You just refocus your energy.
My there is a lot of energy out there recently. The New York Times profiling Evola and linking him to Bannon. I wonder what the good Baron would think of being associated with a slob of a man who can’t seem to have the decency to grow a real beard or just go clean shaven.
Bannon and Trump are a hilarious mismatch of aesthetics in how they carry themselves. The disheveled look works well for no-one, but Bannon seems determined to try. Much like the media are determined to throw their spotlight upon everything now that the Overton window has shifted thanks to Trump.
Yarvin, when he and I met in passing by pure chance last year, seemed a jovial sort. We shared a joke about the ‘threats’ against him. Perhaps they are more serious now but I was chuffed to see him retaining that jovial sense of humor in The Atlantic’s piece on NRx. The incident is worth repeating for the sheer mirth it brings:
“Think you should speak directly to my WH cutout / cell leader,” Yarvin said in an email. “I’ve never met him and don’t know his identity, we just DM on Twitter. He’s said to be ‘very close’ to Bannon. There are several levels, but most people just start out with his public persona.” @BronzeAgePerv’s avatar is of a muscular, shirtless man and his account’s biography reads: “Steppe barbarian. Nationalist, Fascist, Nudist Bodybuilder! Purification of world. Revolt of the damned. Destruction of the cities!”
“I know nothing about BAP personally, except that he lifts. DM him. He may not give you any info but he always responds,” Yarvin said. “Apparently there’s a big underground movement of right-wing bodybuilders — thousands. Their plan is to surface spectacularly this April, in a choreographed flash demo on the Mall. They’ll be totally nude, but wearing MAGA hats. Goal is to intimidate Congress with pure masculine show of youth, energy. Trump is said to know, will coordinate with powerful EOs…”
Whilst I’m the first to note issues with NRx – just see past blog posts on the matter here – I have to commend them for handling themselves well.
You get two choices, you can take the Spencer Option and this involves walking around getting punched repeatedly in the face because you crave public attention. Or the NRx option, continue writing and rehashing ideas relatively secluded. Now the spotlight will come onto you but it doesn’t really matter. They don’t want it – and if it does and a few more people pick up on some anti-Democracy, anti-egalitarian ideas that work at the unease they feel at the modern world so much the better. Whether it’s Social Matter, Moldbug, Alain de Benoist, or Evola all of them unite enough to promote the unified beliefs of the far-right. That this world is a lie. That there are other options to us.
The benefit of being more akin to NRx than Spencer is you plod slowly on, you insulate yourself above and beyond certain destructive immature elements. I stated there are two ways but really there is a third. The way of BAP. Mirthful trolling mixed with the occasional seriousness – for all the Pepe fun and ‘Kek’ worshippers there is something always more direct about a BAP tweet. In a previous post my manifesto against blogging was just that – but people will do what they do. It also pointed out how the lower activation energy of the herdlike Alt-Lite and Spencers have pushed things forward.
With Moldbug and NRx now being tangentially linked to Bannon I think that analysis is validated. It is with a certain smugness that I see the Cathedral now bending over trying to form links – and hey, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Bannon has been reading Social Matter, Moldbug all this time.
Either way we’re all still winning