Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Caught by the Net

Didn’t I tell you, oh soul, “Look out, you’ll be caught,
You silly thing, if you flutter so near her net?”
Didn’t I warn you?
And now the trap is sprung.
Why struggle in vain?
Love has tied your little wings,
Sprinkled you with cheap perfume, set you fainting in the fire
And given you, in your thirst, hot tears to drink.

~Meleager of Gadara

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Absinthe Drinker

Viktor Oliva

With wincing sob, and thrilling yell,
Fiends have shed tears, to form thy spell
        Which fascinates my soul.
Which makes me toll my own death-knell,
Wafts up the sin, I cannot quell--
And lures me on the road to hell--
        With torment as a goal!

Unnerved I kneel at thy command
How can I e'er thy power withstand?
        When, by it cheering might--
Vistas of glory bright and grand,
Glimpses of bliss on Eden's strand--
Swifter than by a wizard's wand--
        Loom 'fore my dazzled sight!

How of thy sweets can I e'er tire,
Thy magic sway ceases to admire--
        When thy pearl drops of green :
Can by their odor calm my ire,
The loftiest, noblest thoughts inspire--
While for the world's good, I aspire,
        In dreamy realms unseen.

For, quaffing from thy nectar source,
Spurred by the suaveness of thy force
        Of happiness I dream.
My mind floats on in placid course,
I know no sting, I feel no loss--
Believe in naught--scoff at remorse--
        Seek only the supreme.

If weary, from my cark-drugger brain--
Thy potency will banish pain,
        And fill my cup of joy.
Ignore the fear--and feel no strain,
Fierce ecstasies that never wane
In thy dear sweets I seek again
        All flitting hopes to buoy.

And when in fancies born of air
Ingrateful liquid, free from care--
        I sip thy venom dire,
Thou sow'st the seed of death to share
Foul Satan's joy, when young and fair--
Fall reckless in thy tempting snare--
        Oh! green and frozen fire!

Outcast and scourge, my toungue is tame,
I have no strength to say I blame--
        Thy fatal sway o'er me.
Thy griffin claws my soul will claim,
Thy savor brings a life of shame,
To end alas in one of flame
        Torment and agony.

But if in rags my limbs are clad,
And in my face is wan and sad,
        Absinthe, I love thee still!
My heart has not alway been bad,
And though the keen world call me mad--
Naught have I had, to make me glad,
        Save thy delirious thrill!

Need I e'er food? by thee am fed,
Need I a love? 'tis thee I wed,
        My pale and glaucous bride:
And though my nerves be dull as lead
In my clenched hadn, alive or dead--
I swear that on my dying bed,
        I'll have thee by my side.

~Francis Saltus Saltus, 1849 - 1889

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Life of Christian Catholicism

For those of us who are unfamiliar with the Catholic monastic tradition, this film will introduce you to this most demanding of vocations.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Getting Inside the OODA Loop of History

What Is the OODA Loop?

One of the core concepts drilled into us at the Air Force Academy was the OODA loop. Codified by Colonel John Boyd, USAF, the OODA loop is a simple decision-making flowchart. The process is as follows:
  • Observe - Perceive information for processing, and be in a position that allows you to perceive.
  • Orient - Re-make your mental model to correspond to the new information.
  • Decide - Take the best guess on which mental model is most applicable and be resolved to act based on that mental model.
  • Act - Carry out what you decided on and observe the outcome. Adjust your mental model accordingly.

All decision-making, consciously or not, follows this pattern. The advantage of knowing the OODA loop is that it allows you to understand your enemy's decision-making process, which allows you to prevent them from making good decisions. A good example of this advantage comes from Boyd's Air Force experience:

In the skies above Korea, North Korean and Chinese fighter pilots in Soviet-made MiG-15 planes were no match for their American counterparts, who flew F-86 Sabre jets , from 1951 to 1953. Colonel John Boyd dedicated the subsequent thirty-five years to analyzing reasons for the Americans success, and his groundbreaking theories brought considerable emphasis to relative decision-making speed as a key determinant of success in combat.
Despite the Soviet-made aircraft s superior capabilities in turning, climbing, and acceleration, American pilots shot down ten MiG-15s for every F-86 lost. The Americans achieved this impressive kill ratio by adjusting their aerial tactics to exploit the two key advantages that the F-86 enjoyed relative to the MiG-15: visibility and responsiveness. First, the F-86 s bubble canopy afforded its pilot an unobstructed view in nearly every direction, whereas the MiG-15 s canopy sacrificed the pilot s field of vision for superior aerodynamics and performance. Second, the F-86 s fully powered hydraulic flight controls, which were highly sensitive to the pilot s inputs, required far less physical and mental exertion during aerial maneuvers than did the MiG-15 s hydraulically boosted mechanical flight controls, thereby allowing faster execution and sequencing of actions as the combat unfolded.
Together a better field of vision and a more responsive set of flight controls enabled the F-86 pilot to transition more quickly and more effortlessly between individual maneuvers, and American pilots engaged the MiG-15s with a series of sudden, quick moves to which the MiG-15s could not respond. For example, if a MiG-15 were pursuing an F-86 and the F-86 started a turn in one direction and then quickly reversed its move, the MiG-15 would not be able to follow without falling slightly behind in the chase. As this series of moves and counter-moves repeated, the MiG-15 would fall farther and farther behind in time until the F-86 assumed the firing position (behind or perpendicular to the MiG-15) and shot the MiG-15 down. [source]

Making your enemy hang on a particular stage of the OODA loop, either due to your unpredictability or their slow decision-making pace, gives you control of the conflict. You can exert your will much more easily when your enemy can never take effective action against you.

What does this have to do with us?

Western civilization has been on the losing end of the OODA loop for a long time. We have been attacked at all stages of our collective decision-making process.


In the past, we have been pegged in place at the Observation stage. Flooded with false information and obscured truth, we could not form a proper mental model to act upon. A corrupt media and academic system has been at the center of this. To be sure, there have always been enterprising souls dedicated to uncovering truth, but the vast majority do not. They get their entire worldview from what is presented to them, and when the only channels of information they see are controlled by the enemies of the West, there's little hope for effective action or accurate mental models.

Fortunately, we have the internet. The ability to access information without reference to the editors and professors is a massive advantage. Mainstream sources are struggling to maintain a monopoly on information, and although not everything you read on the web is true, there is at least a lot more information to observe, and much of it is outside the control of our enemies. There's a lot to dig through, but at least now there's a better chance of finding truth.

Our enemies in the media and academia are still trying to regain control of the flow of information. This gives us a very unique advantage. The open internet has made them focus on trying to regain their old monopoly. Their mental model is out of date. While they're tightening their grasp, more and more minds slip through their fingers. We need to keep being an easy transition for the masses that they have let slip away. 

Orientation & Decision

We are good at re-making our mental models. Perhaps too good. We have theories for everything, and we come up with a huge number of them. The is probably no precedent for the sheer volume of mental models a society has come up with in such a short amount of time. 

Think I'm wrong?

We are constantly milling about in the decision phase, completely unable to make up our collective minds. This is in part due to processing the flood of information.

We need to have the need, the desire, the drive to make something happen. If we don't have a mental model that accurately matches up with our situation, our decisions are going to be wrong. But if we never make a decision because we want a better picture of what's going on, a better philosophy, we're never going to act at all. Better to act on a decent plan now than on a perfect plan later. If we act now, we'll at least have time to re-adjust.

To emphasize this, consider the following:

“What would you do if a guy with a gun came in through that door?” 
Me: “Uhhh….”
“You’re dead. You got stuck in the orientation step. You need to have a plan that you know is good enough to work in that situation and implement it immediately. Remember, you have to finish your Loop before the bad guy finishes his.” [source]

I see this decision-making seizure resolving itself in two ways. First, strong leaders a la Trump serve as rallying points. Their will is carried out because they demand obedience to themselves first, and policy second. Second, identity politics will force ideological nuances into the background. When you are being gunned down in the streets because you're white, you're going to have a lot easier time acting as a unit with other whites. Blacks and muslims already act as a unit because their group identity is stronger than in-group differences. Group identity will prevail until tensions settle down. If tensions go on long enough, the established group identity may lead to a unified ideology as well.


Few of us ever get to this stage as individuals; we certainly don't as a group. That being said, there's a stronger sense that the time for talk is closing. The various meetups such as Roosh's Return of Kings groups and the Daily Stormer book clubs have gone a long way towards taking real-life action. When you develop connections face-to-face, you're no longer just dealing with ideas.

When events force us to make a decision, we'll see how our actions play out. Already, Trump and the Alt-right has caught the establishment off balance, and that's with some very minor actions. A few memes and rallies and the enemy panics. This is good. If we can have this sort of upset with the amount of internal disarray we have, our future actions are going to be that much more effective.


We have shown that the enemy is vulnerable through their delayed over-reaction to our media independence and public antics. We are already inside their OODA loop, where they are constantly reacting to the new situation we make. They don't know how to deal with us, and it's a good idea to keep them that way.

That being said, we are in internal disarray. We do not have a united mental model to make collective decisions on. This will have to change, most likely through a strong leader or the need for identity politics to stay safe.

Now that the Alt-right is in the media spotlight, they will probably take advantage of our disarray. Aspiring leaders will be outed. Distrust will be sown. Shills will be shills. They will also take advantage of our desire to unify and act too quickly, though how that plays out is yet to be seen.

To stay inside of the OODA loop, we need to be vigilant about the changing battlefield. If the establishment is smart, it won't treat us the same way it has in the past. They know their standard playbook no longer works. We need to keep our eyes open for new methods used against us.

Likewise, we need to keep trying new tactics. We've been great at the meme war and winning over the dark corners of the internet where the disaffected naturally dwell. Where do we go from here? If we're not trying new things, it's only a matter of time before the enemies of our civilization are putting us back on the defensive.

Let's keep up the attack.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Remake Yourself

"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor."
Alexis Carrel

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Grab 'em

By now you've probably heard of the latest round of Trump comments that shock the sensitivities of the middle-class cat ladies. If not, see it here.

The entire media spectacle about it reminded me of the scene from the German film "Look Who's Back", where Adolf Hitler returns to modern Germany and begins winning over the soul of the country. He rallies a lot of media coverage and popular appeal, at least until the time were he is filmed shooting a puppy. Immediately, his public support is gone. He talked about Jews, great. He talked about degeneracy, great. There were even a number of candid scenes with the actual German population where they expressed admiration and longing for the Führer. But shooting a dog, no that's too much.

So let's get ourselves overrun with third-world hordes and spark a nuclear war with Russia; We can't offend the sensitivities of the cat ladies.

If you haven't heard lately, universal voting rights are stupid.