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This Author Saw What Leftism Was — and Would Become — Back in 1995

When we speak of leftists in this article we have in mind mainly socialists, collectivists, “politically correct” types, feminists, gay and disability activists, animal rights activists, and the like. But not everyone who is associated with one of these movements is a leftist. What we are trying to get at in discussing leftism is not so much movement or an ideology as a psychological type, or rather a collection of related types.

The two psychological tendencies that underlie modern leftism we call “feelings of inferiority” and “oversocialization.” Feelings of inferiority are characteristic of modern leftism as a whole, while oversocialization is characteristic only of a certain segment of modern leftism; but this segment is highly influential.

When someone interprets as derogatory almost anything that is said about him (or about groups with whom he identifies) we conclude that he has inferiority feelings or low self-esteem. This tendency is pronounced among minority rights activists, whether or not they belong to the minority groups whose rights they defend. They are hypersensitive about the words used to designate minorities and about anything that is said concerning minorities. The terms “Negro,” “oriental,” “handicapped” or “chick” for an African, an Asian, a disabled person, or a woman originally had no derogatory connotation. “Broad” and “chick” were merely the feminine equivalents of “guy,” “dude” or “fellow.” The negative connotations have been attached to these terms by the activists themselves.

Those who are most sensitive about “politically incorrect” terminology are not the average black ghetto-dweller, Asian immigrant, abused woman, or disabled person, but a minority of activists, many of whom do not even belong to any “oppressed” group but come from privileged strata of society.

Political correctness has its stronghold among university professors, who have secure employment with comfortable salaries, and the majority of whom are heterosexual white males from middle- to upper-middle-class families.

Many leftists have an intense identification with the problems of groups that have an image of being weak (women), defeated (American Indians), repellent (homosexuals), or otherwise inferior. The leftists themselves feel that these groups are inferior. . . .

Feminists are desperately anxious to prove that women are as strong and as capable as men. They are nagged by a fear that women may NOT be as strong and as capable as men.

Leftists tend to hate anything that has an image of being strong, good, and successful. They hate America, they hate Western civilization, they hate white males, and they hate rationality. The reasons that leftists give for hating the West, etc. clearly do not correspond with their real motives. They SAY they hate the West because it is warlike, imperialistic, sexist, ethnocentric and so forth, but where these same faults appear in socialist countries or in primitive cultures, the leftist finds excuses for them, or at best he GRUDGINGLY admits that they exist; whereas he ENTHUSIASTICALLY points out (and often greatly exaggerates) these faults where they appear in Western civilization.

Words like “self-confidence,” “self-reliance,” “initiative,” “enterprise,” “optimism,” etc., play little role in the liberal and leftist vocabulary. The leftist is anti-individualistic, pro-collectivist. The leftist is antagonistic to the concept of competition because, deep inside, he feels like a loser.

Art forms that appeal to modern leftish intellectuals tend to focus on sordidness, defeat, and despair, or else they take an orgiastic tone, throwing off rational control as if there were no hope of accomplishing anything through rational calculation and all that was left was to immerse oneself in the sensations of the moment.

It is obvious that modern leftish philosophers are not simply cool-headed logicians systematically analyzing the foundations of knowledge. They are deeply involved emotionally in their attack on truth and reality. The leftist hates science and rationality because they classify certain beliefs as true (i.e., successful, superior) and other beliefs as false (i.e., failed, inferior).

The leftist’s feelings of inferiority run so deep that he cannot tolerate any classification of some things as successful or superior and other things as failed or inferior. This also underlies the rejection by many leftists of the concept of mental illness and of the utility of IQ tests.

The leftist is not typically the kind of person whose feelings of inferiority make him a braggart, an egotist, a bully, a selfpromoter, a ruthless competitor. The leftist is too far gone for that. His feelings of inferiority are so ingrained that he cannot conceive of himself as individually strong and valuable. Hence the collectivism of the leftist. He can feel strong only as a member of a large organization or a mass movement with which he identifies himself.

Notice the masochistic tendency of leftist tactics. Leftists protest by lying down in front of vehicles, they intentionally provoke police or racists to abuse them, etc. These tactics may often be effective, but many leftists use them not as a means to an end but because they PREFER masochistic tactics. Self-hatred is a leftist trait.

Leftists may claim that their activism is motivated by compassion or by moral principles, and moral principle does play a role for the leftist of the oversocialized type. But compassion and moral principles cannot be the main motives for leftist activism. Hostility is too prominent a component of leftist behavior; so is the drive for power.

Moreover, much leftist behavior is not rationally calculated to be of benefit to the people whom the leftists claim to be trying to help. For example, if one believes that affirmative action is good for black people, does it make sense to demand affirmative action in hostile or dogmatic terms? . . .

Helping black people is not their real goal. Instead, race problems serve as an excuse for them to express their own hostility and frustrated need for power. In doing so they actually harm black people, because the activists’ hostile attitude toward the white majority tends to intensify race hatred.

If our society had no social problems at all, the leftists would have to INVENT problems in order to provide themselves with an excuse for making a fuss.

THE AUTHOR? [You probably already know.]
Industrial Society and its Future by Theodore Kaczynski.

This text was sent in June 1995, to The New York Times and The Washington Post by the person who calls himself “FC,” identified by the FBI as the Unabomber, whom authorities have implicated in three murders and 16 bombings. The author threatened to send a bomb to an unspecified destination “with intent to kill ” unless one of the newspapers published this manuscript. The Attorney General and the Director of the FBI recommended publication. This article was published in The Washington Post, on September 19, 1995.

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  • John Venlet April 7, 2022, 10:23 AM

    Ol’ Ted wasn’t wrong then, nor is he wrong now.

  • Mike Austin April 7, 2022, 10:37 AM

    I taught International Baccalaureate History, Philosophy and Economics for 10 years at the Lincoln School—Asociación Escuelas Lincoln—in Buenos Aires. The students were highly motivated children of the ruling elites from all over South America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. As an exercise, I passed out sheets of paper consisting of quotes from Kaczynski and from Al Gore’s “Earth in the Balance”. The quotes were not cited, and I told the students to match each quote with either Gore or Kaczynski. The highest score was 50 percent.

    Kaczynski was ahead of his time.

    • Dirk April 7, 2022, 2:49 PM

      Dam Mike I detect a certain style of madness in even your comparison, actually a brilliant madness. Your an interesting fella!

      • Mike Austin April 7, 2022, 5:32 PM

        Many who have known me have called me a bit on the crazy side. Even today the daughter of a friend of mine calls me “crazy Mike”. She is 3 years old.

        • Dirk April 8, 2022, 7:52 AM

          3 yoa. She’s either got it together, or overhearing adult conversations. Kinda one of those” Ever thing I needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten” kinda kids.

          • Mike Austin April 8, 2022, 8:10 AM

            She pronounces it as “kayzee Mike”.

            Her parents have 3 kids. Everyone has an AR with 1000 rounds waiting for them when they come of age. The other day I brought over my AK to their plantation in rural Oklahoma. The two boys—6 and 8—fired it.

            Everything I needed to know I learned from the Bible. All those thousands upon thousands of books I have read in my lifetime are mere extra credit.

            • Dirk April 8, 2022, 9:44 PM

              The AK is a fine weapon, a knotted shoe lace, a drop of 30 Weight engine oil, she’s s perfectly oil for the next festive event.

              We all owe it to our children to teach our kids well.

  • Jack Lawson April 7, 2022, 10:42 AM

    Read Kaczynski’s manifesto… spot on 100 percent… most of his reasoning is BRILLIANT.

    Spot OFF 100 percent in setting bombs off that killed and maimed innocent individuals.

    For that I condemn him as INSANE.

    Jack Lawson
    Associate Member, Sully H. deFontaine Special Forces Association Chapter 51, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Author of “The Slaver’s Wheel”, “A Failure of Civility,” “And We Hide From The Devil,” “Civil Defense Manual” and “In Defense.”

    “How complacent we become when we sit secure, hedged round by laws and protections a government may provide! How soon we forget that but for these governments and laws there would be naught but savagery, brutality, and starvation!”
    “For our age-old enemies await us always, just beyond our thin walls. Hunger, thirst, and cold lie waiting there, and forever among us are those who would loot, rape and maim rather than behave as civilized men.”
    “If we sit secure this hour, this day, it is because the thin walls of the law stand between us and evil. A jolt of the earth, a revolution, and invasion or even a violent upset in our own government can reduce all to chaos, leaving civilized men naked and exposed.” – Western Author and one of the most colorful and adventurous characters to ever live… Louis L’Amour from his novel… “Fair Blows the Wind.”
    From Jack Lawson… American in 1RLI Support Commando and attached to Rhodesian “C Squadron” SAS Africa 1977-79

    • John A. Fleming April 7, 2022, 12:01 PM

      TK saw this 30+ years ago, what 100 bloggers could have written today and would be a commonplace. What he wrote was so distinctive that his own brother recognized it and no one else, not all the academics who interacted with him before he went insane.

      And Mr. Lawson, what do we when our other age-old enemy arises, the enemy within, the administrators and protectors of the law come to despise the people they protect, and hold themselves as the indispensable masters of the people? We are almost there. It is a short jump from Fauci’s “I am Science”, to the Executive exclaiming “I Am the Law”. To them saying (a la Sorkin/Jessup) “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it!” The DoJ and its henchmen are pretty much there already.

    • Lance de Boyle April 7, 2022, 3:36 PM

      “For that I condemn him as INSANE.”

      Did he ever give an explanation?
      “I did this to….”
      I don’t see how killing follows….
      Maybe that’s the insane part.
      The same could be said for the Weather Underground bombings.
      Maybe at bottom they are all cowards.
      Little Billy Ayers sure looks like a punk.

    • Terry April 7, 2022, 7:23 PM

      I’ll be dipped. Two days ago was my birthday. My wife Susie gave me Mr. Jack Lawson’s, Civil Defense Manual Vol 1 and Civil Defense Manual Vol 2.

      When I finish Cathy O’Brien’s, Trance Formation of America, also a gift from Susie, I will get going on the Civil Defense Manuals.

  • Mike Austin April 7, 2022, 11:06 AM

    Ted was publicly housed at the Florence ADX supermax in Colorado until 2021. While there he made friends with Timothy McVeigh. He is now 79, and will live out what remains of his life in a federal medical center in North Carolina. Ted was turned into the FBI by his brother. It was a family affair.

    So: Would you turn in your own brother to the feds? Asking for a friend.

    • Vanderleun April 7, 2022, 11:28 AM

      Never happen. Not before . Not now.

      • james wilson April 7, 2022, 2:30 PM

        I’d turn in my sister, who would be in the Weather Underground except she’s too lazy.

        Ted was taking out his issues on strangers instead of the walking back to the people who momumentally abused him and burying the shaft deep in the gut. He is a coward. I’d turn him in too. So would, and did, his brothers wife, who he attempted to molest. Maybe you wouldn’t turn in your own brother because your brother was not a lethal little bitch.

        But none of that really matters because when brother and wife turned him in the FIB informed them that they had already investigated and dismissed Kaczynski as a suspect. Efrem Zimbalist jr. had left the building.

    • John A. Fleming April 7, 2022, 12:11 PM

      We laughed when the East Germans turned in their family members to the Stasi. We laughed when in the novel 1984 the children turned in their parents to MiniTru for thoughtcrimes.

      We are almost there now. The children in government schools are admonished to keep secrets from their parents. It the scruels have determined that your child wants to be trans, and the parents resist the scruels, CPS will come and confiscate all the children and arrest and prosecute the parents. The DoJ even now considers all parents who speak up and resist to be insurrectionists and terrorists.

      • John A. Fleming April 7, 2022, 12:13 PM

        Darn it. Only the word “1984” is supposed to be italicized.

        • Vanderleun April 7, 2022, 1:51 PM

          Done. You do know that you can edit a response for 5 minutes after you submit it, right?

          • John A. Fleming April 7, 2022, 2:12 PM

            I’ve heard about that, wanted to do it once before, but can’t seem to find any hyperlink target on my screen that allows me to do this. It might be how I have my browser configured, I set the privacy and anti-tracking settings pretty tight, and websites don’t always work quite right, especially for commercial transactions. Sometimes I have to switch over to a sandboxed browser with looser privacy settings, I haven’t tried that yet for your site. My apologies, it’s my fault. I will be more careful and proof my comments so as not to clutter things up.

            • gwbnyc April 7, 2022, 2:34 PM

              as below, tap the box.

            • gwbnyc April 7, 2022, 2:38 PM

              as below

      • Terry April 7, 2022, 7:47 PM

        CPS is a child trafficking operation run by .gov. It brings in millions and millions of $ every month for the dot gov criminals. CPS has absolutely zero to do with child protection. Follow the money, you will be amazed.

        Look up “Baby Cyrus was kidnapped” in Idaho. An ongoing attempt is being pursued by the CPS criminal organization right now to take Baby Cyrus and put him up for adoption. A 10 month old baby. My wife and I know the family well. The grand father, Diego Rodriquez is an outspoken American Patriot. This does not settle well with the creeps who run Idaho. Idaho is a police state. Yes, you read that correctly.

        Here: https://www.freedomman.org/

    • theduchessofkitty April 7, 2022, 1:34 PM

      His brother reported him to the FBI because he read the manifesto, which was published both in the NYT and WP for the purpose of finding someone who would recognize his writing style. When he read it, the entire thing screamed “Big Bro!” None better than lil’ brother would have known. Maybe some former friend, or bedtime companion would have recognized it. Alas, there was none.

      It was lil’ brother.

  • George Taylor April 7, 2022, 12:31 PM

    Computers have already beaten the communists at chess. Next thing you know, they’ll be beating humans. ~ Dale Gribble.

  • ghostsniper April 7, 2022, 2:24 PM

    The people you will need to kill in the future are driven by emotion rather than logic. They are easily identified as most of them wear their emotionalism right out front like a badge of honor. Will this message draw one out?

    • ThisIsNotNutella April 7, 2022, 3:47 PM


      Won’t need Shibboleths. Just trigger them.

    • ghostsniper April 9, 2022, 4:14 AM

      I yank, pedo troll dances.
      Dance pedo, DANCE! laff laff laff

  • Dirk April 7, 2022, 2:54 PM

    Most think their morals, direct them.

    This I know for certain,,,,,When in a pickle, EVERYBODY gives someone else up. It’s a Galapagos island kinda thing.

    Again I remind myself, three can keep a secret, if two are dead.

  • ghostsniper April 7, 2022, 2:58 PM

    The burger pik on the right reminded me.

    Yesterday I had to go to the big city of Bloomington for the first time since late 2019.
    I was prepared for the worst but it was even worster than that. I needed to get 8 large scale pdf files printed to 24″x36″ paper and in the past I always got it done at the UPS store. Well, they don’t do that any more and it took me almost half an hour of standing in line before I found that out. I asked the ditz at the counter if she knew anyone locally that did that stuff and she did not. Fortunately, or unfortunately, someone in the line said Staples will do it.

    The traffic was horrifying, and it was raining. WTF are all these people going? It was if they waited til I showed up to get out there and become slowly moving speedbumps. The young arab looking dood at the Staples counter said they get $30 for 1 print, so that would mean for me, $240 total. That ain’t going to happen, ever. A few years ago when the UPS store did them they were about $4 each, doable.

    So I walked out in the rain and sat in my vehicle for a few mins and fumed. On my phone, in Chrome, I pulled up “large format printing Bloomington IN” and I was informed such a thing is not possible. Unfucking believable. Google was seemingly unaware of the highway robbery prices at Staples. Once again technology was useless. I threw my phone on the floor.

    After a few mins I decided I’d grab a gut bomb at Burger King and head for home. This is the first time I have purchased fast food since 2019. In the past I always favored Burger King burgers over all the other FF joints because of the charcoal flavor. I hit the drive through and ordered a double cheeseburger, small fries, small coke. Total cost: $6.48 WTF??? Jeez. At home we spend less than that for a supper for the 2 of us and usually there is leftovers. I grabbed the shit and hauled ass.

    After I left the city limits and the traffic calmed down I opened the bag of grub and started eating the fries. Flavorless. Greasy. Salty. Except for the shape and texture, I’d have not known what I was eating.

    Grabbed the burger. It looked like it fell off the truck. Twice. The bun was skewed and the guts were hanging out the side. I knew right away this was going to be messy so I reached into the bag for a napkin and there were none. JFC!!! I opened the glovebox and grabbed some homestyle napkins I put in there long ago. The burger was luke warm and dry, indicating it had been prepared sometime earlier, waiting for me to appear and buy it. Except for the pickle and the slight charcoal flavor it too was flavorless. The texture was mush. WTF am I eating here? How do you take flavor out of food unless it was not food in the first place. Carefully chosen chemicals arranged in such a way as to appear like something familiar from my distant past. Fortunately that mystical concoction did not have tragic repercussions during this mornings tribunal in the throne room.

    I don’t know what’s going on with the Burger King franchise but I will not be giving them any more of the efforts of my toil as they are incapable of giving me any value in exchange. I suspect BK too is simply trying to survive the long term onslaught by the US govt. Most likely I will never purchase fast food again. That train has left the station.

    Besides, the graar here at Ghostville is 500% better, faster, cleaner, and less expensive than anywhere else. Once again society has shown that it is incapable of providing for my needs so I won’t bother it with my presence. I’ve mostly done without society for the past 2 plus years and will continue to do so. Local. Meatspace. The burn off will be glorious.

    • Jack April 7, 2022, 3:11 PM

      Ghost, I don’t know if it’s true or not but years ago Robert Downey, Jr. had been out all night, stoned out of his skull on whatever it was he was taking and, figuring he was hungry he stopped at a Burger King and ate whatever it was he ordered.

      Later he said the food was so sickening that it made him stop using drugs. Next time, try Wendy’s or What-a-Burger or Sonic. BK is as nasty as that old fucker BK dresses up and uses to represent the company. And, he looks a great deal like the late great Oklahoma evangelist T. L. Osborn.

      • ghostsniper April 8, 2022, 4:16 AM

        I may give it one more try Jack, but it will be Five Guys, also in Bloomington.
        If that is a fail then I’ll call it quits.
        My wife and I used to go to the Sonic down in Seymour (an hour from here – John Cougar territory) on the 1st day of summer but we stopped doing that. Eating in the vehicle gets kinda awkward not to mention hot.

        • Mike Austin April 8, 2022, 8:19 AM

          One of things I treat myself to when on one of my 1000 mile bicycle rides is Sonic and Mickey D’s. Otherwise I never get fast food. I cook at home. My Kung Pao Chicken is to die for. I get all my ingredients from Taiwan.

          • ghostsniper April 9, 2022, 4:15 AM

            I surely would like to try out that Kung Pao.
            If I’m ever down that way…

            • Mike Austin April 9, 2022, 6:06 PM

              I’ll supply the Tsingtao. Kung Pao, like so many authentic Chinese recipes, has myriad variations. My recipe uses:

              1. Dark soy sauce
              2. Light soy sauce
              3. Chili with garlic paste
              4. Hoisin sauce
              5. Sesame oil
              6. Peanut oil
              7. Garlic
              8. Bean sauce
              9. Sugar
              10. Rice wine
              11. Raw shelled peanuts
              12. Chili peppers
              13. Green onions
              14. Chili oil
              15. Ground Szechuan pepper corns

              I use Basmati rice or Jasmine rice rather than white rice.

              From start to finish takes about 90 minutes of steady preparation.

  • Jack Lawson April 7, 2022, 3:00 PM

    Hello John A. Fleming,

    That’s the Trillion Dollar Question for most.

    However, I know what I’m going to do and am doing. Digging in with my neighborhood group to ensure we have food and water when the American Dollar collapses. Read…


    That process is having the means to protect against those who were too mesmerized by their iPhone entertainment center, sports, garbage TV shows, vintage wines, pizza, thoughts of Kumbaya, fantasy movies, trying to persuade everyone that they are unique because they can’t sort out their sexuality, arguing their illusions of their Communist utopia who didn’t have a bite of food to eat in their house and want to drive into our subdivision and take what we have. Good luck to them.

    The law and government? It will come down to force of arms in the end… always does. That will sort that out.

    It’s also why I surf websites like Vanderleun’s… dissent by logic. His mental reasoning circuits haven’t been corrupted.

    Jack Lawson
    Associate Member, Sully H. deFontaine Special Forces Association Chapter 51, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Author of “The Slaver’s Wheel”, “A Failure of Civility,” “And We Hide From The Devil,” “Civil Defense Manual” and “In Defense.”

    “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. Those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain.” – Rutger Hauer in his “Time to die” scene from the movie “Blade Runner”

    In my memories are the above in a figurative sense… the below in the literal reality of my past…

    “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. The darkness of Zambia I’ve parachuted into at two o’clock in the morning with 60 pounds of explosives in my drop pack. I’ve watched a frightened, but still majestic and graceful family of giraffes gallop the African bush as I hung out the door of a helicopter flying by them at treetop level, almost close enough to touch them. Battled it out with terrorists mano a mano while neck deep in crocodile infested idle waters on the banks and sandbars of the Honde and Limpopo Rivers in Mozambique”

    From Jack Lawson… an American in 1RLI Support Commando and attached to Rhodesian “C Squadron” SAS Africa 1977-79

  • Jorge Jesus April 7, 2022, 3:16 PM

    I think that your characterization of leftist ideology as a symptom of a certain kind of psychology–an inferiority complex–is incorrect. Concern for the arguably marginalized does not require low self-esteem or a high socioeconomic status relative to the identified victims of oppression, it can be derived from an interpretation of facts and certain utilization of logic–and these interpretations and logic can be fallacious! This leftist worldview is being inculcated into next generation in schools and thus it is _ideas_ and arguably factual content that they are being indoctrinated with. (Well, perhaps you are partially right, and there is some element of self-esteem, as critical race theory, for example, separates people into the “good” oppressed groups and the “bad” oppressor/privileged groups, and students are taught to think about themselves each as members of either one of these two categories. Still,) Not unbelievable arguments can be made that the oppressed groups are really oppressed, and the privileged groups are really privileged. But thinking of these groups as monolithic entities rather than a collection of individuals with shared characteristics is a collectivistic *frame* of reference through which to view people; that is, it is a philosophical idea, and not necessarily a psychological feeling.

    But as I write, I am actually having doubts about my own argument: is there a way you can think of that ones identification primarily as a member of a group in a kind of “caste system” and not as an individual with individual responsibility and individual strengths does not inevitably lead to low self-esteem? Maybe the point is the causal order of those factors: which causes which? Are leftists (i.e. collectivists) _made because_ of them having low self-esteem, as I think you are saying, or does collectivistic thinking come first and inevitably cause low self-esteem? I suspect it is the latter, but I would honestly like someone else’s argument that I’m wrong to provoke me.

    • ghostsniper April 7, 2022, 5:17 PM

      You’re out of focus.
      When YOU force YOUR “concerns” on ME it becomes a problem.
      You wouldn’t want me to do that to you.
      The key word is “force”.

    • Dirk April 8, 2022, 8:12 AM

      Jack Lawsons manual is by far the single best “surviving manual”. Available on this planet. I’ve recommend Jack Lawsons, two book series to everybody we know. We’ve gifted his series to our children, our nieces and nephews. All are young conservatives, trying to make solid choices for their young families

      A simple resource on the shelf for fact checking solutions. In a world crumbling, a tangable, series of quick fix’s, which is written. In solution based style is a smart tool to have available.

  • ThisIsNotNutella April 7, 2022, 3:44 PM

    Ah… Gotta love Uncle Ted even if some of his methods were a mite questionable.

    Not totally unrelated, a fair assessment of Curtis Yarvin here:


  • ThisIsNotNutella April 7, 2022, 4:10 PM

    Self-loathing, Dysgenics, Bio-Leninism go a long way toward explaining your bog variety Anti-Fa foot soldier, wine aunt, cat lady, Drag Queen Story Hour habitue, Karen from HR, etc.

    But these don’t really explain away our high-functioning, functionally insane and evil Western Elites in the current year.

    Again, Yarvin has at least some explanatory power here:


    Once you cede power to intellectuals, all ideas become corrupted. And suddenly for no reason at all, all the stalls in the marketplace are selling the same ideas.

    “This unpoisoned marketplace of ideas was the agency that our great-grandparents, fed up with their corrupt plutocrats and uncouth politicians, made into a new regime. Yet putting the bazaar in power destroyed the decentralized wisdom of crowds that made it worthy of power. The independent crowd of writers and scholars coordinated itself into a baying herd. The bazaar evolved into a cathedral.

    Our cathedral looks nothing like an Orwellian dystopia. Instead of being centralized, cynical, and coercive, it is decentralized, sincere, and seductive. Yet its power to weave a narrative of universal illusion may be no less—and the illusion, not the coercion, is the heart of the dystopia. What would be wrong with a Ministry of Truth that always told the truth? Error has no rights.

    The cathedral hypothesis tells us something important: Our disease of ideas cannot be cured by ideas. The problem is structural. Truth will never beat power on this tilted playing field. The winning ideas will always be the most potent and exciting political formulas, just as vitamin C will never outsell cocaine. So how do we get out of this?”

    • Mike Austin April 8, 2022, 3:25 AM

      Yes, I know that Yarvin is the latest of the new new things, but my eyes glaze over when I read him.