The March to Fascism

Social movements built on virtuous victimhood are wide open to capture by the unscrupulous and the insane. Those on the Left recognize this in those on the Right, and vice-versa. This common recognition, though, fails to grasp that it’s happening on both sides, and only feeds the process by rendering each side as the virtuous…

You Are the People You’ve Been Waiting For, Just Not in a Good Way

Shortly after Donald Trump won the Presidency in 2016, a smartly drawn comic started making the rounds on social media, purporting to explain philosopher Karl Popper’s “Paradox of Tolerance”. According to this, an ideologically tolerant society must, paradoxically, be intolerant of those who would end its tolerance of ideological difference. The example of those intolerants…

Revolution By Redefinition

It’s easy to laugh at the Q people, or to regard them with horror as a grave threat. Deplorables squared. Which is to say, the worst sort of people made exponentially worse by their adoption of a false revolutionary religion. Both Malcolm X and Confucius agree: the function of a revolution is to call things…

Dream Management

One core of my political philosophy is this: A sense that the game of politics is played by manipulating people to get trapped into their own projections, pitting them in a war with their own shadows. A war they are certain to lose, the harder they try. This strategy exploits a fundamental tendency of human…

Between Ally and Deplorable

The Elite/Woke Alliance #5 Wokism differs from Marxism in how it determines the difference between two closely related but functionally antagonistic classes: the proletariat and the lumpenproletariat. Both are comprised of members of the lower social order, economically speaking. The difference is that the former is informed by a class consciousness that renders them the…

Comprehensive Single Mindedness

Perhaps it is that single mindedness is best when it’s also capable of seeing things from both sides. What’s more: I’d say we live in a society where people most often achieve singlemindedness by rendering themselves incapable of understanding what the other side is even saying. It is as John Stuart Mill commented in ON…

Between Anarchy and Opportunism

The Elite/Woke Alliance #4 When I say ideologue, I don’t necessarily mean a person consciously attached to a particular ideology, but a person who distorts their experience of reality in order to perceive what accords with their conclusions. In this sense, most everyone is an ideologue. I’m thinking it’s a gradient, and there are steps…

Opportunism and the Revolutionary Vanguard

The Elite/Woke Alliance #3 The concept of The Revolutionary Vanguard is a secular version of the monotheistic conception of legitimacy as a function of Divine Intervention. Both are revolutionary notions, in that this legitimacy is not conferred or recognized by established systems of worldly authority. While the Prophet was rendered revolutionarily legitimate by the consciousness…

Cancel Culture and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat

The Elite/Woke Alliance #2 A brief disclaimer to start: What I’m calling “Marxism” is Lenin’s version of Marxism. I haven’t read any of Marx directly, but only Lenin’s interpretation, which is obsessively polemical. That is: Lenin explains his version of Marxism as a withering critique of all those interpretations of Marx, Engels and Socialism more…

Wokism versus Socialism

The Elite/Woke Alliance #1 The fundamental premise of Wokism is that the social order as it is, is abusive to a collection of marginalized identity classes. Relative to this, patterns of social order (civility, politeness and the like) and legal systems (cops, courts and jails) are not neutral goods designed to profit all, but are…