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Les tas recrutent des sicaires costumés

Sur les murs du métro, l'armée française recrute — mais quel homme digne d'être un soldat rejoindra l'armée française? Cette armée est au service du MAL: une république sans valeur et sans honneur, qui a toujours trahi tous ceux qu'elle avait juré de protéger, qui ne doit son existence que comme régime fantoche installé par les socialistes américains et noyauté par les communistes russes, avec sursaut en prime de fierté nationaliste mal placée dans la trahison des colonies.

Certes, une minorité dont la tradition familiale est liée à l'armée y ira peut-être honorablement, quoiqu'erronément, par atavisme. Ils iront grandir les rangs des cadres moyens de l'armée: assez sérieux pour être officiers, trop honnêtes pour s'élever au-dessus des politiciens aux dents longues. Mais l'armée attirera surtout des petits fonctionnaires ne cherchant que les avantages et prêts à déserter au moindre risque, des imbéciles qui ne comprennent pas dans quoi et pour qui ils s'engagent, des techniciens du meurtre de masse sur commande, des mercenaires sans foi ni loi, des sadiques assoiffés de sang, et des salauds prêts à tout pour gravir les échelles du pouvoir. Les tas (de parasites) recrutent l'armée qu'ils méritent.

Le traître de Gaulle n'engendrera qu'engeance pire encore. La Fwance décivilisée n'aura pas son Pinochet. Son Chavez, peut-être, en attendant son Abd al-Rahman. CPEMF.

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NYC Opera Renaissance: Tosca

As usual, he gets it "come il Conte Palmieri"; he knows knows it's fake fake, but he wants to see her happy, to hear her happy. One last time. And as usual, I cry all along, at each and every one of the carefully paced arias, in this emotional rollercoaster of an Opera. It has everything: love and hate, lust and jealousy, honor and betrayal, lofty fraternity and mortal enmity, victory and defeat, misplaced idealism and too well placed opportunism, lofty art and crass superstition, integrity and corruption, etc. But it also has all the sins and crimes, from gluttony to rape, from perjury and bribery to suicide and murder, from torture to blasphemy. It is the individual against the State. It is all that and much more. It is Tosca.

Congratulations to the NYC Opera Renaissance. A tremendous success. I rate it 95%. Act I was perfectly played, though maybe Tosca's voice wasn't at her top yet, possibly hampered by this really excellently rendered jealousy. Caravadossi knew to be above the jealousy and superstition without being patronizing; he loved Tosca warts and all. Scarpia was a delicious villain, and his minions also played well. Act II and III were great, and the singing wonderful. The direction didn't sport the many tricks of other productions I've seen, but had some clever ones of its own, such as the well done fighting attempts by Caravadossi, or Spoletta concluding right at Tosca's face "Come Palmieri". As usual my biggest gripe is with direction that in some songs just doesn't make sense. Scarpia should be either impatient with lust or reveling with power when Tosca pleads to God then to him; he shouldn't be merely bored on the sofa. And Caravadossi should be holding Tosca's hands and trying to keep her close to him when they meet for the last time and sing about these hands against, he shouldn't be staying at a safe distance — indeed she might be blind to the situation and feel like playing on stage and dancing around, but oh not him, though he won't want to show and worry her — perfect opportunity for a lot of acting with body language.

I heartily recommend. Will go again if I can. E Rido Ancor!

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Conscious Cybernaut

I don't design myself. I evolve from countless interactions, of which the conscious mind is but the emerged part, that neither designs nor builds itself nor the rest of me. At best, it might steer me towards improvement - but the direction it steers won't be improvement if it is blind of who I am, where I am, what are the obstacles, what are my assets, and what maintenance is required.

The rationalist hubris of total design is often blindness that cripples the actual use of reason. On the opposite, denial of the importance design in steering is the rejection of reason and groveling in mere animality. Be yourself today. Fully.

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From Up on Poppy Hill

"From Up on Poppy Hill" proves that 2011 was a great year for Japanese (and world) cinema. Animation is used to show what just can't be shown with live action movies: the past. No need for choreographed violence, or for fantastic plots riddled with holes. A simple story well told without gimmicks. Lofty aspirations without grandiosity. Delicate sentiments without affectation. Nostalgia without blindness to the future. Local roots with a universal message. History without propaganda. A film like that relates us to our span in time and space. The opposite of what America does (at Hollywood). Note: 9/10

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Lettre à la France (Anonyme réactionnaire)

Voici la traduction de l'anglais par mes soins d'une lettre ouverte, anonyme, mais nettement dans la lignée réactionnaire de Mencius Moldbug. Cette lettre est complètement folle, mais sa folie a l'avantage d'être aux antipodes de la Folie Française ultra-socialiste, et je trouve cela fort raffraîchissant. Cette traduction ne signifie bien sûr pas approbation, loin de là; je ne vois dans ce manifeste aucun point sur lequel je n'aie rien à redire. J'ai dans le passé longuement expliqué mes différends intellectuels avec Moldbug, et ils restent les mêmes. Quant à une version libérale du changement de régime, pour comparer, il y en a une sur mon blog, signée Roman Perdeanu — vous pouvez-voir les différences entre ce que le liquidateur y fait ou n'y fait pas — et dans ce second cas laisse les citoyens autant libres de le faire que responsables civilement du résultat.

Lettre à la France

Anonyme

Chère France, ici l'Amérique.

Salut, la France, nous sommes désolés de ces sottises qui viennent d'arriver.

En fait, nous sommes doublement désolés. De toute évidence, la cause ultime en est le gouvernement collaborationniste communiste que nous vous avons infligé depuis '45. Les communistes ont importé les Arabes; les Arabes ont fait ce qu'ils ont fait. Nous regrettons d'avoir à énoncer une évidence, mais voilà la vie sous le communisme pour vous.

Nous faisons ce que nous pouvons à propos de nos propres communistes. Ce qui pour l'instant n'est pas grand-chose. Mais pourquoi nous attendre? Est-ce que Walesa a attendu Soljenitsyne? Quoi, est-ce qu'Obama va vous envahir? Comme Brejnev? Croyez-moi, Obama n'est pas Brejnev.

Hé, la France! Ne laissez pas passer une crise sans en tirer parti! Voici un autre secret de l'Amérique: toujours et partout, il n'y a pas de victoire graduelle ou relative pour la Droite. Il n'y a qu'une victoire absolue en une seule étape. Attrapez la vague! Il vous faut surfer; vous ne pouvez pas vous contenter de pagayer. Attrapez la vague que vous pourrez, ou continuez à mourir.

La Gauche, dont la mission est la destruction, peut prendre tout le temps qu'elle veut pour abattre la civilisation. Elle peut même tolérer de brèves rémissions. Elle joue avec une nation comme un chat avec une souris. Mais la Droite, dont la mission est la préservation, la restauration, la création, doit travailler de manière cohérente en une seule étape.

Il y a un modèle de laser appelé laser femtoseconde. Pour un millionième de milliardième de seconde, il est plus brillant que le soleil. Si vous agissez politiquement sur la base de la raison et de la réalité, plutôt que de l'instinct et de l'émotion, vous n'allumez pas un incendie; vous construisez un laser femtoseconde.

Le dernier chapitre du chef-d'œuvre de de Maistre explique le processus de la contre-révolution pratique plus ou moins parfaitement. En théorie, étant des Français et non pas des barbares, vous n'avez rien à apprendre de nous. Mais puisque votre État est un satellite de l'Amérique, nous connaissons peut-être votre ennemi mieux que vous ne le connaissez.

Quoi qu'il en soit, voici mon manifeste simple pour un changement pratique de régime. Dans un monde idéal, un million de Français se réunissent à Paris et obtiennent le respect de ces exigences, à peu près maintenant. Ce n'est pas un monde idéal et cela n'arrivera pas — mais ne devrait-on pas savoir où nous voulons aller? Primo: La Cinquième République a échoué et est abolie. Tout pouvoir d'État est transféré à une Nouvelle République Française dirigée par l'armée, sous la supervision de Mme Le Pen. Tout le pouvoir au Front National! Il n'y a pas besoin d'attendre une élection. Lénine a-t-il attendu une élection?

Secundo: Les Quatrième et Cinquième Républiques sont déclarées Cinquième et Sixième. La vraie Quatrième est Vichy. Tous les régimes totalitaires du XXe siècle, le régime fasciste (Quatrième), satellite allemand, et le marxiste (Cinquième / Sixième), satellite américain, sont déclarés également criminels et traîtres à la patrie. Collaborer avec Londres, Berlin, Washington ou Moscou, c'est le même délit.

Tertio: La France est fermée pour reconstruction. Ses frontières sont closes et resteront closes indéfiniment. Tous les étrangers, y compris les diplomates, sont soit déportés soit internés. Les Français bloqués à l'étranger, y compris des diplomates, sont soit rapatriés soit expatriés. Ces mesures ne prendront fin que lorsque la France sera une fois de plus une nation, et pas une province du Mondaméricain.

Quarto: Les véritables frontières ne concernent pas que les seules migrations. La souveraineté politique est également compromise par la dépendance financière, commerciale et intellectuelle. Puisque la France d'aujourd'hui est un patient atteint de cancer et que seul un isolement strict peut la sauver, tous ces liens doivent être rompus. Une France future, forte et saine pourra les restaurer.

Tous les titres français détenus hors de France sont annulés. Tout le commerce extérieur est réglé en or à un point d'entrée unique. Aucun produit manufacturé n'est importé. Toutes les liaisons Internet sont coupées. Seule la Nouvelle République achemine les paquets hors de France, seulement à Washington, et pour seulement trois objectifs: offrir des produits français à la vente; acheter des minéraux stratégiques; et négocier les questions planétaires réels tels que les droits sur l'océan, la contamination atmosphérique, la protection des oiseaux migrateurs et de la défense contre les astéroïdes.

Quinto: À cause des actes criminels du régime communiste, qui visait à s'établir au pouvoir de façon permanente en important un nouveau peuple, la possession d'un passeport français délivré par la sixième République n'est pas une preuve de la nationalité française. Toute personne titulaire d'un passeport français, mais sans quatre grands-parents nés en France, doit présenter une nouvelle demande de citoyenneté à la Nouvelle République Française.

Les demandes sont évaluées par la police. Toute personne à la fois assimilée et civilisée, sans égard à sa race, est acceptée. Tous les demandeurs restants sont déportés, ou internés si le Mondaméricain refuse de les accueillir. L'internement est pas une punition et n'en deviendra pas une, mais la France est une nation souveraine et personne ne la colonise.

Sexto: La Nouvelle France n'est pas seulement dirigée par le Front national et l'armée, mais gouvernée par eux. La France a de la chance; une fois que les colons sont expulsés, elle n'a pas d'ennemis qui possèdent la force à la fois morale et physique de l'attaquer. Puisqu'elle n'a pas de besoin militaire pour son armée, elle peut l'utiliser pour la tâche beaucoup plus importante de la restauration de la nation.

Tous les fonctionnaires de la sixième République sont présumés communistes jusqu'à preuve de leur patriotisme, et sont mis à la retraite à taux plein. Pour commencer, le nouveau gouvernement est entièrement composé d'anciens officiers militaires. Lorsqu'il est nécessaire de recruter, toute expérience dans le secteur officiel ou para-officiel, les forces de sécurité exceptées, est une disqualification inconditionnelle. En cas de doute, le processus de dénazification utilisé en Allemagne en 1945 est un bon guide.

Septimo: La France est une nation catholique et ne peut pas être restaurée sans l'aide de l'Église. Malheureusement, cette institution aussi a été envahie par les communistes. La Fraternité Saint-Pie X est le successeur légal de l'Église catholique française. Tous les prêtres affiliés à l'Église du Nouvel Ordre sont présumés communistes jusqu'à preuve du contraire, et purgés comme les fonctionnaires.

L'Église a pleine autorité sur tous les établissements d'enseignement de la maternelle à l'université; elle gagne la propriété de toutes les entreprises de médias et d'édition existantes. La liberté d'expression ne sera pas violée; les communistes peuvent rester communistes et continuer à essayer de colporter leurs produits toxiques, aux adultes en tout cas. Mais aucun organe de pouvoir conquis par le communisme ne peut survivre à sa chute.

Octavo: Toutes les institutions philanthropiques, les ONG, les fondations, etc., sont transférées à l'État pour liquidation. De plus, la source d'énergie ultime de ces institutions pernicieuses, l'oligarchie financière du XXe siècle, ne peut pas être autorisée à survivre.

Beaucoup de Français riches ont acquis leur argent honnêtement, même sous le régime corrompu des traîtres. Beaucoup l'ont mal acquis. Sans enquêter sur les affaires du passé, la richesse personnelle des riches doit être déclarée et plafonnée au maximum nécessaire pour assurer une vie de luxe. Les actifs au-dessus de ce plafond, mérités ou non, sont échangés contre des titres de noblesse. Les voleurs et les traîtres seront soulagés de s'échapper par ce petit sacrifice; les hommes d'affaires honnêtes et patriotes comprendront sa nécessité.

Nono: Tous les secrets d'État, à l'exception des plans militaires, sont descellés. En utilisant ces documents, et toutes les sources vivantes encore disponibles, la Nouvelle République va parrainer l'ouvrage de la plus grande qualité portant sur l'histoire de la France au XXe siècle, un document de référence entièrement indépendant, patriotique et catholique sans complexe, qui ne sera contaminé par aucun biais, ni fasciste, ni communiste.

Decimo: la France doit être restaurée culturellement, architecturalement, et industriellement. Tous les bâtiments construits en France, d'un caractère moderniste, communiste, islamiques ou autrement non-français, seront démolis et/ou remplacés dans un style historique français.

Selon un degré compatible avec l'offre réelle de main-d'œuvre, la production industrielle de nourriture et de vêtements est interdite. Puisque la Nouvelle République a mis à la retraite l'ensemble du gouvernement, beaucoup de Français auront besoin de travail. La seule source envisageable de la demande de travail est la production artisanale sur les modèles pré-industriels; l'honneur et l'épanouissement ne peuvent être trouvés que dans des tâches égales au potentiel humain du travailleur. Tout le monde peut être un maçon ou charpentier; Personne ne devrait être condamné à vivre comme un robot industriel du XIXe siècle.

Undecimo: La Nouvelle République Française est un régime temporaire visant à guérir la France, pas à la gouverner éternellement. Sa dernière tâche est de concevoir son propre remplacement permanent, presque certainement par une monarchie absolue héréditaire dans la grande tradition française. Bien sûr, il n'y a pas un Français sur mille aujourd'hui qui comprendrait ou soutiendrait ce plan. Pourtant, la moitié de la France, au moins, voit le même problème.

Ce qui vous retient, chère France, est l'illusion que vous avez un remède plus facile, plus simple, plus indolore. La France a le cancer. Elle sait, même, qu'elle a le cancer. Je prescris une chimiothérapie; mais pourquoi pas de l'aspirine? L'aspirine n'a pas bon goût, alors elle doit sûrement aider.

Pourquoi ne pas tout simplement réélire Sarkozy, avec son Karcher? Peut-être l'utilisera-t-il cette fois? Il va certainement promettre de le faire. Et puis pourquoi toute cette dictature militaire? Ne pourrions-nous élire Marine, à l'issue d'une élection constitutionnelle normale? Elle promet d'expulser les terroristes. Elle doit avoir une liste. Bien sûr, ils vont faire appel à Bruxelles, alors il va y avoir beaucoup de questions juridiques à résoudre…

Hélas, la vérité est que la France est accro au communisme, comme un alcoolique à l'alcool. Ce matin, elle a une sacrée gueule de bois. Elle promet de cesser de boire. Eh bien, elle va certainement boire moins… France, je suis désolé. Il faut un sevrage brutal. Plus une seule goutte! Dans votre cœur, France, vous savez quoi faire. Et vous en avez peur. N'avons-nous pas tous peur du changement?

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Why I didn't create that song I wrote

I spent the other day yet again fixing bugs in the accompaniment for the song I authored on a famous poem by William Ernest Henley, Invictus. Clearly, no one else wrote that exact song before me; and so it's mine. Or is it? Frankly, I just wrote down a song already implicit in the poem I was putting to music. And I'll prove this claim by analyzing in detail the start of the song.

Now let's consider the rhythm of the first verse. The words "Out of the night that covers me" already have the rhythm and stress pattern: the syllables "out", "night", "co" and "me" are stressed; the other syllables are unstressed. Generally, the stressed monosyllables are longer than the unstressed syllables, but in the two-syllable word "cover", the stressed "co" is short and the unstressed "ver" is long, whereas the unstressed "that" should remain longer than the "of the" and "co". Let's use the simplest grid for rhythm, a 4/4 bar, and fit the stressed notes to the stressed beats, first and third. We can do it simply by using a crotchet for the longer syllables and a quaver for the shorter ones, except that we'd have to stretch the "ver" of cover for "me" to fall on the beat; actually, it sounds rude, whiny and pretentious to say "me" on the beat, so let's not stretch that "ver", and introduce a syncopation, which also gives more life to the poem. There, the rhythm was totally determined by factors outside my control.

Did I at least choose the melody and/or harmony? Not at all. The topic is gloomy, so it obviously calls for a minor key; let's arbitrarily pick G minor so I can sing it — it also has only few alterations (two flats) on the key signature, and happens to be quite playable on guitar (I didn't play any guitar at the time I wrote the song, but common influences from musical history had already shaped both my mind and the guitar); you can of course transpose to your key of choice, and it will remain the same song, so only really matters the fact that it's minor, and that's imposed by the mood of the poem. The first verse is an introductory verse, and it is building up a tension, so it obviously has to be in ascending tones. Since it doesn't end the sentence, the verse shall end up in suspension; the simplest way to achieve that is to end with a dominant chord. We also want to state the tonality, with a tonic chord somewhere, and since we end with the dominant, it's simplest to state the tonic as the first chord. So our stressed syllables will see an upward progression from tonic to dominant. There are four stressed notes; first is a tonic (G), last is a dominant (D); in an ascending progression, it is natural to fit a subdominant (C) between the two, for it has the next simplest chord. The simplest progression would be tonic, mediant, subdominant, dominant, where underlying the mediant would be a repeat the tonic chord; but since we're building tension, we have to do something more than this simplest progression; so we do the next simplest progression: tonic, subdominant, leading tone to the dominant, dominant; not only is it the next simplest, but the leading tone in itself contains tension that we seek. Since we're building up tension, let's also change the mood on the last chord, and make it major while the tonic and subdominant chords were minor; considering the meaning of the poem, it also makes sense to give a brighter color to the word "me" than to the other words and use a major chord. (Actually, in the poem we're adapting itself, the word "me" is deliberately ending the first verse, precisely for this effect, that we're translating to music.)

Now for the short notes: they could be anything that isn't dissonant, but better remain low to provide greater contrast to the upward progression of the stressed notes; and the simplest solution is to just repeat the tonic, G. However, since we have two short notes right after the initial tonic, we can make the first of them the mediant while still on the tonic chord, and it fits perfectly both with the upward progression of sounds and with the fact that the stressed notes set the chord. As for which chord underlies the leading-note-to-the-dominant, we find that a E flat minor seventh, which is just one note half a tone away from the previous chord of C minor seventh, is the simplest solution. Tada! The constraints natural in the text and in western music completely wrote the first verse for us, including every single note, its pitch and duration, and for each note the underlying chord. Of course, I didn't have to explicitly think about these constraints when I wrote the song — the melody and its implicit harmony just "fell into place", because I've internalized these constraints, and this is indeed the simplest solution, by far.

I could go on with the rest of this song: the next three verses have their rhythm decided likewise. A repetition of the melodic pattern of verses one-two in verses three-four is the natural expectation, with one-two ending on a dominant and three-four on a tonic. Verse two (and four) need their melodic line to be descending to use the tension previously built. Their first note needs to be above the last note of the first verse, to use its trampoline; it also needs to start with a tonic chord. However, for variety as well as to allow for the three note variant in verse two, it's better to start on a mediant from which you can go to the tonic (via the supertonic as a transient note), rather than starting from a tonic and have nowhere down to go within the chord. Filling the melody with stressed notes that are different from the (notional canonical chord) bass line also makes for a nice response to the previous verse where the stressed notes in melody were mostly the same as the bass. The words "Pit" also suggests going lower than what is simplest (F♯), and even lower than what is natural (B♭ instead of B), in another interesting interaction between word meaning and pitch (I don't even know how to name the resulting chord, because the natural B is also present; or maybe it's actually a C♯ in an G chord with major seventh and augmented eleventh? does it matter?). Similarly, "pole to pole" suggests going up and down around the "equator" of the tonic, while following the general downward pitch progression of the sentence. I could go on and on, but I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to figure out all the reasons why this song is indeed the simplest solution to the problem of putting this poem to music. Of course, the idea of music scores as puzzles isn't new: Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries famously wrote the scores of some canons and fugues as puzzles to be completed from scant indications: a theme is stated at the beginning, with indications on what symmetries and transformations to use to fill the blanks with modified copies of the theme, and seasoned baroque musicians would be able to reconstitute the entire piece.

Now, consider the set of rules and constraints, some hard, some soft, some formal, some informal, some purely musical, some related to the syntax of English, some related to the meaning of the words, according to which these solution is simplest; together they constitute a sense of aesthetics, that I am indeed bringing on the table. Of course, I probably invented not one single of these rules: I inferred them from a large body of extant western music that I've been exposed to, and the small amount of codified theory that I actually learned. In this sense, the fact that I developed my sense of aesthetics from cultural precedent only illustrates how all creative work is derivative. Still, I've been exposed to a different set of music pieces and music theories than any other person, this set of rules is less unambiguous than those followed by Bach, and wherever there are soft or ambiguous rules or constraints, I probably give them slightly different relative weights and different interpretations than other musicians would; and there are probably many rules I am altogether unaware whereas each other musician might also have additional or missing rules compared to mine. Thus, this sense of aesthetics still constitute a personal, though marginal, input of mine, to the "creation" of the song — as does the will to work at composing a song, and to work on this poem rather than another one: this song would have remained a mere potential if I hadn't cared to make it a reality. My input, small as it might be, was thus nevertheless existential for this song.

My ultimate point is that, inasmuch as I "invented" the song, this "invention" does not at all fit the modern mythology of artistic creation ex nihilo of something that didn't exist, and does completely fit the etymological meaning of "invention", to find: finding something at your feet, coming by something that already exists and that you notice, being first to discover an eternal truth, etc. There is of course merit in going where no one has dared or cared to venture before, or in noticing what no one noticed or cared to notice before though it was in front of their lying eyes; but it is not at all the merit of creating what didn't exist before, it is the merit (and demerit) of being me and having traveled, inside and out, all the way to where I've been — what I've created is myself. And the implications in terms of law, politics, economics and ethics are very different. But that will be the topic for a different essay.

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What is the International Community™? Part 2

"What is the Matrix? Control."

This essay was originally written by Daniel A. Nagy and published on his Facebook page on July 7th, 2015. It is the second part in a series. The first part is available here: http://fare.livejournal.com/184653.html. Both parts were originally published on facebook: Part 1, Part 2.

In that first part, I have discussed the so-called "independent media", the seeming conspiracy of mass-media workers, especially, but not exclusively journalists, in creating and perpetuating a virtual reality by biased reporting and analysis, serving the interests of the International Community™. I have argued, that there is no need for these people to actually conspire or to be in the service or the pay of some shadowy background power; they are merely following their own perceived interests and their own thirst for power and status.

In this second part, I am going to discuss another very important institution of power and its nexus with Independent Media™:

Student Activists™ and Community Engagement

As the cynical proverb goes, those who get through higher education by studying are doomed to get through life by working. However, there are plenty of other things one can do at university, some of them commonly denoted by the nebulous term "community engagement", ranging from participating in university-based organizations like the Student Union to doing volunteer work for various organizations in the non-profit sector, community organizing and direct political action.

It is "community engagement" where the most power-thirsty and politically ambitious among the students get the opportunity to network with all the right people. It is in these institutions, where they get their first real-life experiences of the workings of power, politics and corruption.

While all political and religious movements worth their salt do their best to gain a foothold at campuses, the International Community™'s grip on the better universities around the world seems inescapable. Conversely, whenever some other politicised group manages to gain the kind of pervasive influence on a campus typically enjoyed by the International Community™, such as introducing entire fields of studies with a political agenda, directly influencing salaries and scolarships and so on, the school immediately sinks in all academic rankings, starts losing out on the best students and faculty. It becomes little more than a training ground for the next generation of its political masters and a propaganda outlet masquerading as an institution of higher learning. Its real scientific output dwindles.

Not so with the International Community™! The fact that a university offers advanced degree programs in subjects like "gender studies" or "international relations" or "political science" does not, by any means, reduce the value of its physics, history or law degrees. The fact that its students are regularly doing the footwork for political campaigns and revolutions (both at home and abroad) is surprisingly reconcilable with academic excellence, albeit typically achieved by a very different part of the student body (with the exception of the aforementioned politically charged subjects). So, who are these foot soldiers of the International Community™ and what motivates them?

At first, just like in the case of media, it seems like a vast conspiracy. Surely, these agents are planted by some shadowy organization? Well, if you state that much in public, you are only going to make a fool of yourself. They all went through the regular recruitment process, and even if there were some strange irregularities (that actually happens more often than people are willing to admit), there is usually no third party to them; just the prospective student and school officials. Now, there might be some institutionalized "irregularities", such as formal or informal minority quotas and other preferences that might have helped these students get in, and you would surely find the International Community™ throwing its full weight behind these policies, but again, no shadowy puppet masters are pulling the strings, everything happens quite transparently, in broad daylight, so to speak.

Student activists are primarily motivated by an unsatiable thirst for power. It is regarded as the stepping stone to positions of greater power, such as journalism, diplomacy, politics and academic administration. The funding keeping these people from accidentally doing something productive in case they get hungry comes from a variety of sources; some of it is scholarships and stipends from other branches of the International Community™, but relying primarily on such direct payments would make the link too obvious. A far more common way of keeping activists paid is by pretending that the usual side shows of their activism, such as journalism, photography or art are worth paying for. For example, instead of paying them directly for participation in demonstrations and for bringing in more people, they are going to get paid for the pictures they take and the articles they write about the event, so that they, too, can believe that they are doing all the footwork of political activism out of pure and noble conviction. However, they do not need to take one minute off their activism to put bread on their plate. The quality of their journalistic or artistic output is not very relevant at this stage.

As we can see, there is no mysterious secret conspiracy here: news organizations (a.k.a. Independent Media™) has both the means and the motivation to recruit willing students for doing activist footwork for protecting and spreading the political system that keeps them enormously powerful. Ambitious students, on their part, constitute both a talent pool for future recruitment and a rich source of cheap labor.

In our next installment, we will look at why and how university faculty are not only tolerating but often encouraging such parasitic activities on campus. Again, without puppet-masters, entirely out of their own self-interest.

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What is the International Community™? Part 1

This essay was originally written by Daniel A. Nagy and published his Facebook page on December 11th, 2014. See also: Part 2.

"What is the Matrix? Control."

One essential element of the existing world order is a mysterious, yet very powerful entity commonly referred to as the "international community". To the uninitiated, it might look like some vast conspiracy and quite a few people believe that it is one. To the rest, these people are nuts, believing in weird conspiracy theories. Yet another set of people noticed, that the truth value of most statements does not change if "international community" is replaced by "U. S. State Department" or vice versa. From this, they conclude that it is simply a different name for American diplomacy. They also, quite justifiably, end up as targets of mockery when agents of the International Community™ accused of being on the payroll of the U. S. State Department very obviously aren't.

Yet, the role of the International Community™ in the modern world order cannot be overstated. Its most visible activity is enforcing "democratic values" around the world and crushing those that deviate from them with all its military and financial might, if necessary. Left to their own devices, democracies very often deviate from these "democratic values". For example, majorities, given the opportunity, have no qualms about taking advantage of minorities, and in general, fascism is a known failure mode of democracy to which it easily and quickly evolves with the strong support of the (often overwhelming) majority of voters. There are quite a few policies that are consistently unpopular with voters, yet democratic leaders are at pains to enact them nonetheless, often at substantial political costs to themselves and substantial economic cost to their subjects. It is very tempting to get some extra popularity and prosperity by deviating from the Democratic Norms™. The International Community™ is there to reign in those deviants. It is the ultimate arbiter of all disputes, its decisions are enforced without appeal and no government or other organization can measure up to its military and financial might.

The International Community™ is often accused of hypocrisy, for having friends and allies that can get away with flouting any and all Democratic Norms™. However, these relationships, with very few exceptions, do not last long; it can turn on its erstwhile friends and allies at the slightest display of wavering loyalty and it does.

In this series of essays, I would like to explain my understanding of what the International Community™ is, how its seemingly inconsistent and downright crazy decisions are made and who are the people "behind" it. At this point, I would also like to acknowledge the inspiration by one Mencius Moldbug, with whom I disagree on almost everything else. I believe that the International Community™ is composed of individuals and their institutions all acting in line with their individually perceived interests, without actually conspiring with one another. They are mostly motivated by lust for power, fear, greed and missionary zeal, all reinforced by an unshakable faith in their own superiority and entitlement. They sow destruction, misery and death. In each installment, I will discuss one institution of power of the International Community™. Here's the first one:

Journalists and the Independent Media™

The Freedom of Press™ is one of the core Democratic Values™. What it means in practice is that journalists enjoy immense power and privilege in the existing world order. They can violate anyone's privacy without consequences, for example. They are above the law for mere mortals or even mere governments in many other ways, too. Enemies of the International Community™ are mistaken in thinking that all they should do is outbidding the International Community™ in order to get journalists as loyal as those serving it. No matter how much outlets like RT pay their journalists to push the agenda of their government, they will have defections and miss top talent; because the journalists of the International Community™ push their own agenda, not that of the U.S. State Department (with which it often coincides for reasons discussed in a later essay) or any other government or business interest. No matter how much the king is paying to the journalist in money and privilege, the journalist will still desire to swap places with the king and be the one controlling the King's fate, not the other way around. This is why buying or creating "alternative" media outlets to counter the influence of the International Community™ in the media is a futile enterprise doomed to failure. If you set out to counter the propaganda of the International Community™, there is no journalist on whom you can count. If you do, you will end up with an inferior product and painful defections.

As any person in the position of power, journalists are, of course, corrupt. Since they have near-absolute power, they are very corrupt, in fact, but also very expensive. This might seem like a weakness, and indeed it is possible to destroy individual journalists by unmasking their corruption, but that may prove very difficult, expensive and dangerous.

The true and ultimate weakness of journalism is that it is entirely unnecessary and useless in the age of the internet. They do not do anything useful for anyone but themselves and their powerful friends. If you want to learn about something, there is no reason anymore to read or listen to journalists, because much better (more accurate, more reliable, etc.) sources of information abound. The best strategy for freeing yourself and the world is to ignore them out of power.

All that is not to say that you should hate journalists and that they are useless, evil people. Sure, as long as they work as journalists, they are useless and what they do is evil, but that is something that they can change and there is no reason for not helping them. Their skills are quite useful and valuable in a wide range of entirely peaceful and productive endeavors ranging from entertainment to marketing. Political journalism — hopefully — has no future, but these people — hopefully — do.

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Randroid detection

How to recognize randroids with no intellectual integrity: at some point, they repeat the talking point that Atlas Shrugged is "the second most influential book of all time after the Bible" — which when you dig is based on the single data point of one dubious poll by the Library of Congress decades ago in which randroids somehow self-selected as a plurality of minority responders (and sometimes a second self-selected poll from a random internet site). But guess what, more people in the USA actually claim to follow the Book of Mormon or the Quran than have ever read Atlas Shrugged, much less agreed with its philosophy. And these Mormons and Muslims actually put their money where their mouth is and pay weekly or yearly dues, whereas the "sales" figures for Atlas Shrugged are copiously inflated by a large number of copies bought by the Ayn Rand Institute itself, that end up given away and likely never read. If we are to count artificial "sales" like that, Dianetics ranks higher. Then again, outside the USA, the numbers are even less flattering for the randroids. So much for "second most influential book" bullshit.

Randroids ought to be ashamed to repeat such obvious lies that do not for a single moment impress a single listener. Miss Rand would certainly be ashamed of them: SHE had more intellectual integrity than to believe and repeat baseless propaganda — she even ran away from her country of birth so as not to have to repeat such. And she would never be caught alive resorting to Argumentum ad Populum.

Fuck randroids. They are just as despicable as antirandroids who repeat stupid talking points condemning Rand based on the opposite of what she said, wrote and stood for.