By the late Roman period, landlords had become so wealthy and powerful that they refused to allow their workers to be recruited into the legions. Instead, they sought security from barbarian warlords.
Thus the feudal period began.
In the era of the Roman Republic, many farmers were yeoman with the rights and responsibilities of free men. They were gradually replaced by slaves conquered from foreign wars and the relative power and wealth of the aristocracy increased. By the end of the Empire, ordinary peasants had become serfs. They were forced to work for their lord and were not allowed to leave the manor. The average person never ventured more than ten kilometers or so from his village. A few managed to remake themselves by escaping to a town and learning a trade but most would not improve their station until the Black Death made labour scarce and workers in high demand.
The division of labour in society has changed several times since then and right now it is changing again.
It seems likely that instead of having a large middle class as in the post-war years, we will be divided into two new classes. These nascent castes have already begun to form and my reader probably knows which one he belongs to. It’s easy to make predictions about things that are already happening.
At Amazon, machines are often the boss—hiring, rating and firing millions of people with little or no human oversight.
I first became familiar with the concept of the declining West in the early days of the manosphere, reading Roissy, Captain Capitalism and co. I found their gloomy thinking overwrought – it’s too easy to imagine the end of the world is nigh when society is moving away from your own values or when a candidate you particularly dislike wins an election.
I became increasingly convinced that our civilization was teetering from 2013 on due to the Great Awokening. Still, I thought there’d eventually be a pendulum swing-back or some natural correction. Trees don’t grow to the sky.
I remember a commenter saying, get offline and look outside. People are going about their business, leading normal lives. In the real world, everything’s fine.
Hi there, readers. How are you enjoying 2020? Pretty crazy, hey? Never mind, it settles down from here on.
This is Nikolai sending you missive from December this year using a tachyon anti-telephone. The pandemic is coming and I will give you the low down on how to get through it. These are just my own thoughts and better people than me would dispute them.
We are now far enough advanced that several futuristic books and films are set in the past. 1984 is long gone. Back the Future‘s 2015 is in the rear view mirror, as is Blade Runner‘s 2019. Nothing is as we had imagined.
Instead of hoverboards, we have arguments about whether men can use women’s change rooms. Instead of venturing Off-world, we can’t even go to the park because we’re under lockdown. Instead of replicants, Siri scolds us. Everything is lame and dumb.
One thing we got completely wrong is architecture. This is how Blade Runner imagined the world would look by now:
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
It is April 1st. There is no fooling from me this year. I overdid the pranks last year. I hope by the time this post goes up someone will have got me a beauty and made me laugh.
They say the West is in decline, and I tend to agree. However, one thing I have noticed over the years is that the average person is wrong about 30% of things he believes in, and this has been consistent throughout history. I’m painfully Read More
We can fairly easily follow the train of SJW thought over the past decades: from decriminalization of homosexuality to compulsory celebration of gay marriage; from open-minded tolerance of transsexuals to gender reassignment for children who are tomboys or sissies; and from a condemnation of racial discrimination to open, mainstream, anti-white commentary.
But can we follow this ‘logical’ (you know what I mean) train of thought in order to predict what may be coming next? Read More
I turned forty the other day. Didn’t write anything about it at the time as I was too busy and not feeling well. Now I’m still not feeling well but have a spare moment so I’ll write something.
Some people dread aging. I don’t mind it. My 20s were better than my teens and my 30s were better than my 20s. Obviously this trend is unlikely to last forever, but I’m feeling pretty positive about my 40s and 50s.
Predicting the future is a fool’s game, but everyone has to do it. Whenever you decide where to invest your money, what job to take, where to live, who to marry or what menu item to choose, you’re making a prediction about the future that might be totally wrong.
Lesser people than us make great sport of examining old sci-fi predictions and seeing how way off they were. Flying cars, interstellar travel, housekeeping robots and melting ice caps. Haw bloody haw.
Clever folk like us ought to instead examine the more fruitful field of those predictions that turned out to be correct. Here are a few:
– In Back to the Future, about the only thing they got right was Read More
I’ve abandoned two of my goals as no longer suiting my present or future needs. These are (a) travel and adventure, and (b) learning a language.
All of a sudden – and this happened almost overnight – I’d completely had enough of travel. I no longer want to explore new places or discover exotic cultures. A lot those places are smelly and fly-ridden, and so are the cultures. After eleven years overseas I’ve just had enough.
I don’t want to return to Australia. I just want to find a nice, comfortable place (by my low standards) and settle down there. Get into a routine. Focus on my other goals like Read More
First, the blog will end in about six months. I still have some time and some stuff I want to say, and I’m going to say it. Mostly it will be further debauched tales and making fun of mainland Chinese.
Second, the reason is not what you think. I promised you a weird reason, and a weird reason you shall have.
A description of SJW problems and their implemented, planned and anticipated responses.
The problem: Men are escaping Western countries. They are improving their financial status, sexual market value and their lifestyles by living where the grass is greener. This is starving The Beast of fodder for women and their children through beta husbands, child support/alimony, or wealth redistributed through taxation.
The response: Men will be taxed even when they live abroad (the US already Read More