Big Tech’s Night of the Long Knives:
The Internet giants are only the vanguard. In the meantime, the banks are already beginning to strike powerfully (Deutsche Bank wants to cancel all business relations with Trump). Those who don’t follow suit will only get an account in an obscure regional bank in ‘Hungary’s Pampas,’ and the transfer costs will eat away most of the income. And if all the dissidents have been driven into Bitcoin, how long will Bitcoin be around? As a ‘maledict’, one who can no longer get jobs or work for political reasons, what are you left with? Molotov cocktail or collecting bottles? Are these the alternatives?
Related: Big Tech has no power at all?
So the victim creates the bully. The fact that Facebook can be bullied makes people—both journalists and their readers—want to bully Facebook. Facebook’s power leak produces a kind of oasis of power—water in the desert. The water causes the palm trees; the palm trees don’t cause the water.
Facebook was not designed to be a device for managing the minds of billions of people. But as that ape-man in 2001 taught us—if anything is a weapon, some ass-bandit will eventually figure out how to use it as a weapon.
See Luisman’s response (in English) in the replies to his original article in German.
My three thoughts on the issue:
- Contra Yarvin, there is some ‘democratic’ power over the Big Techs in terms of (a) Twitter mobs and (b) a user base that chooses to participate, and which might not.
- Zuck and Jack look a bit scared to me. Just my imagination? What do others think? My suspicion, based on very little, is that they are more reasonable than they appear and would rather not do this bullshit. However, as Luisman points out, they could just quit and spend the rest of their lives in obscene luxury. I’ve always wondered why so few rich men do that. Not just ones mobbed by SJWs – I don’t understand why any man with more than $5M or so would spend another stressful day in the office. Something drives them aside from money. If not power, what?
- Keep working on your antifragility.
As for me, some time ago I requested tech bro advice for this blog. After long consideration, I decided not to move. I’m curious to see if WP would really ban a site as moderate and kind-hearted as this one.
Part of being antifragile is being Zen about the future.
Thanks to your advice, I’ve figured out how to back up my material on a private mirror site and I’ve also preserved my best stuff in a book that’s almost free.
I’ve joined the frozen ghost town of Gab, @nvladivostok1. For now I’ll follow back anyone no matter how nuts you are. Changed to Brave browser (it’s fast as!). May try Telegram after I sort a burner phone number.
Update: Didact has some further advice for avoiding big Tech that I’m going to think about.
The internet now feels like being a teenager in 1994 where you can’t have a private conversation because you have to use the single landline in the living room and your parents sitting there watching Heartbeat will give you a dark look if your language creeps beyond PG13.
I don’t want to plot evil or encourage hatred. I just want to talk shit with my mates and have a laugh without Ashlee from HR breathing down my neck.
Like this: Bill tells us about a woman who is not allowed to play elite, women’s Australian rules football.
That’s the sort of thing we need to go onto the Dark Web to giggle about nowadays.
The following, however, is fine to say anywhere you want: Trump failed us all. As usual Ann goes to absurd extremes because she’s got to attract attention and sell books, but there is an unwelcome grain of truth there.
Watch me lose some followers: Trump did subtly encourage some of his dumber followers to take extreme action, or at the least he took too long to call them off, hoping vaguely they had a plan. Then when they failed because they assumed he had a plan, Trump threw them under the bus.
It’s disappointing. No, it’s not disappointing. Disappointment presupposes high expectations, but I already assumed something like this would happen and said so on these very pages:
There’s some larping how angry people are and who’s going to do what. Fedposting’s getting out of control.
Protest if you like, but keep in mind: what did Trump do for Julian Assange, who leaked the Dem emails? What did he do for James Fields, who was railroaded when he probably should have been done for manslaughter?
What did Trump do for the gun-waving couple in St. Louis? What did he do for Kyle Rittenhouse?
What will he do for you?
Still, things went even worse than I assumed.
Trump could have gone out in a blaze of glory. With a more organized legal strategy he might have caught out a few more election cheats. While this would not have overturned the result, it may have embarrassed future administrations to improve the broken electoral system.
He might have declassified Deep State shenanigans. He might have pardoned Assange, Snowden and others. He might have poured scorn upon Republican Inc. and successfully campaigned against them in Georgia, forcing the party to realize it could no longer treat its core voters with contempt.
He might have urged young, patriotic Americans not to join the armed forces to avoid future Stupid Wars. He might have joined alternative media platforms and published such statements there as the MSM could not afford to ignore.
He might have recognized Taiwan, forcing China Joe to reverse the position soon after taking office.
Instead he gave medals to golfers and appointed an envoy to tell foreigners off for being antiSemitic.
Part of me is glad the Trump Train has crashed and burned. While in office he projected an illusion that the system could be reformed. It can not. The sooner dissidents accept this, the sooner they can withdraw from public participation and start arranging their own lives.
There are some who will claim this is a black pill:
So relax. There is no reason, none whatsoever, to believe things aren’t proceeding precisely as they are supposed to proceed. The double envelopment is taking place. The enemy legions are trapped and helpless. I won’t even think about worrying until 48 hours AFTER someone else is sworn in as POTUS. I am, quite frankly, more than a little excited to watch it all unfold. This is the sort of history about which we have only hitherto been able to read.
Imagine Romans as the Visigoths were about to storm in. ‘Trust the plan. Honorius will have something up his sleeve.’ The black pillers who found a crafty hiding spot for three day did better.
It was hilarious to see the horned man in the Capitol, though I doubt he intended this as a classical reference.*
Face facts: the American Empire is in decline and there’s nothing you can do about it. I say this as a barbarian subject of the Empire myself.
You can call this a black pill if you like, but there’s no reason to give up hope for yourself and your family. It’s a wide world, there are plenty of opportunities; no invaders are coming to haul to into slavery. Rather, the West from now on will likely be less prosperous, capable and free. It’s unfortunate but it’s not the end of the world.
In other happenings, here is the most fertile woman in the world.
This is another long article and quite interesting: a Marxist critique of Woke. The professional-managerial class, according to classical materialism, cannot really champion the working class. It champions instead its own interests, trying to bribe the proletariat in order to gain their votes. Slightly edited:
After Labour lost [in the UK], one exasperated member and activist despaired over how blind the workers were, how easily fooled they were by Tory propaganda. “Don’t they see how evil capitalism is? How brutal and unfair it is?” this activist wrote. “I have many friends with good grades who are stuck working at grocery stores, stocking shelves.” [ . . . ] it is completely rational for someone in that position to think ‘the evils of capitalism’ are somehow laid bare for the world to see when their friends are forced to stock shelves like a common peon in order to pay the rent. That the other workers at the grocery store probably find this way of thinking completely ludicrous and arrogant is obviously besides the point . . .
We should not make fun of an activist who despairs at the state of the world when good, solid, middle class people with solid, middle class grades can no longer achieve the middle class lifestyle they were promised. It is however a basic political truth that a worker’s movement consisting of people who are angry at the prospect of social and economic ‘demotion’ – in other words, people who are fighting against the cruel fate of having to become workers – cannot ever succeed. Promising free broadband, or unlimited Space Communism, or some other stupid fantasy world where getting angry at having to work like a normal person is unacceptable because nobody has to work won’t really change that.
On top of this, the more this class of people who are now tethering on the edge of proletarianization grows, the more parasitical they will become, must become. If the destructive spirit of unfettered capitalism decides that it no longer needs a big middle class, the only actor with the power to save this historically obsolete class is the state.
Meanwhile in Japan, a hungry man tries to steal restaurant food from a display only to find that it’s made from plastic.
There’s too much darkness and not enough frivolity on today’s Dark Side so I’ll just say there’s one more story from Japan here which is a bit disturbing.
* Yes that’s Brennus from the 390 BC sack of Rome whereas I was making comparison to Alaric of the 410 AD sack of Rome. I couldn’t find a good picture of him but.
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