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In response to the accusation that this is shamelessly self-indulgent, I’m just following Derb’s lead. That’s what epigones do! It also serves as an introduction of sorts to those who’ve found the blog through Ron.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Rediscovering life through the eyes of my children, aged 5, 3, and six months.
  2. What is your greatest fear? Failing my kids. My wife and I chose to have them. They didn’t choose to be born. Love rolls downhill, as it should.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Immoderation. I’m a teetotaler, for instance, because the alternative–any alternative–would be to court disaster.
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Insincerity.
  5. Which living person do you most admire? Stephen Miller. If things had shaken out a little differently, I think I could have been Stephen Miller!
  6. What is your greatest extravagance? The power nine.
  7. What is your current state of mind? That pressure leads to power and stress leads to strength. Nothing happens to any man that he is not fitted by nature to bear.
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Restraint.
  9. On what occasion do you lie? That’s a tough one. When talking to children who are not my own about what I think of their parents, I suppose.
  10. What do you most dislike about your appearance? My mediocre chin and jawline and big potato-shaped head. Think Mitch McConnell, then scale that back about 80%. Twenty percent of the way there still leaves a lot to be desired.
  11. Which living person do you most despise? Now that John McCain is dead, probably John Kasich. The Ephialtes archetype is the most despicable archetype of all.
  12. What is the quality you most like in a man? Jack Donovan’s four tactical virtues are a great place to start. If it must be just one, strength. Channeling Mark Rippetoe, there is no aspect of a man’s life where being strong is a drawback. It’s always better to be strong than not be strong.
  13. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Nurturing.
  14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “putative”, “parenthetically”, “prognostication”, “prestidigitation”. The pop sound is my favorite onomatopoeia.
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My children.
  16. When and where were you happiest? Minutes after each of my kids were born, when it was apparent they’d be happy, healthy, giggling, dribbling, beautiful babies.
  17. Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to extemporaneously monologue well.
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My level of affluence. I’m the sole breadwinner and we comfortably live below our means, but I’d love to have a bazillion dollars to throw around all over the dissident right. Our side needs a Soros.
  19. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Making it above replacement.
  20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? The person who perfects viable thermonuclear fusion.
  21. Where would you most like to live? Exactly where I live now.
  22. What is your most treasured possession? Great health–physically, psychologically, and emotionally.
  23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Nihilism.
  24. What is your favorite occupation? Besides parenting, EDH over realtalk with close friends.
  25. What is your most marked characteristic? Affability.
  26. What do you most value in your friends? Fidelity.
  27. Who are your favorite writers? Steve Sailer, John Derbyshire, Z-Man, Heartiste, and Vox Day.
  28. Who is your hero of fiction? Maximus from Gladiator.
  29. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Cicero or Seneca. We’re living in an age of transition. It feels like the end, but it’s not.
  30. Who are your heroes in real life? Ann Coulter, Pat Buchanan, and Stefan Molyneux–people so secure in who they are and what they believe that they’ve accepted becoming global hate figures, a fate each could have easily avoided while still reaching great heights of fame and status.
  31. What are your favorite names? Ancient ones–especially for boys given that trendy male names often become female names over time while the reverse virtually never occurs–that fall somewhere between the tenth and one-hundredth most popular of the period so that they are neither too common (ie “Liam E.” in class because there are two other kids with the same first name) or too rare (to be pronounced with confidence by those reading it from a list or resume).
  32. What is it that you most dislike? Vermin and heights.
  33. What is your greatest regret? Having my son circumcised. Inexplicable as it sounds now, it really wasn’t on my radar when he was born. I have a mushroom button, so I didn’t give it much thought. This knocked the scales from my eyes. Too late for us, but the cycle needs to end. Parenthetically, I am 100% gentile.
  34. How would you like to die? On my feet, facing my enemies.
  35. What is your motto? Others have done more with less (so stop feeling sorry for yourself).

It’s a bit of an undertaking, but the same is very much welcome in the comments.

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  1. You say that “our side needs a Soros.” There are several problems that an anti-Soros would encounter. Would you please respond to these two: 1) Where exactly should the donations be directed?, and 2) How would a well-funded anti-SPLS or any alt-right organization avoid being bankrupted by lawsuits?

    I ask these questions in all seriousness because I might be the donor you seek. And also because raising funds is far more important than arguing interminably about tactics or elucidating racial disparities for the nth time. Your thinking through this matter and publishing a piece on it would be useful.

  2. sb says:

    I thought ( virtually ) all American males were/are circumcised . Not that I’ve done a survey mind you ( I’m Australian )

    Always thought it a good example of how Jewish norms have become mainstreamed ( if that’s the right term )

  3. What is your most treasured possession? Great health–physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

    This is what is most obvious when reading you, namely that you are in a much better mental and emotional state than many people on the dissident right. Being a happy warrior is vastly underestimated as a positive trait! That’s how you know that you’ll last. A lot of people come into this and then they flame out.

    Another great answer I liked was:

    Which historical figure do you most identify with? Cicero or Seneca. We’re living in an age of transition. It feels like the end, but it’s not.

    Which goes back to my first point about being in a strong mental state. People get blackpilled easily and drop out – just as the system wants. To perserve and to dare think in terms of another, greater, path is more challenging. I admire people who can remain optimistic, steadfast and balanced even in times when there is much to despair about. Such people deserve to be influential, and they ought to be.

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
  4. Which living person do you most despise? Now that John McCain is dead, probably John Kasich. The Ephialtes archetype is the most despicable archetype of all.

    I can’t stand John Kasich either. Kasich is even more annoying in person, especially when he is carrying water for GOP donors by pushing globalization, mass immigration and endless overseas war.

    I wrote this in October of 2018:

    I once confronted John Kasich at a presidential primary town hall meeting on his support for nation-wrecking mass immigration and his answer was that if it wasn’t for mass immigration his ancestors wouldn’t have been allowed into America.

    John Kasich is a rancid baby boomer politician whore who pushes open borders mass immigration and multicultural mayhem.

    The Pewitt campaign for president is looking forward to rhetorically pounding the snot out of John Kasich on mass immigration, national identity, globalization, financialization and a whole host of other issues.

    The Pewitt campaign will mildly rebuke President Trump on certain issues and then hammer the damn crud out of the GOP ruling class candidate who decides to challenge Trump. I hope to God it’s Kasich, because my heart will be filled with joy as I rhetorically smash him.

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
  5. John Kasich is a baby boomer politician whore for the treasonous rat GOP donors.

    John Kasich’s game plan in the 2016 GOP New Hampshire presidential primary was to grab as many upper middle class GOP voters as he could while also getting some voters of modest means who were repelled by Trump’s energy and style.

    I am immoderate in my hatred for that horrible globalizer politician whore called John Kasich.

    The plutocrats and the upper middle class and many baby boomers have made out like bandits from the financialization, globalization and mass immigration that is pushed by politicians such as John Kasich. John Kasich basically says we must continue on doing what we have been doing, but we must do more of it. Those who are benefiting from the scam that is globalization, financialization and mass immigration love the message of that treasonous rat John Kasich.

    Tweets from 2015:

    • Replies: @eah
  6. There seems to be nothing more that Ann Coulter can do but begin publicly supporting my campaign for the 2020 GOP presidential primary. The times are tough and bold measures are needed to save the United States!

    We love Trump, but Trump has made himself unlovable by not deporting all illegal alien invaders and by not pushing for an immigration moratorium and by not bringing the American Empire troops home and by not building a big, beautiful wall on the border.

    Helpful pronunciation guide and nifty campaign slogan too!

    Pewitt Will Do It — What Will He Do?

    It’s Better Not To Ask.

  7. Tyrion 2 says:
    @Original J

    You don’t want to be drowned in lawsuits?


    Well, don’t actually lie, just put your best foot forward.

    Pick something that will go towards achieving the effect you want to have and maintain plausible deniability that it isn’t actually about anything “unacceptable”.

    For example, environmentalism and carrying capacity of the land can be the sugar to help immigration restriction go down.

    A lot of dissident right stuff is mean in its first order effects. People don’t like to be mean, so don’t force them to feel it. Actually, make the order effects nice and most people won’t be bothered to think past that. Why would they? Not thinking past that is an easy way to feel nice.

    • Replies: @Original J
  8. Tyrion 2 says:

    Circumcision took off in America as a stereotypically WASPy obsession with class and cleanliness, not because of Judaism. It was standard procedure as early as 1920.

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
  9. @Original J

    It is something worth thinking deeply and serious about. I’ll begin doing that. Immediate reactions:

    1) Across an enormously wide array of dissident voices. At $15k a year (the annual gift maximum) to each of those so identified, it can fly under the tax radar. With so many independent operators out there, if we could get five super donors to give our top 500 people/organizations, it’d set those donors back $7.5 million a year while allowing those 500 to get close to something like true financial independence.

    2) A bizarro SPLC/ADL of the right probably isn’t the way to go. Those organizations exist primarily to enrich their administrations by riding the zeitgeist rather than determining it. They only putatively influence because they provide convenient pretenses, not because anyone cares what they have to say in an intellectual sense.

    • Replies: @Original J
    , @BlackFlag
  10. @sb

    It varies a lot by region. I was born in the Midwest, where it was the default, so I am. My younger brother was born in the pacific Northwest, where it wasn’t, so he isn’t.

    Razib Khan wrote about it several years ago. IIRC, this was the source he used. The data is a decade old but it’s still probably roughly accurate.

  11. @Thulean Friend

    You are spot on all the way through. It is a touchy subject because people who are drawn to dissidence tend to have all sorts of behavioral and cognitive deviations, some good–it got them here!–but some bad. What’s the threshold for moving from dissidence into something mainstream? I’m not sure, but we’re not there yet, but we’re getting closer. This is something Jared Taylor talks about often. He knows because he’s been in the game for a long time.

  12. How much value is there in knowing someone’s favorite flower or color?

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    , @Maus
  13. @Tyrion 2

    Your suggestion that appearing “mean” should be avoided, and that the manifold specific harmful effects of immigration should be publicized, is on target. However, that would not stop anti-Caucasian organizations from attempting to destroy any and all well-funded pro-Caucasian organizations. It hasn’t occurred yet simply because there are no well-funded pro-Caucasian organizations yet. The law can be twisted to any purpose, especially when the Establishment controls the legal system.

    The power of money in this struggle is clear. The Sierra Club was anti-immigration during the 1980’s. That stance was reversed when a major Jewish donor informed TSC that he would not continue donations if it officially adopted an anti-immigration policy. Read the whole sorry story here

    Nature in Mexico and Central America is not respected or protected. The same kinds of people who destroyed so much there are highly unlikely to be any different here, yet TSC sells itself to the highest bidder. Anti-immigration organizations need to be able to bid in this auction if they are to win.

  14. @Audacious Epigone

    Well, those two things make it easy to fulfill obligatory gifts for wives and mothers on at least 3 holidays, so there’s that!

  15. @Audacious Epigone

    A law-suit happy, bizarro anti-SPLC need not be corrupt and surely would not be if it were funded by relatively few donors rather than direct mail campaigns soliciting small donations. Don’t dismiss the advantages of going on the attack legally.

    As to funding through $14,999 gifts, that could be a plan. The hang-up would be how the super donor would know that his/her money was not going to someone corrupt. The “500 people/organizations” would have to be vetted in a credible manner. The alt-right needs an umbrella organization for such a task.

    The Nature Conservancy secures millions in donations every year through bequests in wills. That would be another avenue if an umbrella organization existed rather than a multitude of one man shows.

  16. @Original J

    The law can be twisted to any purpose, especially when the Establishment controls the legal system.

    Lawfare is arguably the best place to focus with education following a close second. But the reality is that our enemies have nearly a century head start and we are not going to catch up in time if at all.

    So, pragmatically, where could a wealthy donor truly help? I think AE mentioned fidelity in his Q&A. Unless we feel someone has our backs, none are us is going to break cover publicly and speak the truth. To do so is to lose one’s livelihood and threaten his own kith and kin – suicide in other words.

    We need to know that if we are caught out on CNN shouting “enough with importing nigger criminals, we have enough of our own!” someone will still employ us and allow us to support our families. Barring that, it’s just a slow rise in temperatures until us frogs in the pot boil.

    • Replies: @Original J
    , @216
  17. @Original J

    The power of money in this struggle is clear. The Sierra Club was anti-immigration during the 1980′s. That stance was reversed when a major Jewish donor informed TSC that he would not continue donations if it officially adopted an anti-immigration policy.

    Read the whole sorry story here

    I wrote this in December of 2013 about a US Senator and the Sierra Club and mass immigration:


    NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and the Sierra Club have combined in an environment-destroying effort to flood the U.S. with 30 million immigrants over the next 10 years.

    Shaheen was tireless in her toil to pass the OBAMA/SHAHEEN/RUBIO illegal alien amnesty–mass immigration surge bill(S.744). On April 25, 2013, the Sierra Club added their support for the 30 million immigrant mass movement of foreigners into the U.S. The bill passed the U.S. Senate in June.

    Why would Shaheen and the Sierra Club favor the importation of 30 million foreigners into the U.S. over the next decade? Greed, greed, and more filthy greed is the answer.

    Shaheen is a bought and paid for puppet of billionaires. The billionaires want to destroy nation-states. Mass immigration is the weapon billionaire-controlled stooges like Shaheen are using to crush the historic and traditional U.S.

    The Sierra Club is now an evil front group for billionaires who use fake environmental propaganda as a smokescreen to cover their sovereignty-sapping agenda of transnationalism. The plutocrats want to pulverize the very concept of the nation-state by pushing globalizer themes of “global warming” and allusions to a “global bio-sphere.”

    The corruption of the Sierra Club was complete about 20 years ago. David Gelbaum, a wealthy Wall Street financier, made it clear that environmentally-friendly immigration restrictionism was to be suppressed at the Sierra Club. Carl Pope, Sierra Club executive director at the time, cravenly capitulated to the command.

    Kenneth R. Weiss, in an October 27 2004 LA Times article “The Man Behind the Land,” quotes Gelbaum as saying, “I did tell Carl Pope in 1994 or 1995 that if they(Sierra Club) ever came out anti-immigration, they would never get a dollar from me.”

    Gelbaum purchased the open-border immigration policy position of the Sierra Club for about $100 million.

    Shaheen is a rancid fraud in her pretensions to environmental concern. The Sierra Club, at management level, is a corrupted pack of swindlers who sold out honest, common-sense environmentalism for a massive money infusion.

    • Replies: @Original J
  18. @Stan d Mute

    Understood. Our enemies have a century head start, but they do not have several million Caucasian small businessmen who have accumulated millions by the time they die. What the alt-right lacks is an organization sufficiently large to tap into that pool of support.

    The frogs won’t boil in the end. When they finally get too hot, they’ll jump out for purposeful action.

    • Replies: @BlackFlag
  19. @Charles Pewitt

    TSC was surely corrupted. SPLC hoards money rather than spend it for what it was raised (thank goodness). So how does the alt-right create organizations that prove exceptions to the rule that money (= power = complacency) corrupts?

  20. BlackFlag says:
    @Audacious Epigone

    How useful are grassroots funding? I think they could be extremely useful but donors need to be given credit otherwise they get demoralized (speaking from experience). I think what Identity Evropa has with their membership fees is very good.

    What are the best current people/orgs to donate to?
    I’ve donated to my favorites: JF Gariepy, Identity Evropa, Borzoi, Myth of the 20th Century, Matthew Drake, Anatoly Karlin, Robert Stark, Greg Johnson. Tried to donate to you but found no button.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
  21. BlackFlag says:
    @Original J

    The key question is: why are there so few wealthy Europeans who care enough about their people enough to seriously get involved in preventing marginalization and ultimately extinction?

    • Replies: @216
    , @Audacious Epigone
  22. BlackFlag says:
    @Original J

    Great posts!
    Our content creators are doing great (though in the process of being deplatformed).
    So what is needed are:
    – An umbrella organization that can vet people and orgs.
    – A legal organization that can defend Europeans and attack anti-Europeans.
    – Employers who can give positions to persecuted heroes who were fired by anti-Europeans.

  23. More people should give this a try

    What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect union with God. Practically speaking, enjoying an engrossing conversation with a pretty girl on a nice day in pretty country.

    What is your greatest fear? Displeasing the Almighty in a permanent kind of way.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Failure to honor my parents.

    What is the trait you most deplore in others? Arrogance demonstrated towards others, and intentional injustice. Example: The Bank of the United States / The Fed. Other examples: Croat secession from Yugoslavia / the political elites of South Carolina.

    Which living person do you most admire? I’m not sure. Possibly my father.

    What is your greatest extravagance? A very nice Smith & Wesson .357 revolver. (I’m not remotely extravagant)

    What is your current state of mind? That life is going slowly, but I’m doing okay, all and all.

    What do you consider the most overrated virtue? My answer is: in a society as messed up as this, how could any real virtue be overrated? But I would say industriousness, the way society defines it, is overrated.

    On what occasion do you lie? I usually tell little white lies when I want people to stop talking to me so I can focus on something.

    What do you dislike most about your appearance? My relative lack of defined muscles.

    Which living person do you most despise? Not sure. Maybe Pope Francis.

    What is the quality you most like in a man? Humor.

    What is the quality you most like in a woman? Humor.

    Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “First of all,” “vis-à-vis,” “jagoff” (it’s a Pennsylvania thing)

    What or who is the greatest love of your life? The Pennsylvania countryside

    When and where were you happiest? When I was a little boy, with my grandpa, in his pick-up truck, riding around the hills.

    Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to kill and gut many deer (and to do the gutting within 5 minutes)

    If you could change one thing about yourself, what it would be? I would be a successful wrestler.

    What do you consider your greatest achievement? Learning to pray the rosary.

    If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Major Richard M. Winters.

    Where would you most like to live? Exactly where I live now.

    What is your most treasured possession? A copy of Joe Paterno’s autobiography that was autographed by Franco Harris. The words are, “To [me] – He changed my life. Franco Harris #32”

    What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Apostasy.

    What is your favorite occupation? Growing tomatoes and apples.

    What is your most marked characteristic? Loquacity.

    What do you most value in your friends? Common sense, humor, and a Pennsylvania accent.

    Who are your favorite writers? Hmm. Wendell Berry, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Evelyn Waugh, Bruce Catton, Bill Kauffman, Larry McMurtry, Charles Portis, Mark Twain – and Guillaume Durocher is growing on me.

    Who is your hero of fiction? Joe Starrett from the movie ‘Shane.’

    Which historical figure do you most identify with? Gee, that’s a tough one. Possibly William Tecumseh Sherman.

    Who are your heroes in real life? Vladimir Putin, Dan Gable, and my father.

    What are your favorite names? Males: Merle, Daniel, Peter, Leroy, and Rodoljub (I like Slavs). Females: Sharon, Laura, Anna, Maria, and Nadezhda (again, I like Slavs)

    What is it that you most dislike? Above all else? Suburban sprawl and similar wasting of farm land.

    What is your greatest regret? A tie: Ever watching pornography. Never having wrestled.

    How would you like to die? Like Gus McCrae from ‘Lonesome Dove,’ but with a priest present to give me the sacraments.

    What is your motto? “It’s another beautiful day in PA!” – my grandpa

    Bonus questions I made up

    What is your favorite food? Scrapple.

    Who in history do you most hate? Franklin Roosevelt.

  24. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Major Richard Winters’ middle initial was D, not M. Mea culpa.

  25. 216 says:
    @Stan d Mute

    One of the more productive anti-immigration groups typically don’t even identify as such. Anti-development NIMBYs have the effect of spiking property values, dissuading immigrants from even moving to a high cost area. In the US, the organization “Friends of the Parks” in Chicago caused significant havoc when the city tried to hand over parks to George Lucas for a museum, and threw up obstacles to Obama’s Presidential library.

    If housing can’t be built, or existing units illegally sublet like sardine cans, it becomes unviable for a low-wage population. “Muh restaurants” are a frequent immigrant business for a simple reason, the owner is hiring friends/family from the old country, where they sleep above the kitchen and dodge labor laws. Not an accident that the gentrified and NIMBY Bay Area has lots of startups promising food-delivery robots.

    From an electoral perspective, while backing candidates is a fools errand, about half of the states have a Progressive-Era tool known as “petiton initative and referendum”. A group in Oregon petitioned sanctuary cities on the ballot last year, and regretfully lost. Perhaps if they had tried E-Verify they’d have succeeded. At the very least, even if you lose you force the establishment to spend tens of millions on advertisement that could have been used elsewhere.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
  26. 216 says:

    East Asians also have low fertility rates. The lowest rates in the world are observed in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

    Even some Afro-Caribbean countries now have low-fertility rates.

    The main differences is that other than importing foreign brides, only Taiwan has been amenable to mass immigration. The Caribbean still has an emigration problem, and could one day be gentrified with many of these governments literally selling passports.

    The elite in our countries commonly have a background far distinct than the average person. They attend different schools and universities, have multiple houses across the world, and once you cross the threshold of 450K, larger family sizes become more common. Childless politicians is a common trope, but childless billionaires are not.

    Bezos (3 biological, 1 adopted)
    Gates (3)
    Buffett (3)
    Arnault (5)
    Zuck (2)
    Ortega (3)
    Slim (6)
    Koch (2)
    Koch (3)
    Ma (3)
    Page (2)
    Brin (2)

    Not until you are down the list to Alice Walton and Paul Allen (deceased) do we see the first childless billonaire.

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
    • Replies: @atlantis_dweller
  27. @216

    Those are the “public numbers”.
    People at that level of affluence/power may reproduce at will, and a lot of them may have other, non-publically acknowledged, offspring.

    • Replies: @216
  28. @BlackFlag

    That’s very kind of you. Donations on our side are something like a zero sum game though, and there are people who try to scratch out livings writing and creating other content so I’d much prefer their being the beneficiary of your magnanimity.

    I think they could be extremely useful but donors need to be given credit otherwise they get demoralized

    This is why the Patreon model is so successful–the donors do get recognition in the form of special privileges/access. Of course it’s salient and relies on credit card companies, so it’s heavily patrolled. UR does have a page–that’d be my suggestion. VDare and AmRen are bedrock dissident institutions that have been around for decades. AmRen’s conferences are probably the best place in the country (world?) to network face to face.

    • Replies: @BlackFlag
  29. @BlackFlag

    Best one-word answer: Sportsball.

  30. @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    What is your favorite food? Banana chips dipped in coconut oil.

    Who in history do you most hate? Ted Kennedy.

  31. @216

    The NIMBYs should be getting nervous. There is nothing that would make me happier than to see Prop 13 on the chopping block. It will be, of that I’m sure. It’s a question of when rather than of if.

    • Replies: @216
  32. 216 says:
    @Audacious Epigone

    The first whack at Prop 13 will be coming for corporate properties, and then for removing the property tax exemption on nonprofits.

    Whacking (Asian) homeowners would go the same way as when the Latinxes demanded the end of Prop 209. In truth, whites actually deserve Affrimative Action in California, especially conservative whites. (The bureaucracy has subverted the intent, the day may come when Berkeley and UCLA resemble the NBA where Europeans outnumber US whites)

    The system of ballot propositions itself is part of the reason that explains GOP weakness in the Western states. Reduced taxes at the federal level also make tax increases at the state level palatable. Repeal of SALT (should have been a total, rather than 10K) will pay dividends in the long run, unless the WokeWealthy are willing to pay up rather than pull a Saverin.

  33. @Audacious Epigone

    Ted Kennedy. Interesting.

    His Daddy was pretty much the embodiment of everything good and bad, and ultimately doomed, in Irish-American Catholic Democrat political culture.

    I hate war and sprawl, though, and I blame FDR and his minions for all of it.

    Great post! Holler at me if you ever want to visit Gettysburg.

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
  34. 216 says:

    That’s certainly a possibility, but remote. Billionaires are not the same as black sportsballers. While they could certainly pay off any women, you’d think we’d hear more about “billionaire love children” than we currently do. There would also be a tendency for some of these unacknowledged children to be given assistance, and eventually some might become prominent that speculation about their real father would arise.

  35. @Thulean Friend

    Agreed, even though personally I am sometimes driven to fits of despair and something verging on nihilism. The battle does not belong to such as me, though, because those who throw up their hands are also throwing away the game.

    Look upon the Amerinds of North America and ask yourself: do you admire the ones who meekly gave in accepted their dispossession or do you admire those who fought unto the bitter end, with everything they had?

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  36. @Original J

    Nature in Mexico and Central America is not respected or protected.

    Nor is it in Africa or Asia, with a very few exceptions.

    It’s almost as if there’s a pattern here. But naah.

  37. Maus says:
    @Audacious Epigone

    With respect to color, there have been some interesting German psychological studies suggesting that knowing a person’s favorite color, or even more importantly, their ranking of six or so primary colors provides insight into the person’s personality. Like many personality tests, the results cannot really be validated; but supposedly some salesman used it (by asking the buyer for ranked color preferences) to choose a tailored sales technique.

  38. Who are your favorite writers? Steve Sailer, John Derbyshire, Z-Man, Heartiste, and Vox Day.

    You can’t be serious about this. All the literature in the world is at your disposal, and these are your favorite writers? Not a single novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, sage, theologian, mystic, scientist, diarist, historian, general, politician, conqueror, prophet, biographer—just a quintet of Alt-Right ninnies? I can’t believe it.

    I’ve always thought that questionnaires like this were not really answered honestly. They’re more of a social gesture, an articulate means of mugging for the camera, with all the possibilities of grandstanding and virtue-signalling that that entails. But even with that being said, this is still a bit on the nose.

    Then again, if these really are your favorite writers, I’m at a loss for words.

  39. Trevor H. says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    The context of the discussion makes clear that he’s talking about current-day, politically-oriented essayists in the “dissident right” arena. Perhaps you’re just being obtuse and pedantic as usual. Speaking of “mugging for the camera.”

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  40. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Mr McKenna

    Look upon the Amerinds of North America and ask yourself: do you admire the ones who meekly gave in accepted their dispossession or do you admire those who fought unto the bitter end, with everything they had?

    The hardest thing–for me at least–is my inability to convince anyone else that our nation is in trouble and that we are in a war for our future. Oh, and that “our” government serves other masters than the American people. My frustration at this failure has almost, but not yet, turned me into a devout defeatist.

    I still believe the only hope for our fragile Republic is a significant economic disruption that forces people to start taking sides in a war that is already being waged against the historic American nation.

  41. @Original J

    There is a rich family, the Mercers, who thought investing into the alt-right token gay guy Milo was a good idea. It ended in an embarrassing screwup.

    (This is the page listing his $500,000 of debts for stuff like jewelry, house cleaning and an extravagant gay wedding – after he became a persona non grata to both left and right for making fun of homosexual abuse of boys.)

    What can I say, be very careful.

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  42. BlackFlag says:
    @Audacious Epigone

    Agree that Patreon model is good. Only flaw is that you trust the Patreon shitlib staff with your information. At this stage, donors need to be given credit while remaining anonymous.
    Never donated to Amren cause they don’t have a cryptocurrency option.

  43. iffen says:

    Is lack of money the problem?

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
  44. @Original J

    The nature question is crucial, I agree. There are two obstacles: 1) Christianity is still undecided whether it isn’t frivolous (= a sin) to put nature above the growing number of humans.

    2) At its core, nature protection seems to be an aesthetical question. See Jonathan Franzen’s latest essays about birds etc. – and maybe one of overcoming a kind of human self-adoration (narcissism of the human race).

    Might well be, that there is no other good way than this indirect one via aesthetics (now I think of – – – Herbert Marcuse’s best idea, maybe: That it was a big (capitalist!) achievement, to found Yellowstone (etc.) – and – now I think of the late Marcuse, who said, that there’d be two parallels – leading into infinity, and one of them was the Permanence of Art

    (Last one: More Goldsworthy, James Turrell and Ansel Adams, less Basquiat and the like (Hearing, Koons, Testino…)

  45. @Trevor H.

    The context of the discussion makes clear that he’s talking about current-day, politically-oriented essayists in the “dissident right” arena. Perhaps you’re just being obtuse and pedantic as usual.

    Was Derb being obtuse and pedantic as usual? Because that isn’t how he answered the question.

  46. @Intelligent Dasein

    They are my favorite people to read at this point in my life, yes. I’m not interested in highbrow signalling.

    But we can do those, going roughly forward in time: Aristophanes, Plato, Cicero, Seneca, Aurelius, Turtelian, Anselm, Aquinas, Dante, Machiavelli, Erasmus, Luther, Hume, Kipling, Dostoevsky, Huxley, Orwell, Rothbard, Charles Murray and Tom Holland.

    The reason I don’t see a lot of value in a list like this is because I’m pretty conventional in my favorites over time. There is so much out there that at 35 I’m not confident in my ability to yet identify who my favorites will be in another 35 years.

  47. @Toronto Russian

    Or just do a little google searching. Milo leached onto an Alt Right/dissident movement he did nothing to create and nothing to contribute to beyond some popularizing (to be very generous to him).

  48. @iffen

    Probably not, but it’s a problem.

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  49. @Audacious Epigone

    I want to throw Nietzsche in there, too, but he’s a slog for me. I like his distilled ideas–such as they can be confidently identified–slave and master morality, interests over principles, will to power, nihilism, etc.

    Also, Pat Buchanan of course!

  50. @Audacious Epigone

    Interesting compendium. I would interrogate thee further, but I’m not going to hijack the thread. In any case, thanks for responding.

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  51. eah says:
    @Charles Pewitt

    John Kasich

    He seems to have spent his entire adult/working life living off taxpayers — as a career politician (not a “public servant”), he needs to win elections — for some time, the easiest way to do that was to bend to the status quo, no matter how vacuous and harmful in the “public service” sense — Trump has done a good deal to dent that.

  52. @Original J

    I have long thought that a right wing version of the TIDES Foundation is the model to follow. Basically, TIDES provides a wall of anonymity to its donors while delivering funding to various left wing causes. Of course this gives rise to an agency problem which is typically an even bigger problem for the Right than for the Left.

    The solution may be to do what the Olin Foundation did and install a self-destruct mechanism so that the foundation dissolves before SJWs can converge it. The key is to find faithful, cunning and savvy managers (agents) who will fulfill the objectives while talking up Tyrion2-style PR.

  53. @Intelligent Dasein

    It’s a few days old so feel free! As the list off the top of my head indicates, I’m not much moved by novels. I never have been and it’s not for lack of trying. I grasp things quantitatively and probabilistically and consequently don’t have much use for what I view as the fluff that is a necessary part of the novel.

    And then there are others who are favorites as thinkers/historical actors who are also writers without being anywhere close to my favorite writers. Aristotle is probably the single best example of this. Von Mises is another. There are also plenty of others who are important who are not favorites either as people or as writers, like Hegel.

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  54. @Audacious Epigone

    It’s a few days old so feel free!

    Alright, I’ll give it a crack.

    The one name on your list that stands out to me as most intriguing is that of Luther. Now, in all that follows we must remember that I am speaking as a Traditional Catholic. When I am reading in a philosophical or an historical frame of mind, I can of course read Luther and weigh his words accordingly. When I am reading in an explicitly theological frame of mind, however, I must take the strictest measures to keep my sources orthodox and I would never list an heresiarch like Luther among my favorites. But with that being said, and even taking account of my admitted bias, I cannot see that Luther possesses enough standing as either a philosopher, a prose stylist, or an historical figure to qualify him for membership in any sort of list, especially one that also includes Sts. Anselm and Thomas. If you are reading the latter two as theology, that would seem to rule Luther out of bounds by definition; but the gulf would be nearly quite as unbridgeable even if you were reading them merely as philosophy or history, so far do they tower above the impudence of Worms. Luther was in fact an unbalanced thinker and a rather destructive and troubled individual. Wherein, I wonder, do you derive the value?

    And then there are others who are favorites as thinkers/historical actors who are also writers without being anywhere close to my favorite writers. Aristotle is probably the single best example of this.

    I agree with that. There is something a little affected about anyone referring to Aristotle as their favorite writer, but he is far and away the most important philosopher to understand. If someone were to ask me what books I would take to a desert island, I would say that, apart from Holy Writ (which belongs in category unapproachable by any secular work), the two most important books for any serious thinker to read and grasp are The Decline of the West (Oswald Spengler) and Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics. There are more enjoyable books to read, but none so vital for the spirit as these.

    One of my own most dear and treasured authors is actually Carl Sagan. That will come as quite a surprise to many here, since I am well known in these environs as an anti-Darwinian and am therefore sometimes labelled “anti-science.” This is not true. Science has always been my first love and I am much better acquainted with it than my detractors themselves are (I was doing quantum mechanics by the age of 14), and I read most of Sagan’s popular works with rapt attention, tenderness, and devotion in my early to mid teens. I credit him with lifting me out of one of the severe depressions to which I am occasionally subject. Even though I eventually came to conclusions quite opposite than he, I feel not the slightest trace of disappointment or resentment, and I will forever consider him, if one can speak so freely of a man he has never met, as a valued friend.

  55. 1) Luther did wonders to the German language; and more than anybody else I could think of; his translation of the Bible was Bert Brecht’s (!) most beloved book, for exactly this reason (there was no other one for Brecht…).
    2) He was an indefatigable and untirable communicator and he understood the value and the need even – of mass communication (a few years before Marshall McLuhan). Plus he was a great debater. He knew how to win an argument. and he knew, what he wasn’t so good at and how to compensate/cooperate (cf. his really great cooperation with Melanchthon).
    That he was a crooked individual is completely beyond me. His wife sure did not think so – as did neither Melanchthon nor did the quite experienced Johannes Brenz and lots and lots of others.

    Plus: Luther wrote great chants!

  56. Rosie says:

    What is the quality you most like in a woman? Nurturing.

    Perfect answer. Rarely will a woman object to being judged by this criterion.

    • Agree: Audacious Epigone
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  57. @Intelligent Dasein

    I was raised Lutheran, so I’ve been familiar with him from a young age. I’ve read Melanchton, too, and I agree that Melanchton does a better job working through Luther’s ideas than Luther does (and yes, I realize that arguably contradicts what I wrote earlier about dispensing with fluff, but I wouldn’t categorize Luther’s audacity as fluff).

    That said, I enjoy Luther’s pugnacious rhetorical style. I am moved by his testimony at Worms, specifically “I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience.” It speaks to the dissident through the centuries!

  58. @Intelligent Dasein

    Re “I am known as an anti-Darwinian and therefore sometimes labeled as anti-science.”

    I don’t know the full spectrum of your views, but I’m quite sure you realize that being “anti-Darwin (hurr durr)” isn’t at all the same as being anti-science ( whatever that means).

    Handy thumbnail I use in arguments with leftards on this subject: when some smug Soyboy claws at me with xis press-on nails about Darwin, this is my question to xim:

    ME: Okay, let me make an analogy. Kepler is to Newton, and then Newton is to Einstein, as Darwin is to Who and then to Who?

    SOY BOY: Dar, me checked out of History of Science after earning my Smug Talking Points Merit Badge.

    ME: The answer is, we don’t know who those game-changing figures are yet. There are too many unanswered questions, and too many unsatisfying models, for us to relax about Anything regarding the origins and development of Life.


    “What is the quality you most admire in a woman? Nurturing”

    I prefer to think of the answer in negative space. When I’m asked a question like this, I tend to say:

    In human affairs between the sexes, there are two Unforgiveable Sins, one for each sex re the other, and they are different. Once one sex observes this flaw in the other, they can never forgive it, even if they say they do. It isn’t a matter of choice, it’s wiring.

    In the eyes of women, the Unforgiveable sin in men is weakness of will.

    In the eyes of men, the Unforgiveable sin in women is coldness.

    So, the most admirable quality in a woman is, the opposite of coldness.

  59. @Rosie

    Interesting. I’ve never heard this answer before. Well – in a way – from Jordan B. Peterson. But never from a woman – so, Rosie – you’re the first to help me learn more about the (social) world.

  60. iffen says:
    @Audacious Epigone

    What are the problems?

    I’m glad that you asked.

    In no particular order:

    the liberal democracy problem, the WN problem, the JQ, the race problem, the nation state and nationalism problem, the misogyny/equity feminism problem, the structural economic problems, the social Darwinist problem, the LGBTQXYZ problem, the complete dominance and increasing totalitarianism of the priesthood of the current order, the paucity of support for populist politics among the educated, etc.

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