nrxnry cannon

wait, that should be >canon<

Laliberte told me about this project yesterday evening, and i took some time to look through this list. obviously, the point of a canon is to keep it as tight and as compact as possible (if it gets too large and unwieldy, it’s going to get very difficult to bring it to field. so i tried to think of things to remove, and of course failed.

if you wanted a recommendation of how to read it, i’d stay start with a fiew of the major works. the first two in particular. then hit up initial remarks, and then periodically sample from the other sections.

anyway, i’m feeling pretty good about this list. you’ll at least learn something.

the Chernobyl incident recast as a horrible, ironic commentary on the final stages of Western Civilization

western civilization you can imagine as a nuclear (fission) reactor. the dangerous, volatile, energetic elements (such as the predisposition of westerners towards universal morality, the raw teachings of christianity, the technological advancements produced from high-IQ population concentrations) are piled together so that energy will be released from their chain reactions. control rods are inserted, and containment is imposed around it – rulers with military might, the Church, physical isolation and distance, etc. material goes in, and power comes out. the civilization blooms.

at some point, bad ideas are had. someone says, well we should try doing these things. some people who turn out to be less intelligent, or at least less prudent, than they ought attempt to do those things. mistakes are made. the reactor enters a bad state, warning signs are missed or denied, and cascading failure is initiated – at which point the transitions to a failure state happen too fast to be prevented, and soon things start blowing up – the french revolution, for example – and the core is breached in the meltdown. radioactive universalism is spread around the world. nations die of exposure.

the conservative, as Dyatlov, sends out brave men to go re-insert the rods. the rods are gone, Dyatlov! the entire lid is gone! the men, of course, die a quick but painful death in the trenches and on the fields of the smoking, glowing ruin of the 20th century. in the aftermath, the whole thing is abandoned, the world sinks into despair as the glow of anaesthetizing entertainment poisons all bodies. cancer rates are elevated.

and now the reactionary has a task, and options. the task is mind-bogglingly huge: seal over the ruin of the reactor so that further radiation is not emitted, and then scrub the entire world of radioactive ideas. of course, this means that the workers, who generally should expect to die in the thousands, kill time by arguing over What Should Come After:

  • the anti-nuclear activists ultimately think that the elements that made up western civilization should never be used again; for instance, because the elements and the construction are too dangerous. but are their plans for the prior civilizations sound?
  • the rebuilders would, well, rebuild the reactor. sure, there are mistakes that they’d fix, but the design is sound, and when no one’s messing around with it, it can run fine! what’s not clear, however, is that we have enough of the fuel elements to run up a new reactor.
  • the futurists want to build a fusion reactor. they say it’d never blow up, and it’ll run even longer and even cleaner. thing is, no one knows how to build one.

what’s the answer? i don’t know, but i figure eventually someone will come up with something convincing one way or another. until then, i’m ready to go begin the cleanup operation, but, well … i think we’ve forgotten the plans for the operation!

raptros’s top 11 albums of 2013

well Aaron J Clarius (@graaaaaagh) challenged me to come up with my own top albums list for 2013. this turned out to be difficult, because 2013 had a lot of great metal releases, but i’ve come up with 11 albums that after having given them enough listening time to compare to the rest of the year, make it to the top. additionally, I’ve included a list of 13 runners-up – albums that didn’t make the cut, and albums that might have made the cut if i’d had more time to listen to them.

in no particular order, and without any explanation

  • Soilwork – The Living Infinite
  • Extol – Extol
  • Rivers of Nihil – The Conscious Seeds of Light
  • The Ocean – Pelagial
  • Rannoch – Between Two Worlds
  • Gorguts – Colored Sands
  • Disfiguring the Goddess – Deprive and Black Earth Child (clearly, the separate releases was just a troll – they came out on the same day, they form a double album)

  • Wormed – Exodromos
  • Pathology - Lords of Rephaim
  • Fallujah – Nomadic
  • Black Crown Initiate – Song of the Crippled Bull

below: 13 honorable mention, again without order or explanation (some of these would have had made the cut if i’d had more time to listen to them)

  • Last Chance to Reason – Level 3
  • Havok – Unnatural Selection
  • Living Sacrifice – Ghost Thief
  • The Monolith Deathcult – Tetragrammaton
  • Ovid’s Withering – Scryers of the Ibis
  • Byzantine – Byzantine
  • Tesseract – Altered States
  • In Vain – Ænigma
  • Exhale – When Worlds Collide
  • Circles – Infinitas
  • Uneven Structure – 8
  • Leprous – Coal
  • Persefone – Spiritual Migration

the neoreactionary elevator pitch

somehow, you find yourself about to get on an elevator with a billionaire, one whom you suspect might be swayable to the cause of the Reaction. as you break the ice with some brief chitchat, you realize you now have about 60 seconds to try to kick off a process that’ll inevitable convert him into a serious supporter. what do you say to him?

an elevator pitch is one of those things that’s Good To Have if you’re trying to sell an idea. what is it? it’s a brief (e.g. one minute) explanation of why someone should be interested in your idea. note that it is not, in fact, a brief explanation of your idea; this is an important distinction – you are not attempting to convert your target with your elevator pitch. instead, you are trying to convince him to give you plenty of time to convert him.

the best elevator pitches, i’ve been told, are told as stories. tell a story that makes the problem you can solve interesting. if it’s effective, whoever you’re talking to will give you the time to explain the problem more, and your solution.

send me your suggestions.

a city and the roads in it

austin, texas has in the past decade or so (apparently) grown heavily out west of the Colorado river (the Texan one, that is). what natives will generally agree is “Central Austin” is the region bounded by 360 on the west, 183 (both north and east), and 71 below.

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there are people living on the east side of the river and working on the west side – plenty of decent neighborhoods west of Mopac (loop 1), cheap places to live in less-good neighborhoods east of I-35; on the west of the river, there have sprung up large office buildings with reasonable rents right along 360 (also known as “capital of texas highway” by people who have strange ideas about highways and whether or not traffic lights belong on them (they don’t)).

there are also people living west of the river, some east of 360, many more south and west – suburbs, you know – who work east of the river. for example: in the downtown – the region between mopac and I-35 from the river up to enfield/15th. lots of office buildings downtown.

now, note that there are three places to cross the river for these people:

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“wtf dude, I see mopac and 360 crossing the river, that’s it, where’s the third one”

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“oh”. yeah.

now mopac (and 35, but whatever) gets enormous traffic in the evening – it’s practically a parking lot. there’s a lot of people going north and south – office parks up north, suburbs down south and vice versa, plus everyone going from and to (because where do you think the party’s at but) downtown. if you’re going east-west, either direction, you’re pretty much screwed.

sure, you could also go up north on 360 and take 2222 across:

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now you’re getting stopped by lights on 360 and then probably getting stuck in north-south traffic east anyway (or vice versa)

so: the redbud trail bridge, and the drive through Westlake Hills etc. this is all a reasonably nice drive, but on the other side, you’re gonna run into trouble:

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if you haven’t figured it out on your own, the point is that “Exposition Boulevard” is pretty much the main way for anyone to go up north from lake austin boulevard – i.e. people coming across the bridge, and people coming out of downtown, and the main way south for people headed towards either the bridge or downtown.

now you say “well what’s the problem with that? i bet exposition, being a Boulevard, is just like the lake austin one – two lanes in each direction, wide enough to handle the traffic etc.” to which I answer by first asking how you know so much about lake austin boulevard without knowing about exposition, and then explaining the awful truth. which is, that from west to east, property line to property line, Exposition Boulevard consists of:

  • a southbound bike lane
  • a single southbound traffic lane
  • a single northbound traffic lane
  • a northbound bike lane
  • a lane for parking
  • a sidewalk

at the lights there are, of course, left turn lanes (by getting rid of the parking lane).

so yes, after the massive traffic getting over the bridge, there is additional massive traffic on Exposition. also, I don’t think anyone tries to bike on it during rush hour more than once.

anyway, the punchline is that liberalism looks at a fundamental problem with urban sprawl, ignores any sort of logistical issues, and says “let’s put in Bike Lanes! that’ll sure Fix Things!” and then everyone gets to go home burned out by traffic.

something other than total inaction

(if nydwracu can post dubstep I can post deathcore)

so in that thread, i said

once you’ve figured out why you want to do something, look for something to do. i recommend forming small groups – participation determined primarily by willingness to work together on a single task. what should this task be? anything that isn’t explicitly or too obviously political. try doing software projects, or forming survival compounds, or building urban or suburban community groups, or whatever. if you feel like writing, try doing group work aiming for short, high frequency, mostly non-explanatory posting – long form ideological screed writing at this point is an over-saturated field. don’t go for explanations, go for examples (pictures, charts, etc – those are good things).

and this, I am convinced, is really the best way forward for the neoreaction. i’m not the only one who thinks so, by the way – anomaly UK made the argument I would make, much more eloquently and at least a month ago. instead, I will modify some points.

right now, we don’t know of there being many of us, in this here Aquarium. i think the best way for us to get anywhere is to try things and see what doesn’t get us all killed (and if we’re really lucky actually gets us somewhere). working on your own is tough, and probably demoralizing. making a single (or several) large groups is probably unworkable – if we can find someone who can bring all reactionaries together, of all the cantankerous stripes, we’ve probably found a true king. so: small groups. 4 or 5 people. for shits and giggles, you could try using the Agile methodology to work on whatever project it is.

anyway, the assignment, for each of you. find 4 or 5 people you think you might be able to work with. doesn’t have to be in person at all. come up with a scheme or project for your group to work on. go work on it for a while, and come back whenever you feel like reporting something to other people. you may use the comments on this thread to discuss ideas and form groups.

a suggestion, though: don’t make your project explicitly political/ideological/reactionary. let that guide you and drive you, if you like; use those to help you find people who you’ll be able to get along with, but don’t make your project one that’d reveal those aspects. let the true underlying goal come through stealthily. and don’t get worried if things don’t work out the first time.