Sunday, June 25, 2017

The cost of inner peace

I have achieved a kind of inner peace about the problems of the world. Unfortunately this has come at the cost of my ability to socially relate to any other human being. It turns out that one can have inner peace and total social isolation, or inner torment and social acceptance. (Your experience my differ). I want to spell out the structural reasons for why I think this is in my case.

If you accept the following propositions;

People believe what they are told.
Equality is a spook.
Ideology is downstream from power.
Democracy is a form of adaptive fiction.

Here is a quote from the reference;
"For example, suppose we somehow became convinced that warm beer is refreshing, whereas cold beer is poisonous. Obviously a fiction, and obviously maladaptive in our society. However, if we imagine a hot country ruled by brewers, who control their serfs by paying them only in lager, which being warm leaves them both tipsy and unrefreshed, hence quite incapable of revolt... you get the idea.
"In this brewers' republic, the warm-beer fiction is what Gaetano Mosca called a political formula. (Mosca's philosophy is nicely summarized in James Burnham's The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom, which at $50 for a used pocket-book is positively a bargain, and about as close as you'll get to Oligarchical Collectivism.)
"A political formula is a belief that makes the ruled accept their rulers. Since the former tend to outnumber the latter, a political formula is, if not absolutely essential, an excellent way to cut down on your security costs. A political formula is adaptive because the rulers have, obviously, both motive and opportunity to promote it.
"The best example of a political formula is divine-right monarchy - simply because this formula is defunct. Hardly anyone these days believes in the divine right of kings. Since at one time, most everyone did, we have incontrovertible proof that adaptive fictions can exist in human societies. Either divine-right monarchy is a fiction, and people then were systematically deluded. Or kings do rule by the grace of God, and people now are systematically deluded.
"Or, of course, both. Because Mosca's second example of a political formula is - democracy."
Then it follows;

Democracy needs equality in order to produce a state of psychological torment within the individual, so that this torment can be harnessed for political action.

So I abandoned any belief in equality. While this gave me peace internally, it cost me socially. In a society of people who are in a state of inner torment you still have to relate to them.

Ideology is to power as marketing is to business. Meaning: ideology is just marketing for power.

There are feedback loops.

Affirmative action jobs for votes.
Grievance indoctrination for votes.
Social security for votes.
War profits for campaign contributions.
Immigrant slave labor and votes for contributions

Each of these has a corresponding justifying ideology. Let's add them after.

Feedback Loop                                                              Justifying Ideology
Affirmative action jobs for votes. ------------------------>"Historical injustice"
Grievance indoctrination for votes.----------------------->"Oppression"
Social security for votes.----------------------------------->"Care for the elderly"
War profits for campaign contributions.----------------->"Bringing democracy to the world"
Immigrant slave labor/votes for contributions---------->"No human is illegal/anti-racism."

How do you tell people: "fuck off and shut the fuck up. I'm not interested in the opinion you believe ONLY because you were told to believe it. No I won't entertain your fucking stupidity. You only believe what you are told, and ideology is downstream from power!" At the dinner table? You don't.

The left is a vast pile of motivated cognition for money and power centered around its feedback loops.


  1. Excellent analysis.

  2. Hate and contempt are wonderfully liberating.

    1. It's a vice I am trying to get away from.