Today I’d like to shine a spotlight on the writings of a talented, hyper-intelligent introvert named Giovanni Dannato.
All quotes are his:
Since the founding of America, it’s always been a dumping ground for the rest of the world’s problems and a laboratory where those who come out on top can work their wills without any traditions or custom to hold them back. Instead of a City on a Hill, it’s been more like that Randian city on the bottom of the sea from Bioshock.
From the beginning, it was a money mill where Whites and Indians were used as slaves until they were replaced by imported Africans. Since the 1600s, it’s been about importing ever more unskilled labor to undermine the power of normal people who get just comfortable enough to decide they don’t want to be exploited to death.
Most of the Founding Fathers were rich smugglers, slave-traders, and slave-owners who were de-facto New World aristocrats. The American Revolution did not lead to chaos because it was the revolt of one elite against another elite. There is a lot to be said for that; I favor an enlightened elite. But their narrow view led to them getting deposed within a couple generations in a pointless and bloody civil war.
The American scheme proved to be sustainable for nearly 400 years because there was an entire continent to expand into. Now there’s not. Every easy corner has been settled and then populated to saturation. If you want to found a colony now, you’ll be homesteader in Montana or Alaska.
Now, the American people have to grow up.
Many dissidents suppose the descendants of Europeans in America becoming a minority would be an apocalyptic end. No, it would be the beginning of a new ethny who emphatically and viscerally know who they are. An America that’s 60% European-descended remains in free-market slumber, working their lives away to out-compete the other guy by a few thousand bucks.
An America that’s 30% European is a fanatical tribe that engages in aggressive conquest against its blood enemies.
In a way, Trump has accomplished what we really wanted him to in our darkest hearts. The present system with his final surrender stands totally and utterly discredited, the last shreds of the Mandate of Heaven sent to the winds. It’s now just a race to see what replaces it all.
No US president has had any real power to influence policy for almost 20 years now. It is now clearly a position about as ceremonial as the Japanese emperor. People who were die hard WN 1.0 guys now promote Andrew Yang because they know it’s all a joke. Nobody cares anymore.
Instead of the Search for Spock, it’s the search for who actually has real power and to formally recognize them and endow them with the responsibilities that come with rulership, whether they like it or not.
The futuristic elite living within the beltway of Washington and within sight of Starfleet Academy in San Francisco see themselves as the leadership of an Empire of Globalism endowed with Divine Right.
As they wear pristine white jumpsuit uniforms in oblong post-modernistic white penthouses with amorphous furniture that practically glows, they ponder the state of the world in front of pale blue holographic screens they manipulate with deft motions of their gracile hands.
For some reason, Iran furrows their brows to no end while their “own” rural provinces in Pennsylvania and Ohio escape their notice altogether. Or at least, if these provinces force themselves into their attention, it irritates them to the core of their perfect beings.
The key problem of secular egalitarianism is it tries to treat everyone the same. Worse, it tries hold everyone to the standard of the aristocracy of cognition and character. Every one of us supposedly has the potential to be an intellectually-curious entrepeneur best-selling novelist astronaut. Looking back, this will be seen as one of the most tragic and disastrous ideas of all time.
The answer to modernity is neuro-tribalism. The black sheep and the runts of every litter of similar breeds find one another and form associations. People come in a range of neurotypes and certain people are simply on the same wavelength. They think in a certain rhythm, see the world in a certain way. It’s almost like an extended mind that for many even an extended family has never offered in this atomized society.
Even on perfectly anonymous internet forums, one cannot fake their personality for long. Any woman who goes into the manosphere lasts maybe a few posts before everyone knows she’s a woman, even though they’ve never seen her. Patterns of writing and thought betray sex, race, and class as readily as a picture of one’s face.
An aethereum of written words alone can lead to face-to-face meetings and these meetings further distill new identities of compatible types of people.
The secular state religion is much weaker than Christianity ever was and will shed followers at the slightest sign of weakness. It seems indomitable now but is in danger of falling apart forever in a few short years after just a few decades of predominance. Those who revile Nazis as the devil in their religion will no more have a thousand year rule than the Nazis did.
If neighborhoods can decide what kind of people belong in their territory, millions of people are suddenly free to become more stable and rooted, giving trust and social capital a desperately needed boost. Sometimes, an inept or malicious state can break what naturally fixes itself. This has been a main theme of Western politics since the 1960s cultural revolution. Fixing this problem no doubt would also help with low Western fertility but that problem is more complex.
There should be no such thing as a “teenage” state of limbo, a bizarre pathology that only emerged in the 20th century. Since the dawn of time, the mission of young people has been to learn from adults, not to spend all day in an insane asylum full of other kids taking pointless classes about things that serve no use and which they will never remember.
As you can ascertain from this essay, most of the solutions to these seemingly intractable problems are not that complicated if the ruler has an accurate understanding of reality and human nature.
When everyone has access to networks, no one wants to be the 5 that settles for a 5 in life and so all the rest is a game to outmaneuver and sabotage one’s way to a better spot in the great game of musical chairs as society falls apart. Instead of getting things done, most energies are devoted to finding out who has to jump on the grenade and take one for the team. Then arises even more social strife when the despised loser nominated as grenade jumper refuses to jump.
It is impossible to reinstate rules that no one really wants to practice in real life. Nor does acting as if older customs still existed do anything to resurrect them. These systems existed by being airtight constructs that very few could successfully defect from. With that seal broken, they are imaginary fancies.
So the question lies in how to adapt to the problems of modernity in an efficient and realistic manner.
Policy in most other areas of public life suggests we need to arrest the relentless race to the bottom at strategic points.
Without safety nets like EBT cards, soup kitchens, shelters, and minimum wage there would be bread riots and people working for less than a dollar an hour to be able to afford just enough white flour and rice to keep them alive. Desperate people with nothing to lose would force anyone with surplus wealth to live in compounds guarded by private armies.(aka the 3rd world)
The best kind of rules aren’t heavy-handed, stupid rules no one wants like forcing all American women to wear hijabs or banning plastic straws.
The rules that work best are those that force people to do what they’d like to do anyway by using the authority of the state to make sure everyone else has to do it.
No one could afford to pay taxes if the IRS didn’t maintain an airtight seal with extreme aggression and precision. Otherwise any sucker who paid up would live at a disadvantage to everyone else.
The state is truly legitimate when it becomes not just a parasitic occupying army but a broker that relieves the tensions in the endless struggles between humans. Without such an intervention, the natural state of man is Malthusian squalor. Hobbes was right.
In this time of constricting internet censorship, this suicide is an important indicator of the culture. The more the system takes away from people, the less they have to lose. Isolated suicidal people and nutjobs are harmless on their own, but the crowds regard the Sky King as almost a Robin Hood kind of figure. He hurt no one else, showing millions a glimpse of real freedom, while putting a dent in some impersonal corporation’s bottom line. When crowds begin to support this kind of behavior, the real trouble for elites is just beginning. It is a sign that under certain circumstances, certain targets are seen as legitimate by most people.
Very tellingly, Russell was a European-American, especially when most airport workers I see running around are minorities. Suicidal behavior, especially that requiring real initiative and planning is endemic to higher-agency Euros and Asians. The Africans and Indios of this world may groan from time to time under the lash of their overlords but they resign themselves to the grimmest slog of daily life and always manage to push out progeny just the same. I honestly cannot completely blame the world elite for wanting to replace a troublesome population with more pliant and domesticable strains. If that task were completed, there would be no more airplane thefts and no more flamboyant aerobatic maneuvers born from heightened existential consciousness.
Third world people are highly effective and rational when it comes to survival. But when everyone is like that, it’s like a Chinese finger trap. The harder you pull away in the direction of societal-level defection and competition the tighter and more inescapable it becomes. Until you have enough people of sufficient intelligence, no one figures out that if you forgo total competition, humans can reach a negotiated truce that allows for higher trust and a superior standard of living for everyone.
Those who cooperate by paying for goods, get more and better stores to choose from. Those who defect by stealing whenever they can are rewarded with “food deserts.” What few stores remain in these districts lock up anything that’s small enough to conceal and worth more than $10.
Whenever I go to the liquor store, single malt scotch is out in the open up to about $100 a bottle. Meanwhile, even lower shelf brandy, especially the Hennessy gets kept behind the cash register where sticky fingers can’t reach it. It is easy to tell which community prefers which.
It plays out the same way in every aspect of life that lies in that disputed sector. For populations of smart people, the contested area is just a bit smaller and that makes a huge difference.
The right wing desires power but it always floats outside their grasp and it will always do so until they recognize that that downward distribution is a tool for sealing alliances that help get them what they want. For decades, their reaction has been to thrash and flail like a drowning man, giving anyone who tries to rescue them a sharp elbow to the face in their panic and paranoia. It is a mathematical law that the party of the 48% loses every election by at least 4%.
First, the faction that wishes to assume power must assess who they want to include and who to exclude from a hierarchical alliance while maintaining strict standards for their core tribe which they intend to occupy the top rung.
Yet right wingers want only Christian married men with solid careers and successful businesses who can spit tight game when needed. They just don’t get it. The people they want most are those least likely to rock the boat.
The raw material is already abundant. Someone astute just needs to throw a few bones in the right directions.
The great circle of life is not just a cycle. There are those who stand within and without it. Within are those who simply have kids as well as those who understand there are Malthusian pressures, Nash equilibria, and endless competition between groups. These people all share a sense of seriousness about existence. Like hatchling sea turtles striving towards the waves as waiting predators pick them off, they stay fixed on their mission. Life must find a way wherever it finds itself.
Manufacturing and commodities comprise the backbone of economic activity, yet in the post-modern era the real proceeds go to value-added goods and rent-seeking. An I-phone beats the crap out of the world’s best potassium anyday when it comes to securing money and power. Every step of the process, outsourced all over the world, accrues a bit more profit than the last and presents that much more of a barrier to entry against any competitors. As for rents, why actually make stuff when you can just charge someone to use your same old property every month?
Our own society suffers from far too many defectors and as a result social capital has collapsed. We’re bowling alone and doting on animals to feel some kind of connection in the midst of this economic war of all against all. The unclaimed prize goes to the first organization, whatever it is, that establishes high-trust, reliable social capital for even average people who get trashcanned for falling a few steps behind the pack. This is the service that early Christianity provided and it exploded because the pent up demand for cooperation was immense. Those who got in the faith during its rise and avoided getting martyred got to reap the benefits of family and community while everyone else was still fighting to the death over a dwindling trail of crumbs.
During good times, it pays to be a generalist who can benefit from many different food sources. During bad times, the best survivors are specialists that can access niches others can’t reach. Right now is a boom time for the highly skilled upper middle class as it is for the highly fecund underclasses. Those of merely above average intelligence and disposition have neither the brains or patience to be electrical engineers nor the raw guile and viciousness needed to rule the streets. Now that there’s a drought, they find themselves starving while specialists thrive. The prevailing question is, from what direction do the next rains arrive?
European roots are just an abstraction for the typical suburban White American. The way forward is to remind them how they are living in exile and can be forced to run away again at any time, how affirmative action turns their jobs into nightmares, how immigration legal or illegal crushes their wages, how the law fails to protect them from colored criminals and punishes them more severely, how their taxes fund the very parasites they struggle to fend off…
When you have millions of people who can hop on a subway for a few bucks and see each other within the hour at any time, you can have groups of even highly unusual types of people that can meet up regularly. Nobody reaches their full potential alone. Throughout history look at any group of contemperaneous authors, artists, or thinkers and usually they all knew each other or at least corresponded. These social circles generally had to form in cities.
The internet made the fluid real-time formation and exchange of ideas possible outside of urban areas for the first time, but this interaction remains abstract and ghostly until it is consolidated by regular interaction in person between people. In the countryside a nascent high IQ counterculture is usually too diffusely distributed. The city allows for the concentration of a critical mass of neo-tribalists in close proximity where they can interact and their energies can be amplified.
Firstly, we should reflect on the problem of unproductive underclasses flooding into urban areas. A properly run system wouldn’t allow this. The poorest will always be crushingly poor no matter where you put them. Productive people produce far more wealth if they have easy access to urban areas. It does not make sense to even allow underclasses near the cities. By simply occupying space, they drive up prices for scarce real estate. This is compounded by the fact that any place they congregate becomes uninhabitable for law-abiding cooperators. Even worse, crime spreads outward from these dead zones and further contributes to making cities into violent undesirable sinkholes people work a job in and then flee from at 4 PM.
In a righteous empire, the city should be seen as a desirable privileged place that non-rich cooperators are rewarded with access to, not a third world hellhole. Obviously every city has many lower IQ jobs that need to be done, but that just requires an orderly, properly vetted working class preferably with higher IQ and conscientiousness than their work strictly requires. Every person who lives in an urban area incurs a significant opportunity cost for society if they do not need to be there or are not the best choice to fill their scarce spot with.
When skilled professionals making six figures start living in their employer’s parking lot, we already know society has seriously mismanaged its resources and infrastructure. Just think of all the wealth that gets wasted in a huge bonfire as people compete for scarce access to the economy’s machinery! When poor planning and a dysfunctional undercaste prevent wealth producers from reaching the means of production, it’s kind of like cells getting blocked from processing oxygen by exposure to cyanide.
Meanwhile, this furor is incredibly damaging to the legitimacy of the Gods of culture. When a star and senator like Al Franken is punished like a common office worker for presuming to enjoy the natural rewards of his station, his prestige and the prestige of all those on his tier of societal heaven suffers immensely.
People participate in a society and its hierarchy because they can look up to those at the top. When we look up to the stars we feel a sense of awe precisely because they are so far removed from us. That sense of awe legitimizes a social hierarchy and when it is violated the power of the culture to inspire and command obedience and unity is greatly diminished.
When a hierarchy loses its prestige people cease to dream of rising in it themselves. This implicitly opens the way for the growth of parallel, competing hierarchies, or even for Hell to triumph over Heaven. Now that the social contract has been soured for men at every level of society, the incentive to rise, strive, and back the status quo for all men has been damaged more than we can realize now.
Mass politics ascended toward its peak when firearms combined with industrialized logistics. We may not appreciate now how revolutionary it was to have an army of hundreds of thousands of trained soldiers in the field at once in the Napoleonic Wars for prolonged periods, millions by the mid 19th century, and tens of millions in the 20th century. Mass production, pasteurization, railroads, the telegraph made possible a condition of total war that was new to agrarian peoples.
Political power is ultimately backed by the potential for violence and since the inception of settled agriculture, only a few people could have the equipment and leisure to be skilled soldiers on the backs of massed peasant labor. Among settled peoples war had always been aristocratic by nature. Though there have always been levies, mercenaries, and conscripts, they were support for a backbone of warrior elite whose investment in the system gave strong incentive for loyalty and whose training gave them tight discipline in combat.
Some suppose a coalition of single women, gays, and impoverished races holds the key to political power in the future because their helplessness makes them dependent and therefore fanatically loyal. Yet once reality inevitably returns, a furious trans-genderist in a dress can shriek at the top of his lungs all he likes only to be sent tumbling into the mud with a saber slash to the face from a smug, mounted noble wearing a powdered wig. A coalition of the weakest is by nature opportunistic and requires the support of the strong to hold power at all. At best, they are tools who are ultimately discarded the moment they cease to be sufficiently useful as a legitimizing priesthood. That moment always comes sooner than ascended undesirables think because a successful religion helps pacify the masses, save the ruler energy, and keeps the army inspired and loyal—a church of obnoxious political commisars inflames and sabotages things instead.
In the mercantile modern world, tight group loyalties are far scarcer than money, enabling even a handful who can actually work together to run roughshod over millions of atomized serfs who just want that next paycheck.
In Silicon Valley a handful of people at a few companies hold a few billion consumers in the palm of their hands. A few small cadres at national banks can influence the trajectory of all the wealth in the world. A few incestuous social circles in a few big cities tell everyone what to think, tell all their stories for them, and make all their music and dance. Even those active in the emerging counter-cultures are vanishingly small as a percentage of the population yet their impact is wildly disproportionate.
Meanwhile, the average worker scurrying to and fro from a job has almost no impact or influence on the culture, the politics, on finance, or anything that matters, even if they are among the dwindling number who live comfortably above subsistence. Actually, comfort makes them that much more inert, their only attribute of significance an implacable dead weight for forces of change to push aside.
It becomes increasingly explicit that nobody cares what ordinary people living their lives on facebook and netflix think. Almost every meaningful interaction we see is propelled by just a few and when this is the reality, it is only a matter of time until there is aristocracy.
It seems a rule across time and place that any elite class tries to eliminate all obstacles to the exercise of power and cut any bothersome obligations or responsibilities to a larger society. In a smaller-scale society like a city state, there is a limit to how far the elite can separate from the obligations of societal leadership. However, when there is a huge increase in wealth and territory, the elites try to use this rocket fuel to break free of the gravitational pull of the lower classes so they can rule the world below as they will from their untouchable elysium in outer space.
To the average soldier, the military is just a paycheck and that’s true for the United States as well where all the effusive praise and near-worship just papers over the fact that it’s a government jobs and training program for millions of Americans who would otherwise be barely employable with their high school diplomas. The military is welfare for the working class.
Also, there are far more people scrambling to take respectable white collar “real jobs” that require degrees than there are slots available. This pressure means those who make it have to know someone on the inside. To establish rapport with someone on the inside they need to have experienced the unique culture of life on campus. People reach out and help those they feel are like them and with whom they have shared culture and experiences. To get that gen X manager to reminisce about college days over lunch while you’re there as an unpaid intern can easily be the difference between having a career and being a barista
Well, this comes to the end of our series on Giovanni. You can easily find him by doing searches on the Net. I’xx myself am going to continue reading on Scarcity of Social Capital Sustains Institutions as soon as I’xx have more time and flexibility of mind. Things are afoot here in Vancouver . . .
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