Friday, July 01, 2016

Reddit Explodes In Censorship Debate Again As Users, Mods Censor Islam Stories

Alternative social media site Reddit -- in a musical analogy, it is nothing more than 4AD to Facebook's big media -- has again detonated in controversy after mods, users and possibly admins (but who knows, because only they can see the data) conspired to hide references to Islam after the most recent terrorist attack in Turkey.

Conservative media, who are always the targets of Reddit censorship, have been keeping track of the unfolding Reddit disaster:

Following an AMA in /r/The_Donald by Breitbart Tech editor Allum Bokhari, users began messaging Breitbart reporters with evidence of ongoing censorship across Reddit. We’ve previously reported on the suppression of anti Islamic speech on Reddit’s /r/News subreddit following the Orlando massacre, committed by Omar Mateen in the name of the Islamic State. Similarly, multiple comments relating to the Islamic religion were deleted from the /r/News thread relating to the Istanbul bombings.

The two incidents -- the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and the Istanbul bombings -- are related in that Reddit's new censorship shows the response to what happened after the Orlando incident. As stories trickled in, Reddit's /r/news channel began deleting any references to Islam, at which point user demand for information bumped stories from the Trump channels to the front page. Citing "diversity," Reddit admins made it clear that this would not happen again:

Huffman went on to outline changes that would turn the previously user-driven algorithm on /r/all into something that will likely make it much harder for Trump’s army of Reddittors to use their size and popularity on the site to dominate the frontpage.

We are working on a change to the r/all algorithm to promote more diversity in the feed, which will help provide more variety of viewpoints and prevent vote manipulation.

...Earlier today, Huffman clarified in an announcement that the algorithm change was not intended to target Trump supporters, instead saying that the changes were being introduced to prevent “any one community” from dominating the listings. But given that the change was announced as a direct response to the Orlando Shootings, during which /r/The_Donald dominated the listings, many Redditors aren’t buying it — including the founder of /r/The_Donald, who claims he was told by an admin that the change was specifically intended to curtail them.

Reddit admins can publicly advertise their censorship and face zero consequences because on the main, the average Reddit user goes to Reddit to escape from reality and to find confirmation of his desires in the conversation of others. The goal of Redditors is to deny reality together and by creating an echo chamber, pretend that only the Reddit vision of reality is correct and that everyone else is a stupid jerk who may have gotten more sex than they did in high school, but cannot set up his own web server.

The typical Reddit user is white, middle-class, and thinks Donald Trump is the new Adolf Hitler. He is passionately liberal and involved with technology in lieu of having a social life. He will eventually find some job where he makes good money but then find his salary has peaked and, like all people put out to pasture by our society, will wait in docile catatonia until he can retire and go somewhere to pursue his "hobbies" and then die.

In order to pacify this audience, Reddit tries to be a "safe space" that shields them from reality. This means censoring any news stories that are upsetting to liberals, usually those which do not conform to the narrative that says that conservative white people are the cause of all the world's evils. If users notice an attack was done in the name of Islam, by a Muslim, who was from a non-white or non-conservative background, then their safe space may be shattered and the echo chamber will fail.

This audience replaced Reddit's original group, who were power users and early adopters of new web technologies who distrusted the "social media mindset" that came with other services. They were too few to make Reddit into anything but a small media presence, so in an effort to attract an alternative social media audience, the admins expanded the franchise to people who were not necessarily early adopters but just wanted a social media outlet for non-mainstream opinions.

This has backfired on Reddit, however, because being "alternative social media" also entails being social media, and now people are leaving Facebook and Twitter for Reddit -- and bringing with them the same behavior that made those sites and Reddit equally irritating. Old people, Christians, even some Conservatives have appeared, and this threatens the Reddit "safe space" echo chamber, prompting these recent outbursts.

With that in mind, it is time to start the Reddit Death Clock. The site drove away the audience that made it a repository of unique content, is driven mostly by reposts which come from accounts that often look suspiciously like alts of Reddit employees -- a practice Reddit admits has been policy since the early days, and now is seeing the crowd consisting of Grandma and Phil from Marketing surge onto its channels.

At this point, Reddit is competing with Facebook, and with these extreme levels of censorship, it now has nothing to offer that other social media does not. This will cause Reddit to enter its death spiral as it tries to retain a unique audience by doing the same thing that every other social media site does, in turn driving away that audience and replacing them with feckless users who will happily run along to whatever other trend comes next.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

New Site Genocide Report Targets Genocide By Diversity

A new salvo against the forces of civilization destruction has been fired. A new blog named Genocide Report offers us an unusual thesis: diversity/multiculturalism causes genocide of all the ethnic groups involved.

Using citations to political definitions and scientific studies, this new perspective points out that the flaw in diversity is not within the other groups that one sees, but the notion of diversity itself, which creates a bias against all ethnic groups and destroys them.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Interview With Brett Stevens

by Pavol Horvath

First of all tell us somthing about yourself. You are a mystery man when it comes to your personality, family, hobbies and so on.

And a mystery man I shall remain. Let me explain: in every job interview, they ask you these kind of questions. Why do they do that, do you think? The answer is to try to reduce you to a symbolic understanding with care and feeding instructions: "Likes long walks and kipper snacks, dislikes romantic comedies and spinach." I know that is not your intent here, but it is one-half of the reason why I have always been a bit quiet about myself. The other half is the same reason that J.D. Salinger, Elena Ferrante and Thomas Pynchon were recluses, which is that too much focus on the person obscures the focus on the work.

Before we kick off please let us know your top ten heavy metal albums.

Distilling this genre to ten is really difficult, so let me instead just list ten favorites that are perhaps more frequently listened to than any others around here:

  1. Sepultura - Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation
  2. Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade
  3. Ildjarn - Forest Poetry
  4. Deicide - Legion
  5. Incantation - Onward to Golgotha
  6. Beherit - Drawing Down the Moon
  7. Iron Maiden - Killers
  8. Demilich - Nespithe
  9. Slayer - South of Heaven
  10. Burzum - Filosofem

Each of these recommends itself to repeated listening for enjoyment, and so I frequently throw them on. I imagine there are 50-70 releases from the genre that are of the can't miss category, and the rest at this point are probably adequate if you are determined to listen to heavy metal, but you will not suffer if they evaporate from your consciousness.

Why did you decide to write a book?

Originally I wanted to publish on the net alone. It became clear to me early on, like 1984 or so, that at some point every person on the planet would have a computer and use it to read things. This, to me, suggested a way to reduce paper waste and update manuscripts to correct errors and so on, eliminating two of the most vexing problems of books. What I did not know at that time was how powerfully destructive democratization is: when you invite everyone in the world onto the internet, they immediately cover it with spam, emotional responses, angry compensatory insults and the like. Having watched the internet go from barely usable in 1992 to highly useful in 1998 to barely usable in 2014, I feel it is time to put my words in print and leave the internet to be what it has become, which is daytime television for those with a lack of purpose in their lives. Poor souls.

Is this a collection of articles or a complete text?

Nihilism came about because of a suggestion by Manticore Press editor Gwendolyn Taunton that I should compile older works. I had a book in progress at the time which eventually became Parallelism, but realized the backstory was all missing, and that I had written it in the late 1990s but never relied on it because it was online and not in print, and because there were a number of editorial emendations I would need to make before I thought it was ready for a reader accustomed to my current texts. I went back through the materials I had written over the past twenty-five years, chose a selection of pieces that expressed the depth and nuance of these concepts, and then edited them thoroughly adding references and quotations and clarifying murky bits. On top of that, I added an extensive introduction which creates a mise en scène in which those earlier pieces each take an important role. This then serves as a good entry point to my second work, Parallelism, as will a third manuscript which also compiles earlier writings.

For all the uninitiated please explain what "nihilism" is according to Brett Stevens.

Nihilism is extreme realism and anti-humanism. This is a form of consequentialism, or recognizing that results in reality, and not our feelings or judgments about them, are what matter. Things established in reality change the principles and ideas by which we live, and those guide us more than anything else, so receding into the mind and ignoring reality is the most destructive and most typical of human behaviors.

Nihilism escapes this by re-orienting us toward external reality and the patterns within it as a means of figuring out how it works, and deprecates the human tendency to use hive mind emotions and social compulsion to enforce a false reality on others in order to keep the group together. It is a recognition that most human individuals, and most groups, use human-centered thinking which is why they end up with empty lives and doomed civilizations.

How long have you had the idea of writing this particular book?

Conceptually, since the far half of the middle 1980s. As far as putting these particular ideas into a book as a compilation, only about a year ago. I have been writing on very similar topics for the duration of this time mainly because it is not understood, and yet when people do understand it, they find their view of the world has entirely changed. A convenient all-in-one compilation seemed in order. Parallelism does the same for the philosophy that nihilism has enabled me to see, and the politics that result.

How long did it take you to write it?

Each of these pieces was written the same way: I would walk for hours in a semi-wilderness near where I lived and conceptualize a seed of an idea, then flesh it out into a mental outline which I could understand as one understands a shape in the dark by the touch of the hands alone, and then I went home and wrote based on that. In addition, behind each of these pieces are hours of thought on the ideas themselves as I explored what I knew, could verify, and could reasonably anticipate as true based on the patterns I had seen elsewhere in reality. Varg Vikernes refers to this as "syncretic eclecticism" but I know it simply as (part of) esotericism.

I know I do, but did you find the re-writings irritating?

I once saw an artisan who worked in laquer. He took out a brush, thought for a few moments, then made a basic shape with color. He then layered that with clearl laquer and paint in alternating layers, so that what was once a red-orange squiggle slowly became a quasi-three-dimensional goldfish. My writing fits the same form: a lot of thinking, a clear concept, and then layers of editing and re-writing to give it readability and nuance that supports the point rather than being chaotic like most writing.

Please tell us more about the other two titles.

The idea of nihilism hit me in full force when I was fifteen, but I had been mulling over the concept for many years already: the collision between what humans convinced themselves was true and then the plain reality in front of us. It took some time to get over the hurdles that this imposed, namely a somewhat tedious materialism followed by the eternal human tendency to streamline a complex series of situations into a single universal principle, like an ideology or mystical theology. The first book, Nihilism, compiles writings that I have been augmenting since the late 1980s, and the second, Parallelism, investigates -- with all-new text -- the consequences of nihilism and the thought system that results when one gets past those hurdles. The third, Solipsism, is another collection of essays previously published but with commentary and introduction describing the mental state in which most humans naturally fall that is nonetheless the opposite of what their intuition tells them.

Why did you select Manticore Press as your publisher?

Manticore Press editor Gwendolyn Taunton has worked with me in the past and demonstrated quality professional judgment as well as a focus on literature outside the mainstream which upholds the standards of great publishing houses of the past. It was a natural choice to write to her first and mention that I thought her idea a good one and had a compilation of texts ready.

What are your favorite books?

Most likely this question is best handled as the heavy metal one was, which is to look at not some abstract idea of "best" but books that are revisited frequently. For that, clearly Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, Brave New World and The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley, Elementary Particles and The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq, all of Jane Austen and William Faulkner, anything Fred Nietzsche or Julius Evola wrote, and some recent discoveries, like the intriguing Barbara Pym.

Do you have any more books planned for the future apart from the three you already did?

Several projects occupy me right now. They take the form of exploration of human psychology as it relates to patterns in nature. It is unclear at this time what form they will take and so it is unwise for me to promise much of anything as it may change. However, it is likely that I will keep writing, both for print and on Amerika.

Any more comments.

Thank you for this interview. It was fun to answer. Maybe throw on some classic death metal and read about nihilism?

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Controversial New Book Claims Nihilism Is Solution To Modern Fatalism, Not Its Cause


Since the early days of Western decay, it has been popular to blame the downfall on "nihilism" or a lack of belief in innate truth, morality and language. After all, nihilism is usually introduced by scary definitions such as this:
Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. It is often associated with extreme pessimism and a radical skepticism that condemns existence. A true nihilist would believe in nothing, have no loyalties, and no purpose other than, perhaps, an impulse to destroy. While few philosophers would claim to be nihilists, nihilism is most often associated with Friedrich Nietzsche who argued that its corrosive effects would eventually destroy all moral, religious, and metaphysical convictions and precipitate the greatest crisis in human history. In the 20th century, nihilistic themes--epistemological failure, value destruction, and cosmic purposelessness--have preoccupied artists, social critics, and philosophers. Mid-century, for example, the existentialists helped popularize tenets of nihilism in their attempts to blunt its destructive potential. By the end of the century, existential despair as a response to nihilism gave way to an attitude of indifference, often associated with antifoundationalism.1
A new book, written by infrequent contributor to this blog Brett Stevens, takes the opposite perspective: the problem with modern society is individualism, or people looking at their own desires, judgments and feelings based in the pretense and arrogance of the ego. Nihilism, Stevens says, is an antidote to this problem and possibly the salvation of Western Civilization.
The official synopsis of the book, which will be released on Manticore Press in 2016, contains the following:
Most people see the world in binary categories. They believe that there is either an inherent moral good that we must all obey, or there are no rules and life is pointless anarchy. Nihilism argues for a middle path: we lack inherent order but are defined by our choices, which means that we must start making smarter choices by understanding the reality in which we live more than the human social reality which we have used to replace it in our minds.

A work of philosophy in the continental tradition, Nihilism examines the human relationship with philosophical doubt through a series of essays designed to stimulate the ancient knowledge within us of what is right and what is real. Searching for a level of thought underneath the brain-destroying methods of politics and economics, the philosophy of nihilism approaches thought at its most basic level and highest degree of abstraction. It escapes the bias of human perspective and instructs our ability to perceive itself, unleashing a new level of critical thinking that side-steps the mental ghetto of modernity and the attendant problems of civilization decline and personal lassitude.

While many rail against nihilism as the death of culture and religion, the philosophy itself encourages a consequentialist, reality-based outlook that forms the basis for moral choice. Unlike the control-oriented systems of thought that form the basis of contemporary society, nihilism reverts the crux of moral thinking to the relationship between the individual and the effects of that individual’s actions in reality. From this, a new range of choice expands, including the decision to affirm religious and moral truth as superior methods of Darwinistic adaptation to the question of human survival, which necessarily includes civilization.

Inspired by transcendentalist thinkers and the ancient traditions of both the West and the Far East, the philosophy of nihilism negates the false intermediate steps imposed on us by degenerated values systems. In the footsteps of philosopher Friedrich W. Nietzsche, who called for a “re-evaluation of all values,” nihilism subverts linguistic and social categorical thinking in order to achieve self-discipline of the mind. As part of this pursuit, Nihilism investigates thought from writers as diverse as William S. Burroughs, Aldous Huxley, Arthur Schopenhauer and Immanuel Kant. For those who seek the truth beyond the socially-convenient explanations that humans tell one another, nihilism is a philosophy both for a new age and for all time.

Stevens, who blogs at Amerika.org, is a contributor to Alternative Right, Right On, Return of Kings, Counter-Currents, American Renaissance and other alternative viewpoint websites, as well as a founder of the American Nihilist Underground Society, NIHIL, CORRUPT and the now-deceased End Democracy blog. This is his first print publication.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Reddit Censors Discussion Of Orlando Shooting To Suppress Knowledge Of Shooter's Religion

In an article dubiously entitled "Internet Dumpster Fire Reddit Has Meltdown Over Orlando Shooting Censorship," Death Metal Underground explores the censorship of news of the Orlando shooting perpetrated not just by mods of /r/news but by those vested in the culture of the site itself, which defends free speech if it is the correct speech, but otherwise takes great delight in censorship, historical revisionism and other modes of thought control:

As it becomes clear that censorship is rampant on social media, Reddit is the latest company to stumble when its news channel censored all mention of the Orlando Pulse gay nightclub terrorist attack. According to users, the site removed all conversation about the event — including requests for a blood drive.

...Again social media makes it clear that it is an echo chamber for officially accepted opinion. If you have the right opinion, your words will be repeated by the hive, which will make you a celebrity. People on such channels attempt to out-do each other in their flattery of popular ideas, which coincide with official opinion because most people simply repeat what they see and hear. As a result, the echo chamber intensifies.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Moron Kills Inept Moron By Ineptitude

Beneath the media hype, a disturbing portrait of the West:

Mohammed Zaman, 53, used cheaper ground peanuts at his restaurants, rather than almond powder, resulting in the manslaughter of nut allergy sufferer Paul Wilson, 38, in North Yorkshire.

Mr Wilson never recovered after eating a takeaway curry from the Indian Garden in Easingwold, despite telling staff he could not eat nuts – and a judge has now blasted Zaman as ‘reckless’.

O, the humanity:

Earlier Mr Wilson’s heartbroken parents Keith and Margaret Wilson said today that a mere mouthful of the contaminated chicken tikka masala was enough to kill their son.

Not to be entirely cynical, but look at the situation objectively. If contact with peanuts can kill you, the risk of getting it wrong even once is impossible; this applies doubly if, as in the case of this young man, you apparently slip into a coma before rescue services can get there. Thinking clearly, it would be apparent that this cost is too high to ever risk, and so the person with this allergy would prepare his own food exclusively. Another way to phrase this: would you ever trust minimum-wage restaurant workers with your life?

In our modern stupor, we assume he is "good" because he was "careful," but this is just boilerplate. Asking apathetic people who lack the capacity to understand fatal allergies of this nature is just foolishness. Like others in our society, Mr. Wilson believed that rules and communications were somehow more important than reality itself. He turned out to be wrong, and pay for this foolishness with his life.

As far as the restaurant owner, nearly nothing needs be said other than this:

During a trial that led to his conviction it emerged that Zaman ran up £294,000 debts in his restaurants so was substituting ingredients for cheaper alternatives.

Yet he was still paying for his son to go to the prestigious private St Peter's School in York from his business account.

In our not-so-brilliant modern time, those who succeed are the illogical and selfish. Good work, democracy. This man clearly does not deserve wealth as he cannot handle it.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Reddit Censors Free Speech Group /r/European

SJW stronghold Reddit has decided to "quarantine" /r/European, its sub formed in reaction to /r/Europe's censorship of stories that go against The Narrative. Quarantine means that users must opt-in and people who are not logged in cannot see the content. It also keeps content from the sub in showing up in other modes of viewing the site.

While Reddit is clearly a bad actor that censors non-Leftist (and other) content, /r/European had a problem: getting outside of the /r/Europe mental ghetto invited in all the Stormfront types, who promptly had a field day writing what they usually do, in addition to posting memes. Because of its "free speech" roots, /r/European refused to censor them, which essentially killed much discussion because the angry hive of a different sort would quickly arrive. Most of these Stormfronters, ironically, appeared to be simply Leftists who dislike Jews and immigration. In other words: typical Reddit content, with a twist of angry racial resentment.

The moderators of /r/European have taken their activity to Voat, where they have freedom but a much smaller audience. The retreat from social media is not a victory; it allows Reddit to continue to present its "safe space" as a free discussion forum. However, it also makes clear that free speech is not actually wanted on Reddit, so perhaps this pyrrhic self-immolation will bring good yet.

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