Welcome to my blog. I am a European translator of Asian languages who writes about history, politics, and philosophy as it relates to them.
I started this blog in 2011, and since then I developed a few theories which have been influential. The background of my thought is that modern Civilization, more precisely modern Western Civilization, is on a death spiral. I try to use the insights taken from world history, the theory of evolution and pragmatic philosophy to understand why. These are some of the main ideas:
- Humans are social animals, and religions are the way that humans build social capital so that a culture can last and prosper. The present religions aren’t doing a very good job, so we should think about developing a new one. I call this We Need a New Religion.
- Human minds do not have rational and irrational halves. Humans have evolved to care about social status, and all our behavior is designed to maximize it. Behavior which is often regarded as “irrational” should be understood as status-seeking behavior which happens to sacrifice other more immediate concerns. All people really care is about their position among their group of peers, their Dunbar circle. I call this Status Points theory.
- Islam in its radical will continue to grow because it is good for men. Feminism lowers the incentive for men to raise families, hence the low birth rates all across the world. Islam allows men to dominate their women, which makes it easier for the average man to raise a family, hence the higher birth rates in Muslim countries. The shock that Muslim men feel on encountering Feminism in Europe is the biggest factor in driving Muslim men to Islamic terrorism. I call this Islam is Toxic Masculinity.
- Any group, any political body requires the loyalty of its members in order to survive. It is not easy, though, to check people for their loyalty. Besides surveillance, a common method is to force people to make costly signals, i.e. make them do things that are hard for them, which lower their status. A common way of doing this is to force people to believe absurd things. Following ancient Chinese history, I call this Point deer, make horse.
- All religions and ideologies contain silly, even absurd ideas. These ideas impose some costs into society, but they are necessary in order to ensure the loyalty of all members of society. In good, stable times, there is a set amount of ideas one must believe, but in times of political stability, when loyalty and cohesion in the power structure is broken, new absurd ideas and practices start to appear at an increasingly fast pace, creating societal chaos and cultural destruction. I call this a Signalling spiral.
- High IQ people are driven to big cities, lured good education and employment opportunities. However once they get there, they are drawn to a rat-race of competition for jobs and for sexual opportunities. This, added to the complete emancipation of women, leads to the best human capital in the world delaying marriage and childbirth, which results in extremely low birth rates, in some places (e.g. Singapore) with TFR’s below 1. This results in the systematic destruction of the genetic material which produces high productivity in our modern economies. Thus I refer to modern economic centers as IQ Shredders.
- In order to sell a product, you make give something people want. In order to build a political movement, you must give people higher status than they presently have. The key innovation of industrial-era politics was Leninism, which built a movement with those who were socially deprived in traditional society due to their class; peasants, workers and foreigners, which were loyal to the Communist project in exchange for erasing the class and tribe distinctions of traditional society. In the post-industrial world, the mainstream political force, Progressivism, has build an effectively one-party regime by recruiting those who were lower status in both traditional and industrial society, ie. pre-1960 society due to their biological characteristics: unmarried women, homosexuals, people of different races. I call this Biological Leninism. Or #bioleninism.
Most of the theories above were developed not by myself alone, but are the result of many years through many years of debate and discussions with like-minded friends, discussions held in this blog and on other online and real venues. Some people call us reactionaries, others neoreactionaries, others #fullreactionaries. If you are more interested in these ideas you can reach me by email, interact with the community of commenters at this blog, or read other friendly sites, such as Social Matter, Thermidor, Outside in, Jim’s, or Mencius Moldbug’s.
My writing tends to have a focus on language, on using proper and accurate terms to name things, and how unclear language tends to have political intentions behind them. I also write often about international politics, which a focus on East Asia. China is growing to be a power which can rival the global hegemony of the United States. I believe that to be a good thing, but in opinion, informed by my knowledge of the people and my readings of its history, China is very different from Western powers, and has neither the interest nor the capability to run a global empire where it exports its culture and institutions.
I personally moderate the comments on the blog. Any uncivil comment gets deleted, and its author banned.
I can be reached at spandrell -at-163●com