Friday, February 05, 2016

The alternative Right unites in defense of Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh

Daryush Valizadeh, known to most on the Right and Red Pill/MRA communities as "Roosh V," set up a worldwide network of meetings for people interested in meeting others who have come to understand the truth of what he says. As seems to be the norm these days, a mob of crazy Leftists -- SJWs, Antifa, Feminists and Communists -- decided to threaten this free association and demand conformity to their agenda.

In the meantime, bloggers on the "Alternative Right" or "AltRight" have leapt to his defense. Check out these articles from leading alternative Right sites about Roosh V and why his work is important:

During his time writing, Roosh has exposed false rape epidemics, revealed the high cost and low standards of casual sex, showed men that women and men are different with different needs, and encouraged men to discover traditional culture and values through his Return of Kings website. For all practical purposes, he overlaps the alternative Right and sometimes finds himself in the center of it.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jobs waste life

Everyone loves the Job: a one-size-fits-all container for people that keeps them busy and seems to be form the basis of an economy. But maye jobs are a giant waste of time because people engage in pro forma activities, as argued by this piece in The Economist:

Rob Cross and Peter Gray of the University of Virginia’s business school estimate that knowledge workers spend 70-85% of their time attending meetings (virtual or face-to-face), dealing with e-mail, talking on the phone or otherwise dealing with an avalanche of requests for input or advice. Many employees are spending so much time interacting that they have to do much of their work when they get home at night. Tom Cochran, a former chief technology officer of Atlantic Media, calculated that the midsized firm was spending more than $1m a year on processing e-mails, with each one costing on average around 95 cents in labour costs. “A free and frictionless method of communication,” he notes, has “soft costs equivalent to procuring a small company Learjet.”

As the saying goes, "What does it actually do?" and with the massive amounts of internal communication, we have no answer. It just keeps going. It serves no purpose. Like most things at a job, it divides your consciousness and leaves you unable to concentrate on anything difficult:

Mark Bolino of the University of Oklahoma points to a hidden cost of collaboration. Some employees are such enthusiastic collaborators that they are asked to weigh in on every issue. But it does not take long for top collaborators to become bottlenecks: nothing happens until they have had their say—and they have their say on lots of subjects that are outside their competence.

The biggest problem with collaboration is that it makes what Mr Newport calls “deep work” difficult, if not impossible. Deep work is the killer app of the knowledge economy: it is only by concentrating intensely that you can master a difficult discipline or solve a demanding problem. Many of the most productive knowledge workers go out of their way to avoid meetings and unplug electronic distractions. Peter Drucker, a management thinker, argued that you can do real work or go to meetings but you cannot do both.

And yet, we should consider the structure of jobs. Are they made to achieve anything? No: like school, they are babysitting and occupation to keep you from being active in other areas. Humanity has realized that 99% of its members are batshit insane, but instead of putting the other 1% in charge, we slam everyone into perpetual kindergarten to waste time.

It is no wonder that retired people are so bitter. They have wasted their lives on merry-go-round activities of no purpose. Worse, now they cannot think at all, since they have adapted to the environment of the office. And so they go home, waiting for the phone to ring because they are accustomed to constant stimulation at a job. Their brains cannot independently form thoughts so they shrug, give up, and commence shopping as they wait to die.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Reddit revolt: /r/military rejects official site policy of "safe spaces"

In defiance of the official Reddit policy of being a "safe space," or place where liberals can go without having their narrow views challenged, /r/military has rebuked the official policy with a statement of its own:

We're not doing the safe space thing.

We never were. I was attempting to prove a point but the shitshow was so shitty that it was like a trainwreck I couldn't stop watching.

If you're curious, the point was "Everyone gets made fun of. Everyone gets shit on. Quit crying because you think you're special and no one can mock you. Yes, even if you're a big bad Marine fighting naval soldier person, an Air Force cook can mock you in the subreddit. I'm sorry your feelings got hurt but too bad. And any attempt to turn this place into a rainbow-shitting unicorn happy place will horribly, horribly backfire. If you ever, ever need proof that it would horribly backfire, just look here."

I honestly meant to try to make this last a few days to further prove the point but the first eight hours were so awful that I had to pull the plug early. But hey, we made SRD and ... whatever this thing is.

This will never be a safe place. If you want to be in a safe place, you can stay in your branch (or country) appropriate subreddit and jerk each other off. And then accuse me of bringing the smallest "downvote brigade" in reddit history to argue with you.

I might be a SNCO now but there's no fucking chance I'm ever gonna subscribe to that "feelings" bullshit, on or off-duty. Now everyone make sure you're in your seats Thursday at 0800 for the mandatory SHARP briefing. There will be a sign-in sheet and we're banning everyone who doesn't sign in.

This mature and logical view will go unnoticed by Reddit, which in the face of declining readership and an apparent failure to continue faking "new" content, has focused on its SJW and neckbeard liberal audience in the hope of becoming a niche social media site.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The solution to white guilt

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Western Europe stands alone

The debate over 'white nationalism' rages now in both the mainstream media and underground right. The question presented is whether it is legitimate for a group of white people, or even a subset of white people, to stand up for self-interest. That requires that this group excludes others so that it can manage its own destiny.

For America, the question always has been 'Who is white?' Over the years, the definition has shifted, and now includes Italians, Jews, Greeks, Irish and Slavs as well as the founding group of this nation, the Western Europeans from England, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland, and northern France who built this society from raw wilderness.

White Nationalists tend to argue for an inclusive definition of 'white,' but history shows us that white groups are every different. Western, Eastern and Southern Europe form their own clusters; Ireland is closer to Southern Europe because of Iberian and North African ancestors in the mix.

The above chart shows us how these different groups view one another in terms of competence and moral fairness. It is clear from this chart that Western Europeans cluster with one another in attitude, while other European groups have a different view. Perhaps the failure of white nationalism is that it attempts to combine these groups despite those divisions, creating a group with very little in common.

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Reddit declining in submission quality as censorship drives away power users

Reddit like all social media sites works like an ecosystem: a few people provide most of the content and discussion, with others reacting to that and driving interaction. Unfortunately, Reddit has embarked on a systematic policy of (1) allowing a shadow cabal to censor un-narrative content and (2) acting against ideas which offend its SJW fanbase.

Many warned Reddit that by applying this policy, instead of reasonable free speech -- which might permit dangerous facts and arguments, but not slurs and personal attacks -- it would drive away the core of its userbase. Reddit shrugged and figured that it would still have the giant neckbeard echo chamber.

The problem, as has become visible, is that content is declining. The reposts which are too consistent to be anything but managed by site staff remain, but new content is paltry, especially in the formerly big subs like /r/pics, /r/funny and /r/aww. There is no way to get hard data on this, but comparing memories of old and the amount of images and links saved from that time to the present shows a radical fall.

Reddit wanted a userbase it could control so it could market itself to the nexus between SJWs, hipsters and incel basement dropouts. In the process of seizing control and making a "safe space," it drove away the unsafe but creative forces that were responsible for its rise. In the end, what will doom it is not censorship itself, but its secondary effects.

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How a cabal on Reddit stifles free speech

As Reddit spirals downward from a cutting-edge discussion sub to an echo chamber for the burnouts who think their failures were caused by someone else, a shadowy cabal opposes free speech by gaming the site's methods for stopping abuse.

I've had some people ask me a few times to tell the story about what kind off stuff one has to deal with from the cancer when offering free speech to redditors and therefore I've decided that I'll take a moment to write down a few things that happened along the way. I’ll try to keep this somewhat short so I apologise if it comes across a bit bullet-pointish.

Below are some tactics these cancerous elements use frequently. I’ve given these tactics names so that people working on growing their community can have an easier time remembering what to look for and expect.

Iron Curtain of Visibility

This is one of their favourite tool that they’ll use as soon as your sub shows even the slightest of potential to grow and this is why.

The key to growth for a subreddit is visibility and an active moderation team/ community that is engaged. People visiting the sub need to have a reason to come back and they need to have something new to see each time they visit. To achieve this a key component is promotion and determination from the mods and the community. The cancerous elements of whom most have never created a community (they just infiltrate and take them) know this and decided to do whatever they could to stop us from being seen or found. To make your sub almost invisible to the greater masses of redactors they’ll do the following.

They’ll block you from promoting the subreddit across the site. Cancerous moderators who sit on other major subs will make sure that your sub will never be seen or heard from. Your subreddit name will be added to auto moderators “remove-list” or you’ll be “quasi-shadowbanned” where auto moderator will remove any comments you make and you’re none the wiser.

Blanket bans

The cancer will blanket ban people from a multitude of subreddits for participating in your sub if it doesn’t fit the narrative. This in the early stages of a sub is especially bad as many people take a ban from these other subs personally.

Harassment of subscribers

Some early subscribers will have people following them around calling them nazis, racist, xenophobic etc. In the early days I personally had some individuals pop up in completely unrelated subs and discussions pointing out how bad I was as a person. I personally didn't care but many of the others did. The cancer will pull their old trick that is ostracizing people who dared to go against the narrative and to some extent it works.

Shadowban cock-block

Cancerous moderators will report you for spam etc. for even mentioning your sub in comments which may get you shadowbanned. This happened to me but I managed to get this over turned. This will be a trick they use on you if you’re a top or active mod of the “evil-sub” or an active subscriber promoting it. They know that if the most active elements of the new sub are removed they’ll cock-block the sub from gaining traction.

Report spamming

Some of these people (cancer) will post illegal stuff such as border line CP or rape-videos (happened three times last week in /r/european). Once they’ve done this they start report-spamming which means that they report tons of comments and submissions for major site-wide violations such as sexualising minors. By doing this they hope that the mods will just blanket approve everything and miss that one real one which would cause the sub to get banned etc. This will usually only happen once a sub gets big enough. So if you’re just starting of I’d not worry about this too much. It’s also important to know that there’s an unwritten rule that mods of a sub have about 24 hrs to act on a site-wide rule breaking report before admins get involved. This means that if you miss that one actual CP post etc. you’ll have problems.

Bait Subs

Once your sub gets enough traction you’ll start to see subs such as /r/AgainstHateSubreddits, /r/topmindsofreddit, /r/ShitRedditSays etc. link to your sub. We all know the bot “totes” that will show up and mention that “this bla bla bla has been linked to…”. and the cancer loves that bot. When people see a totes link some will, without thinking about it, get triggered or just go to their sub and start to up or down vote content. Once they notice that it’s happening the mods of these bait subs will report your sub for brigading to the admins. Their hope is that there will be enough of it happening for them to see your sub get banned. These bait subs will especially target any new or old sub that is free-speech

Racist-nazi-xenophobe-bigot card

A result of reddit site wide cancer is that all the most vocal or against-the-narrative-idividuals will get banned all over the place. They will find their way to your free-speech sub. This means that you will have a lot of politically incorrect or even out right weird content and comments in your sub. It is a direct result of the cancer and they’ll use that to undermine you, your sub and anyone posting in it. They’ll label you and your sub as this and that. They’ll label your other subscribers as well.

Agent Provocateurs

Especially if you’re a free speech sub you’ll have agent provocateurs come in and post out right crazy shit. They’ll talk about wanting genocide, they’ll talk about killing this and that or promote violence on an extreme level. They’re there to do one thing and that is to scare the normal people away. If you’re a free speech sub you’ll just have to live with it and remove what breaks site-wide rules. One of these agent provocateurs was /u/European88 aka Joshua Goldberg who was an avid poster in /r/eruopean, /r/coontown the chan boards such as /pol/ etc. He recently got arrested for taking his agent provocateur stuff to the extreme trying to help a terrorist blow up a 911 memorial.

From the news:

Joshua Goldberg, 20, who had been calling for terror attacks in western countries under the guise of jihadist "Australi Witness", was also at the centre of the woman-hating campaigns known as "Gamergate" and a behind a blog called "Philosophy of Rape" on which he wrote that "whores and feminazis need to be put in their place through rape”.
On online forums Reddit and 4chan, under the name European88, he uploaded thousands of anti-semitic and racist posts as a neo-Nazi, and on the specialty neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, he his alter-ego Michael Slay did the same.

In his comments he talked about wanting a second holocaust etc. while he himself was a jew in real life

Tips and Tricks if you want to create and grow your own non cancer sub

  1. Be persistent. Do not cave in to their pressure and tactics. Just keep on doing your thing and stay true to your words. Never let your community down.
  2. Take good care of your community and be active. A dead community will not go anywhere. If you treat people well and don’t go cancer on them they’ll start to spread the word and soon you’ll see the sub grow
  3. Be careful with who you mod. They’ll be people who ask to be modded etc. don’t let anyone in. Preferably pick one to help you among the already active users. Monitor them in the start and once you see that they’re the real deal you’ll have a nice addition to your team
  4. Never ever give up your spot as a top mod. People here always talk about how this and that sub got taken over by cancer. It cannot happen if you don’t let go of the control. As long as you as a cancer free individual hold the tops spot no other mod can destroy the sub without you accepting it
  5. Do not cave in from pressure. People will send you PMs and some will start meta threads asking you to censor this or that. Once you start to censor one thing you’ve opened the pandoras box and there will always be someone who’s offended by something. Never change your original philosophy of the sub
  6. Stay true to your word. If you started out as a free speech sub and you grew from that you cannot go back on your word. You have to stand by that decision no matter how much you disagree with some opinions etc.
  7. Do not start a subreddit if you cannot handle the psychological games of cancer or don’t have the time to commit too it. Just don’t do it. Be honest with yourself. If you’re the type of person that gets tired of things after a while do everyone a favour and don’t start a sub
  8. Reach out to other non cancer mods. This is very important. Your best allies are all other non cancer mods or “thought-criminals”. Don’t care about the subs they mod be it /r/[insert political ideology] or /r/DickFlyingFhroughSpaceHittingObamaInTheHead ask to promote your sub in their subs and return the favour. We in /r/european get asked every few days if someone can promote their new sub and we always let them. These relationships will serve you well and after a while you’ll get heads up from one mod about some new thing the cancer is up-to etc.

Dealing with Admins

Admins get a lot of shit from all directions and some of it they deserve but there’s also a lot that they do not deserve. In all honesty the Admins of Reddit have always treated /r/european well. They’ve always been helpful and forthcoming with any questions we’ve had. I cannot honestly tell you about a single incident where I feel that we’d been treated poorly by reddit admins. Nonetheless here are some good things to know:

  1. Don’t make the mistake that even I made in the beginning of thinking that the admins are out to get you. With time I’ve learned that this really isn’t the case 90 % of the time. I’m sure that there are incidents where they’ve been asked to get rid of something on this site (CoonTown comes to mind)
  2. Do not spam them. If you have a question or issue send it too them and wait. It can at times take a day or two depending on how “serious” the issue is for them to get back to you. If you don’t hear anything in a few days bump the message you sent them. Some times they just miss things as you’re not the only one contacting them
  3. Collect evidence to allow them to help you. If you get report-spammed don’t just approve all the wrongfully reported ones. Take the url of each one and send them to the admins explaining that your sub is being report-spammed. They’ll look into it and they will ban whoever is doing it. The same goes for people you suspect are evading a ban. Some trolls etc. are persistent and will create 10 accounts to come back to the sub with. Send all the info you have to the admins and they’ll help you out
  4. Better safe than sorry. If you’re unsure about something being ok or not on reddit remove it, ask and if you get an ok re-approve it. Then you’ll know what’s what in the future
  5. Show that you do not accept any site-wide rule breaking in your sub. Always remove any attempts of brigades, posting of personal info etc. This will show that you respect the site wide rules even if you might not personally like them. It creates a track-record at their end of you being serious about wanting to follow the sites rules. If anything were to actually happen and you missed it then you always have that history to point at and they know it

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5 news items of interest for January 11, 2016

What an exciting week! An old order fails and a new order rises. Namely, the old modern way -- democracy, liberalism, multiculturalism and pluralism -- has collapsed with the rapes in Cologne, Germany and the resulting shock as people wonder, "How could our good democratically elected leaders do this to us, and be so oblivious as to the obvious results?"

  1. How 2015 Fueled The Rise Of The Freewheeling, White Nationalist Alt Right Movement
    Liberals always become tyrants when given power because liberal ideology is in paradox with reality. It always needs "help" being true because reality does not have a liberal bias after all.
  2. The End of Modernity
    A sea change is upon us: the "new" ways, which we would have realized were old and failed if anyone read the Greeks still, have failed, and now people are turning from these sacred cows to more realistic ideas.
  3. Germany now has North Africa's sex crime troubles
    Human Biological Diversity (HBD) goes mainstream. Nature trumps nurture, so expect North Africans to behave like North Africans even if they were born in Sweden.
  4. Harnessing the Irish Diaspora to thrive in a globalised world
    Ireland needs immigrants. But there are Irish emigrants all over the world. Send them back and save Ireland from implosion.
  5. The Western Spring
    Across the West, people are waking up from the dream of democracy, political correctness, multiculturalism and tolerance and realizing that these malignant ideologies deny reality.

Things that were taboo a week ago are now mainstream. Ideas that were considered pillars of our societies a week ago are now in doubt and seem optional. Fresh air has finally entered the Euro-Caucasian mind. It is time to make good on this, and find a new path for ourselves away from these ruins. The future awaits.

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Monday, January 04, 2016

A cellular metaphor for the decline of the West

On RightOn, Brett Stevens and Francisco Albanese use the ultimate metaphor: comparing society to a biological cell.

Societies are systems like cells. Their borders are like cell membranes, admitting only what the society needs against the constant pressure from the outside to get in. This creates the conditions required for life to be possible.

The egalitarian mindset of Western liberalism sees the world as a place that needs to be equalized so that the world achieves an idealized balance where every part of humankind has the same amount of resources. Speaking of the devil, does a non-Western liberalism exist? Only the Western cell feels this equality is necessary, where the rest of the world, like water, only knows an urge to rush in, creating the swelling that dooms the cell. - RightOn: "Osmosis and Western Civilization"

Nationalists and right-wingers tend to use biological metaphors: health, families, life cycles and ecosystems. However, this takes the specificity of the biological metaphor to a new level! At this most basic of elevations, we can see just how suicidal our approach to politics would be for a cell... and by extension, for a person, family, culture, nation or species.

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“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “And so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

-- from JRR Tokien's The Fellowship of the Ring

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Friday, January 01, 2016

Why the "nu-internet" really sucks

The nu-internet -- the one controlled by a few big companies just like old media was -- really sucks because it emphasizes broad appeal instead of niche. The idea of the original internet was that, like in a library, each topic could have its own area. The nu-internet is based on the idea that everyone goes to the same areas and does roughly the same stuff.

I find it makes people hateful, this nu-internet, because in order to get along with people on it, you have to accept bad arguments at face value and ignore people's obvious compensatory behavior. What most people say is dumb and ill-informed, but in order to include them in the group, it must be treated as acceptable. This means that standards are low and any thoughts which are not mere repetitions of one of the dozen acceptable viewpoints will be misunderstood.

That is why the nu-internet produces so many angry people. The smart ones are frustrated and retreat from the field of battle, which leaves the true crazies to communicate with one another. That is why we see Tumblrinas: fat, insignificant people with no real skills or abilities and no defining character traits. Generic people, angry people. Nobodies who want to be God.


Coincidentally, others have noticed. A Slashdot summary says:

Iranian writer Hossein Derakhshan has a unique perspective on the internet. He got into blogging early on, and sparked the spread of blogs across the Iranian internet. In 2008, this earned him a 20-year jail sentence. Late in 2014, he was released early. Derakhshan was a major participant in the early-2000s web, but missed the social media revolution. Here are his thoughts on the change: "The hyperlink was my currency six years ago. It represented the open, interconnected spirit of the world wide web – a vision that started with its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee. The hyperlink was a way to abandon centralization – all the links, lines and hierarchies – and replace them with something more distributed, a system of nodes and networks. Since I got out of jail, though, I've realized how much the hyperlink has been devalued, almost made obsolete.

But the scariest outcome of the centralization of information in the age of social networks is something else: it is making us all much less powerful in relation to governments and corporations. Surveillance is increasingly imposed on civilized lives, and it gets worse as time goes by. ... I miss when people took time to be exposed to opinions other than their own, and bothered to read more than a paragraph or 140 characters. --Slashdot: "Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Are Killing the Web"

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There is only one solution to SJWs

An anonymous commentator cited in a Breitbart article explains why SJWs are able to exist:

I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in America, so this shit is new to me. But I’m descended from puritans, and I know my history; I know how they treated dissent. I also know how commies treated dissent; I grew up next door to a grizzled old Russian who barely avoided the gulag by smuggling himself out of the country. I know what you petty tyrants have turned into every time you gained enough power.

Worst of all, you turn the very principles of freedom against us. We tolerate you because we believe in free speech and civil discourse, not bullying and violence. But that means we have to watch you advocate against that very freedom. We don’t believe in ruining a stranger’s professional life over an opinion, but that means that we can’t punish your actions.

We believe that the rightness of our actions should speak for itself. You believe in bullying, even as you claim to love the oppressed.

This has been the problem with liberals since the beginning. They advocate insanity, and in the name of sanity, we tolerate them. The "right" thing to do is to be nice and fair to them, which is what the aristocrats of Europe did and were murdered for their grace. Then again, both sane and right are measured here by method, not goal.

This problem has a biological root: our bodies find it hard to throw off parasites, too. The average virus, worm, insect or other creature sucking our blood or giving us cancer succeeds because it is tiny and our conscious minds must oversee a far larger creature. As a result, they ignore the small threats, much as the aristocrats did, but what matters is not the size of the threat, but what it threatens. A mosquito bite is usually harmless, until it carries a pathogen that stops the lungs or gives cancer.

And what motivates liberals?

You do the same evil, in the same pattern, as so many before you, because mob justice, punishing dissent, and repression of others is just fine and dandy so long as the “right” people are doing it to the “wrong” people.

Simple envy. They hate the fact that some were born more-than-equal: more attractive, healthier, smarter, nicer and of better character. SJWs are people who are underconfident because secretly, they recognize their mediocrity, and it makes them fanatical about hiding that. They will only truly be able to hide that mediocrity when they have destroyed those who can tell the difference, hence guillotines, gulags and SJWs.

There is only one solution to SJWs, liberals, Communist, Socialists, Anarchists and Stalinists -- these are variations by degree alone of the same idea -- and that is to not be as vile (I misspelled "evil," perhaps) as they are, but also, to recognize that they are parasites and do not belong around health people.

My solution is simple: put them on boats to the third world. The third world is the place where people who blame others for their problems instead of working together to fix them go. SJWs will be right at home.

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The problem of individualistic parents

The drama over Ethan Couch, the Texas teen whose drunken driving accident killed several people parked in a disabled SUV by the side of the road, began when the Herd found out that he had used an "affluenza" defense in court. His attorneys argued that his parents had induced in him a sense of irresponsibility through wealth.

The big media and talking heads have turned this story into a revenge narrative of anti-affluence bigotry, but underneath the many layers, some interesting material emerges. Ethan Couch had a troubled upbringing because his parents were individualists. Like Baby Boomers tend to be (his father was born in 1965 and his mother 1967) they were individualists, or people for whom there was no higher obligation than the self, and their jobs/shopping, of course.

When Fred and Tonya Couch divorced in 2006, the court ordered psychological evaluations of both parents and Ethan, their only child.

You can tell a news story will be non-stop lugubrious when it launches into such a narrative. It no longer squares with the Narrative, which started back in 1789 when illiterate French peasants decided that their problem was not their own incompetence, but that their leaders had not saved them from themselves. That Narrative continues today because most people are still incompetent, and still want someone to blame for their own dysfunction. Ethan's parents blamed each other. This is a symptom of the classic case of narcissism that currently blights the West, brought on by the legalized individualism of 1789.

He said that his wife, now 48, was addicted to Vicodin and had given the painkiller to their son about five times. She also kept his bed in her room and considered him to be her "protector."

Tonya Couch said the marriage ended because her husband had been verbally and physically abusive. She said there was daily name-calling, that he often grabbed her by the hair and that he once "threw her into a fireplace."

Ethan Couch said his parents had always "yelled at each other a lot," and he wished that they "wouldn't put him in the middle."

They put him in the middle. Every Generation X kid can identify with this situation: your parents are both selfish, narcissistic and withdrawn because of their individualism; to them, others exist for the pleasure of the parent. That includes spouses and children. As a result, they cannot achieve anything resembling love and instead live through a series of dependency relationships.

The social worker for Ethan Couch wrote that his parents had "adultified" Ethan by forcing him to become involved in adult issues and decisions. This is also typical of Baby Boomers: instead of raising children, they controlled them, and the biggest method of that control was to, instead of offering parental advice, ask their children what they wanted. How does a child answer the question "If me and your Mom split, and I hate her, where do you want to live?" -- the answer is that he probably wants to fucking die.

Ethan Couch undoubtedly became a horror. His parents made this horror, but what made the parents? Individualism, the consequence of The Enlightenment.™ When you tell people that they are responsible to themselves alone, and that social order builds around that fundamentally divisive idea, they stop caring about the consequences of their acts. They become non-accountable and irresponsible, and if given money, they are even more abusive.

This makes the real "affluenza" story not so much about the affluence, but the psychological dysfunction that has become "normal" in the West since liberalism fully took over in 1968. Narcissistic parents make desperate, suicidal and drugged zombies out of their children. While all the morons are busy hating the rich, the real story here is how much we hate ourselves.

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