Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mimetic evolution under different social structures, and the ideologies they produce

In my opinion, human beings vastly overestimate the free will of the individual while also massively underestimating the role of material forces/incentives in shaping human cultural conditions. The point of this belief is not to disempower the individual, but to achieve the opposite: control over the forces that control us. Everything is recursive. A process occurs. That process shapes human culture. The same process then shapes the reaction to the change in human culture. For example: the accumulation of redistribution under democracy eventually gives birth to identity politics, as democracy breaks down into client populations competing for political power/payoff. The same process that gave birth to identity politics (that process being competitive redistribution), then gives birth to the alt-right as a political force for White identity politics, since the alt-right then competes for the political power like every other client population.

Second example: the cultural exemption of women and minorities from moral agency gives rise to failure and dependency among minority populations. The failure itself is then interpreted through the lens of exemption. Exemption from responsibility gives birth to both the problem (minority failure to thrive) and the interpretation of the problem (Whites must be to blame). The motive for moral exemption is the incentive of the Democratic party under democracy to cultivate psychologically dependent client populations in order to win elections.

The trick is not to rant and rave against the processes that control us, but to reverse engineer those processes by asking: what result do we want to achieve? Then we ask: what political process will produce that result? The structural form that the state takes in arrived at in a backwards manner: first we decide what kind of world we want to live in. Then we figure out what kind of political system will produce that world. Ideology is the effect of power. Ideology is downstream from power. Ideology is marketing for power. When power needs an excuse, it takes an ideology off the shelf and uses it. That is why some ideologies become famous and not others. They are elevated by power.

Ideologies can be classified into roughly three groups based on the power systems they evolved under: ideologies of secure power, ideologies of unsecure power, and ideologies under capitalism. Memetics is the theory that mental ideas undergo a process of transformation similar to Darwinian evolution. Ideas are passed from one human being to the next. The information content of these ideas is corrupted along the way. (Anyone who has witnessed a gossip chain in action can attest to this). Only the essential pattern is retained. For example; while there have been many different Christian denominations over the centuries, the basic pattern of hell, Satanheaven, original sin, salvation, and savior remain consistent. This even bleeds over into progressive liberalism, becoming capitalism, Hitlerprogress, privilege, equality, and education. Even though the information content is drastically changed in the process of converting it from Christianity to Progressiveness, the mental pattern is retained, and the above list is a one-to-one translation of concepts.

Christianity          Liberalism/Progressivism
hell                       capitalism
Satan                   Hitler
demons                Whites
heaven                 progress
original sin           privledge
salvation              equality
savior                   education
disciple                college professor
wickedness          racism
rapture                 global warming
blasphemy           hate speech

The more ideologies change, the more they stay the same.

Ideologies developed by secure power

In Hinduism there is a concept you are undoubtedly aware of called karma. This means roughly "spiritual debt caused by bad actions." Additionally, there are the concepts of dharma (your spiritual purpose in life, the cosmic law and order), svadharma (your purpose in life according your nature, your caste duty, etc.) Dharma and svadharma, (alternate spelling swadharma), is the difference between eternal duty, (sanātana dharma) and ones duty to ones caste, (swadharma). Of course, I am butchering the concepts here. There is no precise translation.

In the Bhagavad Gita there is a war between Prince Arjuna, and his cousins, over the Kingdom of Hastinapura. Allow me to quote a summary on the issue;
"The Gita is the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna leading up to the battle.
"Arjuna doesn't want to fight. He doesn't understand why he has to shed his family's blood for a kingdom that he doesn't even necessarily want. In his eyes, killing is evil and killing his family is the greatest sin of all. He casts down his weapons and tells Krishna he will not fight. Krishna, then, begins the systematic process of explaining why it is Arjuna's dharmic duty (his swadharma) to fight and how he must fight in order to restore his karma.
"Krishna first explains the samsaric cycle of birth and death. He says there is no true death of the soul — simply a sloughing of the body at the end of each round of birth and death. The purpose of this cycle is to allow a person to work off their karma, accumulated through lifetimes of action. If a person completes action selflessly, in service to God, then they can work off their karma, eventually leading to a dissolution of the soul, the achievement of enlightenment (moksha, or spiritual liberation) and vijnana, (mental clarity or discernment), and an end to the samsaric cycle. If they act selfishly, then they keep accumulating debt, putting them further and further into karmic debt."
(parentheticals are mine) 
The point here is not to get into a long discussion about Hinduism, but to show a pattern. All of these concepts; swadharma, karma, moksha, samsara, vijnana,  are exactly what you need to produce order in a civilization. I believe that ideology is marketing for power. This is a fairly jaded view of the world. However, it does not mean that I do not also believe that Hinduism is true. Indeed, I believe that it is true, but I also hold simultaneously that it is a political necessity. Allow me to explain.

Let us imagine that you are trying to develop an ideology that will enable people to accept the power of a King to rule over them, and let us say that this process of motivated cognition is leading people to invent ideas that justify the rule of the king. Hinduism is a collection of some of the oldest religions in the world. (Hinduism is a collection of religions and not a single religion). It follows that the process of mimetic evolution has had a much longer period of time to develop, and that it developed in Hinduism for much longer than Christianity, and for much longer in Christianity than in Liberalism. In Hinduism this process of steadily building up concepts piled on top of concepts goes all the way back to 3300 BC. The oldest Hindu society goes all the way back to Madrasian Culture 2.5 million years ago. Hinduism claims to be tens of thousands of years old or even older, and it very well might be. In contrast, modern liberalism dates to about 1963, or about 1642 at the earliest.

Mimesis is "accretive:" meaning that the process of humans inventing, transmitting, and modifying ideas, builds up layer by layer like the strata of a rock face counting geological time. It builds slowly, accretively, little by little, ideas being developed one layer at at time. Under secure power, it justifies power. It seeks to produce psychological harmony in the low class/caste individual. The goal of an ideology developed for thousands of years under monarchy is going to be to generate support for the monarch. The goal will be to make every caste in society happy with their station in life. Karma is pretty much the ultimate psychological weapon for doing that. If you are low caste it is because you must have done something wrong in a previous life, and you are working off your karma in this life. You deserve it. That is why India is said to have "happy poverty." There is no presumption of entitlement there by the poor. Hinduism teaches the poor that they deserve their poverty as punishment for bad karma from previous lives. As a concept, karma is far more effective at producing a psychological acceptance of power and its inevitable abuses than anything else.

In Christendom, before the development of democracy we see a similar thing. This goes by the name of the great chain of being, a phrase which means roughly, "the natural order of the universe with Gods and Angeles on top, Kings above men, men in the middle, and plants and animals on the bottom." All of life is order cosmically by God's divine will into a natural hierarchy. This is similar to the Confucian concept of filial piety, where the son performs duty for the father, the wife for the husband, the children for their parents, and the father for the Emperor.

In China we had the mandate of heaven, in Japan the God Emperor, in Great Britain the King was God's divine representative on Earth. All of these are ideologies developed under (relatively) secure power. Their purpose is to generate social harmony, cohesion, obedience, and serenity among the population. Ideology is marketing for power. The ideology of a secure power system is designed to maximize psychological harmony of the individual with their government, to make them a mature responsible adult, and to make them submit to authority. The king wants society to function well. That is his incentive. To do this he wants to cultivate a graceful acceptance of the power structure. Thus, secure power ideologies produce in the most well-adjusted minds grace, and in the less well-adjusted minds apathy.

Ideologies developed under unsecure power

This desire for social harmony in monarchies is in dramatic contradistinction to those ideologies which are developed under unsecure power in democracies, or other demotist systems. An election is a war where the troops show up to be counted. The ideology that markets power best under these circumstances is the one that produces the greatest anxiety and rage in the voters emotional state — an ideology which drives the voter to the polls in an irrational rage to vote for his tribes slate of candidates. The ideal ideology for performing this function is one that engenders complete psychological dependence, and that causes the individual to conflate their own personal identity with the causes they support. The nature of unsecure power is that it is a war with itself, and new ideological techniques are continuously being invented to produce psychological anguish in the public in order to harness the individuals energy for votes, protests, marches, and harassment of the enemy camp. Equality is the perfect goal for such a movement since it is a goal that can never be achieved on planet Earth, since the symmetry breaking nature of the laws of physics inhibit it continuously. No economic system can ever make people equal. No justice system can ever generate perfectly equal justice. No survival is compatible with equal worth since not all individuals contribute to society equally. To make a person rage against equality is to make them rage against something that they can never change or defeat. It is the perfect weapon for wining elections, and the perfect ideology for a parasite whose thirst is never sated. It makes the host work hard for the parasite forever, since the goal can never be reached. Low agency voters also need more ideology to motivate them to go to the polls than high agency ones. As I said in a previous article;
"The (democratic) state is actually a coercion market. That is, it is a market that sells coercive force to private buyers. While it is true that it often legislates in the general interest, (the criminal code is an example of this), it is also true that it is in the general interest of it's client lobbyists and public interest groups to have a properly functioning society and economy. Just as the selfish desires of individual businessmen may lead to an "invisible hand" of collective public good in economic production, so the selfish interest of various pressure groups acting upon the legislative process may also produce legislation in favor of the general welfare, especially if they negotiate and compromise their interests against each other. Despite the fact that the state is a marketplace for the purchasing of laws, it may still legislate for the common good most of the time. Even parasites need a functioning economy to expropriate."
Unsecure power can do good things. But its modus operandi is to win the next election. That is it's true concern.

As the state grows under democracy an ever greater level of ideological hysteria is needed to justify ever increasing levels of redistribution. It is not enough that they take money from others, they must feel righteous about it, since the state religion of equality contradicts their implicit goal of redistribution. Parasitism can only be justified among equals if it is a compensation for an injustice. The nature of the ideology demands blaming the producer who supports the parasite in order to satisfy the guilt of the parasite. Therefore there must be oppressors everywhere. If these oppressors are scarce or absent they must be manufactured. The perpetual war of insecure power demands the perpetual anguish of the public as a means of justifying the whole catastrophe morally. Ideology is marketing for power: under democracy is must engender psychological dependence, helplessness, entitlement, and never ending struggle for acceptance among its client populations. Oftentimes people are mystified as to why feminists discount the agency of women and blacks, or why so much talk about empowerment is completely disempowering to the target audience. Simply realize that all popular ideology is only popular because some system, or power center, is rewarding it. That system is only popularizing the ideology because it views it as an investment in its own power.

Consider this: at the University of Colorado Boulder Philosophy Department there is a tiny library located on an upstairs floor of the Hellems Arts and Sciences building. In that library are the published works of all the philosophers that have taught at the University's Philosophy Department. In fact, that library is unique in that it contains only the works of professors who work there, and no others. Probably none of them are widely read outside the University. Why does one philosopher stay on the shelf while another becomes famous? There are thousands of philosophers around the world, and yet almost none of them matter. The answer is simple: one serves the power system well while the others do not. As ideology is marketing for power, philosophers are, whether they realize it or not, writing marketing briefs. The ones that become famous are the ones that have written the most effective marketing plans. Those sit on the shelf did not. That is why there can never be a popular ideology of true anti-power, for power is the true customer of ideology.

In an unsecure power system, ideology is just the whip that gets voters to go to the polls, nothing more. There is no such thing as an anti-power ideology. Who would promote it? And what incentive would they have?

Ideologies developed or modified under market conditions

Christianity, as a particular religion that developed under monarchy, is now operating under market conditions. The market selects for a very particular thing. It is a vast filtration mechanism. What it selects for varies by industry. In the luxury car business it selects for stylistically high quality automobiles that also so happen to have a bit of planned obsolesce built into them. In the hamburger industry it selects for a greasy Whopper, or salty Big Mac. In architecture it selects for cost efficiency on a square foot basis. There is no greater price you can charge for aesthetically pleasing architecture, so glass skyscrapers, big box stores, strip malls, and cookie-cutter subdivisions are produced en masse. The era of component standardization brings with it the degradation of architecture. Previous buildings were constructed by the hands of individual craftsmen. This force for good design is now gone from the world. The same behavior afflicts religion under market conditions.

If I have a church, and you have a church, and if I host a rock concert with fireworks and acrobats descending from the ceiling on ropes, while you host a boring ceremony in Latin, I acquire more parishioners than you. You in contrast, lose your congregation steadily as young people are attracted to the flashy show I put on. In the long-term my rock concert religion will not fulfill the spiritual needs of these people, and they will drift ever further into atheism. But your church will still go out of business, and the elegant traditional building that housed its congregation will be bulldozed to make way for a strip mall. Such is capitalism — a race to the bottom.

In another previous article I spoke on this exact behavior.  To wit;
"Imagine that you and your broheim start your own cool cult in your basement. You discover all the secrets of life and decide to share them with the world. When people come to your subterranean church you tell them the awesome secrets of the universe and they instantly find inner peace. Or maybe it takes a few months. Whatever. The whole point is that you are making people happy. They leave your church with inner peace and joy at how awesome life now is, and walk around will smug shit-eating grins on their faces that disturb all the kiddies.
"So you lose all your customers because they now have inner peace and no longer need you.
"Now I start a competitor cult down the road. I don't give people inner peace. I just give them temporary relief, and my relief lasts oh, say a week. After about a week they need to come back to me for more relief. So my customers keep coming back. As a result I have lots of money to hire missionaries to go around spreading my culty half-baked gospel. My religion grows and thrives. I buy a Bentley and build a megachurch. Good for me.
"So my customers keep coming back forever and ever and my religion takes over the world."
 The market corrupts not only the architecture of the church, not only the format of the ceremony, but the content of the gospel itself. Religion will shift from that which focuses of salvation/liberation/moksha into that which focuses on maintenance, return business, and induced anxiety. Religion distorts into weekly rock concert therapy for shallow hipsters. The focus on money quite literally shapes the gospel itself, producing the "gospel of prosperity:" a direct contradiction of actual scripture, and a complete abomination;
"Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless." — Ecclesiastes 5:10
"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." — Matthew 19:24
While ideology developed under divided power is built on inducing a state of anguish in the mind of an entitled "victim" class that can be relied upon to agitate and vote for it's patron party, maintenance religion is based on maximizing market return on on investment. Weekly sermons are more frequent than elections. Thus, the level of anxiety induced to keep the penitent coming back is not so great. There is a focus on providing temporary relaxation and relief from life's problems. Aging baby boomers lift up their pudgy hands to the steel truss ceiling of the concrete mega church, obese hips obscenely rocking back and forth, eyes closed, incompetently mumbling the words to a Jesus rock concert, presented in both English and Spanish. A hot female "pastor" in nerd glasses swings and dances on stage, keeping all male eyes fixed on the front of the room. Women in yoga pants make you stare at their asses in the whore-"house of God" built out of concrete masonry units, and furnished with metal stackable ballroom chairs sitting on industrial carpet. This is religion under capitalism.

In Conclusion

Each social structure, (I won't say system because monarchy is not a system), produces predictable results. Unsecure power produces the most emotionally painful and psychologically tormenting ideologies on earth. Capitalism produces maintenance religions with Ayn Rand levels of greed worship — though we did not get around to talking about her. Indeed, Rand is herself a secular religion of capitalism. Monarchy produces the most peaceful ideologies, designed to quell envy and produce dutiful service to society and state. Traditional religion is often accused of producing false consciousness in the individual. But as an alternative, the ideologies of divided power produce an utterly fantastic level of hysterical rage; "inequality," "oppression," "White males (as a slur)," "cis-hetro-dominated patriarchal rape culture," "social justice," and "microaggressions." These terms are dripping with rage. Consider the level of madness that unsecure power (democracy) generates in a persons mind for, that person to thing that microaggressions (ie., looking at someone the wrong way, failing to use their desired made up pronoun) constitute some form of abuse. If monarchy induces a beautiful and serene false consciousness, and "freedom" is the constant psychological agony of paranoia over microaggressions, then the rational choice for a happy life is false consciousness.

With secure power you get relaxing ideology designed to justify your circumstances and your place in the power structure. You learn to develop grace, and accept all suffering with dignity. Your cathedrals are worth visiting, you are trained to be mature, and your religion is the center of your community life. You attend weddings and baptisms. You have actual traditions and culture. When you grow old you become a respected member of the community. You die in your bed surrounded by your large family in a beautiful classic old house. Everyone loves you because of White sharia.

With unsecure power you are indoctrinated to hate everything, are in constant emotional pain, and struggle for a goal that can never be reached, (equality). You grow moldylocks, open your ass up with a speculum for your pornographer, hate your own race, and get punched in the face by a man with a fashy haircut. You die at 45 of AIDS. No one comes to your funeral because you were a porn star and have no children. You die in a hospital bed looking at ceiling tiles.

With capitalism you are fed maintenance religion, superficial temporary relief, and the gospel of greed. You tolerate bad architecture, nerd hipster female pastors, angry cucks, and greedy cutthroat bosses. Your wife dumps you for Jeremy Meeks. You beat off endlessly to Moldylocks porn. You drive your obese ass down clogged streets. You get shrieked at by insane White women over raping them with your eyes. You have no traditions and culture, no respectable architecture, and your vote doesn't matter. You die in a hospital surrounded by nurses that you cannot sexually harass. All you leave your two kids is debt, and everyone hates you because you are White.

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