Sunday, May 24, 2015

The dawning horror

Commenter Raskolnik over at Rod Dreher's blog gets it:
Rod, you write:
All of us Americans, whether we call ourselves liberals or conservatives, are liberals in this sense. I am no different. I believe in free speech, freedom of religion, civil rights and the other hallmarks of liberalism.
Here’s my question: why? Why do you still believe in those things?
I ask because the history that you trace seems to me a kind of proof by contradiction. Given the epistemological and anthropological assumptions of modern liberalism, the outcome you describe in this post inexorably results. But that outcome conflicts with what you know to be true. Clearly, then, those assumptions are wrong, and therefore so are the “liberal” and “democratic” legal and political structure that legitimize them.
People often talk as if the only possible alternative to secular liberal democracy were totalitarianism of the most repressive and rapacious sort. But to me this grants entirely too much credence to those falsified assumptions from up above. As I never tire of pointing out, Hitler was legally and democratically elected. Bhutan, as close to a traditional monarchy as exists today, is perhaps the happiest society on the planet. 
The idea that our choice is between tyranny and “democracy” (or what passes for it in 2015 America, anyway) is a false dilemma posed to us by our cultural enemies. But this false dilemma really only masks the exercise of their naked will-to-power: accept the bureaucratic liberal regime, or else.
We Americans were much freer under poor old King George III than we are today with all of our self-congratulatory talk of freedom and democracy. Even if the kings of old had access to 21st century technology, it wouldn't occur to them to police our thoughts the way secular liberals do. Moderns tend to believe that kings were all-powerful dictators. Medieval kings were essentially the most powerful nobles in the land, but they weren't strong enough to take on any two or three nobles who might ally against them. And of course the Church acted as a check on kings who attempted to exercise dictatorial powers: imagine King Henry II doing penance on his knees for the murder of St. Thomas Becket.

It's unlikely Dreher will go so far as to question liberalism itself. Mainstream conservatives sometimes describe themselves as wishing to conserve the classical liberalism of America's Founding Fathers. It's an enormous mental leap, comparable to the one portrayed in the Matrix, to realize that the liberalism of today is classical liberalism all grown up. Conservatives believed that they could draw a line in the sand; William F. Buckley said that the purpose of his National Review was to stand athwart history and yell, "Stop!" It was a noble intention but ultimately futile. Mainstream conservatives are the tail end of the long liberal march through history, impotently grumbling that they're moving too quickly without disagreeing on the destination:
Rod concludes his latest outreach in the mutual titty twister he and Sullivan are currently engaged in by nailing these theses to the bathhouse door:
I am glad we don’t live in that world anymore. We don’t live in that world anymore because people like Andrew insisted that gay lives had more dignity than the majority of Americans believed. Again, they did us all a favor by awakening us morally to what it is like to live in a country where what matters the most to you is treated in custom and in law as anathema. But I do not look forward to the world Andrew and his righteous allies are building for those religious people who do not conform. They will demonize dissent, and pat themselves on the back for their moral courage the whole time.

This perplexes conservative commenter Joseph Dooley, who writes
Not sure why Dreher comes out in favor of civil unions and tolerance of homosexuality. It’s a middle ground that is merely a transition stage between hedonism and Judeo-Christian civil society.

Conservative commenter Thursday is more direct:
I honestly do think America is a better place for what they’ve done, on the whole, because it has made us more tolerant and understanding.

I’ll be blunt: this is insane.

If a movement promoting gay sex (however monogamously practiced, or not, as the case may be) has somehow resulted in making American society morally superior to what it was before, then logically gay sex can’t really be that big of a deal. I mean it clearly has to be less of a sin than intolerance for that to be the case. And, if that’s true, then why exactly are we opposing gay marriage?
Why indeed. Dreher and other mainstream conservatives can't bring themselves to say in public that sodomy is one of the sins that cries out to heaven for vengeance because that would get them DISQUALIFIED from the public square. I say that if our enemies deny us a platform, then we need to build our own.

Pentecost Sunday

From the Acts of the Apostles, 2:1-11: And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue. And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.
Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. John: At that time, Jesus said to his disciples: If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him. He that loveth me not, keepeth not my words. And the word which you have heard, is not mine; but the Father' s who sent me. These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you. But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. You have heard that I said to you: I go away, and I come unto you. If you loved me, you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe. I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and in me he hath not any thing. But that the world may know, that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given me commandment, so do I: Arise, let us go hence.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

If you want a revolution, the only solution, evolve

Schism with the Red Pill:
I would bet on Roosh against the Red Pill sub-reddit as well. And frankly, I never thought much of the Matrix terminology anyhow. Neomasculinity is a much more sensible term anyhow, and as far as the distinction between it and the Red Pill Manosphere goes, I think an increased emphasis on tradition, patriarchy, and the nuclear family that is anti-socialist with more room for spirituality sounds considerably more like a philosophy I can support.
Ever since I discovered the manosphere, I've believed they made excellent diagnoses of the sickness crippling Western civilization. It was their prescriptions I often found lacking. The materialist pursuit of higher notch counts isn't an option for serious Christians as extramarital sex is sinful. It's gratifying to see a desire to delve more deeply into the permanent things that built civilization in the first place. Roosh caught my ear with his resolution that going forward the community will be more welcoming to spirituality and belief in a higher being. It is my hope that he and everyone else will formally convert to the Catholic faith one day. I strongly believe that a commitment to pursue the truth no matter the cost will inevitably lead to he who is Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. The best that has been done by those who came before us was done for his glory.

I believe we want the same thing. All of us, whether our names are famous, infamous, or obscure like mine, write because we want to encourage and mentor other men. I'm a little bemused by the name Roosh has chosen, neomasculinity. If you follow the link, you'll see that much of it involves rediscovering lost traditions and embracing the old ways that our progressive overlords have spent their lives attempting to suppress. Lest we Catholics feel tempted to dismiss them as Johnny Come-Latelys, we should remember that the public face of the Church in the 21st century is in a pretty sorry state because our bishops have by and large exchanged the faith of the Apostles for liberalism. By their fruits, ye shall know them.

It sounds like a trite cliche, but cliches are considered such because they contain kernels of truth that move us: every saint has a past, every sinner has a future. I won't live long enough to see a better future than the one current trends suggest but remember that the war is already decided. It's our duty to cultivate fortitude through the coming collapse.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Never, ever, ever back down

Heads LGBTs win, tails Christians lose:
Let’s understand what happened here. This Christian jeweler agreed to custom-make engagement rings for a lesbian couple, knowing that they were a couple, and treated them politely. But when they found out what he really believed about same-sex marriage, even though the man gave them polite service, and agreed to sell them what they asked for, the lesbian couple balked, and demanded their money back — and the mob threatened the business if they didn’t yield. Which, of course, he did.
 Of course he did. That's why Christians consistently lose and will continue to lose the culture wars. I'm not a great legal mind or a great mind at all for that matter. I'm sure there are all kinds of reasons why this wouldn't be feasible. But if I were in his place, this is how I'd have handled it:

"You must agree to X!"

"Na, bro."

"Then we'll see you in court!"

"Na, bro."

"Wait, what?"

"I will not submit. Ever. If you sue me, I won't appear in court. If I'm convicted of badthink in absentia, I will not pay any fines nor will I cooperate with any judicial rulings against me in this matter. This is only going to end in one of two ways: either you back down and apologize for threatening my livelihood, or you send the cops to drag me off to jail. I'd prefer the former but I'll cheerfully accept the latter if I must. So go ahead: make me famous. You'll see me in court? I'll see you on all the cable networks."

I know, it's easy to talk tough on the internet. I have dealt with these people in real life and from firsthand experience I can tell you that 9 times out of 10 they'll back down and go searching for more timid targets. Remember, they're not after goods and services. They don't want your tolerance. They want your full-throated, rip-roaring approval. They're not interested in your apologies. They want complete submission. They only want apologies as a public confession with which to beat you over the head.

Be prudent. Don't go out of your way to pick a fight. Don't go actively seeking martyrdom on that hill, especially if you have young children to feed. But if you take Christianity the least bit seriously, sooner or later they'll come after you. When they do, don't back down one inch or else they won't stop until you're completely ruined anyway. They may take your livelihood but don't let them rob you of your dignity and your convictions too.

h/t: Donal Graeme

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I wanna rock

There's just something about 1980's hair metal I've always loved. Maybe it's because I grew up in the 80s and it's just pure nostalgia. But listening to classics like this when I'm driving makes me drum on the steering wheel, bang my head, lip sync, everything. No other music makes me do that.

More advice to young men on college and jobs

Continuing with our theme from last night, I'm almost twice as old as this year's graduating class of high school seniors. If you men had a childhood similar to mine, your parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and pretty much everyone in your life has been urging you to go to college or else you'll be a loser who flips hamburgers at McDonald's for the rest of your life. Take it from me gentlemen: I know plenty of college graduates who can't even get hired at McDonald's these days and who are drowning in the mortgage levels of debt they took on to pursue a useless college degree.

The liberal arts have a bad reputation in right-wing circles, and many of their criticisms are true. If you study the liberal arts at most universities, you are paying a lot of money to be fed left-wing propaganda from tenured radicals who hate and fear us white cishet shitlords with all the passion of their misspent lives. That reality makes me angry because I'm a true believer in the liberal arts. Literature, art, music, philosophy... these are the things that separate us from the beasts who only eat, sleep, fornicate, repeat. In a perfect world, teachers would instill in their charges a love of the arts and a commitment to preserving the best we've inherited from our ancestors and encouraging new generations of artists to create quality work that will endure for generations. But it's not a perfect world and in good conscience I cannot encourage anyone to study the liberal arts in college. You don't need to pay that much money for progressive goodthink you can read on the internet for free. You want to be a great writer? Read a lot and write a lot. You want to be a skilled musician or composer? Practice music a lot.

I'd recommend against going to college at all unless you can clearly explain why it is essential to your professional goals. You want to be a doctor or an engineer? Okay, that's acceptable. You don't know what you want to do yet? Then you absolutely must not go to college until you do know. Trust me, you're not missing out on anything if you delay entering for a few years. I didn't enter a four year university until I was 25, and that was after a few years of working and attending night courses at community college. After all of that, my current gig doesn't even require a Bachelor's degree. Even if you're a Godless heathen who's looking forward to drunkenly hooking up with hot college sluts, you don't need to actually be in college to do that. Hell, if anything you might have an easier time of it if you aren't attending university. You'll stand in stark contrast to the low-T progressive manlet orbiters they're used to from class.

Most of the workforce is vastly overeducated and overqualified for the available jobs. Very few jobs actually require a college level education, but businesses use college degrees as a filtering mechanism and a proxy for IQ. As of this writing, employers know that applicants are for the most part quietly desperate for work. They're flooded with applicants which means hiring decisions are seldom based on the quality of your resume because there are hundreds of other resumes as impressive or more so than yours. You have to treat HR like a spoiled, bitchy woman because, well, they're pretty much the same thing these days. They're judging you on your tone of voice, the stylishness of your suit, the cut of your hair, the firmness of your handshake, your willingness and skill at brown nosing, asskissing, backbiting, etc.

If you're determined to get a certain job, you should flatly refuse to interview with HR at all. Insist that you speak directly with the hiring manager or the boss. If they won't let you through, move on because your online application will get lost in the shuffle, if they bother looking at it all. You remembered to add the right key words for SEO optimization, right? If anything, you should err on the side of being a jerk if not outright insubordinate. Yeah, you might piss them off but they'll remember you. That by itself gives you an edge.

What's your long term goal though? If you want to be rich, be aware that no one ever got rich working for someone else. If you want to make enough money to cover basic expenses while you pursue your real long term goal, then you've got plenty of options. If your goal is to marry and have children, or if you are currently married with children, then your options are a lot more restricted. A man with young children to feed can't afford to tell his boss to go pound sand the way unmarried men with no children can.

Remember men, the real world is nothing like what they said it would be like when you were growing up. My parents often said to me, "The real world is nothing like high school." In a way they were right: it's like high school squared. The entertainment industry in particular is almost entirely fueled by old resentments that have been smoldering since high school, whether those resentments are based in reality or not. I exhort all men who may read my words not to take your difficulties personally. Your parents spoke to you out of love and naivete. Your teachers and the government have a direct financial interest in steering you along the college route. College was supposed to afford us sushi but many college graduates still eat Ramen for years afterward. You may be feeling like a failure if you're not living up to society's expectations that you be a good consumer-wage slave. As long as you're still breathing, there's always hope.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beefy Levinson's tips on getting the job

So you've just graduated from high school or college, or maybe you're a bit older and you've quit, been laid off, or gotten fired from your most recent job. What to do now? My first question to you would be, "WTF?" What are you thinking, applying for some bullshit job with a faceless corporation or some namby-pamby non-profit?

In all seriousness, there's no shame in being an employee if that's what you want to do and it makes you happy. Very few human beings ever find gainful employment that they also enjoy for its own sake. I know professional musicians who love jamming for free at a friend or family's birthday party, but I don't know any white collar workers who design spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations for fun. Are you happy working for a big company that offers good pay and benefits, and gives you enough time off to spend with the family or pick up chicks or read books or lift weights or whatever it is you like to do? If your company is actually like that, you are a rare bird indeed.

What about the 70% of Americans who hate their jobs? I feel bad for my peers. My Bachelor's degree is worthless, but I didn't go into debt to acquire it so I'm much better off than those poor saps who majored in English, graduated with mortgage levels of debt and are now working at Starbucks. In World War II, we took 18 year old draftees and turned them into pilots, tank drivers, and submariners within a few months or weeks of training. Today a Bachelor's degree is required, Master's preferred, not because most jobs require that amount of education, but because employers want a convenient method of screening out resumes.

Our parents grew up in a time when you got your first grown up job at 22 and you stayed with that company for the rest of your life. Baby Boomers interpret "job hopping" as a sign of immaturity or unreliability. I see it as another example of men responding rationally to the incentives offered by the real world. It doesn't matter what skills you have or how long you've been with the company: your employer sees you as an expensive liability he'd sooner do without. Employees pick up on this. Their boss has no loyalty to them so why should they show any loyalty in return?

That's why job interviews, especially those conducted by HR, tend to be such meaningless posturing. "Why do you want to work here?" they ask, or something similar. Let's speak truly here: I want to work here for the money. You want to hire me because you need labor. Do you seriously think I or anyone else wants to work here for the brown nosing, the ass kissing, the office politics, the multiculti horseshit or any of the other progressive joys you have to offer? You want me to be motivated and energetic? Pay me handsomely and promptly.

If you think my language or my attitude would be a hindrance in job searching, you'd be surprised. Every job I've ever had working for someone else, I got it by sidestepping the usual channels. For example, I'm sure my five loyal readers know of the Taleo system. The company asks you to upload your resume... and then they want you to type the same information into their application template so it can get run through their SEO algorithms. HR is comprised entirely of ditzy broads with useless degrees and useless jobs who are too lazy or too ignorant to read resumes themselves so they run them through the computer to search for all the right key words.

Don't waste your time with Taleo resumes. You're throwing away 20-30 minutes on a job you'll never get anyway. One of my jobs during college was at Longs Drugs. I walked in one morning and said, "Here's my resume."
"Oh, well, if you just go to our website we have an online appli..."
"I don't do online applications. Let me speak to your hiring manager. Or the store owner." So I appeared before both in turn. They both asked me, "Why do you want to work here?" I replied, "I need money for college." And that was that. I got the job. It was actually during my time at Longs Drugs that I invented the pseudonym Beefy Levinson, a story I'll share another time. I left right around the time it transitioned to CVS. My friends tell me I got out at just the right time. But no matter what kind of job you're applying for, you'll get further with bluntness and erring on the side of being downright rude.

I've noticed that the manosphere is very high on self-employment, entrepreneurship, starting your own business. Many writers understate the difficulties in being an entrepreneur and a lot of anklebiters in the comments blow those difficulties way out of proportion, saying you are doomed, doomed to failure. The truth lies between the two extremes. Yes it's hard to become self-employed. But one thing to keep in mind is that if an employer is paying you to do something, other people would be willing to pay you too if you went into business for yourself. Self-employment requires a lot more discipline and dedication than a corporate job you can phone in. Not all men are cut out to be entrepreneurs, and that's okay. It's a high-risk high-reward lifestyle which can be enormously stressful if you have young children to feed.

If you're happy working as an employee, good for you. Keep doing that. If you're one of the 70% of Americans who actively hate their job, then why are you wasting your life in a two hour round trip commute in heavy traffic to sit in front of a computer for 8.5 hours a day, 5 days a week though it often rises to 60 or more hours a week? Do you really need that giant house, that new car, those fancy clothes, those expensive vacations, that eating out with all the booze and psychotropic drugs?