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Beyond Cynicism: America Fumbles Towards Kafka’s Castle | The American Conservative

Posted by M. C. on August 6, 2021

In case you haven’t been paying attention to the hijinks on campus—the attacks on reason, fairness, and common decency, the kangaroo courts, diversity tribunals, assaults on public speech and speakers themselves—here is the key take-away: it’s not about ideas or ideologies anymore; it’s purely about the pleasures of coercion, of pushing other people around. Coercion is fun and exciting! In fact, it’s intoxicating, and rewarded with brownie points and career advancement. It’s rather perverse that this passion for tyranny is suddenly so popular on the liberal left.



December 21, 2017|

12:01 am James Howard Kunstler

Nobody knows, from sea to shining sea, why we are having all this trouble with our republic. — Tom McGuane

Can a people recover from an excursion into unreality? The USA’s sojourn into an alternative universe of the mind accelerated sharply after Wall Street nearly detonated the global financial system in 2008. That debacle was only one manifestation of an array of accumulating threats to the postmodern order, which include the burdens of empire, onerous debt, population overshoot, fracturing globalism, worries about energy, disruptive technologies, ecological havoc, and the specter of climate change.

A sense of gathering crisis, which I call the long emergency, persists. It is systemic and existential. It calls into question our ability to carry on “normal” life much farther into this century, and all the anxiety that attends it is hard for the public to process. It manifested itself first in finance because that was the most abstract and fragile of all the major activities we depend on for daily life, and therefore the one most easily tampered with and shoved into criticality by a cadre of irresponsible opportunists on Wall Street. Indeed, a lot of households were permanently wrecked after the so-called Great Financial Crisis of 2008, despite official trumpet blasts heralding “recovery” and the dishonestly engineered pump-up of capital markets since then.

With the election of 2016, symptoms of the long emergency seeped into the political system. Disinformation rules. There is no coherent consensus about what is happening and no coherent proposals to do anything about it. The two parties are mired in paralysis and dysfunction and the public’s trust in them is at epic lows. Donald Trump is viewed as a sort of pirate president, a freebooting freak elected by accident, “a disrupter” of the status quo at best and at worst a dangerous incompetent playing with nuclear fire. A state of war exists between the White House, the permanent D.C. bureaucracy, and the traditional news media. Authentic leadership is otherwise AWOL. Institutions falter. The FBI and the CIA behave like enemies of the people. 

Bad ideas flourish in this nutrient medium of unresolved crisis. Lately, they actually dominate the scene on every side. A species of wishful thinking that resembles a primitive cargo cult grips the technocratic class, awaiting magical rescue remedies that promise to extend the regime of Happy Motoring, consumerism, and suburbia that makes up the armature of “normal” life in the USA. They chatter about electric driverless car fleets, home delivery drone services, and as-yet-undeveloped modes of energy production to replace problematic fossil fuels, while ignoring the self-evident resource and capital constraints now upon us and even the laws of physics—especially entropy, the second law of thermodynamics. Their main mental block is their belief in infinite industrial growth on a finite planet, an idea so powerfully foolish that it obviates their standing as technocrats.

The non-technocratic cohort of the thinking class squanders its waking hours on a quixotic campaign to destroy the remnant of an American common culture and, by extension, a reviled Western civilization they blame for the failure in our time to establish a utopia on earth. By the logic of the day, “inclusion” and “diversity” are achieved by forbidding the transmission of ideas, shutting down debate, and creating new racially segregated college dorms. Sexuality is declared to not be biologically determined, yet so-called cis-gendered persons (whose gender identity corresponds with their sex as detected at birth) are vilified by dint of not being “other-gendered”—thereby thwarting the pursuit of happiness of persons self-identified as other-gendered. Casuistry anyone?

The universities beget a class of what Nassim Taleb prankishly called “intellectuals-yet-idiots,”

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James Howard Kunstler’s many books include The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation, and the World Made by Hand novel series. He blogs on Mondays and Fridays at

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Why Freedom Doesn’t Need a Plan – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on June 21, 2021

By Allan Stevo

Dear Allan,  

On Saturday afternoon I went for a long walk in my neighborhood here in the Big City. 

I have been guilty of the indelicate crime of addressing unfamiliar passersby with questions and comments about their mask wearing. I usually get no response and I walk on. 

This neighborhood is a melting pot. Among the many ethnicities found here is a large islamic population and they appear to be big mask enthusiasts for whatever reason. When I strolled down a street in one of the more islamic sections I came upon a surgically masked and hijabbed 30ish woman standing in front of an apartment building. 

In my admittedly rude tone I offered “Allahu Akbar. Does God ask you to wear a mask?” Of course I got no reply and walked on. 

I had only gotten three steps before her husband, also surgically masked, rushed out of the building and angrily challenged me for accosting his wife. 

I told him that he is a free man and that the state could not command him or his family to wear any mask. He was speechless and other than him tapping me on the chest, that was the sum and substance of our interaction. 

As I walked away in peace I felt we understood each other. Perhaps the brusque encounter will lead to something positive. There is much at stake. 

Thanks for the recent article on today’s LRC.

– A Doctor from New York City  


I am here to wake up the lions.

I have no stake in waking up the sheep.

I have no passion for converting a leftist.

I have no love for heated argumentation with a person who has covered their ears, who betrays their heart, and corrupts their well-being.

Dear reader, you are a lion I helped wake up. Your every email to me is a reminder of how important my work is: to wake up lions.

I am unlikely to begin the conversation you just mentioned.

I am unlikely to ever don a mask the way you did some of these past months to infiltrate and lie low.

I am unlikely to spend my days making time for those who do not see the evil around us.

I am unlikely to ever have the conversations other, more patient, readers like you have.

My only work, my only goal, is to rouse the lions from their slumber. If I can do that, the rest will take care of itself.

That is my work. And it may be your work too. But whatever your work is, and however you define it, as respectfully as I can say this, is not very relevant to me — because I know something far more important: if I can wake up lions like you, I have made the world notably more free, not through any planning of my own, but just because wonderful lions like you go through the world living your life.

Freedom ripples out around such a life well lived.

The Bottlenecks Of Trying To Centrally Plan Freedom

I can talk to ten, maybe twenty, maybe thirty people personally in a day and digest what they are saying to me. Beyond that, no man is able to do that work. Beyond that, every man expected to do so becomes an albatross to any movement.

My job is to wake up the lions. The face masks are an opportunity for that. For that reason, I focus on them.

There’s little else that I do. There’s little else more wonderful I can be engaged in at this moment in history.

The Only Planning A Lion Needs 

I ask you, dear New York reader, and every reader.

1.) What do you want to accomplish?

2.) What are the ways to best accomplish it?

With those two questions, properly answered, frequently revisited, no evil can be any match for an awoken lion.

The feminine is not good or bad. It is one approach, and as a male, it unsurprisingly, is not an approach natural to you. Some would criticize your behavior as too brash. You will find no such criticism from me. My only criticism is on whether or not your strategies are effective. If they are, keep them up. If they are not, then reform to be the greatest pinnacle of you that you can be.

Shaking Others Out Of Their Slumber 

Thank you dear New York reader for shaking the obedient around you.

You cannot know how much it means that another narrative is coming into flesh and blood contact with them, standing its ground, operating with confidence, and perhaps even operating with love.

Some would say you should never confront a person you aim to influence. You must approach with agreement, only ever agreement. Such thinking is solidly feminine and is very valuable. Its value does not make different approaches any less valuable.

The heckle is a precursor to getting one’s full attention.

A fight is the precursor to making up.

A struggle is the precursor to seeing a worthy enemy as worthy.

There is honor in a fight.

But this era wants you to say that every fight is dishonorable, that every fight must be had in free speech zones — literal cages — and in carefully constructed metaphorical bureaucratic cages for containing the disobedient in piles of procedure and paperwork.

Kafka’s The Trial is an example of such a bureaucratic cage, intended to exasperate the citizen activist long before the citizen activist moves the bureaucracy an inch.

No such cage is fitting to a free man.

Dear roused lion, if you feel the heckle is what accomplishes your aims in this fight, by all means heckle. Heckle, as much as you can heckle, to accomplish those aims.

You Are A Warrior, This Is A Battle, Do Not Forget & Do Not Be Dissuaded By A Feminized World  

Sport is a metaphor for war. Sport is a “safe” way that a society contains and suppresses natural masculine tendencies. Societally, we have no qualms about telling an athlete to leave it all on the field, to walk off the field without an ounce of strength left.

The same takes place among warriors in battle. This is quite natural, since the risk of death focuses the mind and activates the body beyond anything previously known capable.

Great stories are made of such superhuman feats.

We should be just as interested in our contemporary warriors leaving everything they have on the battlefield. Everything.

Defeat Is Breathing Its Foul Breath Down Your Neck, Waiting For You To Relent, So It May Turn You Into A Distant Memory 

Your total demise, dear reader, is so much closer than we imagine. Their plans for you are minutes away, hours away, maybe at most days away.

How effectively they have dismantled the defenses of good men by bringing the fight off any battlefield and into our minds.

Everything is needed of you right now to win this fight.

Something tells me their best laid plans will never come to fruition. The evil breathing down your neck, ready to end you, will never be able to do so, because to do so, they will need to conquer your mind.

To win victory around you, they will need to silence you.

And you do not acquiesce to being silenced. No, you roar like a lion!

And the panty-wearing men of New York know not what to make of it.

If they could just conquer your mind and silence your voice, your demise would come before the next sunrise.

Roar all the louder my good man, and you may come to lead even he who was ready to fight you.

All that is needed for men of this era to be free is for the lions to be roused from their slumber. All else will take care of itself.

Come out of your slumber dear lion. Fling that mask down to never be worn again. Read the bestselling “Face Masks in One Lesson” to get yourself there, read Allan Stevo’s writing, to stop masking as well, and sign up for his email newsletter at for videos, classes, and activism opportunities on the same. We can stop this before it is too late. 

Allan Stevo [send him mail] writes about international politics and culture from a free market perspective at 52 Weeks in Slovakia ( He is the author of How to Win America, The Bitcoin Manifesto, and numerous other books.

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The New “Stop Resisting” – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. on April 27, 2019

By eric

Obeying the speed limit (or any other law) is no defense against vindictive armed government workers, as the first video which follows below shows.

The AGW who stopped this car with the threat of murderous violence – implicit in every non-consensual interaction with an AGW – admits, openly, that the driver was not exceeding the posted speed limit – but asserts that his not exceeding it is itself “suspicious.” This assertion of “suspicion” gives him, the AGW, pretext to stop anyone he likes and subject them to an Authority Display.

“I seen (sic) you going 31 miles per hour in a 45,” the AGW illiterately exclaims. The driver points out that this is not illegal. This fact cuts no ice. “Suspicious vehicle,” exclaims the shaved-head agent of the state. But adduces no violation of any law.

The reasoning would startle Kafka.

If you drive faster than the speed limit, you’re subject to being mulcted at gunpoint by an AGW. If you don’t drive faster, you are “suspicious” and subject to being waylaid at gunpoint by an AGW, so that he can fish for other pretexts to mulct you.

In this instance, the AGW and his partner keep bright flashlights trained on the vehicle’s interior as they visually search it. Luckily for the car’s driver and its occupants, all their “papers” were in order and the AGWs had to sulk away without any booty (or bodies).

But not before subjecting the car and its occupants to an Authority Display, including a threatening baton-twirling display with a skull-cracking Mag light flashlight. Had the men not been obviously recording the incident, it might have turned out differently.

But in practice, the law amounts to do whatever an AGW says it is. Questioning the AGW’s assertions is extremely dangerous because it constitutes “resisting” – and that gives the AW the green light to commence Submission Training, also known colloquially as a Hut! Hut! Hutting!

Thus, AGWs have endowed themselves with – cue Emperor Palpatine voice – unlimited power.

“Suspicion” is like a Swiss Army knife in that it can be used for almost anything. It is even better than a Swiss Army Knife because the knife only has the blade, the screwdriver, the magnifying glass and the fish scaler.

You are walking down the street at night. It’s legal.

“Suspicious!” Let’s have your papers…

“Suspicion” does not qualify as probable cause precisely because it is non-specific.

But that “ties the hands” of what is styled “law enforcement” (AGWs) who must be given every “tool” to “keep us safe.”

That, at any rate, is the argument peddled – mostly (and ironically) by “conservatives,” many of whom who suffer from raw tongues from all the badge licking they do. It’s ironic because “conservatives” will tell you they are concerned about what they style “Big Government,” which they claim they do not trust with too much power. Yet they practically worship armed government workers who exercise arbitrary, unlimited power.

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