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  • Political Children - Well, dealing with a newborn, doing a lot of work, and getting my home fixed up and ready to sell all at the same time is… fun. And by fun, I mean sleep-depriving. But I’m coming up to the end on a lot of my work, which is good. In any event, a lot has […]
  • Women, Progress, and Automobiles in Space - Folks, I’m tired. I’m cranky. I’m operating off very little sleep and I’ve overbooked myself on work yet again. You’d think I’d learn. Or take a break. Sigh… But a thread on Twitter caught my attention yesterday, and I couldn’t let it pass without some commentary. And that, in turn, opened up a whole new […]
  • Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated - Well, I suppose I owe my readers an explanation for my hiatus these last couple of weeks. Between my daughter keeping me up all night, lack of sleep, heavy workload, a short story project I’m wrapping up, and a remodeling project I probably should have waited to do – but didn’t – yeah, my blogging […]
  • All Your Base Still Belong to Us - Just shy of a year ago, in cooperation with Tom Kratman and a few others, I put together this bit of memetic homage: Francis Porretto reminded me of it in a comment this morning. It’s crazy to think that it’s been nearly a year since Trump took office. It has been a year of triggered […]
  • Government Dependency Breeds Stupidity - Many of my readers may be aware of the fact that, though I live in Florida, I’m pretty well-traveled. My father was in the military, and as a military brat I’ve lived in many different parts of the country, and been to almost all the lower 48 states at some point or another. We spent a […]
  • Quick Update - Some of my readers may know that we were blessed with a new addition to our family a few days ago. Juliet was born, and is healthy. She missed being a Christmas baby by two days. More to come as time goes on and the wife and I catch up on a lot of missed […]
  • Merry Christmas - Merry Christmas from my house to yours. It’s a little warm here in Florida, a nice, toasty 65 degrees. I sometimes wonder if this is what my Australian friends feel, having Christmas in the middle of summer. It certainly makes all the usual Christmas songs a little amusing. Anyway, I have to get back to […]
  • Wednesday Randoms II - Today there is a new weekly column up on Dangerous: THALES: Turning Empathy Into a Weapon, How Social Justice Fights Dirty. This is a summary of a concept that’s been central to my posts here at The Declination. Weaponized Empathy is a chief weapon of the Left, and we need to deprive them of it. To do […]
  • The Perfectibility of Man: A Seductive Fallacy - A short time ago, I coined a quick aphorism on Twitter. It’s one that, most likely, some other person has said better than I have, but nonetheless, it popped into my head: To be human is to resist perfection. This is why any ideology based on the idea of the perfectibility of man is founded […]
  • Wednesday Afternoon Randoms - So I wrote another column over at DANGEROUS: Do Lefties Live in a Parallel Universe? Let’s Explore. It’s a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor at ridiculous behavior from the political Left. Sometimes I wake up and think these people must live on another planet. An interesting (interesting in the sense of being utterly insane) piece came from regular reader […]
  • Dangerous Helicopterism - So some of my readers may have been wondering why I’ve been a little quiet lately. Wonder no more. I’ll be writing a regular weekly column for Milo’s new Dangerous.com site. My usual blog posts will continue here, of course. The first article can be found here (please comment on it there): THALES: Curious About Helicopterism? Let […]
  • Signalling Lies - These days, I figure almost everybody knows someone who is a complete idiot with his money. Somebody who, perhaps, makes a decent wage but constantly overspends in an effort to keep up with the Joneses. This is the kind of person who buys a $5000 Italian leather couch and then tells you that it’s a $5000 […]
  • Sanctuary “Justice” - Well, we have a verdict for Kate Steinle’s killer: not guilty. He admitted to killing her but claimed it was an accident. That claim, of course, changed several times over the course of this story. Whether it was a result of media incompetence, his own lies, or some combination of both, I cannot say. He was, […]
  • Bigotry: The Ultimate Sin - Bigotry is the ultimate sin in modern American Leftism. Racism and sexism are the most commonly cited varieties, of course, but other permutations exist. Homophobia, Islamophobia, fatphobia, ageism, and presumably a whole host of other possible violations. The fact that it is accounted as the ultimate sin provides the Leftist with a moral club with […]
  • Happy Thanksgiving - Hopefully my readers are settling down with a nice meal, good company, and a bit of old fashioned entertainment. It’s one day where I often feel the need to set politics aside, because damnit, you can’t talk about that all the time, right? Tomorrow is another day, and I have a full plate of things […]
  • More Random Observations - Freebies Francis Porretto is giving away a good book, starting November 20th. Get in on the action if you haven’t read his work before. The money quote: From November 20 through November 24, the Kindle edition of Innocents will be free at Amazon. Yes, friends, that’s a grand total of $0.00 for enough words to separate the wholly electronic covers. Oy vey! Such […]
  • The Cultural Borg - We are the Cultural Borg. You will be assimilated. Existence, as you know it, is over. Lower your borders and surrender your guns. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is racist. Democrats were celebrating in the months up to the election in […]
  • About the Supposed Patriarchy… - Every time I sat down to write this post, something else came up, and so it’s been on a delay for a while. However, it’s a very important topic, so today I sat down and forced myself to finish it. It all began when I was reading a post from Sarah Hoyt, called About that […]
  • The Spin Doctor is in the House - It’s been a crazy last few days, hasn’t it? Before we get into the meat of today’s entry, I want to express both my sorrow for those who died in the Texas shooting, and my deep respect for the men who fought back against the shooter and ran him down. You may kill people in […]
  • Modern Media, Superiority Complexes, and the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect - Social media is full of long-winded, acrimonious debates about politics, sociology, cats, etc… It’s enough to make a man seriously consider giving it up completely. My colleague at Liberty’s Torch discussed cutting that particular line earlier, and though I have not done what he did, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t think about […]
  • Rationalizing Extinction - Here’s a doozy of a post: Kids? Just Say No. I’ve been seeing an awful lot of this kind of sophistry lately. It’s moralism run amok. It differs from Social Justice only in degree. The SJW prioritizes certain classes and groups above others, based on an arbitrary Progressive Stack. This cretin suggests that life itself must be extinguished, in […]
  • Debt Sucks - Sometimes, I wonder if Francis is reading my mind or something. I don’t understand how a curmudgeonly Yankee 2000 miles away can know me so well, but there it is. Today, in Who Has A Hold On You?, Francis brings up the matter of my own bad experience with mortgage debt, documented here. It’s one of […]
  • Pop Culture, Commercials, and White Guys - It isn’t difficult to find people complaining about how “people of color” are treated in America today. Turn on the TV, and you’ll see highly-paid NFL players lamenting this. White liberals are constantly bashing “whiteness”, and attending lectures and classes wherein white people are variously termed devils, demons, oppressors, or some other thing. It is […]
  • Tuesday Afternoon Observations - Truly, I was hoping for some more insight into the motives and background of Stephen Paddock, the perpetrator of the Las Vegas shooting, but it appears even a week later, facts are thin on the ground and few definitive conclusions have been made. It was a very unusual attack, such that if a man wrote […]
  • Las Vegas… To Be Cont… - I don’t have much to say right now on the Las Vegas shooting that hasn’t already been said by folks smarter than I am. So here are a few links for your perusal that I found interesting: The Las Vegas Shooting and the Attack of the Carrion Crows – Sarah Hoyt WTAF?! Brother says Las […]
  • Poverty: Temporary or Permanent? - Poverty is an issue Leftists badger the Right about incessantly. Poor people provide a convenient excuse for government control over your wallet. They need food, shelter, transportation, healthcare, and so on, and why shouldn’t these things be guaranteed by a friendly government? Why rely on the charity of individuals to do this, when it is […]
  • Reminder: Debt is Consensual Slavery - This morning, I was parsing through the usual suspects, and noticed a back link to Right as Usual. The author, Linda Fox, is also a contributor for Liberty’s Torch, and so it piqued my interest. Linda reiterates the dangers of debt: The Declination has an old post addressing this, from January, 2016. Such a long time ago. […]
  • Insight From a Reader - A reader of The Declination by the alias of fslenentine had this to say on the matter of Padraig and others like him. The question of Padraig’s intellectual insecurity is more consequential than is generally realized. Today, intelligence is increasingly the most important attribute one can possess. No longer are there multiple avenues to social worth, just […]
  • Using Morality as Cover for Tyranny - Our resident Lefty troll has spent the better part of the last few days lecturing my readers on their moral inferiority. He offers no solutions, no costs, no benefits, and is quite vague on matters of policy. Rather, he hopes to play the Alinsky handbook out and see where it takes him. But in the […]
  • What Do You Want? - Usually, when you encounter an item with no definitive price tag, it is because the item is significantly overpriced. When a customer must ask for the price, the salesman can estimate wealth, gullibility, and many other things before finding a way to screw the customer. It also provides an opportunity to sell the customer, rather than merely counting on the item […]
  • The Motive is Power - Francis addresses an important point from Orwell’s 1984: The Unaddressed Question Of 1984. Read the whole thing, it’s a very important point to understand. The motive is always power. If casting Rightists as Nazis will help them obtain power, they will do it. If casting them as people who like cats will do likewise, they will do that […]
  • Pain is a Teacher - Earlier, I spoke of hardship, and the notion that our world is a fallen world; that a utopia of man is impossible. But the philosophical principles that hold up this view are much more fundamental than all that. It boils down to something Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses in his books rather frequently. A certain degree […]
  • Mean Words and Fake Jokes - The recent kerfuffle over Clay Travis and his trademark phrase “I like the First Amendment and… boobs” has flooded social media these last few days. And it brings up a fascinating amount of cognitive dissonance. Keith Reed, who immediately white-knighted on behalf of poor, offended Brooke Baldwin, posted frequently on the subject of boobs, ass, and […]
  • Orwellian Nice Guys - We live in a time, dear readers, when things are becoming rather Orwellian. Yes, yes, I know. It’s cliche. Everybody says that, even the Leftists I often excoriate. Hillary Clinton herself suggested that Nineteen Eighty-Four was about people being convinced to distrust their leaders. The absurdity of this is obvious, but in the minds of those […]
  • Patriotism is Now Evil - As I get everything squared away from the hurricane, and catch up on missed work, you’ll have to excuse the short posts. Catching up on my usual haunts in the blogosphere, I came across this gem from Francis. Pay particular attention to item number four. After 9/11, there was an outpouring of patriotic sentiment, even […]
  • Hurricane Irma Update - All is well at my place today. The hurricane came through my area as a Category 2, which isn’t too bad. Certainly, it is much better than a Category 4 or 5. Damage was minor. One of our trees came down, and the fence was damaged. Some minor cosmetic damage to the house, and certainly […]
  • Hurricanes, Nightclubs, and Logic Traps - Oh what a week. You know, I had a long post planned on the effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The general optimism was palpable, at least compared to Katrina, which delivered a similar impact to New Orleans. Come to find out, the storm behind it, Hurricane Irma, is probably headed my general direction, and […]
  • Collective Insanity - Yesterday, I wound up getting dragged into another political “debate” on Fecalbook, and as is customary for such arguments, the bulk of my opponent’s replies were dedicated to implying that a mutual friend of ours is a Nazi. Of course, since I rose to his defense, that would then imply I was also a Nazi. All […]
  • Why Everybody is a Nazi - It’s been a crazy week, dear readers. I’ve overloaded myself with too many contracts again, and they are proving difficult to manage. Ah, but every extra dollar I make shrinks that mortgage balance. Soon I shall dispense with that last, and most mountainous of debts. And, naturally, I’ve been worrying over the troubles of my […]
  • Another Sunday Morning - I don’t have a lot to say today. It’s a pleasant Sunday morning, and I’ve little desire to sully it with excessive politicking. It’s a cigar and whiskey kind of day, where I consider myself fortunate for the blessings in life. There are a few Cubans sitting in my humidor, and a bottle of bourbon […]
  • On Manufactured Outrage - Every day some facet of American culture will bear the brunt of media attention. There will be protests, and riots, and celebrities opining on the oppresiveness of whatever thing has aroused their wrath. We will discover, perhaps for the first time, or perhaps for the ten-thousandth, that someone or something is offensive. Let us take […]
  • Moral Courage and Moral Arbitrage - Every good capitalist is on the look out for imbalances in the market, opportunities to earn a profit off of a thing that either the market lacks completely, or current businesses do very inefficiently and ineffectively. You can consider it a form of arbitrage. Today’s politicians, media talking heads, celebrities and the like are moral […]
  • Weaponized Empathy and the Edge Case - Weaponized Empathy has long been a topic of discussion here. Today, let’s break down a very common use of it in private circles, in debates between regular folks on social media. The tactic looks something like this: Conservative: I believe in [insert policy here]. Progressive: Here is a sad story about someone (or even a […]
  • America is Slowly Falling Apart - I realized something important today. There is a friend of mine who is liberal, but I always chalked up as a sort of moderate lefty. We could talk about politics, and disagree on most everything, but drink beers and bullshit anyway. No rancor. We both acknowledged that we were trying to solve the same problems […]
  • A Friend Encounters the Left in DC - Lately, the political world has narrowed. It has become small. When the shooting happened at Pulse, in Orlando, I saw folks I knew distraught over the affair. I knew people who lost friends there. I’ve DJed in that area many times. It was too close for comfort. It is one thing when such violence is […]
  • Kurt, Military Coups, and the Sucker Tax - Kurt Schlichter wrote a fascinating what-if scenario positing Leftists of #TheResistance mobilizing a coup against President Trump, using Leftist-sympathizing military leadership. While somewhat far-fetched at the present moment, there is a disturbing amount of plausibility to the idea. What is going to happen if the Left fails to make gains in 2018? What if, instead, […]
  • Gun Control Fantasies - SJWs drool over the possibility of disarming the American citizenry. It is their most important goal, for even they realize that their path to total domination of American culture, government, and life will require them to do this, at some point. But I am, on occasion, reminded that the SJW Left doesn’t really understand us. […]
  • Global Warming and Suckers - As some of my readers may know, I am actually rather attentive to environmental concerns. For several years, I have put my money where my mouth is and volunteered for local cleanups (including ocean cleanups our krewe specializes in – we have a special focus on the ocean), helped out at local animal sanctuaries, and spread a message of […]
  • On Intimidation and Character Assassination - After a short break from political posts, I have returned. This morning, I read an excellent piece at Liberty’s Torch, which touched on intimidation in politics. This, in turn, was inspired by another post at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler. Both got me thinking on the matter of  subtle intimidation. Intimidation is a common feature of Leftist politics, such that […]
  • The Trap of Perfection - Stepping away from the blatantly political for a time has already proven healthy. This morning, an aphorism entered my brain which, in turn, inspired a whole lot of thinking. Some people demand absolute perfection of all others, but possess no desire for self-improvement. I’m sure someone else has said similar at some point in time, […]
  • I Need a Vacation - Of late, politics has been particularly nasty and overly repetitive. Russia! Russia! Russia! Trump tweeted something. Something was sexist, or racist, or some other thing. And then there’s a contingent of folks who are non-ironically bringing Nazi shit back. No, I’m not talking about being anything right-of-center (we’re all Nazis according to the political Left), […]
  • Discovering Truth - One thing that has become clear to me over the years is that people can reason themselves in and out of pretty much anything. Evidence can be provided for just about any assertion, no matter how ludicrous, and debunking it can lead to an endless rabbit hole of argument and counter-argument that never resolves much […]
  • On Anonymity - Perusing the usual suspects this morning, I came across a piece at Liberty's Torch which bears some commentary. In it, Francis explains his view on the recent unpleasantness from CNN and anonymity in general:
  • Marxist Moral Authority is Collapsing - Remember when I spoke about the moral high ground? Well today we are witnessing another chunk of Marxist moral authority cracking and falling apart. I’m not sure how much more the Progressive Left can take before it loses all credibility, before the preference cascade sweeps it away, or forces it to resort to outright war. […]
  • State Tyranny Exposed - There is little I can say on this matter that my friend Nicki hasn’t said better. Folks, consider this required reading, insofar as I am able to convince you to read something. On Charlie Gard This case sickened me beyond belief, because Nicki is right. The bureaucracy decided that the parents had no rights in […]
  • Satire Works - Here is an excellent piece of satire by Kurt Schlichter: CNN Tries To Move Forward After Its Latest Humiliation. “Great. Now this Scaramucci story was a big problem, and not just because we got caught. As you know, Russia is ratings gold, but if we keep coming up empty we’ll leave our audience as unsatisfied as a […]
  • Tyranny of the Midwits - This afternoon, I came across a fascinating Tweet thread by the esteemed Eve Keneinan. Eve echoes my own thoughts on the subject of Academia and militant anti-theism. Leftists love to make fun of folks they perceive to be peasants. Farmers, rural folks, working men, they are all stupid hicks and rubes to the hard Left. […]
  • Blue Checkmarks Strike Again - If you use Twitter with any frequency, you are probably already aware of the special sort of stupidity emitted by the Blue Checkmarks, that is people who are verified by Twitter. Since Twitter has a habit of banning Rightists, either directly or through shadowbanning, the number of verified Conservatives is rather smallish. It is non-zero, […]
  • A Divine Fate - So much of political thought boils down to a very ancient question, one that was never satisfactorily resolved: does man possess free will? Does fate exist? And if it exists, can it be altered? We talk of concepts like the inevitable progression of history, and the primacy of the poll numbers, and changing demographics, as […]
  • Fear is a Potent Weapon - Reading the usual suspects this morning, I came across a good piece by Francis: the Fear Weapon. It resonated with me on many levels, and at least partly because of a recent incident in my own life. A couple weeks ago or so, I was working late in my home office downstairs. I do a […]
  • Deleted Post on Laci Green - I don’t usually delete my posts, even if I’m in error. And in this case, I’m actually correct, except on one point, which has proven to be of significance. But I have removed a post in which I gave Laci Green a whole lot of shit. There’s a reason for this. I still hold that […]
  • Kurt Has a Point… - Kurt makes a good point in this article. First we had the Tea Party, which was polite, principled, and generally full of pleasant people (who even cleaned up after themselves). The bureaucracy didn’t want to listen to them. Called them racists Nazis, and what have you. So after that, we got the Trumpites. They gave […]
  • Who Occupies the Moral High Ground? - So unless you’ve been living under a rock today, you’ve probably heard of the woman who disrupted the play in which a mock Trump is assassinated on stage. There’s been a lot of division on the Right on how to properly respond to this. Kurt Schlicter dismisses it as rather trivial here. Robert Kroese had […]
  • On Marxism and Morality, Part 2 - So in Part 1 of the On Marxism and Morality series, we discussed how Karl Marx used the word slavery as a sort of sleight of hand to imply that any free man who sold his labor was, in fact, a slave. In truth, slavery is a condition wherein you are fundamentally denied choice. The […]
  • Must Watch - Francis posted this Mark Steyn video this morning, and I believe it is a must-watch, so I am reposting here. What’s fascinating is that it was recorded only hours before the attack yesterday. As always, Mark Steyn is something of a prophet. Related Content Castro’s Death and the Love of the Elite Trump: The Hail […]
  • Developing News: House Majority Whip Shot - Take a look for yourself over at Fox News: Steve Scalise, aide shot in Virginia. Reports on my Twitter feed are indicating that witnesses claimed the gunman asked “where are the Republicans” before going on his shooting rampage. So while unconfirmed, given the target and that possibility, this is likely a politically motivated attack. Yesterday, I […]
  • Tuesday Afternoon Errata - I had a long successor post on Marxism planned for today, but the workload is too much for that, presently. So enjoy a few little tidbits before we move on to Part 2. First off, if you’re a regular reader of The Declination, you are no doubt familiar with Francis over at Liberty’s Torch. And today, he has reminded […]
  • On Marxism and Morality, Part 1 - Many Americans have a near-instinctive loathing for Communism, both the word, and nations and leaders who have put it into practice. How many can articulate why it engenders such disgust? SJWs and other assorted Marxists use the battle-cry “educate!” The assumption, of course, is that anyone who disagrees with Marxism is either uneducated or, somewhat […]
  • Marxism: A Cross Between Mean Girls & Lord of the Flies - The right wing has a serious problem culturally and socially, and it goes beyond the fact that Marxists have claimed education, media, and entertainment. Consider the reasons why the Marxists wrangled control of them. Every organization they infiltrate either falls to them in short order, or survives only by becoming incredibly intolerant and explicitly rightist. […]
  • Faust & Sterility - I’m a weird mood today. Too much time in front of the computer fried the brain, maybe. So pardon me, this’ll be odd, even by my standards. If you know the story of Faust, you might understand the analogy of the Faustian man, one who is bent on attaining rational knowledge at any cost, even […]
  • Social Justice is Language Pollution - Language pollution is everywhere, these days. Words are twisted and deformed, meaningless jargon invented and spewed as if they carried some kind of intellectual weight, as if the purveyors of nonsense could simply will English to be whatever they wished it to be. Newspeak is fast becoming ubiquitous. But where Orwell wrote that Newspeak was a […]
  • Book Review: Kurt Schlichter’s Indian Country - If you’ve long felt the country coming apart at the seems, fracturing along its ideological breakpoints, you aren’t alone. Right or Left, it’s not hard to see it. The Internet is chock full of vitriol and hatred between the the camps. In meatspace, the peace was often maintained by deliberately looking the other way, or […]
  • How Much is Enough? - When buying a product or service, the first question out of a man’s mouth is likely to be “how much is it?” As individuals, that question is axiomatic. So why is it that when we discuss grand political programs, the cost is so rarely discussed? And even when it is, the price is obfuscated behind layers […]
  • Freedom & Fear - Perusing the usual suspects today, I came across an excellent piece by the esteemed Sarah Hoyt. In it, she discusses just why so many people turn against the notion of freedom and liberty. Why does Orwell tell us that Freedom = Slavery, and how can such a notion enter in man’s head? Observe: A Libertarian friend […]
  • Candlelight Progressive Magic… Again - As the bodies cool from the Manchester attack, the usual routine is making a comeback. There will be candlelight vigils, people will pray to gods they don’t believe in, and buildings around the world will be lit in the usual retinue of national colors. Facebook, in all likelihood, will have some kind of automatic profile […]
  • Of Anointed and Laymen - In the book Tales of New America, there is a scene which stuck with me. In it, an intelligent, educated man of some stature is attempting to sneak in to the “red state” half of a Balkanized America. The man is wealthy, powerful, and possesses the self-confidence of such folks. He is outsmarted by a lowly, unattractive […]
  • 24/7 Attacks on Trump - Ever since Trump became a force in the Republican primaries, the media has been engaged in a constant battle against him. Even Bush Derangement Syndrome resulted in occasional gaps in media attack coverage, occasional lulls in hit pieces. Trump Derangement Syndrome is 24/7. It never lets up, not even for a second. Every celebrity timeline is […]
  • The Coming War - Tom Kratman posted this on Fecalbook earlier today, I have reprinted it here with permission. Do read the whole thing, as we may be approaching the time when such measures are a matter of survival. Defenderata (Copyright ©, 2017, Thomas P. Kratman) Go cautiously and armed amidst the Black Live Matter demonstrations and riots and […]
  • This SJW Should Win a Razzie - I don’t even have much commentary for you. Just go read the article and watch the video contained therein. This SJW delivers a terrible, B-movie hate crime performance trying to make out a bunch of store clerks to be racist scum because, God forbid, an item somewhere in the store has a Confederate flag on […]
  • Intolerance Works - Nassim Nicholas Taleb has delivered an insightful argument: intolerance  works. Conceptually, this is fairly simple to grasp. Consider the old saying “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” or the similar “the customer is always right.” We’ve all seen it personally at one time or another. Some customer will be completely unreasonable, and hordes of employees will […]
  • Social Justice is Word Salad - Folks, we’ve gone beyond mere doublethink into the Twilight Zone of Social Justice insanity. There is nothing too stupid, too bereft of meaning, to become an SJW headline. It’s getting to the point that a random chat bot could compose headlines that made more objective sense. Turing’s test must now be applied in reverse: when […]
  • A Quick Followup - Francis wrote a quick short story that bears some relation to my last bit of writing. It’s definitely worth a read. One line, which I won’t give away, is particularly amusing, and captures a fundamental flaw in the various Progressive protest movements that have popped up recently. It’s fascinating to note the motivations of these […]
  • The Devil is in the Details - Just a quick short story. Enjoy. The old Waffle House wasn’t what it used to be, Jonathan reflected. Of course, that was true enough of any roadside eatery, these days. The eggs were runny and cold, the toast slightly burnt. But food was food, and you had to take what you could get. He glanced […]
  • Suicide and Leftist Celebration - For those who aren’t yet aware, prominent second amendment defender Bob Owens took his own life. It’s not apparent why he chose to this. A cryptic and short message was left on his Facebook wall: “In the end, it turns out that I’m not strong. I’m a coward, and a selfish son of a bitch. […]
  • Tom Kratman, Signing Off - It’s been a busy week for me… and in between the goings on, Tom Kratman’s column on EveryJoe came to an end. There’s not much to say on that, except that this does not mean an end to his writing career, which is good, because I’ve been following his Carrera series for quite some time, now. And The […]
  • A Quick Healthcare Rant - I posted this on Fecalbook, in reply to a long string of liberal Democrats gushing about the joys of Universal Healthcare. I presume I will be flamed for the response below: Universal Healthcare sure does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Everybody gets care, we get to remove a greedy middleman, the insurance […]
  • Passive Aggression and Selective Statistics - Passive-aggression is among the most irksome of all human behaviors. Most individuals I’ve conversed with about the issue agree that it is both profoundly insulting and utterly cowardly. But why is that, exactly? What about this behavior makes it so reprehensible? The laws of war are instructive on the matter. Generally, it is understood that […]
  • Fisk of the Day: Tom & Trump Voters - Well, if you’ve been a regular reader of The Declination, you are no doubt aware that I’m not exactly in the Tom Nichols fan club. Some folks might be under the impression that my disdain for him is rooted in his status as a NeverTrumper. But that isn’t the case. My good friend Nicki is a NeverTrumper, […]
  • From Farm to Space: A Lost Cultural Myth - Social Justice Warriors often tell us that games are not just games, and books are not just books. Everything must be political with them, from the movie theater to the arcade. Naturally, I’ve long disagreed with them on this matter. Sometimes, the political impact of a thing is minimal, if even present at all, and […]
  • Bureaucrats and Their Nits - Nitpicking is, of course, a favorite pastime of bureaucrats everywhere. Oregon’s state engineering board, however, managed to ascend to heights heretofore unattained by the American subspecies. The title of this article is revealing: Man Fined $500 for Crime of Writing ‘I Am An Engineer’ in an Email to the Government. The case is interesting. An electrical […]
  • Experts and the Common Man… Again - There is a type of person in this world who will grate on my nerves long before he ever speaks, and will only exacerbate the problem when he does open his mouth. Over time, I’ve come to recognize this almost visceral reaction to some people as a some kind of basic human instinct. Now, I’m […]
  • Thursday Afternoon Miscellany - Here are a few interesting tidbits that crossed my desk this morning: Emperor Misha analyzes what might be the dumbest Left-wing assertion I’ve seen in a very long time: “Cars and other vehicles “have turned into deadly weapons”, and should be banished from cities to stop attacks like the one in Stockholm from happening in future, according to […]
  • The Weight of the World - Taking responsibility is part of being a man. It’s an age old axiom. When a man fails, when he screws up, it behooves him to admit his failure and to endeavor to repair it, if he is able. But no man is responsible for another. To steal a concept from Francis, if Jones commits a crime, […]
  • The Definition of Insanity Is… - There’s a great clip from the game Far Cry 3 which explains the definition of insanity: This isn’t a new definition, though the game’s villain definitely puts a colorful spin on it. The original quotation is commonly attributed to Albert Einstein, though it may be apocryphal. Nonetheless, the basic concept has been with us for […]
  • Narcissism: The New Face of Evil - The last thing I expected logging in to Social Media today was a bunch of headlines about an “Easter Massacre.” What a mess. This site has the video the shooter livestreamed on Facebook, and it’s agonizing to watch. A poor 74 year-old man was just walking home, minding his own business, and a piece of […]
  • Selective Weaponizing of Empathy - Weaponized Empathy is a topic I keep bringing up here at The Declination. It is an insidious weapon, both pervasive and subtle. The weapon preys upon your better nature, twisting your better instincts in the service of another. Guilt-tripping is the best way I can describe it. You are made to feel guilty and remorse for things […]
  • Trump & Syria - Well, the reaction to Trump’s attack on Syria is, to say the least, rather mixed. Personally, I am somewhat disappointed. I don’t know about all of my readers, but I’m exhausted of Middle Eastern quagmires. Evan McMullin decided this was a good time to agree with Trump’s attack… and then bash Trump anyway. So doing […]
  • The Edgar Suit is Slipping Away - The esteemed Sarah Hoyt has written a great followup to Marxism: the Bug Wearing an Edgar Suit. As we know, the Left infiltrates institutions, guts them, and wears the skin of the destroyed institution, demanding the respect once due to the original. They then use this to destroy individuals who do not cooperate with the politically correct […]
  • The Police State – Now at Your Local Hotel - This bit of news can really set a man’s blood to boil: Widower staying with his own daughter, 13, is accused of being a PAEDOPHILE by Travelodge staff and interviewed by police all because he booked a double room. The story is pretty simple, a British father who lost his wife to cancer years before took […]
  • Debt: The Opiate of the Masses - Lately, debt has been on my mind. America has been addicted to it as long as I’ve been alive. Our government is in debt, companies are in debt, individuals are in debt… even my local CDD is in debt. Credit is a dangerous tool, one that is easily turned on the wielder. Thus the comparison to […]
  • Smart Homes. Dumb People. - Even though I work in technology, I often find it hard to understand the push to involve technology in everything. Recently, our refrigerator failed, for about the third time in a year. That means, of course, perusing for a replacement. These days, they have fridges with screens embedded in them, that connect to wifi and allow […]
  • Some Humor for the Day: A Power Supply Review - So the vendor kept notifying me that I should review my computer part purchases, which I did… except for the power supply. Because it’s a power supply. Really, who cares? The vendor, apparently. So I decided to give the vendor a review for the product (we’ll see if it passes the censors), but Hell, why […]
  • See the Face of the Enemy - Tom Kratman has written more than a few pieces on the Progressive mindset, the sort of velvet-gloved tyranny they seek to impose on everyone else. But today’s column is a doozy. Observe: A look through the enemy’s eyes, Part II It ties in neatly with another piece I read this morning from the esteemed Daniel […]
  • Financial Stupidity - This article just begged for a commentary: Scraping By On $500,000 A Year: Why It’s So Hard For High Income Earners To Escape The Rat Race. Bask in the glorious title of this piece, and distill it down to its essentials: how to earn half a million a year and still be broke. Now, the author […]
  • New PC Build - Browsing around Liberty’s Torch, as I often do, I am reminded of something in my own life. Francis discusses those who don’t look very far and those who do. And he references Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Oddly enough, this is a book I’ve never read, something I ought to rectify one of these days. My […]
  • Competitive Morality Explained - In one of the shares on Facebook, I discovered this little gem: This is a great refutation of the idea that the person holding the gun to someone’s head, and demanding that the wealth be redistributed from one person to another, is somehow morally superior to everyone else. Charity is something that most people realize […]
  • Competitive Morality - Virtue signalling is a topic that both fascinates and horrifies. We all know how this game is played by now, and if for some reason any of my readers do not, let me assure you that you won’t remain in the dark for long. Moral trumpeters are legion. For them, it is an arcane ritual, […]
  • Tyranny from the Bench - Francis at Liberty’s Torch provides us with some illumination: The Anarcho-Tyranny Chronicles. Judicial Tyranny is, of course, nothing new. The courts have long found excuses to rule on things which the Constitution grants them no power over. The most recent, of course, being gay marriage. Now, wherever you stand on the matter of gays getting married, it […]
  • Interesting Material on Byzantium & Persia - Occasionally, I go through the stats in WordPress to see who is backlinking The Declination. Doing so can be pretty eye opening. I’ve found more than a few detractors this way, and some very amusing social justice warriors. But I’ve also discovered fascinating intellectual material this way. In the course of perusing my backlinks, I discovered […]
  • Erdogan Strikes Again - Naturally, as one with Armenian family members, Turkey is not exactly high on my list of favorite countries in the world. But Erdogan has managed to lower my opinion of Turkey even further. Now he has the unmitigated gall to call the Dutch Nazis. There’s a bit of pot, kettle, black irony in this, as Turkey […]
  • Technology Post: AMD Ryzen Launch - Occasionally, I feel the need to discuss technology, as my day business does depend on it. Actually, my DJing does also, to some extent. But still, I really abuse computers with my work, everything from running local virtual machines for development, to Photoshop, video editing in After Effects, and 3D Rendering. Then, of course, I still game […]
  • Marxism: the Bug Wearing an Edgar Suit - In the movie Men In Black, there’s a scene where an abusive farmer gets killed by the villain, some kind of giant alien cockroach. The alien then possesses his body and walks around in comic fashion, like some kind of rotting zombie. The farmer’s wife exclaims “like an Edgar suit.” Social Justice Marxists operate in the […]
  • Women’s Day Lunacy - Just a quickie for today. Over at Sarah’s place, I read this little gem: Look, it’s not my fault.  I was bit by International Socialism as a child and it’s the sort of thing that causes an allergy for life.  Oh, yeah, and International ANYTHING day is a socialist thing, because they never fully realized […]
  • Food, Virtue Signalling, and Narcissistic Supply Part II - A few days ago, the media attacked Donald Trump for his habit of ordering well done steaks. Naturally, I had a lot to say on the topic, as snobbery of any form grates on the nerves. Little did I realize that Nicholas Nassim Taleb was going down a similar road at more or less the […]
  • Fear of the Stranger - Sarah Hoyt wrote an excellent piece this morning describing the Leftist view of racism as, in essence, fear of the stranger. Fear of the stranger contains a strongly rational component, in that, as she puts it: In pre-human times, with many bands and tribelets living close enough for kids to stray, the name for a […]
  • Monday Morning Miscellany - Some quick tidbits for today. First of all, check out Tom Kratman’s column: If It’s OK to “Punch a Nazi,” Can It Be Wrong to Hospitalize a Stalinist? He makes some excellent points, but this may be the most important part: And that’s really the important crime on offer. It’s not damaging property that really counts, here; […]
  • Tom Nichols and the Public’s View of Science - Tom Nichols is one of those individuals who straddles the line between elitism and sense. At times, he acts intelligently and contributes valuable insight into current affairs. At other times, he demonstrates a certain elitism, a sort of smugness little different from the Jon Stewart liberals, a sort of technocratic disdain for the layman, or, […]
  • Food, Virtue Signalling, and Narcissistic Supply - Recently, there has been some foofarah over the President’s food preferences. Namely, he likes his steaks well done and slathered in ketchup. The horror! The utter, unmitigated gall of a man to order food the way he likes it! You know, it’s funny. My father still orders his steaks well done, and I’ve never quite […]
  • Stones are Hard, Water is Wet. Truisms are True. - This quotation from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is a frequent citation on The Declination, for very good reasons: The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual […]
  • Science – Pop Culture’s New Trendy Religion - Francis wrote a great post this morning: Scientism, the One True Faith. Consider it required reading. For a long time, I have maintained that science, as popular culture understands the term, is no longer tied the scientific method. It has become a euphemism for all knowledge, and so has lost the specificity that made the […]
  • Guest Post at The Liberty Zone - I’ve another guest post over at Nicki’s place. It’s pretty ranty. I got into detail about what you can do when an SJW decides to call you a racist/sexist/homophobe/whatever. As I mentioned previously, you don’t defend yourself from the accusation, because accusation + wrong politics = guilt in the mind of SJWs. You won’t change […]
  • Media is Now Part of the Government - In a de facto sense, mainstream media and government have merged into a singular entity. They have become both the fourth branch and the fifth column, selling America on Marxism from within. They are the enemy. And it’s not just the latest character assassination that shows this, it’s the media themselves. They admit their role is […]
  • The Media Strikes Back: Milo, Lies, and Videotape - Yesterday, I spent a lot of time discussing the matter of Milo’s supposed support of pedophilia, with both detractors and supporters. I am prepared to take my position on the matter. The fact is, you have to stand up for what you believe to be right and not let fear give your enemy power over […]
  • The Press is the Enemy - Love or hate Donald Trump, one of the reasons he managed to win the election was that he spoke a truth we’ve all known for quite some time now, but which few others were willing to say openly: the press is the enemy of the American people. It’s a sad state of affairs, and indicative of […]
  • RadFems, Cenobites, and the Lament Configuration - Folks, this post is going to be a doozy. It’s been rattling around in my brain for a very long time, and I finally feel that the time is right to post it. For this, I will blame the esteemed Tom Kratman, who accidentally reminded me of it in a conversation earlier. It’s going to […]
  • #ADayWithoutImmigrants - It’s the latest thing. It’s another sponsored hashtag pushed by social media platforms, elegantly scripted and carefully nurtured by celebs and stars. I’m sure we’ll see a TV commercial soon, just like that 84 Lumber ad during the Super Bowl. Except these people are grasping at straws. They act like this is about legal immigration, but […]
  • America is Fracturing Fast - The election of Donald Trump brought light upon a phenomenon that has been growing for as long as I’ve been alive. Americans are split, and the rift between them continues to widen. With Trump, however, it has become impossible to hide this fact. During the Bush years, we still pretended that Liberals and Conservatives shared […]
  • How Do You Know He is a Nazi? - This is great: Here, an SJW assumes that because a man has a shaved head, he is a skinhead neo-Nazi. It turns out that the man in question has a medical condition as a result of military service that basically caused a lot of his hair to fall off in uneven patches. So he shaved […]
  • Will the Wall Work? - Progressives are quite desperate to stop the Wall, most likely because they suspect it might actually work. Here is a video from the election period, wherein we are lectured by a smarmy Progressive on how stupid the plebs are for believing a wall could work: Some of the claims here are quick to dismiss or explain. […]
  • Ideological Subversion - Many of my readers have already seen Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov’s videos on ideological subversion, but on the off chance some of you have not, take a gander at this: The stereotype of the KGB was that of a spy agency, a sort of spook counterpart to the CIA. But in reality, their primary weapon […]
  • Keith Olbermann Plays on Your Sympathies - Here’s another blatant case of Weaponized Empathy: Keith brings up the case of Fatemeh, an infant who needed open heart surgery. Like most cases of Weaponized Empathy, the story is a sad one, and it plays on the heartstrings. To be fair, the circumstance surrounding the case, if Keith’s presentation of the facts is true, […]
  • Weaponized Empathy – Coming Soon to an Illegal Alien Near You - With the fight surrounding Trump’s 90-day travel ban from certain Muslim countries in full swing, public attention is, for the moment, rather distracted. But from the #NoBanNoWall hashtag, we can infer that the Left hasn’t forgotten about the illegal immigration invasion, and can be expected to mobilize its full resources in defense of the practice. […]
  • Don’t Trust Government “Science” - Francis enlightens us as to just why you can’t trust the government’s line on climate change, and a host of other ostensibly scientific issues. For a long time, I’ve questioned the very scientific basis of man-made climate change. Science is a method, a very specific method at that, not some buzzword that describes the entire […]
  • Canada May Want to Rethink Refugee Policy - Spotted on Drudge this morning: Refugees Self-Deport… to Canada. This shouldn’t come as much of a shock, although the numbers reported in the article are very small at the moment. Of course, the shock is inflated with the headline: “Worried about Trump, asylum seekers walk cold road to Canada.” Manitoba’s Welcome Place refugee agency helped […]
  • Super Bowl 2017: White Privilege Strikes Back - Well, Super Bowl LI was definitely a lot more entertaining than anyone could have imagined. Such a comeback would probably be deemed too unrealistic even for Hollywood, had it not actually happened. But the salt that flowed after the Patriots managed their epic comeback was the real story. Observe: Identity politics has crawled into nearly everything […]
  • About Merkur - So if you’ve been paying attention to my recent posts on Weaponized Empathy, you may have noticed this guy Merkur, who has a very irritating debate style. The essence of it is that I am biased, and isn’t it interesting that I post things that confirm my bias? Maybe I ought to go read some […]
  • What Passes for NYT Opinion Journalism These Days - Not to say I have particularly high expectations of objectivity from a New York Times opinion piece, but this worthless dreck could have been penned by a high school kid on an acid trip, and still made more sense: Free Melania – From Our Expectations It’s been a while since I’ve had a good fisk, so […]
  • More Examples of Weaponized Empathy - I didn’t realize how quickly the term “Weaponized Empathy” would spread. But I’ve been seeing it pop up all over the Conservative Right the last few days. So in that light, here are a few other examples: Oh, Okay: Man Who Claimed Mother Died In Iraq Due To Travel Ban Lied Here we have a […]
  • How to Defeat Weaponized Empathy - I’ve spoken at great length on the matter of Weaponized Empathy. It is the primary weapon of the modern Left. Indeed, it so completely dominates their tactical thinking that everything else in their arsenal pales in comparison. Defeating this weapon ought to be the foremost on the mind of any opponent of the Progressive Left. […]
  • Rage Against the Dying of the Left - Chernobyl has nothing on the meltdown of the Left. Their collapse has been swift and dramatic, even as their fruitless rage grows greater. Donald Trump must be doing something right to have inspired such emotional temper tantrums among the defeated. Their chants sound like cultists worshiping a Golden Calf. “He will not divide us,” they […]
  • Guest Post at The Liberty Zone - I’ve been invited to do a guest post at The Liberty Zone, for my friend Nicki Kenyon. Give it a read. The usual ranty language warnings apply, of course. Hypocrisy, Doublethink, and Trashcan Fires Comment there. Related Content Idiot of the Day: This Guy Politics as a Triangle, Not a Line Quick Update
  • For Great Triggering - Here is a selection of inauguration All Your Base highlights. From Tom Kratman at EveryJoe: If I didn’t make it clear enough eleven days ago, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign begins now. Moreover, the SJWs, the special snowflakes, the thumb suckers of collegiate campuses, and the legion of the perpetually outraged are all going to help […]
  • Trump: All Your Base Are Belong to Us - Without further ado, here it is: And here is the Imgur gallery: ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US This morning The Declination was subject to a DDoS attack, I think. It’s hard to tell, but the server was very unresponsive. So if it goes down again later, that’s probably why. I have no idea if the […]
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us - So, my readers may have been wondering where I went, and why my posts have been infrequent as of late. Well, I’ve been working on something big. With Trump’s inauguration coming, we know insanity is coming. The mass of triggered SJWs is reaching cosmic proportions, their exhortations increasingly desperate, their denial mode giving way to hatred […]
  • Implicit Bias: A Fool’s Errand - I posted this in reply to a woman’s assertion that everybody is a racist because everybody is biased. But, of course, she naturally claimed she had less bias, and was a good Progressive, and thus excused herself as less racist than evil Trump voters: She sees a technicality as a greater truth. Technically speaking, everyone is biased because they […]
  • Do You Want to be Right, or True? - It is New Years Day, and in the tradition of the New Years Resolution, I thought it prudent to do a little self-reflection: You know, the older I get, the less I care about being right. I remember when being right was everything. You wanted to win every debate, to brutalize your opponents in any […]
  • Technocrats and the Worship of Intelligence - Consider this post to be something of an expansion on the concept of the Brahmandarins. Technocracy is one of those things which sounds perfectly good on the surface, but can lead to absolute tyranny in short order. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, technocracy is, in essence, rule by technical elites. For instance, […]
  • Farewell to Thomas Sowell - So I’ve been out awhile for the holidays. Upon returning, I learned that Thomas Sowell is finally retiring, at the ripe age of 86. I had this to say elsewhere: Thomas Sowell is retiring, and it’s something of a sad day. He’s 86, now, and he’s had a good run. We can’t ask anything more […]
  • The Brahmandarins - A friend of mine has posted a penetrating analysis of the clerisy and the political class of America on Facebook. In it, he coins the portmanteau “Brahmandarin” to describe these cretins, and their sort of hybrid Mandarin and Brahmin nature. They have the permanent bureaucratic nature of the Mandarins, with a large infusion of Brahmin nepotism […]
  • Humanity at the Margins - At the top of my list for inspirational science fiction, you will find Frank Herbert’s magnum opus, Dune. On the surface, it is a story of loss and revenge set in a feudal-futurist, almost anti-cyberpunk setting. It’s an interesting concept, but not, perhaps, worth the acclaim it receives. But underneath is a deeper story about human […]
  • The Politics of Envy - Francis enlightens us to the driving force behind modern politics, in America and around the globe. The money quote: In a society in which some will prosper more than others, uncontrolled envy is the stimulus for unending conflict. A society that accepts rampant envy as somehow justifiable (or at least, ineradicable) will be lucky indeed […]
  • Hitler is a Cliche - Good old fashioned rant time: You know folks, I miss the days when there were other evil caricatures. More than just Adolf Hitler. You could call somebody Joseph Stalin, or Satan’s spawn, or the bastard child of Darth Vader and Jeffrey Dahmer. I mean, the sky was the limit, you know? You could be a […]
  • Virtue Signalling: Game Theory’s Cheat Code - So I have returned from my short little vacation, a free trip to Las Vegas, gambling mecca extraordinaire. Of course, I’m not inclined to gamble, because the house always wins in the end. But we had a great time going to some shows, meeting some old friends, and enjoying the break from work. Nonetheless, the […]
  • Some Time Off - I’m out with the wife on a short 4-day vacation, and I fully intend to avoid politics for those 4 days. I gave my word… so I must. But before I head out, here are a few noteworthy items. First, Kurt Schlichter has penned a great piece around the goings on this November. At this rate, […]
  • A “Shooter” at OSU, Little Green Fuckheads, and Other Assorted Prog Idiocy from Today - Yeah, the title is long. The post will be mercifully short. So here’s a sampling of Progressive stupidity in no particular order. First, in Canada, a female MP from Alberta takes issue with the loss of jobs in her province, and delivers a speech that contains the word “fart” in it. Another MP, with the […]
  • Castro’s Death and the Love of the Elite - So around 2 o’clock in the morning, on November 26th, we got the call from my father-in-law. Fidel Castro was dead, squatting over the coals in Hell. Most often, the Christian man would wish for someone to achieve a measure of repentance and forgiveness from the Lord as his life comes to an end. I, on […]
  • The Advantage of Being Christian - I was musing this morning over what being Christian means to me, and why I would choose this system of belief over all the others available to me. There is a certain intellectual consistency that underlies Christianity, the notion that mankind is a flawed creature, a product of his own choices, many of them bad. […]
  • Video Series Coming - I have a lot of work to do to make this ready for real consumption… but I am beginning here: Related Content The Police State – Now at Your Local Hotel Civilized Behavior and The Police On Ron Paul & Libertarianism
  • Idiot of the Day: This Guy - Straight to my desk from the “you can’t make shit like this up” department, here it is, the dumbest thing you will read all day. Congratulations to the author for being the least intelligent human being since Neville Chamberlain made peace with Adolf Hitler. Related Content Reductio ad Hitlerum Why Everybody is a Nazi Guest Post […]
  • SJWs & Marxists: Intellectual Posers - If you’ve ever seen the movie Office Space, you may remember the restaurant Jennifer Aniston’s character worked at. The manager constantly harped on her for not wearing enough “flair”, or little useless pins attached to her uniform, saying the restaurant was about fun. It reminded me right away of every chain restaurant I’ve ever been to. […]
  • Speaking Leftish - I don’t think I even speak the same language as the Left anymore. We all say the same words, mind you, but the meanings are different, even opposite. Often times, trying to understand it gives me a headache. Up is down, war is peace, freedom is slavery. It’s Orwellian, true, but in a bizarrely emotional […]
  • I’m Surrounded By Idiots - You know, I’m starting to understand why all these people say of me “Dystopic, you’ve got an old soul.” I’ve never really gone in for such metaphysical claptrap, insofar as my love of fart jokes and sex humor is proof that, whatever I soul I may or may not possess, it is not terribly mature. […]
  • Progressives: You are the Establishment. - But not for much longer… Dear reader, I want you to think back to the last time you heard a major celebrity step onto a stage and utter a truly Conservative thing. No, not some moderate call for unity, or some out-of-left-field weird position, but something that really made you think “wow, this guy is […]
  • A Leftist Who Gets It - Here is a Leftist who is at least self-aware, and understands why Hillary Clinton lost the election: I probably don’t agree with this man on very much, but he’s right about this… and if the Left had more people like him, willing to speak truth and debate issues instead of call everyone a racist, maybe […]
  • Trump: The Hail Mary Pass That Connected - I’ve had time to collect my thoughts from the election results, and the riots and protests that came after. You’ll note, of course, that I predicted the latter sometime ago, in the event of a Trump victory. Of course, you don’t have to be Nostradamus to figure that out, these days. It’s almost as if […]
  • Trump and the Working Class Middle Finger - I have much to say on this later, but for now I have some quick thoughts: First, rural white working class folks have been the butt of every joke for 30 years. The media calls them racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted, etc… They are a basket of deplorables. Shit humans beings, they’d say, or not even […]
  • Music for the Chaos - So, despite my career as a DJ, or perhaps because of it, I have developed eclectic taste in music. When I am angry, and not in the temporary, transitory sense, but rather the deep-rooted and near-permanent fashion, I prefer to listen to very calming music. I can be very explosive and temperamental when temporarily irritated, but […]
  • America: 476 AD - Centuries ago, Odoacer deposed a puppet emperor and his father, Orestes. It was nothing new, that being the accepted practice in the West Roman Empire. Odoacer claimed to be a loyal viceroy of Julius Nepos, an emperor deposed a year before, still maintaining himself in Dalmatia, one of the few remaining provinces of the West. […]
  • Vote… But Vote Wisely - My readers know where I stand at this point. I’ve made my case as well as I can make it. In case you don’t read my updates tomorrow, and I’m sure they will be entertaining no matter how the election swings, here is a reminder of the facts on the ground. Hillary is the end […]
  • The Unpredictability of Tuesday, November the 8th - I’ve never seen an election like this… Back in 2012, I knew Romney would lose. His path to victory was narrow, and I could sense that Florida was going to go for Obama. There were Obama bumper stickers everywhere, and people talking about what a great guy he was (“he speaks so well,” they’d say). […]
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the United States of America - Roughly contemporaneously with the establishment of our once-proud Republic, Edward Gibbon penned his magnum opus, a grand work that occupied much of his life. Much of that voluminous affair was crude and ineffectual from our modern standpoint. Yet he will forever remain the first to make that grand attempt to discover the underlying reasons why […]
  • Ace of Spades Tells It Like It Is - I have another post brewing later today… but for now, read this epic Twitter rant from Ace of Spades: https://storify.com/trueholygoat/ace-of-spades-on-media The thing that is most worrisome and poignant here is a reply someone posted with an archived screenshot from 2014. Observe: This reads exactly like Orwell’s Animal Farm. All animals are equal, but some animals […]
  • Election 2016 – The Final Sprint - So it’s time for a day-by-day breakdown of how things are going in the clusterfuck of an election. All along I’ve distrusted the polling data, because it conflicts so obviously with what I’ve actually seen. But at the same time, the polls are tracking something even if they have, in my opinion, underestimated the Trump Closet. […]
  • Who Will Win? - One thing is clear to me, and it’s more or less the only thing with such clarity, we’re approaching a strange sort of historical nexus point. I wonder if this is how folks in Europe felt in the days leading up to the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. It’s not just in America, for Brexit […]
  • Grab ‘Em By The Virtue Signal - There are a lot of things wrong with this year’s election, but one thing stands out to me for its farcical doublethink, for its blatant cognitive dissonance. And that is this notion that women are simultaneously beautiful, fragile beings who deserve constant protection by white knights… and that women are strong, empowered, and should be […]
  • Chinese Quality Control is a Plague Upon Mankind - Quality just isn’t a major priority anymore. Part of this, of course, is due to the rampant outsourcing, and the attendant difficulties that brings into play. You have one group of people designing a product, and another group from an entirely different country, language, culture, skill set and education level tasked to build it in […]
  • Our Future - The thing is, this satirical short film is all too prophetic. This is where we’re heading, and it won’t take much longer to get there at our current pace. Related Content Constructing the Decline Candlelight Progressive Magic… Again Musings on a Declining Empire
  • Life as a White Guy - As the election tightens up and things go off the rails, I realized that it’s time for a rant. SJWs and other assorted Progressives often talk about their feelings. They feel that some people do not approve of them and all of their behaviors, and so will say that we are bigots, or hateful, or […]
  • Attending a Trump Rally – What Is It Like? - So I attended a Trump rally yesterday. First, let me assure my readers that this isn’t a reversal on my Trump-as-lesser-evil position. I continue to maintain that Trump is not a positive so much as Hillary is a negative. However, I was curious to see what kind of people are supporting this man, and why […]
  • Are the Polls Lying About Trump? - So as a fair warning, most of this post is anecdotal. It’s all true, mind you, but it’s also based mostly on my personal experience. So please don’t take it as Gospel. The media is telling us that Trump has no chance of defeating Hillary. FiveThirtyEight puts him at about a 13% chance of victory. […]
  • Hillary Clinton, Queen of Liars - A good video, posted with no further comment.   Related Content Video Series Coming The New America: Thuggery and Hate Puppy Kickers from The Establishment
  • Hell Racer - Hell Racer A Short Story   “That’s a fine automobile you got there.” The voice startled John, and nearly caused him to drop his beer. The liquid sloshed around in his old plastic Solo cup, and a few droplets splashed on his shirt. He looked up to see a tall, white-haired man with the sort […]
  • Time for Stupidity - This election year has been Hell. The mudslinging, the hate, the divide… it’s grown to monumental proportions. But what is truly shocking is the level of outright stupidity pandered by the media. We’ve long known that the media was in the tank for the Democrats. That much was obvious to anyone right-of-center who possessed one […]
  • Take One Look - Why on Earth would anyone vote for this elitist, spiteful, hateful creature masquerading as human? Hillary is evil. Trump is not a paragon of proper behavior and conservatism himself, but Hillary is something else… Take a look at her expression in this screencap. Related Content Who Will Win? Attending a Trump Rally – What Is […]
  • Fisk of the Day: Our Toxic Whiteness - As we approach peak Social Justice convergence, things are becoming increasingly more bizarre. America is going collectively insane, and insanely collective. At the forefront of this is a notion that white people need to hate themselves, and work as hard as they can against their own interests. This goes by various names, like “decolonization”, which […]
  • Self Censorship and the Road to Tyranny - Francis posted something very thoughtful today. The story he links to I’ve read before, and I also recall a Twilight Zone episode that was similar (I’m not sure if they were explicitly related, or if it was coincidence). But it goes back to a subject that’s been on my mind for a very long time […]
  • The Enduring Myth of Christian Hatred of Science - This morning a friend of mine posted this meme:   This is the enduring fallacy of our age. Christianity has a myriad of problems (not the ones the media commonly tars it with, however), and the hostility between certain branches of it and modern anti-theist scientists is well documented today. But historically it was very […]
  • SJWs: Deconstructing Everything Until Nothing Remains - One of the amusing things I’ve noticed about Social Justice is that they frequently accuse regular folks of cultural appropriation and sort of skimming the surface of other cultures, picking and choosing what we want and dispensing with the rest. And yet, they engage in this very same behavior themselves. Observe: Atheist pastor sparks debate by […]
  • Required Reading - I had a whole essay planned for this morning, for it’s been one of those kind of weeks. And yet I read such an important piece over at Liberty’s Torch, penned by the intellectually mighty Francis Porretto, that I cannot. Rather, I can only advise you to go read his post and give to you […]
  • An Open Letter To Donald Trump… You Need To Study - After this debate… I got very angry. You lost. I’m going to put that out there, and be 100% honest. You got your ass handed to you. Oh, early on you had some good zingers. The first quarter, so to speak, saw you score with such notables as “so if it’s not your fault, is it Obama’s fault?” Good. […]
  • Victimhood as Prestige - Back in preschool daycare, there was a phenomenon I remember which most folks can probably relate to. Tattling was a tactical move which could either confer status upon you, or take it away. Deep down, nobody liked a tattletale, but kids often feared him and pretended to like him when the teachers were around, so […]
  • Progressive Spew at the Sandwich Shop - Just a quickie for today. I’m really working too much these days. I’ve been taking on too much business, and all of my other pursuits have suffered for it. But since the economy is still shaky, and nobody can predict what effects the election will bring upon it, I err on the side of making […]
  • Political Liquidity & Rent Seeking - So, in the tradition of Anti-Think, Weaponized Empathy, and Progressive Magic, I have another useful term for you: Political Liquidity. Wherever you may stand on this bizarre election, one thing must be acknowledged openly and honestly: Hillary Clinton is more powerful than Donald Trump. That doesn’t mean she will win, mind you, but with the media […]
  • Anti-Think and Safe Spaces - Earlier on Fecalbook, I encountered this little Buzzfeed turd: Texas LGBT Students Say They Don’t Feel Safe Now That People Can Carry Guns On Campus After shaking my head about it, I had to respond in some fashion. These people are stupid and cowardly, but in a bizarrely self-destructive way. They invert all priorities. If […]
  • Do Conservatives Hate Helping People? - So a long time ago, in a universe far, far away… I was in High School. Okay, 20 years ago. But whatever. I remember sitting in Spanish class while the teacher yapped to the administrators about some such thing, during which the class predictably descended into chaos. Theoretically, we were supposed to be discussing certain words […]
  • Hillary, Corruption, and Organized Crime - It’s been awhile since I last posted, for things have been very busy for me of late. It is mostly good, mind you, for I have completed a lot of work and obtained more clients. I have no cause for complaint. But a lot has been on my mind also. In a conversation with one […]
  • Getting Caught Up - So I’ve been semi-absent for the last week or so, and for that I must beg your pardon. I have, in recent weeks, picked up a relatively large body of work (I’ve been doing very well this year, but ‘very well’ also means ‘very busy’), and am also handling some more personal matters. Unfortunately, this […]
  • Khan, False Equivalency, and Other Liberal Bullshit - Yes, I know, the idiocy of the Left ought not to surprise me so much. But occasionally even I am taken aback by the reality-defying notions they manage to dredge up out of their anal cavities. Remember, one paragon of Leftist Social Justice stupidity thought reality itself was racist, and that it was bad enough to […]
  • Trump Over Hillary - Tom Kratman is not exactly a subtle man, at least not when he’s speaking politics, anyway. And he knocks one out of the park here: Trumping Hillary. The one liner that ought to stick in your memory is this little tidbit: Our choice is Hillary or Trump or a hopeless third party candidate, presumably Johnson and Stein. […]
  • The Religious War Has Begun - There was a scene in Tom Kratman’s Caliphate book where a priest was crucified, and speaks to a young boy, telling him to take up the crucifix on the ground. He speaks the words “Deus Vult,” which I am sure most of my readers understand well enough. The implication was, of course, that the boy, […]
  • The Overton Window Skews Left - I’ve come to realize that my personal Overton Window is much larger than most folks I come across. I can entertain and even understand ideas that are very different than my own. I loathe the term “open-minded” because that term has been twisted by the Left in recent years, but it also fails to fully […]
  • Constitutional Government Is Not Coming - Much hoopla has been made over the RNC and Ted Cruz’s speech, wherein he withheld endorsement of Donald Trump. But, in truth, I was more surprised that he bothered to speak at all. Look, the truth of the matter is that the limited government mentality that many Conservatives subscribe to doesn’t exist, not even within […]
  • Terror, Coups, and Black Lives Matter - Well, I picked an interesting time to step away from blogging and get some work done… We had three major events occur in quick succession. First off, an Islamic terrorist did something I had been warning people about for years: he used a truck to bowl over as many people as he possibly could. I […]
  • Idiot of the Week: Reality is Racist - Rant warning. This is going to be bad. You’ve been warned. You know, I see a lot of stupid shit on the Internet. I consider it a service to scour the bottom of the intellectual barrel in search of prime examples of Social Justice idiocy. And so I have a relatively high tolerance for stupidity, […]
  • My Thoughts on the Dallas Shootings - I’ve always been the sort to have very mixed feelings about police officers. On the one hand, I am no great friend of big government. Traffic stops for fund raising, not safety, are a fact of life for most of us. Yes, terrible, going 65 in a 55. Why, everyone’s life was at risk, right? […]
  • Tolerance vs. Approval: Homosexuality and Christianity - As the political Left grows ever more bold, a great lie has made itself felt in political discourse: approval has been conflated with tolerance. And, correspondingly, disapproval has been confused with intolerance. Unless you give your wholehearted approval, your undiluted dedication, to the Cause of the Moment, you are labeled intolerant. No evidence is sufficient […]
  • Politicians Are Not Great - People say “vote for this guy” or “support this other person.” They extol a long list of imaginary virtues of each politician, attributing great things to them. Photographers come, and capture that signature moment with the prospective leader staring vaguely into the future, as if they were prophets of old, looking to a brighter day. […]
  • Populism vs. Elitism: Trump and Hillary - Elitism is ancient, as old as mankind itself. Always there are those who claim greater wisdom and understanding, and naturally, they say, it is best for power to rest with them. This is a thing not entirely without merit, for no nation would long suffer the reign of fools. Yet the bargain for power requires […]
  • Reductio ad Hitlerum - I tire of this “Trump sounds like Hitler” garbage. And that’s what it is, garbage. Hitler started a world war and committed genocide. Hitler hated Jews, and other various ethnic groups. Hitler ran a quasi-Socialist state, whereby private companies only had nominal control. He militarized the state and intentionally placed it on a war footing, […]
  • Tidbits and Errata - As we come up on Independence day, I have a few pearls of wisdom, errata, and other tidbits. First, the esteemed Col. Kratman has written a number of articles on the character and nature of those who serve. They are worth reading. Great Enlisted Men – Ferocity Great Enlisted Men – Determination My readers are […]
  • Denizens of Middle-Earth Speak in Support of Hillary: - Well, it seems as if Hillary Clinton has won some campaign support from the most unlikely of places: Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, where the forces of Sauron, long oppressed by the so-called “free” peoples, have made common cause with the Witch-Queen of New York. Sauron could not be reached for comment, but his emissary, the Mouth of […]
  • Ideologues and the Reality Hole - Historically, I’ve described myself variously as a Conservative, a Libertarian, a Right-winger, and a number of other such titles. However, these are merely intellectual shortcuts, so that someone who does not know me can make some basic judgments about my viewpoints. Truth be told, each issue is considered independent of the ideological spectrum. It is […]
  • #2A: Die Trying. - Dystopic: KodeTen is back, folks. And his piece below is very important – the Second Amendment is the cornerstone of this country. It’s not often I weigh in on the gun debate. Trying to engage in thoughtful conversation with someone vomiting “common sense gun control” is an exercise in… well; But after California, and now […]
  • Tom Nichols: Trust The Experts - I had to think long and hard about tackling this particular subject, because Tom Nichols is a smart man and I often agree with what he has to say. Even in this, there are some points of agreement. I’ve long noted the dumbing down of America, most poignantly demonstrated in the under-appreciated film Idiocracy. When Tom speaks […]
  • SJWs Love to Attack Your Income - I’ve spoken at length previous about why it is important to eliminate debt, and cultivate multiple sources of income. The most common and effective tactic in the SJW arsenal is to attack your income. They have tried it with me, though the perpetrator of that attack has since moved on to other targets, it would […]
  • An Open Letter to Gays and Trans Folks - As someone who exists somewhere on the Right-wing spectrum, I am often asked how I could be so homophobic, or hateful to trans folks. SJWs and other radical Leftists think that to be Right-wing means you hate (in no particular order) women, non-whites, gay people, trans people, poor people, and pretty much everyone on the […]
  • What is Treason? - Francis, over at Libery’s Torch, touches upon a very important topic in America, that frequently gets overlooked: treason. I will allow him to explain for us: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. [Constitution of the United States, Article […]
  • What is Privilege Really? - There is not much I can add to this magnificent post over at Sarah’s place. I’ve spoken with the author of it, Sanford Begley, on occasion. And so, for me, there is an extra layer of authenticity to this: I am privileged. This is true, but not in the way the left thinks. The other […]
  • The Neo-Alexandrian World - A quickie for today. A friend of mine writes the following at Cult State: Importing massive amounts of cheaper immigrants, especially in export-heavy nations like Sweden and Germany, is a conceit that Europe must now follow the American/Ford model of labor arbitrage: Import labor to do that which is too complex to outsource, and then […]
  • The Problem isn’t the Deity. The Problem is the Priests. - Many years ago, I wrote a short story about the fading of the rational world, and its replacement with the mystical. It wasn’t very well written, and to some extent I still think I am lousy at writing fiction. But the premise was a fascinating one. I would like to revisit it someday. Anyway, the concept was […]
  • Islamic Terrorism: Too Close To Home This Time - Ronald Reagan once explained the difference between a recession and a depression thusly: “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.” I take a similar view of the war against Islamic terror. Terrorism is when you hear on the news that somebody […]
  • Part of America Has Chosen… Poorly - Well, the Hillary campaign is most assuredly lying about her primary campaign. She declares victory because she has gone over the require delegate count by the blatant favoritism of her own party, but this is only made possible by the super-delegate practice of the party itself. After all a political party ostensibly named for the […]
  • Feminist Fiction: Vapid and Empty - This business with the X-Men billboard proves that the Sad Puppies are right. What does a comic book movie have to do with a movement in Science Fiction? Everything. You see, when the billboard featured a villain choking another character, you are seeing an important feature of any story: characters must face challenges. I mean, […]
  • Germany, Turkey, and a Genocide: Identity Politics Gone Mad - Recently, Germany’s MPs decided to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, a politically sensitive topic because of Turkey’s strategic position and NATO membership. Turkey, naturally, doesn’t want to admit it ever occurred. Indeed, they don’t want to admit other peoples ever lived in Turkey. It’s a combination of the usual behavior from the Islamic world combined with […]
  • Humor: Don’t Steal People’s Stuff - On a more lighthearted note, it can be pleasing to see someone get their just deserts. In this case, the only flaw is that the deliverer of righteous fury felt bad after the deed was done. I’d be celebrating. Observe: I work in an office with around 20 people and we all use the same […]
  • Feminism: Women Shouldn’t be Punished for Anything - Coming straight on the heels of yesterday’s post, wherein two lesbians tortured and killed a little boy (one of the lesbians was the boy’s mother) is this little gem from the Guardian telling us that all women’s prisons should be closed, and the inmates released. Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more […]
  • The Changing Face of Evil - Some things are so horrific, they are beyond my ability to contemplate rationally. My only reaction is visceral horror and a corresponding desire to erase the perpetrators from the face of the Earth. Here is one such event: Liam Fee’s mother Rachel and her partner Nyomi found GUILTY of his murder A mother murdered her […]
  • Destroying Childhood - Just a quickie for today… over at Sarah Hoyt’s place, William Lehman has written an excellent guest post about this “Captain America is a Nazi” business. The money quote: Further I see this as part of a grand conspiracy. Now, hold on, before you tell me my tin foil hat is too tight, I’m not […]
  • Progressive Leftism is the House - And you are the Gambler. Leftism has long been in control of media, education, and government. The last Conservative who had any real social clout was probably Ronald Reagan, and the best he could do was concede some domestic policies to the Left in exchange for his tax reforms and military buildup against the Soviets. […]
  • SJW Immunity - The other day, it occurred to me that I have finally become entirely immune to SJW attack. Oh, they can find out who I am and where I live easily enough. Some have already. But I am not concerned with attacks on my person anyway — I am well armed and capable of defending myself. […]
  • The ShirtStorm Social Experiment - Back in 2014, Matt Taylor was condemned by the media for wearing a shirt depicting scantily clad pinup girls with guns, cars, and helicopters during a press conference about his achievements surrounding the ESA’s Rosetta mission. The man landed a probe onto a comet, but had to deal with such accusations as “one small step […]
  • The Future is Stupid - Years ago, I saw the movie Timeline, itself an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name, and I was struck by one very profound insight in the otherwise atrocious film. Superior knowledge is not superior intelligence. Or put more appropriately: our predecessors were not morons. In the film (and, I presume, the book as […]
  • You Are Not Your Identity Politics - You will have to excuse me, as this is a sort of late night post of a thought I could not excise from brain. Identity politics has become a sort of catch-all for victimhood status, the sacred cow of SJWs around the world. Whatever your identities are, they comprise the whole of your person. Blacks […]
  • Rant of the Day: The Libertarian Party has a long way to go. - Usual rant warnings apply. So I went to the Libertarian Party website today… and it sucked. It was ugly, full of contradictory and downright outdated information, and was built like something out of the late 90s. There was a smattering of badly designed, overpriced merchandise, some articles from several months ago, and a list of […]
  • Trump and the Death of the GOP - It’s not every day you wake up and see the dissolution of a major American political party proceed apace. I’ve long suspected this moment was coming, though. Reading Matt Walsh today, you can feel the waves of butthurt coming from his anus. He is giving up the Republican party forever, it seems. On the other […]
  • Dreams Are Not Ad Agency Commercials - Youtube commercials are hilarious. They constantly go on about your “dreams” as if some marketer from a New York ad agency knows your “dreams” better than you do. “Finance your dream home.” Says one. “It’s time go get that dream car.” Says another. “You have a dream home, a dream family, but now you need […]
  • The Nature of Giving Offense - With Social Justice Warriors and other militant Progressives crying “I’m offended” with every second breath, the very nature of what constitutes an offense has become muddied. No doubt this is deliberate, as language pollution is a central goal of militant Marxism. Now we must ask where politeness ends and where censorship, even if de facto instead […]
  • Diogenes to Alexander: My View of Politicians - Just a quickie for today. Americans used to be deeply suspicious of their political leaders. Nobody trusted them. They were the butt of jokes. They were literal piss pots (somebody back then figured out that bed pans with political leaders painted on them sold well). Americans were like Diogenes to Alexander: “get out of my […]
  • SJWs Want to Train Whites Like Monkeys – Totally Not Racist - I’ve been overdue for a good fisking of SJW racism bullshit, so here we are. The usual language warnings apply. If I offend you, now’s probably a good time to leave. Yada yada, don’t sue me because I hurt your feelings, etc… Now look at the title of this one and tell me the author isn’t […]
  • Appearances vs. Substance or Admitting That You Don’t Know - I’ve been blessed in one respect, whether by God, blind luck, or some kind of subconscious effort I’m just not aware of. Despite my usual anti-Progressive vitriol, the vulgarities, the rants, and the endless prattling about topics most people find mundane, I actually get along with people. Surprising, isn’t it? Or, maybe my readers already figured […]
  • Puppy Kickers from The Establishment - Ever since the Great Schism in Science Fiction, as important and divisive in that community as the separation of the Catholic and Orthodox churches in 1054, I’ve watched with incredulity as the Leftist Puppy Kickers have bandied about the most gross of accusations against the Sad Puppies. Tad Williams compares Right-wingers to Nazis. GRRM spews his […]
  • Not All Muslims: A Message to Progressives - Dear Progressives, There was a debate some time ago in which I expressed a commonly-understood truth, that terrorism today is more likely to come from an Islamic source than, say, a Christian source, or a Jewish source. My Progressive opponent proceeded to use the “not all Muslims” defense, and accuse me of bigotry for assuming […]
  • Progressive Magic Part II: Trump, Vox Day, and Nazi Demons - Previously, I discussed how Progressives believe in magic. This is not entirely a new concept. Tom Kratman mentioned it earlier, but it wasn’t until I started seeing all the childish, ineffective, kumbaya-like behavior from people in Brussels that it all came together for me. However, the previous post targeted positive magic. Progressives would hug each other, […]
  • Play Your Own Game - I was perusing my usual haunts this afternoon, and came across some helpful advice. Mike Cernovich explains for us: You’re not going to out Trump Trump. Trump gets the alpha male pass for vulgar jokes and other crude comments. It’s a law of nature. Just as handsome older women like Megyn Kelly get unearned news anchor […]
  • Candlelight Vigils, Hearts on Sidewalks, and Other Progressive Magic - Virtue signalling is a form of Progressive magic, the thought that wasting time chanting and drawing chalk art on the driveway like a 3 year old will somehow banish the demons that afflict your society back to the Hellfires from whence they came. It is a belief in the supernatural sans God, that merely thinking something changes […]
  • Wealth is Political Arbitrage - A feel-good piece with a bit of virtue signalling tells us that the elitists and super-wealthy are starting to understand the common people, and sympathize with them. Those weird billionaires who are turning into Marxists Of course, this is all bullshit, and even the article admits they might have a self-serving motive. But the author […]
  • Trump is a Magnificent Bastard - My readers may have figured out that I have a strange view of Donald Trump, that I both loathe him with an intensity that is hard to put into words, and grudgingly admire his magnificent, bastardly traits, how he plays the game and manipulates the pieces on the board. I will endeavor to explain both […]
  • Deconstruction: SJW Intellectual Laziness - SJWs and other radical Leftists are incapable of building institutions, of creating, producing, or inventing anything. However, they are very adept at taking control of such things already built and then destroying them. The question is, why would anyone want to do that? Answer: deconstruction is intellectual laziness. There is a popular notion that demeaning […]
  • Why Modern Feminism is a Crock - Shoeonhead explains for us: Really, I don’t have anything to add to this. It pretty much sums it up. Related Content The Smoking Feminist and Her Gun Feminism Jumped the Shark… Again Women, Progress, and Automobiles in Space
  • The New America: Thuggery and Hate - So I think most of my readers are already familiar with the events at the Trump rally last night. A combination of Bernie Sanders supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters stormed the event, committed acts of violence, tore up signs, assaulted people, screamed at the top of their lungs, and shut down the rally. Nicki […]
  • Hillary Clinton or Cannibal Corpse: Easy Decision - This is actually a thing in my hometown of Tampa. Hillary Clinton on the same marquee as Cannibal Corpse. And what’s really funny… this place is a total dump, too. They call it The Ritz, but it smells like a camel’s ass. I’ve DJed next door and seen what goes on backstage. It’s not pretty. […]
  • Marketing is Vapid Nothingness - I read things like this and note that nowhere does the marketing campaign, the article, or the company itself talk about the taste of the beer, or how the beer is different from other beers. No. They talk only about “bringing people to the franchise” and “growing the brand awareness.” Marketing has divorced itself from […]
  • Music & Musings - Much of what I spin as a DJ is very eclectic Dark Trance and EBM. Most of my own work as a production artist is in a very similar style. It’s very broody, for lack of a better word. Some of my readers may be familiar with Covenant and Cruxshadows, both early EBM groups. But […]
  • Trump Needs to Read This - Yes, I’m late to this particular party. But Tom Kratman’s post to Donald Trump is something that he should definitely pay attention to. I’ve been in a strange position, personally, both disliking Donald Trump on a very deep level, and grudgingly accepting that I’d rather have him and a three-day old taco fart running the […]
  • Social Justice is a Form of White Supremacy - Today’s readings were very depressing in a bizarre sort of way. The entrenched self-loathing of white Social Justice Warriors would be pitiable if they weren’t such active enemies of freedom and sense. Here’s another bit of Leftist virtue signalling, wherein everyone is supposed to immediately agree with the premise, because it feels good and is blatantly […]
  • Marxism is Fatalism - I’ve spoken at length on the subject of Free Will before. And I’ve long suspected that, at its core, this is the chief difference between political worldviews. I am a Christian, a Conservative with Libertarian sympathies, and many other things that modern society has deemed evil and hateful. Yet I can find common cause with […]
  • I’ve Got Nothing - Just go read this gem over at Ace’s place. There are times I wake up in the morning, read my usual blogs, outlets, and pundits, and just think the Cold War ended the wrong way. I.e. we should have blown up the Earth. Today is one of those days. Ace dissects a real, as in […]
  • Bernie Sanders and White People - It has been making the rounds for awhile now, this notion of white privilege expanded upon by Bernie Sanders, no doubt at the urging of his BlackLivesMatter supporters: When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor. It’s fascinating and, […]
  • Pretending to be Something You’re Not - A woman I’ve known for some time is fond of making great declarations of intent which she’ll never follow through on. Once, she explained that she was going to go to medical school and become a plastic surgeon. “Lawrence,” she told me, “I’ll look you up when I’m living up the good life.” I’m not […]
  • The Flu Got Me - I’ve been MIA for awhile… flu season, I’m afraid. Fever and lack of sleep make for some… interesting writing, and not in a good sense. So I have refrained from posting any of it. It’s probably for the best. More to come. Related Content Tuesday Afternoon Errata Secularism and the End of Miracles Idiot of the […]
  • Leftist Rhetoric – So Easy a Child Can Do It - It’s fascinating how consistent Leftist rhetoric really is. I could not fathom how Progressives could repeat observably false arguments with such gusto. So some months ago I decided to try a thought experiment. What is arguing Leftist positions actually like? I wanted a deeper understanding of how these people operated. And the conclusions were fascinating. For this exercise, […]
  • Politics as a Triangle, Not a Line - Political ideologies and alignments tend to be thought of in two different manners. The first, and most simplistic is the Left-Right alignment. It is a simple line. There are only two sides, but it is possible to be anywhere on the spectrum between the two poles. In this paradigm, Fascism is regard as a Right-wing phenomenon. […]
  • Eliminate Psychological Vampires - Vox’s post at Alpha Game Plan, itself a reblogging of Mike Cernovich’s original, is very important. As you work to improve yourself, one thing that you will find is that the world can be divided into three groups of people. Those who are indifferent to you. This is the vast majority of people out there. […]
  • Privilege and Fairness: Progressive Delusions - Fairness is an illusion. Absolute equality is categorically impossible. It simply cannot be. Even if each human being was an identical clone of the other, each raised in a controlled environment, the universe would confer fortune upon some and misfortune upon others. Experiences would differ, even if only slightly. Each person would still be unique and thus the Progressive […]
  • More on Twitter’s Purges - My post yesterday on the end of Twitter was eerily prophetic. Not long after, Robert Stacy McCain was suspended. And the hashtag #FreeStacy was removed from autocomplete. Vox Day explains this for us. Twitter was attempting to steer the narrative in subtle ways, by removing specific hashtags from the autocomplete menu, and then furthermore instituting shadowbans. […]
  • The End of Twitter Has Come - SJWs are probably cheering with joy, jumping up and down that they have finally scored a victory in the Culture Wars. They have bent Twitter to their will, and had the likes of Anita Sarkeesian appointed as high and mighty Czars of political correctness. The Exodus has begun: He’s not the only one, though. The […]
  • I Just Don’t Understand Abortion - The older I become, the more abortion bothers me. I used to be vaguely pro-choice, though not terribly concerned about the matter. But the birth of my son really changed my view on it. Obama once said that he didn’t want his daughter “punished with a baby.” Why is a baby a punishment? Certainly, they […]
  • Serious Questions and Irregularities Surrounding Antonin Scalia’s Death - My friend William Turnbow has provided a thoroughly researched list of the questions and irregularities surrounding Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. I have reprinted it with his permission. Sources are provided at the end of this post. If you have any insight into any of the items on this list, please provide them in the […]
  • Trump is Antifragile - It occurred to me when speaking with a friend that most political pundits and folks in the blogosphere don’t understand Donald Trump. They don’t get why he is appealing to many, how he consistently resists attack, and how even the National Review’s pull-all-the-stops assault failed to even make a dent in his ratings. The reason is […]
  • Pull the Turkey Out of the Oven: Jeb Is Done - This is a quickie: No joke. Go to the http://www.jebbush.com. Jeb is done. His candidacy is over. He’s a done deal. Trump might be the world’s greatest troll. Related Content Genocide: At Least She Admits It Social Justice Insanity Hegel and SJW Morons
  • Everything Is Literally Hitler - A few points on this fine afternoon. The first is a post from my friend Nicki. The National Review decided to tar and feather Ted Nugent, metaphorically speaking, for some supposed anti-Semitic post he made. In today’s era of knee-jerk Social Justice outrage, the National Review decided to do a bit of virtue signalling to […]
  • Idiot of the Week: “Everything is Sexist” Anita Sarkeesian - Here’s an old classic: Anita Sarkeesian is entirely serious about this charge, too. If everything is sexist/racist/homophobic then the gravy train of VictimBux will never end, and she will always have a job: insulting everyone else on the planet. She basically gets paid to tell us all how horrible and evil we are. What a […]
  • Antonin Scalia Will Be Missed - Others have summed up the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia better than I can. But I wanted to post something to mark the passing of this man. I don’t always follow the workings of the Supreme Court as often as I should, because many different things battle for my time and attention. But […]
  • Weaponizing Debt: How SJWs Control the Narrative - My own story about home ownership is instructive in how toxic debt can be, and how it can be used to control your decision-making. That the elites in America, and all over the Western world, use this to manage your behavior is something that is pretty well documented elsewhere. Zerohedge tells us today that the […]
  • Innocent Until Accused - In perusing my usual pundits and bloggers today, it has occurred to me just how terrifying the presumption of guilt really is, and how effectively SJWs utilize it to their advantage. Vox posted on the subject, as it relates to sexual assault charges against a scientist. The money quote: The SJWs in science are setting […]
  • Thanks for the Support - The SJWs who were threatening me seem to have declined to press further. Perhaps it was the showing of support here and on other outlets that were attacked recently. And I am very appreciative of that. Or maybe the guy(s) chickened out and didn’t want to make the leap to meatspace. Probably a wise choice considering […]
  • A Roughneck on Titan - In light of the possible discovery of oil on Titan, I offer this short: The lander shuddered in the turbulence of Titan’s atmosphere. The Mission Commander, a half-invented title the Company had given one John Wilkins, space redneck, cursed under his breath. “Jesus, landing this thing is like trying to find Rosie O’Donnell’s junk in a […]
  • Lunatics are Running the Asylum - I’m in a foul mood, so here is an offensive rant for you. The usual language warning applies. Scouring the news, blogs, etc… each day can produce some interesting and depressing finds. Today I give you the woman who protests the Patriarchy by wearing her tampons on her head. You can’t make this shit up. […]
  • Some Errata - Tom Kratman makes a good point regarding the SJW attack: It’s funny, but I’m a lot more offensive than you are and they never really try that with me. One can only guess at why that might be… I’m just a regular guy, and that’s probably why the SJWs came after me. They are too […]
  • Information on the SJW - Here is all the information I’ve been able to collect (with some help from a few folks). There’s a high probability he’s in London, based on speech patterns and metadata (specifically, his posting times). His usage of English idioms like “tosspot” marks him. He posted a photo of himself to gloat, though it may or may […]
  • SJWs Are Trying to Extort Me - This morning, I woke up to an attempt by SJWs to play an extortion game in my personal life. What they don’t understand is that everyone who knows me already knows my political views, as I am hardly quiet or shy about them. The extortion attempt is fruitless. Nonetheless the attempted attack means I must take […]
  • Further Thoughts on Libertarianism and #GamerGate - My previous post on the limitations of Libertarianism, and its failings before the Progressive enemy, ruffled a few feathers and stirred up some further discussion. Contrary to the paladins of Social Justice, I find that disagreement on such matters is evidence that the subject is important enough to merit further investigation (SJWs, naturally, prefer to […]
  • The Origins of Radical Feminism - This is my take on Feminism, particularly the Radical varieties of today: It isn’t about cat calling, or rape, or women’s liberation. It’s not about sex, violence, or discrimination. It’s not even about reproductive freedom, abortions, or some supposed sexual revolution. It’s about hating men, and blaming them for their own unhappiness. It’s about using […]
  • Recovering from Libertarianism - I, like many in my particular circle of political pundits and commentators, often think of myself as a recovering Libertarian. That is to say, my instincts are to live and let live, and to avoid enmeshing myself in someone else’s business. Those are very Libertarian instincts, when converted into political parlance. Thus any alliance with […]
  • Biblical Passage of the Day - My search for a proper home in Christianity continues. But as that journey continues, I would like to share my thoughts on a Biblical verse highly appropriate for our time: And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of […]
  • Facebook is Run by SJWs - In the aftermath of Milo’s war against Twitter, it’s important to note that other major Social Media outlets have caved to the craven, perpetually-offended SJWs. Remember that SJWs can actively call for the death of Right-wingers, and it is not considered a violation of policy. Right-wingers, on the other hand, need only state their views […]
  • Nationalism, Right-Wing Civil War, and the Political Twilight Zone - This post has been brewing for awhile, but the right words just weren’t coming to me. What I’m about to describe is nebulous, difficult to articulate, and likely to be highly controversial. You see, I am one of those travelers on the Right who has, for the most part, been able to move freely among […]
  • Insights into the Patriarchy - Feminism is loaded with terms like “the Patriarchy” and “misogyny” without really defining what they mean. This, of course, works to the advantage of Feminist leaders, who can define them however they like. The goalposts aren’t so much moving as they are permanently attached to wheels, or perhaps equipped with a cloaking device. Even Time […]
  • Secularism and the End of Miracles - This is something of a personal rant, but an important one nonetheless. Many of my readers know that I struggle with faith. I don’t know if my struggle is unique, or if it is the same that any Christian goes through. Francis Porretto over at Bastion of Liberty often impresses me with his deep Catholic […]
  • Media Bias in Action - Some folks, even a few on the Right, think I exaggerate the extent of media bias. The thought is that most media bias is a result of unintentional personal bias. In other words, there are more Lefties in media, so their reporting takes a subconscious Left-wing slant. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s that simple. While […]
  • Social Psychology is Ridiculously Left Wing - Color me not surprised. Now, I’m not exactly in the Jonathan Haidt fan club (I’m on record disagreeing with him on a number of matters here at the The Declination), but I grant him the courage of his convictions. Unlike your typical SJW, Mr. Haidt generally believes in the actual meaning of the word “diversity” and remains consistent […]
  • Best SJW Translations - From the last post, Common SJW Phrases Translated into English, here are the best responses and suggestions in no particular order: “Diversity.” Ross Newton explains this for us. Discrimination and bigotry which SJW’s approve of. Dystopic: Diversity is one of those catchphrases spewed by SJWs that doesn’t really have a concrete meaning, except that SJWs approve of it. […]
  • Common SJW Phrases Translated into English - Have you ever looked at an SJW and wondered “just what is this idiot trying to tell me?” Or, have you perhaps contemplated the intellectual musings of a Tumblrista and wondered “what in the everlasting fuck is this person actually saying?” Well, wonder no more. Your friendly neighborhood Lord High Inquisitor of Capitalism has provided these […]
  • Modern Man is Supposed to be a Pussy - I’ve seen several of these “modern men are feminine” articles going around. Larry Correia certainly deconstructed one of them rather handily. But this one caught my attention on Fecalbook the other day, and it just begged for a good fisking. The notion of old-fashioned masculinity as evil is a subject I’ve written about before. Progressives […]
  • Right to Bear Arms: Limited or Not? - Perusing Twitter last night, I came across an interesting observation made by Mr. X, a gentleman whom I have followed for some time: The fascinating part about this argument is that it is true, and the founders themselves would be absolutely horrified by the level of restriction we have placed on arms. A common Progressive argument […]
  • Deus Vult – Revisited - A year ago or so, I wrote this post, a short history of why the Crusades happened, what the historical context was. In light of escalating Islamic violence, it bears repeating: Vox.com is nearly as terrible a propaganda machine as Gawker, or the whole city government of Chicago. It is a machine, spewing lies for […]
  • Musing on Police Beatings - Police brutality is a hot topic these days, and for good reason. Some of the cases have been egregious, with flash-bangs dropped in a baby’s crib, or a man suffocated for selling loose cigarettes. Others appear to be more of a case of suicide-by-cop. Michael Brown, thug and thief, certainly wasn’t an innocent man. Nonetheless, […]
  • Pavlov’s Progressives - I have a particularly stubborn Labrador mix who is resistant to the usual forms of canine training. While he is intelligent and fully capable of understanding commands and incentives, he is hyper and flighty, features that work against his training. I’ve been told this is a common trait with Lab puppies, and that it will […]
  • The Limits of Human Empathy - Lovecraftian horror has often fascinated me, for the notion that humanity is but a speck in the universe, the tiniest mote in a sea of things much greater than us. That, were God to reveal himself to human eyes, truly, and not in the form of His Son, we would not be able to comprehend […]
  • The Death of Masculinity - I am a broken man or, perhaps more accurately, a man who is trying to discover himself in a world that is hostile to masculinity. Mike Cernovich writes on his blog, Danger & Play, that masculinity has been rendered down to cartoonish bufoonery: There are permissible safe masculine spaces in the West. There are some […]
  • The Presumption of Guilt - The core of Western legal tradition is the presumption of innocence. If you cannot be proven guilty, the law must treat you as if you are innocent. As fault-ridden as our legal system is, as rife with Kafka traps and bureaucratic nonsense, the presumption of innocence has largely held true and prevented a backslide into complete […]
  • Musings on a Declining Empire - Black Friday approaches, Turkey threatens to drag the world into World War III, what’s left of American governance continues to slide into moral decay, and the whole shitshow threatens to come apart at the seams. But it’s time for stuff. There are times when I get in my car in the morning, pop the clutch […]
  • Byzantine Civilization is Gone - There was once a splendid civilization, full of grandeur, the compiled knowledge of the ancient world, the economic hub of entire continents. History calls it the Byzantine Empire, and, at least for me, it remains an object of intense curiosity. During the erroneously-named Dark Ages, the Byzantine world was the center of Christianity, the last remnant of […]
  • Space is the Future, Islam is the Past - Humanity is reaching a weird sort of nexus point. We have the capacity to render our species extinct, and the costs in terms of labor and intellectual capacity required continue to decline. There will be a point at which a small number of people could, in theory, destroy the whole species. When that time comes, […]
  • To Hell With Intellectual Cowards - Here is what will happen in regards to the France attacks. People will shed their crocodile tears. They will chant and light candles. There will be photo ops, and news coverage. The Facebook pictures change, and sympathetic memes will flood the Internet. Everybody will go home feeling like they have stood in solidarity, done some […]
  • The Seduction of Totalitarian Ideology - I’ve had a few questions pop on my Facebook wall and other places about where I think Europe is heading. Fascists and Communists both use superficially legitimate angles to try and weasel into power. That’s why the ideologies seduce people. The Communist will say that the rich are stealing the wealth, which is often true, […]
  • The Consequences of Weaponized Empathy - Normally, you’ll find that I don’t care much for France, or the French. The fact remains that in recent years they have always been one of the weaker links in the chain of Western civilization. It’s a case of too much Nicholas Sarkozy and too little Charles Martel. Prior to World War II, they were waffling […]
  • Day Off - DJing a Cancer benefit dinner tonight, and DJing the clubs tomorrow night. So I’m taking this weekend off. To tide you over, I offer this excellent Ben Garrison cartoon that accurately depicts this Million Student March business. Related Content The New America: Thuggery and Hate Pavlov’s Progressives Tom Nichols: Trust The Experts
  • A Eulogy for Freedom and The West - If you read any of my posts to completion, if you suffer through any of my writings, as long-winded as they may be, let it be this one. This is a matter that has weighed heavily on my mind for years. It’s like a secret you can only whisper in hushed circles, an issue you […]
  • Forget “Higher” Education - My in-laws were asking me when I was going to start my son’s college fund, over the weekend, as my son had his first birthday party. I said “never.” I also explained that I intended, rather, to ensure that our family avoided debt and maintained assets and savings. They looked at me all puzzled. To […]
  • Freedom of Speech is Endangered by Safe Space Bull - If you’ve been following this University of Missouri business, you’ll know that Tim Wolfe, the University President, has been under attack from SJWs for “dismissing their concerns.” Apparently, at one point, they blocked his car and expected him to get out and kowtow to them. Naturally, he failed to do so. Their concerns were that […]
  • The Rise of the Self Insertion Fic - Sarah Hoyt invited me to write a guest post for According To Hoyt. Enjoy! Related Content Fatalism vs. Free Will The Religion of Social Justice Amazing Stories: Run by an Amazing Asshole
  • Does Anybody Listen? - I’ve spoken multiple times about the correlation between Islamic immigration and rapes. This subject fascinates me because it is a clear cut example of Progressive doublethink. Fraternities are condemned without evidence, and when the claims made against them are later revealed to be bogus. Due process suffers on college campuses. The possibility of false rape […]
  • Pop Culture Has No Soul: Deconstructing The Puppy Kickers - This is going to be long. I have no intention of pulling any punches, or letting the lies of the big-media SJWs go unchallenged. Today, for Halloween at work, I dressed as a Crusader Knight, complete with functional armor and, most importantly, actual gauntlets. Consider these gauntlets thrown in the general direction of Amy Wallace, […]
  • Participation Trophies - Years ago, during the Occupy Wall Street movement, Adam Carolla came out with an epic rant of tremendous power, in which he referred to the problems of modern America stemming from participation trophies. Browsing around on Facebook, I was reminded of it from this comment: It’s the truth, and I can say that I have […]
  • A Fascinating Critique of European Socialism - One of the common myths propagated by the Left is that Nordic-style Socialism, or as Bernie Sanders calls it, “Democratic” Socialism, is far better than Capitalism as an economic system. This detailed comparison of GDP, GDP Per Capita, Purchasing Power, relative cost of living, and a variety of other metrics casts a great deal of […]
  • An Interesting Claim - Vox Day has little regard for Angela Merkel. I can’t say I blame him, as accepting potentially millions of Islamic immigrants is not a recipe for improving Germany or Europe, and contains within it the risk of bringing in ISIS terrorists and other Islamic extremists. To top it all off, the Merkel crisis is going […]
  • Radical Feminism in a Nutshell -   This pretty much explains itself. I’m exhausted of this “debate” technique. Related Content Women, Progress, and Automobiles in Space Bee Hive Ladies Never Die – They Just Ruin G... The Smoking Feminist and Her Gun
  • Musings on Good and Evil - One of the fascinating side effects of being involved in both #GamerGate and Sad Puppies, is that there are thousands of Social Justice Warriors intent on referring to me as evil. Ben Kuchera was fond of telling GamerGaters to “clean themselves up.” And references to Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies as outright Nazis are not terribly difficult […]
  • Chuck Wendig: You’ve Been Trolled - Of late, it seems that the Puppy Kickers have been on an extended leave from sanity and common sense. Chuck Wendig weighs on the supposed Star Wars Boycott, apparently unaware that he’s being trolled. But while we can laugh at his gullibility, there are a few revealing quotes in there that demonstrate the SJW perspective handily. […]
  • Amazing Stories: Run by an Amazing Asshole - As my readers probably know already, I consider myself somewhere on the Puppy spectrum of the Science Fiction community. There’s quite a bit of difference between the Sad Puppies, who one might call the reformists, and the Rabid Puppies who are mostly of the opinion that Worldcon and the Hugos should be burnt to the ground and […]
  • Islam Doesn’t Need More Defenders - Something that has irritated me somewhat in the last few years is precisely how many people crawl out of the woodwork whenever Islam is criticized or spoken of unfavorably. Excuses are made for the happenings in the Muslim world. Blame is heaped upon “Christian Crusaders” as if the failed attempts at reconquest centuries ago have […]
  • An Optimistic Take - For today I don’t have a whole lot for you, except to suggest that Sarah Hoyt’s latest screed is a fascinating read, and has a (sort-of) optimistic view of the future. In particular, the following excerpt caught my attention: Like publishers with the “paper books are coming back” fetish, most of the rest of the […]
  • Mental Illness, Leftism, and Denial of Reality - My readers are well acquainted with the notion that The Declination is not a news site, or rather, if there is breaking news on the world stage, you will find it somewhere else first. Rather, my shtick, if you will, is connecting the disparate events, both historical and contemporary, and demonstrating how they damage Western Civilization. […]
  • Fisking the UN: United Nutjobbers - It’s rant time again, this time combined with the fisking of a United Nations twit who is engaged in the transparent use of Weaponized Empathy to secure funding for his pet projects. The usual language warnings apply. If you’re offended, I don’t give a shit. As my readers may already know, I was not exactly […]
  • Fatalism vs. Free Will - This post began life as a comment over at Sarah Hoyt’s place. Yet, the concept appeared to so perfectly define the divide between SJWs (of any political stripe) and the reasonably sane that I could not resist expanding on the topic. At its core, the difference between Left and Right can be summed up as […]
  • UCC Shooting: The Culture of Helplessness - Mass shootings have become something of a regular occurrence in America. A few times every year, some lunatic goes crazy, comes in guns blazing, and slaughters as many people as possible before going down or getting captured. Other outlets have already covered the incident better than I can, making note of the shooter’s particular animus toward […]
  • Islam Erases History - I’m so tired of apologetics for Islam. No more. We all know the rational reasons for opposition to the ideology. The expression of terrorism is so much more common in that world. It has resisted the progression of technology and science. In a more visceral manner, it has thrown gays off of buildings and beheaded […]
  • SJWs Need to be Punched in the Face - Paintball used to be a hobby of mine, and it’s still something I’d like to get back into if I can find the time. I suppose it’s the closest thing to real combat you can get without risking bullet holes. Oh, I don’t mean the sort of paintball you see on TV all the time, […]
  • The River of Woe - Earth loomed in the viewport of the Acheron as the massive vessel settled into orbit. Flight Commander Jon Buchanan felt maudlin, for the planet represented the end of his journey, and at his age he was unlikely to command another expedition. Yet the emotion was mixed with an insatiable curiosity, for centuries had passed down on Earth. I’ll […]
  • Islam: The Eternal War - S.M. Stirling and David Drake wrote an excellent series of books known as the the Raj Whitehall Series or, alternatively, as The General series. These were excellent books set in the far off future, but during a time in which humanity had largely reverted to barbarism, and was teetering on the edge of losing civilization altogether. […]
  • The Continuing Moral Decline of the Political Left - Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard about the Sarah Nyberg affair. Milo Yiannopoulos goes into detail on this issue far better than I possibly could. The short version is, Sarah “Butts” Nyberg, a transsexual, was outed as a pedophile who distributed child pornography and described her desires for her 8 year […]
  • What We Have Here is a Failure to Think - Rant of the day: So as to avoid any misunderstanding, I will say this as plainly and clearly as possible: to Hell with this $15/hr minimum wage garbage. Now, I am an unhealthy eater. I’ve been this way for my entire life. Bacon. Beer. Nachos slathered in bacon, with a beer. You name it, I […]
  • Update Today - The Declination is undergoing surgery at the moment to update the WordPress theme, version, and server settings. This should speed up the site, improve layout, indexing, and security. Related Content Two of New York’s finest are dead, and I am ... 1984 Ruminations on a Monday Afternoon: Bad DVDs and La...
  • Internalized Misogyny - This is an absolutely hilarious video done by ShoeOnHead, a woman who, despite her hyper and obnoxious nature, is one of the greatest anti-Feminists around. Enjoy: Related Content Happy Thanksgiving Political Children John Scalzi, the Social Justice Warrior
  • Leftist Denial: On Islam and Socialism - Islam has been the darling child of the Left since I was a child. I would see adults on television clamoring to excuse Islam for this or that atrocity. There were good Muslims, we were told, and somehow Christians had wronged them all throughout history. It was always Christians doing the wrong, you see. The […]
  • The End of the Big Tent - There was once an understanding in the Republican Party, that several wings of it would come together and share responsibility for nominating leaders to represent them. The wings each had different, and sometimes contradictory goals, so the Big Tent was a difficult thing to manage. But truly exceptional Conservative leaders could manage it. When they […]
  • Feminists and Denial - It is commonly understood by most folks on the Right that Feminism actively hates men and seeks to bring them down, not in the sense of creating equality, but rather, to create feminine supremacy. What is more interesting, however, is that Feminism has gone so far past sanity that Feminists deny the existence of objective reality. […]
  • Truth Tsar Bomba - We interrupt your regularly scheduled sociopolitical rant to inform the public that, as of 4:09PM, Eastern Standard Time, an ideological nuclear device was deployed by Milo Yiannopoulos, an associate of the Evil Legion of Evil on detached duty for Breitbart, against Sarah “Butts” Nyberg, known Pedophile and Anti-GamerGate Social Justice Warrior. While the size and scope […]
  • 9/11: Surreal Cowardice - September 11th is a thing I don’t really comment on very often. Other individuals, like Sarah Hoyt, can give you a summation of the event, of the losses of that dark day, and what we learned from it. And, furthermore, they can do a better job of it than I can. Nonetheless, I will tell my […]
  • Tad Williams and Those Wacky Nazis - Tad Williams, an author of some stature and self-described liberal who “doesn’t beat his kids” and “doesn’t fight his dogs” has some wisdom to share with the world. Republicans are Nazis. Or, in his own words: Of course it’s an oversimplification, and it’s in no way meant to suggest Republicans are actually Nazis. (Although there is […]
  • Victim Culture: The Celebration of Failure - When I was a child, I had dreams like any other, impossible goals and obnoxious ambitions. There was a time when I wished I were the Emperor of the Earth. Never let it be said that I think small. Then there were times I wished I could invent a time machine and travel back to […]
  • They Live – On Islam and Western Suicide - Back in the late 80s, John Carpenter released a movie that was destined to become a cult classic: They Live. In the movie, the protagonist discovers, by putting on a pair of special sunglasses, that aliens have invaded the Earth and disguised themselves. They walked among us, controlling us through subliminal propaganda, gaining power so that they […]
  • RadFems and Concentration Camps - When perusing the chaos that is Twitter, I discovered this little gem: AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIE BINDEL. Now, this rapidly circulated across a number of Social Media platforms, and was soon taken down, but the Archive.is version remains so that we can see this self-described RadFem’s hatred for what it is. Here is the individual in […]
  • More on Weaponized Empathy - Weaponized Empathy is a device employed constantly by the Left, because, in the past, it has effectively nuked the Right wing positions on almost everything. Art Sartrus explains in a comment on the previous post: I only wish more people could see that US leftists use these situations to increase their own power – racism, […]
  • Genocide, Islam and Weaponized Empathy - As some of my readers know, I am part Armenian by ancestry. It used to be a thing that didn’t enter into my daily thought process, for I am also partially of English descent and am fully American, in culture, language and appearance. Armenians can generally tell that I am of Armenian ancestry, but few […]
  • On Trump and Conservatism - If you’ve read Tom Kratman’s Caliphate book, you will be familiar with the character of President Buckman. Without giving away too much of the story, suffice it to say Buckman was not a pleasant man. He, in effect, nuked most of the Middle East and turned America’s Federal Republic into a full-fledged Empire of the traditional […]
  • An early look at a work-in-progress - The beginning of a novel I am working on. A sort of space opera/horror mix. Rain was a near-constant feature of Paradiso, the only city worth mentioning on the planet of the same name. It was a haphazard affair, buildings kludged together from the worthless scraps of old spacecraft and salvage shipped out from Terra, […]
  • The Origins of Islam and Holy War - The ongoing discussion of the origins of Holy War have prompted to insightful replies from Col. Bunny. So I have decided to continue the series on this issue. Col. Bunny tells us this: I still have some skepticism about how Christian countries might have been transformed in ways by their experience with the Muslims. I recall […]
  • More on Intolerance & Islam - I was going to post this as a reply to Friar Bob, but the reply became as long as the original post. Again, this is a subject which I could write a book on, and it defies quick and simple analysis. Friar Bob explains the nature of Christ and peace: Christians ARE enjoined to be […]
  • Byzantium, Social Justice, and the New Dark Age - Henri Pirenne was one of the first to tackle an interesting problem in the history of the Dark Ages and Late Antiquity, one that bears relevance to the proliferation of Anti-Christian hate today, to the rise of militant Islam and the creation of the Social Justice Movement. His book Mohammed & Charlemagne posits something that […]
  • The Religion of Social Justice - One more rant for the wind. Turn on the television, read the newspaper, click through any mainstream media website, and you will see the same thing, repeated over and over again like a mantra. White Males. Straight White Males. STRAIGHT WHITE CHRISTIAN MALES. If you believe in the ravings of the lunatics in the media, […]
  • Sad Puppies and the Weasels - I recently had the honor of having one of my long-winded rants selected for posting at the Otherwhere Gazette. And it’s a doozy. In it, I refer to SJWs and Progressives by their more ancient name: Weasels. They have been known throughout history by this name, and it is time to bring it back. Read it if […]
  • Twilight in the West - From time-to-time, more moderate folks have accused me of being somewhat melodramatic. America is not falling, they will say, only changing, becoming more Progressive, or tolerant, or some other liberal buzzword. We aren’t living in a repeat of Gibbon’s great opus, The  History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Then I read things […]
  • More Racial Hilarity - In the tradition of Rachel Dolezal, White race hustler, we have a new entrant in the trans-ethnic insanity: Shaun King. This man obtained considerable financial gain through his lies, by receiving scholarship money on account of his “mixed-race” heritage and supposed Black father. Naturally, it was recently discovered that his father was White, and taking […]
  • Hegel and SJW Morons - If you are following my Twitter account, you have no doubt noticed the kerfluffle between myself and a gentleman (I use the term very loosely) named Phil Sandifer. This man describes himself as a “Post-Modernist Marxist Occultist,” which, in some twisted fashion, does make some kind of sense. After all, you would have to believe in […]
  • Disagreement and Friendship - Fidel Castro is once reputed to have said the following: The universities are available only to those who share my revolutionary beliefs. And Che Guevara once said, in a quote I am having some difficulty finding on Google at the moment, that a friend who disagreed with him on political matters was a friend no […]
  • The Deniers - First piece of a little short story. The Lead Scientist was not what John had expected. He had heard the descriptions, of course, but she was beyond his experience. Her Labcoat was of the finest Chinese silk, dyed in fantastically bright colors. Locks of bright pink hair shimmered, trimmed with silver combs and sparkling gemstones. Her […]
  • Debating With Ideologues - Col. B. Bunny over at Bastion of Liberty posted a fairly comprehensive list of common Leftist lies, specifically the Orwellian code words they use that typically mean the exact opposite. War is peace, freedom is slavery, etc etc… It got me thinking about just how useful this is to a Leftist engaged in debate against a […]
  • Rome and Meta Culture - A few Twitter posts got me thinking, as I am wont to do, about the history of Western civilization and ethnic separation. You see, around the birth of Christ, or not long after, China and Rome were mirror images of one another. Both were multi-ethnic Empires that were in the process of uniting into a single […]
  • Feminism Jumped the Shark… Again - This is a quick one, because the lunacy of the article speaks for itself: Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men Yes. There you have it, folks. Air Conditioning is sexist and a part of the evil Patriarchal conspiracy to make women vaguely uncomfortable in the interests of furthering the domination of the […]
  • More on the Confederate Flag - Alfonzo Rachel, who does a show called “ZoNation” on PJTV had this to say on the issue of the Confederate flag, and a man who lost his life as a result of his stance on it:   Now, normally I agree with most of what Alfonzo Rachel has to say. But on this, there are […]
  • Prejudice is not the ultimate sin - I look at racial prejudice, in some ways, as nearly inevitable. It is human nature to prefer those like you in various respects. I mean, look at us. Would we be a little extra suspicious of a Leftist who came in here? Probably. I once lived near a Black neighborhood. It was pretty poor (I […]
  • You don’t debate this - Posted as a comment over at Liberty’s Torch on the Planned Parenthood scandal, but I felt it needed to live here, as well, in case my earlier posts on the matter were not clear enough. This is why I am of the “burn it down” philosophy, at this point. In fact, I’d have already left this country […]
  • Race Hustling - This is a quickie. When America is more outraged about the death of this thief and thug, because a white officer shot him: Than the death of this man, at the hands of “fellow” blacks: America has a serious race hustling problem. Related Content Not All Muslims: A Message to Progressives Ideological Subversion Thursday Afternoon […]
  • It’s the Decline, Stupid - The other day, in a short Facebook post about the Decline of the West, obviously a topic which interests me, an acquaintance decided to call the whole affair “melodramatic” and “the product of a youthful mind.” In fairness, he is much older than I am, but his reasoning was beyond stupid. He wrote several paragraphs […]
  • Writing The High Register & The Low - English is a weird language. Because of its Norman French heritage, and the Germanic structure beneath that, there are usually at least two English words that mean more or less the same thing. However, there is usually a sense of one being higher, more intellectual, or at least more appropriate for certain settings. Consider these two […]
  • Today’s Insight - No major post today. Instead, I highly recommend reading this post over at Bastion of Liberty. It may be the most important thing Francis has ever posted there, as it sums up the entire Progressive movement in a way most anyone could understand. Remember, the entire point of Progressivism is to get you to say […]
  • The Ghost of Greece and Rome - For nearly 2000 years, Western civilization has lived in the shadow of Rome. Everything has revolved around that. The dreams of tyrants inevitably centered upon her restoration. Rulers were Emperors or Tsars, both undeniably Roman terms. Translatio Imperii defined European politics for 1500 years. Every age has produced ambitious generals and seductive politicians bent on the […]
  • Abortion Must Be Stopped - Update: Some folks were wondering if I proposed using government to ban the practice of abortion. I’m not proposing that at all. I don’t trust the government to do much of anything these days. If change is going to come with regards to abortion, it will have to be cultural change. Else, the Left will […]
  • Outright Evil - The Planned Parenthood scandal proves that we aren’t fighting against principled folks who just happen to disagree. We are waging war against naked, exposed evil. I cannot remove a tree from my front yard, but these people can use my taxpayer money to kill unborn children and sell their parts for profit to Big Pharma. […]
  • Some Short Snippets - I’ve written plenty of long-winded articles and fiery rants on here. Today it’s time for something different: some short little snippets of insight that crossed my mind during the day. 1. The US Government cannot even balance its own checkbook, and yet we wish to entrust the elimination of poverty to it? The Federal Government is […]
  • Story Ideas - Three ideas for a Space Opera novel, written up as summaries. Which, if any, intrigue you? 1. The Artaxian Empire had long been in decline, its outer provinces left to their own devices as Imperial authority waned across the galactic east. The governors of Lythia, the most prosperous of the outer provinces, fortified their domain […]
  • Deconstructing “White” Privilege - I loathe this notion of privilege Leftists constantly drone on about. They don’t understand the concept of intersection, whereby an individual, taken as an individual, will always have both benefits and detriments. Intersection is essentially infinte. Case in point. Who has it better? A rich Black man or a poor White man? In most circumstances, […]
  • Leftism Has Gone Into OverDrive - It amazes me how quickly Leftism is able to conquer new territory when the media paves the way for their offensive. Previously, I discussed how the Confederate Flag assault was used as a convenient way to avoid discussing the TPP bill. But now the attack on that flag has grown to epic proportions. Amazon, Ebay, Walmart […]
  • Minor Musings - The older I get, the more I just want to beat some sense into people. They get so caught up in the details of things that they miss the obvious, the big picture. While everyone was on about the shooting in Charleston, and whether or not the perp was a racist, and whether or not […]
  • The Infantalization of America - Americans are increasingly acting like infants or, more charitably, like toddlers. Anything that they imagine, must be. Few things are as wondrous as a child’s imagination but, conversely, that same mode of thinking has no business continuing on into adulthood. Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine illustrates how difficult this can be to let go of, because the […]
  • Donald Trump & Absurdity - Lauren was wondering why I didn’t post anything on Donald Trump’s entry into the Presidential race. Here it is. The fact of the matter is, American politics have descended into utter absurdity. Electing a President, at this point, is roughly commensurate with electing the Prom King & Queen. It’s fluff, it’s a song and dance, but […]
  • Bruce Jenner and the Feminists - I’m tired of this crap. Look at Bruce Jenner… a man who wishes he was a woman. And why not? There’s no glass ceiling anymore. It’s a glass elevator. Most college grads are women. Younger women are making more than younger men. They make more money, but still make the man pay for dinner. I […]
  • Progressivism: Humanity’s Intellectual Toilet - This post is going to be offensive. You’ve been warned. When it comes to commentary, you might say I possess two modes of expression. The first, which most of my readers are familiar with, is the rational, dialectic-focused method. The other is the rant-and-rave side, which often wanders off into the offensive, radical, and bizarre. […]
  • Good is Evil - A collection of musings on the Internet have prompted this screed. 1. America the Beastly: Heartiste demonstrates how America has come to celebrate the ugly and attack the beautiful. 2. Virginia School District To Ditch Biology For ‘Sexual Fluidity’ 3. Microaggressions and You: How You’re Just the Worst The common thread in all of this articles is […]
  • Genocide: At Least She Admits It - Two posts in one day. I suppose I’ve been remiss lately, and for that I can only claim the excuse of parenthood. My son has reached the age of six months, which seems to be the age of random screaming you can do nothing about. Sometimes he screams, I suspect, just because the sound amuses […]
  • The Death Throes of an Empire - Much of my free time has been spent in the contemplation and study of history, specifically that of civilizations in decline. There is a certain amount of morbidity in it, but nonetheless I find the matter fascinating, and have since my youth. One particular moment stands out. The movie Revenge of the Nerds  has a scene […]
  • The Culture of Envy - The Bible tells us to be wary of envy and pride. James 3:16 lays it out for us: For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work. If there is any sin that could be said to be the most common today, it is probably this one. One of the terrible […]
  • Masculinity, Honesty, and Honor - This is a post I’ve been struggling with for some time now, because it does not paint me in a particularly positive light. The Good Book tells us that we are all sinners, but pride being what it is, it is often difficult to admit this to our fellow men. Nonetheless, the things which ail […]
  • Fairness Does Not Exist - Fairness. I’m so exhausted of this word. Every day I hear it uttered, or see it plastered on my Facebook wall. It is as if everyone thought the Loch Ness Monster was not only real, but a convenient everyday conversation topic. “Hi, George. How’s work going? Watch the game last night? Seen the Loch Ness […]
  • The End of the Family - Some time ago, I suggested that Socialism’s greatest flaw is in its inability to scale. Two people who get married share resources, money, and expertise. This operates along principles not terribly different from Socialism. Extend this further. Many families are composed of several generations, uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins, etc… and there is a degree of sharing […]
  • America’s Fall - For the last few weeks, I have been quiet. This silence has extended to generally ignoring television broadcasts and mass media for awhile. There have been personal affairs which have occupied my attention, but no more. The Baltimore riots have finally succeeded in penetrating that self-imposed veil. A Liberal acquaintance of mine accidentally hit upon […]
  • Debt is the Enemy’s Most Potent Weapon - If you’ve read the horror story on my old house, or experienced something similar yourself, you have some understanding how debt can go bad. You do not even have to be a spendthrift to fall into the trap. All that is required is to follow conventional “wisdom.” Ignore all of that. Forget interest rate comparisons, […]
  • What Can We Do? - Mark, a friend of mine, has asked me on occasion what we can do to support Western civilization, how we can defend it from its ideological enemies. For the longest time, I could not answer him. Today, the solution finally hit me. If you remember the ruckus where Sarah Hoyt and Ace disagreed vehemently on […]
  • The Cleansing Fire of History - Armchair historians are wont to romanticize the past, at times. There is a temptation to think it would have been better to live in this era, or that one. On that note, one of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotations is this one: “Then we must go higher. We must go to him whose office it […]
  • The Changing Face of Evil - Today’s post is short but not sweet. Vox comments on an abomination of the worst order: the murder of infants. No, this is not an anti-abortion post, although most of my readers understand that I do not approve of that practice. No, this is “ethical experts” declaring that smothering a newborn infant is not only […]
  • Total Ideological Warfare - There was a historical story I came across when I was young, and it stuck with me. In it Jamukha, a sworn compatriot of Genghis Khan, rebelled against his master. For a time, the war went badly for Genghis Khan, for his former blood brother was an astute tactician and won many battles. Genghis proved to […]
  • Suicidal Pilots, Obama, and the Stigma of Being Wrong - In the course of my daily affairs, I am wont to get into debates on various intellectual, political and religious matters. Over many years of this sort of thing, it has become clear to me that admitting error is increasingly seen as an admission of weakness. Indeed, if you say the words “I was wrong” it […]
  • Nations, States, and the Disunited States - Bear with me on this one, in order to get to the point, some definitions are required along the way. Also, this touches on a lot of racial subjects. It is not for the faint of heart. If you know me, you understand I mean no harm by this. I speak plainly, even where the […]
  • A Song for The Decline - In light of the last post, Mortgage Debt is Hell, here is a relaxing Ibiza Chillout style song for America in Decline: When it comes to the point and there’s no tomorrow, When everything you own is more or less borrowed, When it comes to the point and there’s no tomorrow, And everything you own […]
  • Mortgage Debt is Hell - Putting this story to pen is difficult. Yet it is an accurate reflection of our times, the financial disaster that led America to this point and the Kafkan nightmare that awaits anyone who does anything off the beaten path. To preface, this is a story of a mortgage gone bad, of insurance disasters, greedy tenants, […]
  • Proverb for Fools - Today, I have only a quote for you. This one is Proverbs 26, and I believe it pertinent to the era of fork-tongued Congressmen, Presidential morons and the fools who voted for them. Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. 2  Like a sparrow in its flitting, […]
  • Science and the Supernatural - I posted this as a reply over at Liberty’s Torch, but it bears reposting here as well. “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” -Voltaire Human beings cannot detach themselves from the universe and know it objectively. They view from within, attempting to extrapolate what it looks like from without. […]
  • We All Know It’s Coming - Even the Left knows that things are bad, that a shadow exists over Western Civilization. This article on Huffington Post is a mirror to our own knowledge of the days to come. Difference exists only in the reaction. Leftists seek refuge in “emerging Asia” and the triumph over xenophobia. In simpler terms, they will not […]
  • Shall We Burn The House Down? - Unless you are living under a rock, you are aware of the controversy raging across several venues of the Conservative-Libertarian Right. Amnesty is at the center of it, the betrayal of Boehner and the Establishment Republicans features prominently in that affair. We know that this is the death blow, that with the eventual legalization of […]
  • More Social Justice Insanity - ISIS is evil, but if there is one thing that can be said for them, they are at least brave men, in so much as they are willing to die (and murder) for their chosen cause. Westerners have lost their taste for war, preferring the course of winning hearts by empathy, compassion and understanding. They […]
  • Human Momentum and Change - American politics suffers from an all-or-nothing approach with regards to identity. Some will say that your identity gives you an immutable set of characteristics. You are, for example, to be held responsible for the crimes of your ancestors, even if you do not identify with them. If you embrace the attributes of another identity, it […]
  • Find Your Strength Again - Western civilization continues its terminal trajectory. Each day, more of its culture is extinguished, its history forgotten, buried and rewritten. Erasure of history is, perhaps, the greatest sin of the modern intellectual. For history is nothing if not instructional in matters of human nature. President Obama lies thusly: Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric […]
  • Image and the Soul Sickness - In my last post, I described a soul sickness. This is not merely an individual sickness, however. Disease of an intellectual nature pervades our society. Everywhere, you will find evidence of it. Look to your television, observe the advertisements, watch the cynical humor of the average sitcom. Engage in debates on Social Media, on a […]
  • A Temporary Hiatus - For those who follow my writings, I ask your patience and indulgence. There is work to be done of an exceedingly personal nature. I will not go into detail, but suffice it to say that it is time for me to become a better man and a better Christian. To do that, there are personal […]
  • Where To Go From Here - Rufus the Red pointed out in an earlier comment that, as true as some of the rants are around here, action speaks louder than words. What can the Renaissance Man, dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Western civilization, do to save it? This question is especially poignant in areas of culture, art and music. […]
  • The Yardstick of Pain - Tonight, for the very first time, I will be going to the gym. Naturally, as a man of a more intellectual bent, this will be rather like sending a Hobbit into Mordor. Or, at least, that’s how it feels. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I know that paying attention to physical matters is […]
  • Some Interesting Tidbits - After the rant of doom, I must admit a certain degree of exhaustion where my writing is concerned. So I have a few interesting reads and shorter tidbits for you today in lieu of my normal, long-winded posts. This article from Bastion of Liberty expresses similar sentiments to my own in a much more eloquent (and […]
  • I’m Mad as Hell… - Good people, fellow philosophers and ponderers of weighty matters, this blog is long overdue for a proper rant. It’s been building for a long time. And if you’re made of stern stuff, bear with it. The rest should clear the room, because it’s going to be bad. Earlier today I posted on the matter of […]
  • The Decline of Modern Discourse - Some years ago, before the housing market blowup, Francis was posting on Eternity Road about the tendency for Americans to live beyond their means via excessive debt. While I fundamentally agreed with him at the time, I disagreed that all debt was necessarily bad, and suggested that mortgages were not as toxic as other forms of debt. Naturally, […]
  • The Moving Goal Post - Some time ago, my compatriot here at The Declination, KodeTen, wondered why I bothered with the #GamerGate issue. I didn’t have a good answer for him then, but as I read this article at Breitbart, it clicked into place. Leftism has been fracturing for some time now due to the nature of its moving goal posts. Now […]
  • College is Obsolete - There’s a great lie in American discourse today. They say education is too expensive. We need to subsidize this or that, pay for some years of college, etc… It’s all bullshit. Education is FREE. Yes. Right now. You can download all of MIT’s coursework, today, right now, for free. One professor I really respect, a […]
  • Some Hope for the Future - Most of my musings have a decidedly negative tone. We live in a civilization in decline, so that cannot be helped. Nonetheless, there are bright spots on occasion. Oliver Campbell is a gamer of some stature. He runs a website called Top Game Review. He has been one of the leading figures of #GamerGate, at […]
  • Utter Insanity - It never ceases to amaze me just how utterly insane the Social Justice crowd is. It is almost as if they exist in a completely different reality, a dimension where feelings are logic, and logic is hatred. A place where peace is war, and war is peace. Even Orwell couldn’t imagine the level of willing lunacy. […]
  • Another Story Idea - These ideas come and go, but I’ve not settled on anything I believe worthy of even a decent short story. While I am an experienced writer of ponderous cogitations, fiction is still something I struggle with, but desire to master. Give me your thoughts on this alternate idea. The last one didn’t seem to work. […]
  • The Penultimate Crusades Post - Vox.com is nearly as terrible a propaganda machine as Gawker, or the whole city government of Chicago. It is a machine, spewing lies for the benefit of its paymasters, filled with inane Social Justice Advocates. And they want you to know that Christians and Crusaders are as much a threat as militant Islamics. Now, before […]
  • The End of the Family - Debates between the merits of Capitalism, Socialism and Keynesian Mixed Economies have become tiresome for me. Very few people have any real understanding of economics, and even those who do are prone to a religious treatment of the subject. Each worships their own Sacred Cow, and that’s the way it’ll stay, regardless of how long […]
  • Constructing the Decline - Some years ago, the powers that be decided to widen the old I-275 freeway through central Tampa. This was a stretch of road that dated back to the 60s and was long overdue for replacement. Work began in 2010 and is likely to continue well into 2017. Furthermore, it took over a decade to get […]
  • Scum - The tenant I’ve been trying to get out of my rental property for months is the scum of the Earth. She’s a living, breathing example of narcissistic idiocy — a freeloading sack of shit, a prole, a plebeian with the intellectual capacity of swamp rat crossed with a radioactive hamster from a nuclear waste experiment. The […]
  • Lies, Race and Scapegoating the Cops - It’s time to revisit an issue that has probably wandered back into the dark recesses of the average American’s limited intellect. Police departments are still considered by your typical Social Justice advocate to be barely one step above the Nazi SS. And this article featured on Gawker exposes the idiotic mental hoops one has to […]
  • Knowing When to Move On - Decline is visible everywhere in the West, in every cobwebbed corner, lurking in every scene. For those of you who don’t know, my other life is spent in Goth clubs, spinning a blend of Dark Trance, Industrial and EBM music for a crowd that is best described as somewhat alternative. These small microcosms in the music […]
  • The End of Beauty - Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages produced a surprising amount of beautiful art. The book of Kells, the Cologne Cathedral, the Hagia Sophia and many more. These were a people suffering from reduced literacy, economic hardship and repeated invasions. But they still understood beauty well enough. Look at this, and tell me otherwise:   Third-wave Feminism […]
  • On Ron Paul & Libertarianism - Politically, I am a strange animal. Larry Elder once called himself a “Conservetarian,” a sort of hybrid between a Conservative and a Libertarian, or a right-leaning Libertarian, as it were. I don’t care for labels overmuch, but that is the closest fit I’ve been able to find. And so, individuals like Ron Paul produce mixed reactions […]
  • Brownies and the Impossibility of Fairness - It is difficult to determine with pinpoint accuracy when my political and economic views crystallized into the sort of quasi-libertarian, right-leaning position I occupy today. But one particular memory stands out on that journey. It was in preschool. I was, perhaps, 4 or 5 years old at the time. And, as preschoolers often believe, fairness was […]
  • Social Justice Insanity - Most of the time I prefer to mock Social Justice Warriors. Yes, I know, it’s probably petty, but they aren’t exactly welcoming of debate (you racist!), and so satire is the only real vehicle left to those of us who oppose them. Today, however, I will endeavor to rationally deconstruct their notion of privilege for […]
  • Airplanes and Risk - I posted this little gem as a reply over at Bastion of Liberty, but it bears repeating. Yesterday, heading back to work from lunch at a Tex-Mex chain, a friend of mine expressed incredulity at the notion that people still fly little single-engined Cessnas around. The things have a terrible safety record. Two of them […]
  • Imagine the Fall - The American dream is already dead. It died some time ago, though it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when. It’s a cultural memory, now, that survives as a reflexive answer to everyone’s question about purpose. It’s a tired old joke that long ago ceased to amuse. But, like The Aristocrats, it soldiers on as a worn, ancient trope. Soon, even that will […]
  • Outrage and #JeSuisCharlie - One of the hardest lessons of modern civilization is the fact that most people are proles. I don’t mean this in the Marxist sense (though Marxism is often sold to them this way), but rather in the sense that these people consume culture rather than contribute to it. They see an attack like that on […]
  • Is Islam the Enemy, Part II - Yesterday, I described why Islam the ideology is an enemy of the West. But don’t make the mistake of thinking it is the only enemy (the West’s internal enemies are much worse, and much closer), or that I am advocating another long war. Islam and Arab culture in general have a great deal of respect […]
  • Is Islam the Enemy? - A friend posted something awhile back about a man, a boy really, who saved a number of people in a school in Pakistan at the cost of his own life. He was a Muslim.I don’t like Islam, and I make no secret of it. I think it is a violent, dangerous ideology masquerading as a religion. […]
  • Are Republicans the Party of White Christians? - A family friend put me up to this short article, written by Alan Grayson. Mr. Grayson is a Democrat, and so we must take his writings with a hefty dose of salt. Nonetheless, he’s on to something. Let’s digest. For a five-month period that ends this week, every single elected Republican in Congress was a […]
  • The Decline - It sucks sometimes, living in the decline of the West. You observe from the sidelines as a great thing burns slowly to the rousing cheers of the mob. It is often more difficult to enjoy a thing and see it die than to have never known it at all. You know its potential and greatness […]
  • Terror in France - Anyone who says “all cultures are equally valid” is delusional. Some cultures cannot abide prosperity in others. They cannot countenance the existence of cultures other than their own. Today, in Paris, 12 people have been murdered by Islamic terrorists. Why? Because their newspaper dared to make fun of the prophet Mohammed. In America, today, it […]
  • C.S. Lewis on Tyranny - “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own […]
  • Civilized Behavior and The Police - Describing what constitutes “civilized behavior” can be difficult. Nonetheless, many individuals have an instinctive understanding of it that we label “common sense.” For those who lack this understanding, force is required to maintain the correct behavior. Barbarians may not understand the nuances, but the business end of a handgun is a universal message even the […]
  • Social Justice Warriors: The New Puritans - This post has been brewing in the darkened corners of my mind for too long. Naturally, it’s a doozy. So I ask your indulgence, dear reader. Much of what you are about to read would be deemed offensive by the Church of Public Opinion. I won’t mislead you. Most of it probably is offensive. Truth has a […]
  • #GamerGate: A Line in the Sand - I was a latecomer to the #GamerGate affair. Oh, as an interested party, I had been aware of it since the beginning, but it took a long time for me to comment on the issue. The reason, of course, is that I am not as hardcore about my gaming as many who are involved. That […]
  • Slavery and Romans: Forget Racism, Follow the Money - Slavery exists. Right now. In America today. But it isn’t the sort peddled by the media. They will tell you about racism, or sexism, or whatever -ism is currently in vogue. A group will be called the oppressors, another the victims. This isn’t the slavery I refer to. Debt is. To understand slavery, we must […]
  • Two of New York’s finest are dead, and I am furious. - There is a lot that I can say. But there are a few who said it far better than I could summon the vocabulary to do so. It may not be in the spirit of The DecliNation, but it is in the spirit of the Warrior. First, from Pat Rogers, formerly New York’s finest and […]
  • Ruminations on a Monday Afternoon: Bad DVDs and Lazy Superheroes. - Someone recently told me that I have an “old soul.” I don’t really know what this means except that, perhaps, I am viewed as something of a curmudgeon. If so, I suppose I’ll take it as compliment. Cynicism does tend to increase with age. But I am not always negative. Just mostly. Most of my […]
  • Western Civilization is Worth Saving - My concern is not for America, per se, nor any specific nation-state. It’s definitely not for a particular race, gender, or shade of skin. But I AM highly Culturalist, and not at all afraid to admit it. What do I mean by this? I am fond of Western Civilization. No, not the consumerist parody that […]
  • Privilege. It isn’t what you think it is. - A quick primer  about privilege. I did stir up a hornet’s nest on Facebook yesterday. I don’t like the way the term is used today. Here’s the chain of reasoning used to arrive to there: 1. Let’s define the word. Privilege, in this context, is a competitive advantage in life that is not meritoriously earned. […]
  • The “Jack Booted Thugs” of America’s Thin Blue Line - Pay attention class, we now have a prime example of our civilization in decline…Ferguson, MO. I hear a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth, of late, as to the “overstepping of authority” and “militarization” of police. Considering I am Military, and having spent some time on the front lines, I feel a little “called […]
  • Ferguson and the Barbarians Within - I have been waiting some time for the Ferguson affair to reach this point. That we would be here, watching a city burn, was inevitable. The only uncertainty was which city would be turned to ash, which ghetto would produce the unrest. Michael Brown’s death sealed that well enough. Watch this video to get an […]
  • Of Wolves and Men - This bit on Ted Nugent’s facebook really got my blood boiling. I don’t necessarily disagree with Mr. Nugent, but I know precisely where this sort of thinking leads. I’m exhausted of this see-saw effect in American politics where the blatantly obvious solution to a problem is ignored in favor of wasting taxpayer money in knee-jerk […]
  • A Group I Can Get Behind - The Outlaw Bloggers. Take a ride over to Liberty’s Torch to see what it’s all about and how to get in on it.
  • Evils of Bureaucracy, Part I - Images of obstructive bureaucrats feature heavily in film. Consider the typical police procedural work. Invariably there will be a flunky or chief someplace which will insist on obviously ineffective policies. The protagonist will somehow surmount these difficulties (often threatening to resign his badge) and catch the villain. Viewers are left with the impression that the […]
  • 1984 - Orwell’s seminal work has come to pass. We’ve always been at war with Eastasia. Or Eurasia. Bush is a Nazi, but didn’t we defeat the Nazis? Iran is going to be the great savior of America. This is the same Iran that declared America is the Great Satan. America subsidized Iraq. America was at war […]
  • University Storm - RE: University Records Request, Alumni Association To whom it may concern, I shall endeavor to explain the strange happenings on campus during the closing days of 1999. The remembrance of these events has weighed heavily on my mind for some time now and the alumni association should retain some record of them as a warning […]
  • Why Democracy Has Failed - Revolutionary documents are full of grand statements about the will of the people. “We the people” gives way to the will of the proletariat, but the message is the same. Governments, from the Republican forms to the Social Democracies and even the Communist Quasi-dictatorships all claim to derive their right to govern from the consent […]
  • Duck Dynasty Issue is Bullshit - Folks have been wondering when I would comment on the Duck Dynasty issue. So here it is. First off, we must establish that legally both Phil Robertson and A&E did nothing wrong. Phil exercised his right to free speech, A&E exercised their right to do business with whom they will. But that’s not the central […]
  • Equalism is Reductionism - Equalism is reductionism. Kurt Vonnegut knew that when he first penned Harrison Bergeron. Reductionism is the final elimination of standards, the degradation of entertainment, art and culture. These people aren’t rebels, because to rebel there must be an acknowledged authority, someone to rage against. Modernity has excised the Hitlers, the Pol Pots and the Stalins. […]
  • Three Approaches to Power - In debates lately, I struggle with trying to explain individual issues in context with the greater whole, an entire perspective on Individuals versus the Collective, and how they relate to the Elite. It occurred to me the greater divide is in those three mentalities. We get bogged down discussing healthcare or monetary policy. People side […]
  • Beta Male Drivel - It must be said that I’m not Roosh, Vox, Roissy or even an accomplished Game practitioner. Game has done for me what it has done for many men: opened my eyes to the truth of male-female interactions and allowed me to ascend from complete shrub to someone with a modicum of desirability. It wasn’t something […]
  • John Scalzi, the Social Justice Warrior - Poking fun at the farcical antics of John Scalzi is normally someone else’s bit, but this last post of his on Whatever just begs for a thorough deconstruction. This quasi-socialist, vaguely male author has written considerable drivel over the years, but this one is particularly inane. (“SJW” here is shorthand for “Social Justice Warriors,” a term […]
  • Dystopian Visions of Post-Modern America - That America is a nation in decline is no great secret. China has known that for some time, and anyone with a modicum of intelligence in America has the distinct impression that something is wrong. But American Exceptionalism must march on, Vladimir Putin’s opinions aside, right? Politico will tell you that President Obama defended American Exceptionalism, […]
  • The Smoking Feminist and Her Gun - KodeTen pointed out the utter lunacy of this solipsistic woman and her steely determination. Why, Margaret Thatcher will have to rise from the grave and admit that she is no longer worthy of the lofty title Iron Lady. Certainly, Miss Yewman, whom I presume is not married (if I’m in error, I advise the husband to […]
  • You are a Slave - Freedom is an elusive concept, a word tossed around almost reflexively. It is America’s mantra, its eternal calling, echoed down the ages since the Revolutionary War, and perhaps even earlier than that. Those pioneers were a hardy folk, hardened by a journey on leaking, rat-infested ships, carving out a life on a continent that was […]
  • Trespassing on God - Roma Spaceport wasn’t much to look at anymore. The afternoon sun revealed decaying structures, covered in silt and grime, lining the overgrown runway. Still, it was vaguely recognizable as the portal to a once-vibrant metropolis. There was something to a spaceport that even centuries of natural wear could not entirely erase. Perhaps it was the […]
  • The Forgotten Lesson - 9-11 was a terrible moment in American history, everybody knows that. In many ways, America still reels from that attack. Fighting continues in the Middle East today. Distrust of Islam persists, and perhaps rightly so. It’s hard to take it on the chin from men screaming Allah Ackbar, and not see parallels in the Imam […]
  • Good Packaging Surrounding Defective Products - The truth is, nobody cares that America and European culture are on the downswing. It’s one of those problems that most people are at least peripherally aware of, but it’s hard for anyone to care. Some individuals are struggling to make it in a dying economy. For them there is nothing but the immediate question […]
  • Bee Hive Ladies Never Die – They Just Ruin Government - When I was a child, there was a scene from a movie (the title of which is lost to me) where an old woman with beehive hair holds up a parabolic spy microphone, trying to listen to the main character’s argument with his wife. The angry wife screams loudly, seeing the beehive hairdo creeping over […]
  • The Evils of Discrimination - Over the course of a long debate earlier today, it became apparent to me that people operate under a false assumption where concepts such as racism, sexism and the like are concerned. Orwell’s 1984 tells us of “thoughtcrimes,” thoughts that are considered evil by the state. The very concept of a thoughtcrime is ludicrous. A […]
  • The Decline of Modern Music - Plato once said the following: Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the laws of the State always change with them. He makes an interesting point. Music changes with the times. It is reflective of the society that brings it about. Music today is on the decline. […]
  • Mental Masturbation - I’m going to preface this short piece with the following statement: I’m not a Sarah Palin fan. It was necessary to get that out of the way. Sarah Palin was, in many ways, representative of a problem in modern politics, especially on the conservative side of things. Many of her views are quite commendable, and […]
  • George Zimmerman and Racist Rodeo Clowns: The Lunacy of Modern American Race Relations - Not long after George Zimmerman’s acquittal he was pulled over for speeding, and the officer who pulled him over noted that he was legally transporting his firearm. A firestorm ensued. Over what, I’m not exactly certain. Was the outrage over his legally transporting a firearm, or was it because he was speeding, something your average […]
  • The Irrational Fear of Dislike - This was a difficult piece to write. There is a vague sort of feeling that comes over most people born and raised in the West in the last few decades. It’s an irrational fear of not being accepted, of people not liking you for who you are. There was a time I felt it as strongly as […]
  • Beancounters and Bullets: Ignorance at its Finest - In November of 2009, Major Hasan gunned down 13 men, and wounded many more while shouting “Allahu Ackbar.” Obviously this was a case of terrorism, but it seems the government doesn’t want to admit that fact. Sergeant Lunsford, a man who was shot multiple times, was denied treatment to remove one of the bullets and […]
  • Female DJs and the Club Scene - Digital DJ Tips muses about the absence of notable female DJs in the scene. And it is, indeed, a question worth tackling. Recently I discussed the stupidity of Paris Hilton scoring a residency in Ibiza, and it’s definitely related. Music creation and production has always tended to be the domain of men. Go back to […]
  • Celebrity Fakes and Bad DJs - Since 95% of my readership, as of this writing, know me personally, you should be familiar with my status as a local Tampa DJ. A great deal of my perspective on the decline of our culture’s quality was gained from the view of the DJ booth. It’s certainly an interesting exercise in human nature to watch the […]
  • Musings on the Fall - In Revenge of the Nerds, Poindexter wonders aloud to his near-sighted paramour: “wait – would you rather live in the ascendancy of a civilization or during its decline?” As women are sometimes wont to do when faced with difficult questions, she disregards the metaphysical implications, and proceeds to devour him instead. There’s a certain validity in that question. […]
  • Individualism and the Worship of Statistics - Statistics are a problem for the Individualist trying to combat the creeping march of Collectivism. They have an air of authority about them in that they were conducted by professors, grad students and staffers at prestigious institutions. That the results are almost unilaterally in favor of Collectivist policy is just a side effect of understanding […]
  • Twilight Across the British Empire - It was said once that the sun never set on the British Empire. Indeed, the nation that within living memory ruled nearly 1/4 of the surface of the Earth is now mostly confined to its island. Still, ruling an empire has its downsides, not the least of which is the cost of maintaining it. We […]
  • Short Story: Visiting Hours - Visiting Hours “Visiting hours are from nine to six, Monday through Friday. Have your identification papers ready. Did you bring a change of clothes today? If not, check out our new mall with designs inspired by…” The voice droned on, but all Ian could think about was Kelly’s beauty. She stood in startling contrast to […]
  • What “Taking a Stand” means in today’s world - The implication of the phrase “taking a stand” is that you are doing something difficult, standing to fight when any sane person would run away or give up. The defenders of the Alamo took a stand. The revolutionaries of 1776 America took a stand. But this drivel about Angelina Jolie taking a stand? This is […]
  • DecliNation: The Study of a Civilization in Decline - It is very difficult to write an intro a blog with a name like this one. How do you even describe such a truly grand, massive thing like the decline of an entire civilization? For years this question had prevented me from doing more than harassing facebook friends and dropping long-winded comments on several sites, […]

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