On Resistance Part 3: Starve the Beast – The Platforms

It should be obvious to the clear eyed observer that we in the West are not going to be able to simply vote our way out of the cages being built all around us. Voting is necessary, but it is not sufficient. The Beast, the techno-bureaucratic complex, has its thumb firmly on the scales of the electoral process. From the “vote until you give us the answer we want” Europeans, to the colour revolutions in the former Soviet republics, to the 2020 elections in America, it is clear that the will of the people will not be allowed to stand in the way of globalist ambitions. Nor can the Beast be convinced by argument. Pointing out the gross hypocrisy, the incompetence, the bloody minded destruction, even the criminality of the governing class is useless. They already know that they are execrable hypocrites and grifters and they don’t care if you know it.because they believe they will rule forever. The media will not help you, nor will academia as both have been thoroughly co-opted and merged into the so-called progressive enterprise. Argument is necessary, but it is not sufficient. The progressive elites and their minions believe that they are well on the way to becoming a permanent ruling class. Having bought or bullied most opposing voices into silence, all that remains is to permanently alter the electorates through immigration and forced dependency so that the voices of free men and women are subsumed forever into the gray mass of bread and circus socialism.

As neither persuasion nor elections will on their own restore our way of life, we must add the third component: resistance. Resistance is now both a necessary and a sufficient action. It need not involve violence, We are by the grace of God not yet at that point. If free people act resolutely and soon, we may never come there. What then is to be done concretely? We have already discussed the necessary mental steps in an earlier post, The Mind and the Seed of Truth. I urge you to read it before going on. I also urge you to read Chapter 6 of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Even if you are neither a Christian nor a believer, you will be much closer to understanding the nature of the Beast. Mental and spiritual preparation are absolutely essential for resistance will not be without cost.

The first concrete step you can take is to starve the Beast. Deprive it of both material and intellectual support. The initial and easiest measure the citizen can take is to get off “free” social media. If you are here, you probably already understand that literally nothing in the universe except God’s grace is free. There is a saying that is so common it has become a cliche. But all cliches, like all stereotypes, achieve that status because they are at some level true. “For any service, if you don’t know what the product is, you’re the product” is the one that applies to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In and their imitators. Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg did not become billionaires by giving away a service with no product. Facebook and Twitter are no more “free” than a 2 for 1 miracle soap offer on late night TV. Every link you click and every ad you scroll by puts revenue in the pocket of people who hate you. Every time you post you make, read, repost, comment on, like or even pause on gives them something even more valuable – data, specifically data about you which they sell to advertisers and marketers and share with agencies of the state. Your attention and the information that your activity gives to them for free are their ONLY assets. Deprive them of that, and you will break them like a made in China toy. Evan as I write Facebook has deplatformed Australia, an entire country, because the government there will not allow Zuckerberg to steal content from Australian creators.

Get off these platforms. You are enriching and empowering people who despise you and who hold in contempt your very existence. Would you continue to shop at a store if the owner called you a racist and a Nazi everytime you walked in? You are literally no more than livestock to Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and their ilk. Start with Facebook. Delete your account, do it almost now. WHy almost and not “right now”? Because before you delete it, you can strike a heavy blow at the platforms by poisoning the information well and muddying the data pool. These will each be the subject of separate post, In the context of this post, it means that before you delete your account distort the data first by unfriending and unfollowing all your real interlocutors. Then pick out a mix of random strangers and people you would never interact with under normal circumstances and follow them. Scroll through and “like” every statist screed, progressive trope and social justice propaganda you can find. Join groups like Black Lives Matter, By Any Means Necessary, climate action groups, and any other thing you find anathema in real life. Log off and let this brew steep for a week to ten days to ensure that entirely inaccurate and financially worthless data portrait of you is created.Repeat this process with Twitter and Instagram. Delete your posts and replace them with ones about matters in which you have no interest. Replace those you now follow with those you despise. Shrink the already tiny intellectual circle in which these goldfish swim until they know nothing about the outside world. Then wait a week and delete your account.

Remember, the people who run Facebook and Twitter hate you. Search out alternatives like Social Galactic and Gab. Yes these will cost you something directly. That is infintely better than paying tribute to people who hate you and wish you were dead.

*(Parler I am sorry to say is not an alternative–it’s free to you, it’s funded by the same billionaire class, and they ask for phone number. When Parler showed signs of going off the reservation they were quickly shut down by Jeff Bezos.That should tell you something)

Resistance Part 2: America Delenda Est.

The United States of America is finished as a republic. It will continue for decades to careen through the world like a geopolitical black hole, devouring whatever it can and smashing what it cannot devour, but it is just as surely dead. Through a combination of media gaslighting, judicial corruption, foreign collusion, violence in the streets and fraud, America as a republic of the people vanished on January 20. Behind a ring of steel barriers and barbed wire, surrounded only by sycophants, handlers and puppeteers, protected by a wartime sized military deployment–who had to be politically vetted and even disarmed–the decrepit, demented, corrupt Joe Biden was installed as President. It was a process and spectacle that would have been right at home in Kazakhstan or Venezuela. America has installed their Paul von Hindenberg and their Hitler will surely follow. The American fascist left have for a century been relentlessly gnawing like termites at the foundations of the American republic and now the house divided can no longer stand. We must digress here for a brief history review before returning to our present predicament and the question of what is to be done.

Only two presidents–Theodore Roosevelt and Donald Trump have dared try and cleanse the stables of the stench of a deeply reactionary and hopelessly corrupt bureaucracy. The brutal fascist Woodrow Wilson nearly succeeded in ending the American experiment with democracy on the pretense of World War I, only to be beaten back after his globalist and imperialist adventures failed and his policies were rejected by the returning troops. Having spent four long years in the freezing mud of Europe, the soldiers were in no mood to be harnessed to the purposes of a patrician racist academic. The interregnum of reason of the Harding, Coolidge and Hoover years was brought to an end by corporate malfeasance and collusion and by a second catastrophic failure of the European political system. Another gentil autocrat, Franklin Roosevelt, used the consecutive emergencies of the Great Depression and the Second World War to expand the administrative state beyond any prospect of constitutional limits. Roosevelt was also willing to use any means necessary to crush political opposition to his relentless drive for control over every aspect of the American economy. His New Deal created huge new regulatory bureaucracies to match and he was only narrowly stopped from enlarging the Supreme Court and packing it with his lackys to prevent constitutional challenges.

This was a determination he signally failed to muster against Adolf Hitler until nearly all of Europe was already under the Nazi boot and the United Kingdom, still socially and financially enervated by the butcher’s bill of World War One, stood alone. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour finally forced Roosevelt’s hand and the new emergency of World War Two added wartime powers to his already comprehensive control over the American economy. He used these powers to intern American citizens in concentration camps and to confiscate their property and to crush the labour movement who had been his support.

I think you begin to get the idea, with very small digressions during the Eisenhower and Reagan years, the story of American politics for the last century has been one of a steady, sometimes stealthy and sometimes flagrant, theft and transfer of political power and agency from citizens to the corporate state. The degenerate inbred political clans of the Kennedys and Bush pere et fils and the Neronian Clintons accelerated the process. A process which found it’s acme in the nullity of Barack Obama. Obama is a small man of little wit and no accomplishment, a man who but for his race and his willingness to be bought, would never have risen beyond the cesspit of Chicago politics. He overcame a recalcitrant Congress to expand the reach of the state and through an unprecedented number of executive orders extended that reach into the minutiae of Americans’ daily life. A supine and corrupt judiciary, sycophantic media and incompetent opposition allowed these insults to the Constitution to stand.

The brief interregnum of Donald Trump was an accident. The intellectual isolation and information bubble in which the corporate-fascist American elite exists led them to miss entirely just how much Americans across the political spectrum despise Hillary Clinton. By the time the elite realised that not even the combined power of Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Hollywood and the entire media establishment could drag this drunk, ailing grifter into the White House, it was too late. Trump won but his courage failed him. Instead of taking an axe to the brieaucracy, he approached it with loud voice and butter knife. Even with the backing of 80 million people, he tolerated astonishing and levels of insubordination, betrayal and criminal assaults on his administration. He left in place quislings like Christopher Wray and Gina Haspel, he tolerated open insubordination in the military chain of command, he failed to direct the enthusiasm and iron loyalty of his supporters at the spineless Congressional Republicans, he allowed himself to be browbeaten into firing loyal lieutenants like Michael Flynn, and worst of all, he let himself be gaslighted into covid panic and this handed his enemies the political equivalent of Sauron’s Ring. Sic transit gloria mundi.

And thus we find America at the point of no return. There is no real political choice in America, only two wings of a single mono-party, both in thrall to a nauseating oligarchy of finance, tech and the media. No arm of the federal government, and few in the states operate without the express consent of the techno-media oligarchs. They no longer find it necessary even to pretend that citizens have any opinion of which the state needs take note. All is not lost but resistance is required now not later. No one can hide from what is coming. There are many forms of resistance available to the citizen short of violence, and if applied consistently and courageously they are highly effective. If the corrupt Biden regime remains in office for its full term, the United States as an integral political entity will vanish and the world we know will pass away, to be replaced by one where peoples with less humane ideals but greater civilisational confidence will set the rules. If it were merely a matter confined to American soil, it would be one thing. But this is a global matter, the rotting carcass of American politics will send its stench around the world unless the rot is stopped or the carcass is buried.

On Resistance Part I: The Mind and the Seed of Truth

We have discussed the deracination of the State from the Nation and the consequences thereof, which are the end of governance by consent and the death of the citizen’s loyalty. When governance by consent has been sacrificed on some foreign altar, the State will, to ensure its power, its survival and the living standards of its minions and officers, fall back upon force. Regulations will multiply and will become ever more detailed and prescriptive. This in turn raises the cost of compliance to insupportable levels thus making avoidance and evasion inevitable. The citizen’s evasive measures will prompt amendment and clarification and further regulation and so on in the familiar dreary cycle of every administrative State since Babylon. As we are a fallen race, I offer no prospect that the constant low level hostilities between citizen and state will ever vanish. On the contrary, hostilities will continue and occasionally there will be blood in the streets as the State is brought to heel, only to start the cycle over again.

Many misguided Christians and those who use Christian rhetoric when it suits their purposes are fond of reminding us that St. Paul taught that we owe obedience to civil authority and that Christ himself commanded that we should “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”. As is usual, this is no more than poor rhetoric that ignores both intent and context. The context of Romans 13:1-7 makes it clear that Paul was talking only about obedience to legitimate authority legitimately exercised. Likewise, while the text of Matthew 22:15-22 tells us to render unto Caesar what is his, the context and setting make it clear that we are not required to give Caesar whatever he asks for, but only what is legimately his. We owe nothing-neither material goods, loyalty nor obedience to illegimate authorities or to authority illegitmately exercised.

We are, at least in New Zealand, still very far from any kind of blood in the streets moment while our American brethern are on the threshold of it and seem dtermined to cross over. Yet the dead hand of the State even here continues to confiscate ever more resources, to carry out ever more intrusive information collection and surveillance, and to demand ever more public demonstrations of fealty to the various political fantasies of globalism. Under cover of spurious emergencies like climate change or viral outbreaks, the State crushes the citizen’s livelihood, restricts his movements, imprisons without trial the innocent and the recalcitrant, and even denies the right to individual bodily integrity by mandating tests, treatment and vaccination. In this, the agents of the state are encouraged by international quangoes, financed by Croesus-like oligarchs, given cover by a compliant and cowardly media and supported by compromised and idelogically slanted experts. What then is the citizen to do? Under these circumstances it is not merely the right, but also the sacred duty of the citizen to resist.

Who are you going to believe, the bureaucrat or your lying eyes?

The first form of resistance is education of the self, the construction of personal intellectual walls against the manipulation and outright lies used to foment fear, induce panic, force isolation of us one from another, muzzle our ability to communicate, and worst of all, deprive us of our ability to make a dignified living. The simple act of calmly observing the world around you and exercising the innate critical faculties given to every human being will free you of this particular set of chains and set you on the path to effective resistance. Once you see the truth, you will not be able to unsee it and you will feel compelled to show it to others.

Climate change and covid are perfect examples. For 50 years. climatic disaster has been imminent. We are always 5 years away from the irreversible destruction of the planet. It not only never happens, but anyone with eyes can see that there is no sign whatsoever of any such thing. Anyone who stayed awake in middle school science class knows that the entire idea fails at the very first hurdle of science: it isn’t a falsifiable theory, i.e. there is no conceivable experiment which would prove the theory false. It can and should be disregarded and ridiculed.

Yet here we are. Indian peasants must abandon diesel powered irrigation pumps and manually peddle pump water for hours in a sweltering rice paddy, commuters must huddle together on mass transit or peddle a bike through the rain, tropical countries must forego air conditioning, the middle class must stop eating meat and going on holidays abroad and everyone must pay more for food, freeze in the dark and use filthy jute sacks for their shopping. Most damning of the narrative of doom is the private behaviour of the politicians lording their petty power over us. While burdening the poor and making everyone else’s life more expensive and less convenient, the experts and politicians fly around alone in private jets, commute by helicopter, own multiple large homes and drive luxury vehicles. They do not act like all humanity is facing extinction from climate change because they themselves demonstrably do not believe it is true.

The covid virus is indeed a pandemic, a pandemic of exaggeration, mendacity, scaremongering, money grubbing, corruption and tyranny. We have been told repeatedly by experts, by politiicans and by the media that this is a uniquely deadly disease requiring the surrender of dignity, bodily integrity, liberty and livelihood. Yet when we look around us anywhere except on a television screen there is no evidence this is true. No one is dropping dead in the street, hospitals are not overwhelmed, ICUs globally are at barely more than usual utilisation for the time, and untold millions have recovered without even knowing that they were infected. Hastily constructed overflow hospitals have gone unused. In the UK, 30,000 NHS retired NHS workers placed on emergency standby still await their call to service. Do you remember the stacks of bodies and mass graves in Africa, Bangladesh and Mexico? No, neither do I. Because there aren’t any.

I repeat, most damning of the narrative of doom is the private behaviour of the politicians lording their petty power over us. While forcing citizens to cower in their homes, forego travel, wear a rag on their face, isolate from their friends and family, close their businesses and inject an untested vaccine, politicians and experts dine at expensive restaurants with friends, invite their elderly relatives for family gatherings, slither out for sex with their mistress, go mountain biking, travel to vacation homes in the Hamptons, Cabo San Lucas or St. Barts, attend sports gatherings and chinwag unmasked with constituents. They do not act like the world is existentially threatened by a fast moving and deadly virus because they themselves demonstrably do not believe it is true.

Caesar stripped bare. Look and compare. Question and share.

Believe what you see. This is Caesar stripped naked and these are Caesar’s baldfaced lies. When you are told by politiicans, experts and the media that you must surrender liberty or property, it is your duty as a citizen to compare what you have been told with what you can perceive with your own senses. Test what you are told is true against your own lived daily experience. Finally, always look closely at those telling you that there is an existential crisis or emergency requiring immediate action and extraodinary sacrifice. Does their own behaviour indicate that they believe it is true? Do they expose themselves, their friends and loved ones to what they’ve just told you is a deadly disease? Do they continue to jet off to Europe when they’ve told you that the planet will perish in flames unless you stop driving your car? These simple tests are something everyone with eyes and ears can do.

When you have done that, encourage those around you to do the same. When your neighbour or your cousin is living in fear of human contact or is freezing in the dark to save the planet because some expert or official has told them they must, ask them the questions that I have just asked you. Ask them–gently, because the resulting congnitive dissonance can be disturbing–if what they are doing comports with the objective reality they experience every day. Human beings are alethotropic, we have an innate bias toward the truth. If we each and all plant a few seeds of the truth, we stand a chance of rolling back the trend toward oppression and misery.

Happy New Year to you all.

On the Country, the Nation and the State

A note for the reader: We use here the terms country, nation and state to mean specific things. These terms are not interchangeable. Please hold that thought as you read.

What most people refer to as a “country” is a mental construct built around a name and which is a kind of free-floating amalgam of two more concrete ideas, the Nation and the State. It is to this construct that most of us direct such patriotism as we have. What do we find when we look under the hood, when we examine individually the things which we collectively call a country and to which we direct our loyalty? If you ask a patriotic New Zealander, an American, a Frenchman and a Chinese what it is about their country that inspires or commands their loyalty, you will get very different answers. (For purposes of this essay, I exclude those who for reasons of ignorance, fashion or history profess to, uniquely, have no such feelings about or to detest their country. I have no time for such people because they are probably lying.)

A New Zealander will probably speak first of the observable natural beauty and physical characteristics of the land…the sense of light and space and then of whatever political attributes he rightly or mistakenly finds positive. He may speak of a “fair go”, of equality and democracy, of security or social safety. The impressionable or the indoctrinated may speak of diversity and inclusion while those of an age may mention the Queen or the common law. An American will immediately say freedom and opportunity and may talk of long lost features of the national character such as independence, personal responsibility and national courage.

As we move on to France, we begin to get a much more “blood and soil” response. The Frenchman will wax on a bit about la France profonde, about the language, and about national culture and pride. A pride that by the way will be evident even as he proceeds to tell you all that is wrong with France. And for the first time in our world tour you will hear the word “civilisation” as he describes France’s national contribution to civilised society. And finally we come to China, where the patriotic Chinese (and here I refer to the Han or to the completely assimilated non-Han) may not even be able to tell you why he loves his country, but you will very definitely hear in his voice that he does have a deep love and loyalty to her. You will of course hear the Party approved words, but that speaks of the State. The strong undercurrent will be an indescribable loyalty to the Chinese nation.

New Zealand, America, France and China are the archetypes of different sorts of countries. If you are paying attention, you will notice a spectrum of response in which the citizens of proposition nations, new and old, describe their patriotism in terms of the landscape or of epiphenomena of the political system moving through the cultural and ethnic nations who ascribe theirs to much deeper and older characteristics not mutable by changes in the political currents of the day.

The proposition nations have a difficult but manageable obstacle in maintaining the “nation” part of a country. Proposition nations hold that anyone who arrives may become a citizen with full and equal rights under the state and full and equal claims upon the resources of the whole country merely by arriving and accepting or claiming to accept the founding principles or propositions. The feet touch the ground, the mouth speaks the words and ex opera operandi the new arrival has become a Kiwi or an American. The difficulty of course is that this is absurd. As Vox Day called it, this is “magic dirt” theory, when there is in fact nothing magic about either the dirt or the proposition. A Mexican does not become a Kiwi nor a Somali an American by mere virtue of arrival and incantation any more than the reverse is true. Citizenship in a proposition country and membership in its constituent nation is a high minded concept that is dependent for its success on all arrivals accepting or abiding by the proposition. For such a nation to survive, most of the population must operate under broadly shared notions of fairness, reciprocal responsibility and civic virtue, otherwise the very category of citizenship fails.

And it is failing under the combined weight of mass migration and identity politics. It is an observable fact that almost all migrants continue to operate under the habits, cultural imperatives and social structures of their former domicile and, in sufficient numbers, even seek to transform the new country into a simulacrum of the old one where the original residents subsidise segregated culture for the new arrivals and their progeny. The British experience with Muslim migrants from South Asia shows us that this trend persists and even grows stronger through generations. The inescapable conclusions are that such migrants as a country sees fit to admit should come in large proportion from “pre-acculturated” origins. Further, all migrants should be subject to strict vetting and allowed to remain on sufferance only under the condition of assimilation. Finally, full political rights and any claim on the resources of the state should come only after a long period of continuous residence. Migration in general is a subject for another post, so I’ll leave that part of it here for now.

The second force implicated in the destruction of nations is what has come to be called “globalism”. It is in fact an imposed ideology which has no left or right, based on weak or no empircal data and sustained by a gaslighting media and corruptible politicians. The gaslighting comes from the introduction of ill defined “principles” usually couched in the language of freedom, prosperity and charity. You’ll recognise them immediately-diversity, tolerance, free trade, international obligations, and so on. Each of these will be the subject of a separate post. None are in the least susceptible to empirical analyis and all are destructive to the nations.

The country is a fragile thing, existing as it does as a shifting amalgam of Nation and State. The nation is not fragile. It is the sum of the common will, based in deep shared culture and yes, in part, in ethnicity. The outward manifestations of deep culture-language, religion, tradition, and shared assumptions of objective reality are not the core of the nation. That core is found, as Douglas MacArthur put it in the “mystic chords of memory” that play only for those who belong to the nation. The State is that which gives effect to the will of the nation. It is durable or fragile, strong or weak in direct proportion to the degree that it is identified with the nation. Reasons of power politics aside, a State which identifies strongly with the underlying Nation has no need to closely regulate the activities of citizens. A country of a national citizens will be largely self organising and self regulating, with the State needing only the powers absolutely necessary to defend the borders, maintain order, enforce contracts, protect property rights, provide for those with no recourse and to conduct relations with other States. A country composed of a proposition nation will need a correspondingly stronger state as those who do not accept or at least abide by the proposition inevitably seek their own advantage. A country composed of multiple nations, either by conquest or colonisation (and mass migration is just another name for colonisation) is even more fragile and requires an even stronger state. The proper name for a country composed of multiple nations is “empire” and no empire lasts.

The country ceases to exist as a practical matter when the state becomes deracinated, cut off from the national wellsprings of its authority. At that point, governance by consent disappears and the state has only force to fall back on to capture the resources needed to maintain itself. What loyalty does the national citizen owe when the State no longer gives voice and effect to the will of the nation? What becomes of the country when the State becomes a only a distant reflection of the nation and a tool for its destruction? These are not academic questions. As the State’s connection to the nation attenuates, so does the citizen’s loyalty to the country.

To take New Zealand as an example, we have watched for a generation as succesive governments have legislated and regulated not in the national interest but in compliance with “global” priorities such as migration, control of capital, and “climate change”. These are announced in Geneva, Washington, New York or Brussels and imposed upon New Zealanders without discussion and without the slightest regard for the welfare of New Zealanders or the national interests of New Zealand.. The State sees no need to justify these to citizens because the New Zealand state has become completely alienated from the nation which created it.

This has been by design. The Nation is an obstacle to the capture of the State by global authority and therefore must be diluted, weakened and ultimately destroyed. Worse, the community and the family are obstacles to the destruction of the nation and therefore they too must be weakened. Democracy itself stood in the path to realisation of this pro=cess and the electorate therefore needs to altered through migration and relentless propaganda. What is to be done when the State actively seeks to destroy all sources of authority other than itself? Is that not the political equivalent of sawing off the branch it is sits on? Perhaps it is time to allow the branch to fall, to encourage it in fact.

Cold Mountain Conventions

This blog has certain conventions and these yield not an inch to post-modern tropes, vapid virtue signalling or the detritus of minds poisoned by cultural Marxism and political correctness. The writers here do not care whether you are offended by what you read. If you are too intellectually immature or emotionally fragile to consider objectively what you read, then perhaps you should go back to reality television. We consider post-modernism at best a kind of mental illness, at worst a philosophy for the determinedly obtuse and those too lazy to think. We believe that there are such things as truth and beauty, civilisation and culture. We believe that the ability to recognise and respond appropriately to objective physical reality is a fundamental attribute of living things from paramecia to human beings. We believe in Western Civilisation and we believe that its underpinnings are classical and Christian. We believe in science and in the scientific method. We believe in liberty and we believe that liberty is inseparable from Western Civilisation and to the extent the West abandons its roots, it will lose its liberty. We believe in nations and in national civilisations, among which is the West, or what used to be more accurately known as Christiandom. We believe that each of these national civilisations has every right to exist, without external coercion, within secure and recognised borders as national states. These are the general conventions on Cold Mountain, and as no nation owes anything to those who are not its citizens, Cold Mountain owes nothing and will yield nothing to the evil or the ill intentioned.