weakness and pettiness, is the root of most of the evil in the world. We defeat the dysfunction and entropy in society by defeating it in ourselves.
  3. Aristocracy
    Hierarchy in society, put the best in charge. We don’t do this through a system of rules. We do it as individuals by finding the best people around us and pushing them to take charge.
  4. Transcendence
    There exists a reality outside of us that is inaccessible to the analytical intellect and phenomenal consciousness. Our reverence to the ineffable, and its primary emanations (i.e. the pattern-order of the universe and the laws of nature) is what guides us in the right direction and provides us with a goal.

By themselves, though, these aren’t enough. We need a more concrete vision, guided and defined by the four pillars. Here are some thoughts:

  1. Culture, the first pillar, is to be realized through two prongs. First, reject the trash that modern society has produced, not by censoring or destroying it, but by ignoring it and refusing to engage in it. Amidst all the trash, some isolated men in modern society have created worthwhile art and philosophy. Take what is good and reject everything else. Art is a product of the struggle for self-definition and accomplishment of a civilization. That’s the direction toward which our art tends.
  2. Discipline, the second pillar, means striving for excellence in your individual life. The quality of individuals is what gives rise to the quality of civilizations. Physical and mental strength and health is what we need as individuals, and until we have it, we don’t have a chance.
  3. Aristocracy, the third pillar, cannot be realized by a system of rules. If you know someone who is a natural leader, push them to take charge. If you know someone who is a natural thinker, push them to create. This can’t be accomplished by us all following a checklist; it has to be a case of each of us using their best judgment.
  4. Transcendence, the fourth pillar, is the most difficult, and the culmination of the first three. When the first three are in place, the fourth will arrive on its own, and it becomes evident at that point that the striving for transcendence was at the root of the impulse to put the first three pillars in place.

 

Bait and Switch

Any word that is overused loses its meaning, and this goes double for words with vague meanings. “Alt-right” is such a word. We have an opportunity here.

  1. Allow “alt-right” to be used as a witch-hunting term, which will happen more and more often as “racist” and “Nazi” and other such words lose their meanings due to abuse. We will work to undermine the Nazi meme, both through argument and through provocation:

    This is what Richard Spencer and the Alt Right are going on about when they throw Roman salutes with Tila Tequila, or whatever happened. The Alt Right is pure provocation. Its goal is to legitimize all of the things that are made taboo by egalitarianism,
    Amerika

  2. One “alt-right” has become a term to designate anyone the Left doesn’t like, and once this behavior is sufficiently widely spread to be recognizable by anyone, we reclaim the term and normalize it as well. This will be possible after we are finished undermining the Nazi meme.
  3. Once we reclaim the term, we do two things in tandem. First, convince everyone on the right, or almost everyone, to identify as “alt-right” in response to its use as a slur. Then, use that as a means of legitimizing the alt-right subculture.

If that last step is confusing, consider the use of the term, “feminist.” The feminists insist on a definition of feminism that equates it with gender equality, and then, when people assent to the definition, subsume them into the feminist subculture by means of identity politics. We’re pulling a parallel move here.