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Live hard, die young

And leave a beautiful corpse. No, I’m not gonna quit blogging. Ever. But if I did, this would be good timing. Biological Leninism has been the most read post in this blog, by quite a lot. Thank you everyone who liked it, to those who linked to me, and to those who have gone crazy in Twitter about it. I even got a brain meme about it.

It’s kinda hard to follow up on the post though, given the impact. I have half a dozen drafts but I’m not quite satisfied with any of them. Yeah I know, the perfect is the enemy of the good, but the key to influence is good writing, and I want to get it just right. The drafts also had this tendency to go over 5,000 words. Maybe I should really just write a book about it. I do have this talent for just letting things ferment in my brain and suddenly finding a way to be very concise about it after a few weeks. So here’s hoping.

Somebody asked about giving me money, which I’m always glad to hear. But I don’t want to give my real name to Patreon, nor anyone really, so unless there’s any way of accepting donations anonymously, I am sticking to Bitcoin. If you’d rather not spend your precious Bitcoins but you have any other cryptos, I’m glad to accept those too, just let me know what you got and I’ll open a wallet somewhere.

Incidentally I’ve been preparing to move the blog to my own domain; but I’ll postpone the official move to the New Year. I’m still open to suggestions about design stuff.

And also, I’m back on Twitter. You can follow me on https://twitter.com/thespandrell

Can’t say I have much to comment about this last month. There’s some purge going on in the US among the left, with “sexual misconduct” as the excuse. There’s this Chinese saying: 欲加之罪何患無辭. If you want to condemn someone, there’s always an excuse. At least the Chinese didn’t think sexual misconduct was enough reason to fire someone. Well, Zhu Xi kinda tried that one, but it didn’t quite work out. There’s this argument about Chinese courts adopting Neoconfucianism, which was a bunch of gobbledygook puritanical philosophy, precisely because its puritanism gave the court a set of easy excuses to fire bureaucrats at will. Unrealistic moral standards are the crabs of State Formation. Statist Carcinization. So now go on stop being sexist and racist.

 

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26 responses to “Live hard, die young

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  2. parisian December 12, 2017 at 21:38

    ‘There’s some purge going on in the US among the left, with “sexual misconduct” as the excuse. ”

    That’s a good way of putting it, and also that it seems confined to the U.S. Europeans aren’t doing it at all, are they? Also, there’s some ‘distant sound’ you have about this, so I can tell you that being in it is definitely like the brushfires or just reverse McCarthyism. Every day, and WaPo today has a man advising in ‘sexual harassment’ at ‘office xmas parties’ to not do things including ‘asking someone’s gf. or bf. and 2-ticket drink limit, because alcohol ‘will make you sexually harass’. Some, not all, of the often A-listers accused, really are among the finest in their fields, it has been non-discriminatory (except for some politicians, where there is no ‘bottom line’–networks, etc., are liable) that way, because everybody’s doing it with no pushback to speak of. There’s no way to tell if any of the accusers are being paid for any of this. There seems to be this naked refusal for a hierarchy of offenses even. Garrison Keillor is boring to me but has a huge audience, and he was fired for less than nothing. I depended on Charlie Rose’s guests for my book recommendations, now none of his colleagues ever utters his name, despite his position before as the highest status in the world of a certain sort. When he fell, it definitely seemed like Western culture was over in a more obvious way than before. The head of NYCBallet, Peter Martins, is however, guilty of physical non-sexual violence for a long time, and it was pretty well-known (grabbing little kids by the neck, etc.) His wife put him in jail for beating her in 1993, but stayed with him, and they now have a 21 yo drug-daughter who is constantly arrested for theft of fast-food joints and sundry. Right now, you have to read every single story to make sure you don’t get arrested for some kind of offensive speech, but lesbians go around screaming “Men SUCK!” quite freely. When Weinstein started, I couldn’t have imagined it would get to this point. I barely even noticed the terror attack yesterday, the first in the subway. This is bigger, and you wonder who’s still left every day.

    • spandrell December 12, 2017 at 21:59

      Don’t you have paragraphs in Paris?

      • parisian December 12, 2017 at 23:38

        Well, you can’t spell, so we’re even.

        • spandrell December 13, 2017 at 01:01

          My spelling might annoy grammar nazis; lack of paragraphs annoys everyone. So please, it’s for your own good.

          • Garr December 13, 2017 at 12:46

            I think that Parisian’s monologue-block presentation is stylistically appropriate, because he’s giving us the Perturbed Reflections of an Ordinary Non-Political Gentleman, which one would expect to emerge in just this unpremeditated, agitated manner.

            It seems to me that the two sentences about Peter Martins interrupt the flow, however — their relevance isn’t obvious.

            I imagine bracketed insertions of “[sips cocktail]”.

            • parisian December 13, 2017 at 21:07

              Maybe ‘not obvious’ because I knew I was writing too much, but that the ‘sexual harassment’ is harder to prove even though this one too started that way–plus dumb rules about not sleeping with employees, whereas in dance it probably makes them better if they get laid by the Master. So to get him, there will be the emphasis on the by-now much-offered info on his physical violence. This was long evident since the wife-beating, but I don’t think I saw any actual violence in the other cases.

              His connections with the Kochs, who gave him $100 million about 10 years ago, may have protected him till now. The 2 cases of high-profile High Art types (Levine of Met Opera, already fired, is the other) are previously unheard-of phenomena. The virus wants to cover all fields and domains, and with Moore’s defeat, it will be stronger still, though difficult to want Moore to win–sometimes too hick really is. Martins will almost certainly be fired too, but it’s been 2 weeks, the others were all instantaneous. The Board is scared, probably.

              Maybe the billionaires themselves next. I still don’t get why it’s only U.S., though. I see why people like Spandrell don’t want to move here now, even with too many Syrians in Germany. Not what it used to be.

              D’accord. [used paragraphs:)]

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  4. Oscar C. December 12, 2017 at 23:44

    I just knew it was going to be big. I have been reading alt-right / NRx literature for a while now and I think that ‘Biological Leninism’ condenses quite well their overall spirit. It is pure thought crime.

    I also dig your writing style, it reminds me of Jonathan Bowden’s speeches. A bit rambling but ultimately following a common thread.

    It’s hard to go back to standard MSM stuff after this :)

  5. uarbes December 13, 2017 at 12:55

    I was not completely convinced by your analysis. First of all, how did they do it?

    Ether Leninism relies on the worst of the worst, say the bottom 10%, then how could they overcome the rest, given that they are the least competent?

    Or Leninism relies on a majority of the rather bad, say the 70-80% relatively dull, then what do they have to gain? Their gains, status or whatever, will not amount to much if distributed among so many.

    • spandrell December 13, 2017 at 14:24

      A ruling coalition is small, there is absolutely no need to mobilize 80% of the population. Those will obey whoever rules. The 10% is not necessarily all incompetent; they just need to be low-status in a sane society.

      • uarbes December 13, 2017 at 16:19

        Still, it´s hard to explain how a 10% minority of at least relatively incompetent low status people can take over.

        There must be some more to it. I suggest they had, initially at least, the appearance of having the MoralHighGroundTM.

        MoralHighGroundTM matters.

        Interestingly, Marx himself didn´t much pretend to have the MoralHighGroundTM. He believed he was scientifically right, but no one cared about that and he was politically rather unsuccessful.

        Marxism took off after both the Leninist sect and the “Neomarxist” Frankfurt School cult included MoralHighGroundTM talking points in their repertoire, which were alien to Marxism as originally conceived. From Marx´ own viewpoint, the successful Marxists would all have been renegades.

        Marx was essentially an Anti-Idealist with a deterministic conception of history. He practically belived that ideas don´t matter. Man, was he wrong.

        • spandrell December 13, 2017 at 22:53

          As I was saying, leftist agitation requires a participatory government, democratic or semi-democratic. It’s basically about access. In a caste society there’s no way in hell for low-status people to ever amount to anything.

          • uarbes December 14, 2017 at 18:07

            No, this can´t be right, because it leaves you without any possible explanation of how Democracy is coming about in the first place.

            Also, even if I were to grant that Democracy is a necessary condition for a Leftist takeover, it is obviously not a sufficient condition. So we still lack the explanation for the takeover.

          • Steve Johnson December 14, 2017 at 18:56

            I don’t think it’s that exactly.

            I think it’s the military tech – if mass conscription can be successful then elites will pander to the masses. Possibly that winds up with structural pandering – democracy – which then takes on a life of its own because it’s easier to take control of the state than it is to replace it.

            • spandrell December 14, 2017 at 19:12

              Yeah, that’s right. Rioters in the early 19th century really could hold their own against government troops. But that hasn’t been the case since the machinegun. It is sheer cultural inertia by now.

  6. chedolf December 13, 2017 at 13:18

    in 1960 we had a white men patriarchy

    Perhaps less so than you think. My German mother came to the US around 1960. She said she was astonished at how deferential and subservient American men appeared to be towards women even then.

  7. Toddy Cat December 13, 2017 at 16:03

    That’s the problem with doing an outstanding post – what do you do for an encore?

  8. Sam J. December 14, 2017 at 19:55

    Biological Leninism was excellent but I think many of your post are just as good. I particularly liked a lot of your post on Chinese history.

  9. james December 15, 2017 at 04:44

    Glad you’re back.

  10. Conrad December 25, 2017 at 02:48

    Are you Chinese? Always amazed to see people outside the fray offering such thoughts.

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