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Monday, December 17, 2012

The delta moment

Just to forestall any concerns or conspiracy theories, I let WND know today that I'm ending my column there as of December 31.  There are no problems, no differences of opinion, or anything like that.  I haven't taken a job with the IMF or a K-Street lobbying firm.  I have no plans to write a column anywhere else.  I am appreciative of the platform WND gave me for 11 years and I very much respect and support Joseph Farah.  But I feel the quality of my columns has not been up to their previous par over the last two years; today's column reminded me of what they used to be.

So, rather than phone it in, I've asked WND to give my place on the Commentary page to someone else.  I will continue to blog both here and at Alpha Game, as before.  I don't know what effect that will have on my readership, but that really doesn't matter.  Sometimes, you just know it is time for a change.

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Anonymous Josh December 17, 2012 1:09 PM  

You'll be missed there, Vox.

And many ilk will have no reason to ever visit WND again.

Anonymous Bob Davidson December 17, 2012 1:10 PM  

Thank you for the many years of quality content. I appreciate all of your effort and I've received a valuable education via your WND columns.

Anonymous Cinco December 17, 2012 1:12 PM  

Man, what a shitty week...

Anonymous Wendy December 17, 2012 1:13 PM  

You think they'll keep the archive of articles? There's some in there worth a reread now and again.

Anonymous Outlaw X December 17, 2012 1:15 PM  

Sometimes, you just know it is time for a change.

Yeah, you are the lucky one or the gifted one to see it in comparison to all things important. God bless.

Anonymous J December 17, 2012 1:16 PM  

Can't say that I'll be visiting WND anymore. It was good run though. But as long as you don't shut down the blogs, I'll survive.

Anonymous Susan December 17, 2012 1:16 PM  

Even a superintellegence like yourself needs to recharge the 'little grey cells' and take on new challenges. From what I have learned about you in my daily reads here, I suspect that is even more true for you.

As to WND, I suspect that they are the ones who aren't up to par anymore. I haven't enjoyed the site for a while now. No disrespect to Joe intended. Given the current political situation in regards to the 2nd amendment though, that could change dramatically over the course of time.

Now if/when you give up your blog here,(not for a looong time please) well I shudder to think of what the results of that would be here with the ilk. The wailing and teeth gnashing would be horrific.

Blogger The Goins December 17, 2012 1:17 PM  

Good for you, bro. I've enjoyed your columns as long as I've been reading them, even the ones written within the last two years. Once I found out you were a Christian and a Mensan, I was pretty much hooked and wanted to see how a Christian Mensan operates in the public square, even if that only meant reading a column, because I want to be a Christian Mensan one day. Because the Apostle Paul told the believers at his time to "imitate" him as he imitated Christ, I think its alright if later Christians imitate other Christians seemingly walking upright in the Lord, and to learn from them.

Hope that isn't heretical.

P.S. I recently bought your book "The Return of the Great Depression" on Kindle, and I plan on cracking it open soon.

Anonymous trk December 17, 2012 1:19 PM  

You killed it today Vox at WND. Your column there brought me here a LONG time ago.

Anonymous VD December 17, 2012 1:21 PM  

You think they'll keep the archive of articles? There's some in there worth a reread now and again.

Probably. I'm not burning any bridges or anything. I'll see about making them available in a few inexpensive ebooks or something as well.

Anonymous Outlaw X December 17, 2012 1:26 PM  

Thanks for recommending me to take your place, but me and Farah just don't get along well enough. This is a Joke for those who might take it seriously. Looking forward to Nate's column.

Anonymous szook December 17, 2012 1:26 PM  

Sad to hear this.....but not totally surprised. Count me among those who are more interested in seeing you keep up your writing, though. I don't care as much about the platform given our long acquaintance.

Anonymous Josh December 17, 2012 1:28 PM  

By the way, congrats on knowing when to call it quits. As long as you don't pull a Favre and continuously unretire. One of the reason we don't fondly recall many creative types is that they didn't know when to call it quits and started pumping out crap that even diminished their earlier works.

Blogger Nate December 17, 2012 1:29 PM  

Vox... I know exactly how you feel. You don't realize the fastball is fading when it drops from 97 to 95... or 95 to 93. You notice it... when that one day you throw the 102... and you remember that they all used to be in the triple digits.

Sometimes we need the relief to see the picture.

Anonymous The Gray Man December 17, 2012 1:31 PM  

I was an avid WND reader from 2000-2006 and that is the only reason I stumbled across your blog. It's shaped my life for the better over the past three years that I've read you religiously.

I have not read WND regularly since 2006 and for the past 3 or 4 years the only reason I have ever went there is to read your full column when posted here.

As long as Vox Popoli stays around I will be content.

Anonymous Kickass December 17, 2012 1:33 PM  

Any chance you will start writing homeschool curriculum since you will have too much time on your hands? I will sign the kiddos up post haste.

Anonymous Kickass December 17, 2012 1:34 PM  

That was not a joke.

Anonymous Josh December 17, 2012 1:37 PM  

Looking forward to Nate's column.

A sampling of column titles:

1. Bourbon and why scotch is for euro faggots who wear skirts and eat sheep guts.

2. Roll tide roll and the big ten can kiss my redneck ass.

3. Hyperinflation is coming!

4. Tits...or ass? Evaluating feminine beauty, and why if you think Ann Coulter is hot you're a fag.

5. The case for secession, part one (of fifty).

6. Lincoln was a commie and a fag.

7. The proper care and keeping of harems.

8. It's not gay if it's Jake locker.

9. How to trap and skin an IRS agent.

10. This one time, at band camp.

Blogger IM2L844 December 17, 2012 1:39 PM  

I've been expecting this for the last couple of months. I can't trace the expectation's beginning to any particular point. It was like an annoying little itch that couldn't quite be pinpointed. Today you scratched it for me, but I'm not really very thankful for it. Still, if it lightens your load in the slightest way, I suppose can find a way to celebrate that.

Anonymous VD December 17, 2012 1:39 PM  

Any chance you will start writing homeschool curriculum since you will have too much time on your hands?

Yes, I would say there is an excellent chance.

Sometimes we need the relief to see the picture.

I scanned through today's column yesterday, changed the title, realized I hadn't written anything like that in a long time, and told Spacebunny I was probably going to end the column. This morning, I checked it out at WND, then immediately wrote Mr. Farah an email.

I was tempted to let that be the last word, but I have a two-part coda in mind.

Blogger Nate December 17, 2012 1:43 PM  

11) Its not solipsism if other people do it for you.

Anonymous Josh December 17, 2012 1:44 PM  

It seems like political commentary in general has devolved into horse race narratives and insider bargaining. I can see why one would get tired of writing about it, as literally nothing has changed over the last five or six years.

Blogger Nate December 17, 2012 1:44 PM  

" This morning, I checked it out at WND, then immediately wrote Mr. Farah an email."

How did the mustache take the news?

Anonymous Mr Green Man December 17, 2012 1:45 PM  

The eBooks need to have names to rival Fred Reed's compilations.

Blogger Eric Mueller December 17, 2012 1:45 PM  

I probably won't read WND again after your column departs. Over the last several years, that's the only thing I read.

I'm looking forward to whatever you're up to next.

Anonymous mjb December 17, 2012 1:45 PM  

Any chance you will start writing homeschool curriculum since you will have too much time on your hands?

Yes, I would say there is an excellent chance.


If you gear an Austrian economics curriculum towards grade schoolers, that'd be great. Yeah.

Anonymous Josh December 17, 2012 1:47 PM  

11) Its not solipsism if other people do it for you.

I have to call you a redneck daywalker whose ancestors likely buggered or were buggered by Wheeler's, lest I be accused of sycophancy.

Blogger Nate December 17, 2012 1:48 PM  

"The eBooks need to have names to rival Fred Reed's compilations."

Live Free... Or Else.

Along with a Special .44 mag edition that comes with a spent shell case and a picture of Spacebunny in yoga pants.

Anonymous Noah B. December 17, 2012 1:51 PM  

I'm guessing too that you want to be able to focus more on your next book?

Anonymous DrTorch December 17, 2012 1:51 PM  

Dalrock 12/12: How does a woman know when the time is right to detonate her family and collect the resulting cash and prizes?

She just knows.

VD 12/17: Sometimes, you just know it is time for a change.

Coincidence?

Anonymous Athor Pel December 17, 2012 1:55 PM  

More time for writing books!

Which I haven't bought.



Yet.


Anonymous Josh December 17, 2012 1:56 PM  

Actually, the most entertaining replacement at wnd would be Wheeler.

Anonymous Kickass December 17, 2012 1:57 PM  

I would love to see those articles by Nate.

Vox, awesome re the HS curriculum. Start the waiting list now.

Anonymous Tad December 17, 2012 1:57 PM  

It's a good move, Vox Day. Anyone contributing World Net Daily immediately sees their reputation decline among the rational and educated set.

Anonymous Stickwick December 17, 2012 2:02 PM  

the rational and educated set

Ha. If one were to make a Venn diagram of this, the intersection of the rational set and the educated set would be rather small.

Anonymous Tad December 17, 2012 2:04 PM  

@stickwick

It's true. Surveys have shown, for example, that 8 in 10 people believe in angels. That reduces the "rational" set considerably.

Blogger JartStar December 17, 2012 2:07 PM  

Nate,

Do you think they will get the Assault Weapon ban passed?

OpenID ZT December 17, 2012 2:07 PM  

Well I am glad I found WND as it brought me to your writing but I can honestly say I generally only go there for your column and maybe a couple of other ones every once in a awhile. Glad to hear the blog will be here and I am intrigued to hear about any home school materials you may produce.

Anonymous VD December 17, 2012 2:09 PM  

How did the mustache take the news?

He was a little surprised, but gracious.

It's a good move, Vox Day. Anyone contributing World Net Daily immediately sees their reputation decline among the rational and educated set.

I have little doubt there are a sizable number of people on the Left who will think WND improved in my absence.

Coincidence?

I get cash and prizes? Sweet!

It seems like political commentary in general has devolved into horse race narratives and insider bargaining.

That was definitely part of it. I just have no interest in the two-party play-acting.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza December 17, 2012 2:09 PM  

Good move, more time to write novels hopefully.

Anonymous Tad's Brain December 17, 2012 2:10 PM  

...Mission Accomplished! Now back to watching the Ed Schultz show!....

Anonymous Tad's Brain December 17, 2012 2:13 PM  

....Man that Rachel Maddow is hot....

Anonymous YIH December 17, 2012 2:14 PM  

I can't say as I blame you, nor will I miss your column there, nor will I miss visiting WND after the end of the year.
For the last several years I got less and less interested in the site due to its appearance as an 'echo chamber' for talk radio and vice-versa. First due to several rather short-lived columns by those in talk radio itself (Michael Medved, Dr. Laura, Neil Boortz, Rusty Humphries and now Dave Ramsey) then by various has-beens who do little more than parrot whatever they heard on Beck, Rush or Hannity that day (Chuck Norris, John Rocker, Rick Santorum et. al).
I try not to knock Joe but more and more WND seems like his personal blog that also provides him with a decent living. More power to him, nice work if you can get it.
I too noticed the change in your columns around the time the ''free trade'' one appeared that seemed to land like a thud there. After that it seems you just plain quit caring and the following columns came off as if you were just plain 'trolling' WND and its readership.
And for that reason alone this change will likely do both you and them good.

Anonymous Tad December 17, 2012 2:17 PM  

@Vox Day

I have little doubt there are a sizable number of people on the Left who will think WND improved in my absence.


I'm pretty sure that class of people includes most in the middle and not a small number on the right.

On the other hand, there are only so many places you can get good hard news coverage of President Obama really being gay.

Blogger SarahsDaughter December 17, 2012 2:18 PM  

I was going to ask if we can object however after this:

Any chance you will start writing homeschool curriculum since you will have too much time on your hands?

Yes, I would say there is an excellent chance.


No objections, please do!

Anonymous Outlaw X December 17, 2012 2:19 PM  

There are two things I would never wish on a person in this world. A columnist or a politician. Vox is running for President in 2016. Called me told me the whole inside scoop.

He asked me to be Jester.

Anonymous Freestater December 17, 2012 2:20 PM  

That's sad, it was your columns at WND that first brought me to this blog and helped turn me Libertarian along with Walter Williams columns and other economists. Other than Pat Buchanan and Williams I have no reason to read articles at WND anymore. In fact I would say only yours and Buchanans actually challenge the reader to think hard about their opinions.

Anonymous DCM December 17, 2012 2:23 PM  

Vox,

You ended it with a bang. This last column is excellent

Anonymous Tad's Brain December 17, 2012 2:26 PM  

....Uh oh, did I forget to Tivo "Glee"?.....

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 December 17, 2012 2:27 PM  

Are we all invited to the retirement party?

Blogger Nate December 17, 2012 2:32 PM  

"Nate,

Do you think they will get the Assault Weapon ban passed?"

No.

I don't even think they will seriously try. There will be noises and scuffling about... but part of the reason they are so infuriated right now is that they realize it isn't going to work.

Anonymous YIH December 17, 2012 2:39 PM  

@Josh:
By the way, congrats on knowing when to call it quits. As long as you don't pull a Favre and continuously unretire. One of the reason we don't fondly recall many creative types is that they didn't know when to call it quits and started pumping out crap that even diminished their earlier works.
A better comparison would be Art Bell. As those who recognize the name likely know, he has retired and unretired several times over the years.
What recently got my attention was a caller to the 'open phones' segment of a Friday show said to George Noory ''Art Bell?'' Noory said a terse ''Art Bell is no longer with us'' and hung up on him.
Thinking that might have meant Bell had died I checked the Wikipedia page on him and he's still alive. Toward the bottom was explained all I needed to know. This retirement is for good, he was terminated. It's a standing policy with that company that fired employees names are not allowed to be mentioned on the air, just as if the caller had dropped an f-bomb.
Another reason why I'm glad Vox is leaving WND on good terms.

Anonymous Syfy fan December 17, 2012 2:39 PM  

What about a guest column once and a while?

Anonymous bw December 17, 2012 2:41 PM  

and I very much respect and support Joseph Farah VD

And I, for one, very much respect and support you leaving Joseph Farah behind. Far behind. Past relationships and ties not withstanding.
He is part of the problem, not the solution.

Blogger Kentucky Packrat December 17, 2012 2:45 PM  

I don't even think they will seriously try. There will be noises and scuffling about... but part of the reason they are so infuriated right now is that they realize it isn't going to work.

Told Milady the same thing last night. When a Japanese man tells you something is really difficult, he's telling you it isn't happening. When Mr. Obama says he's going to engage his fellow citizens, in reality he's going to go play golf while letting Boxer and Feinstein rail against evil black guns at O-Dark Thirty in the Senate.

Of course, you can count on the Republicans in the House to consistently snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, so a ban could still pass. Just don't see the White House doing much of it.

Anonymous Syfy fan December 17, 2012 2:49 PM  

I didn't see anything wrong with today's column after all you just got done writing an +800 page book!

Anonymous Bob Davidson December 17, 2012 2:55 PM  

re: WND

With Vox leaving, the only reason to stop by will be Pat Buchannan’s column. I used to read the Letters to the Editor for entertainment purposes…but ever since they re-formatted the site it’s not worth the trouble. So, whenever Pat leaves (or gets kicked out) I’ll never visit WND again.

BTW, any longtime WND readers out there please confirm or deny: You can tell how good a Pat Buchannan article will be by its position (or lack thereof) in the WND Exclusive Commentary sidebar. The further down the list Pat’s column is displayed, the more relevant and intellectually rigorous the article will be. If its Tuesday or Friday and Pat isn’t listed at all in the WND Exclusive Commentary sidebar, my pulse will quicken as I race to the commentator lineup link in the footer to read Pat’s article, knowing it’ll be a good one.

Am I alone on this?

Anonymous Syfy fan December 17, 2012 2:55 PM  

And then there is the blogging. That's alot of writing.

Blogger Nate December 17, 2012 2:56 PM  

Historical Pattern Recognition indicates when real gun control comes... it will be republicans behind it.

Anonymous Claymore December 17, 2012 2:59 PM  

Fa bene! Your Monday column is the only one I've been reading.

Anonymous Daniel December 17, 2012 3:01 PM  

My condolences on losing your fastball, old man. You are handling your twilight with grace.

Just kidding. I enjoy your columns of differing depth for different reasons, but I really appreciate you erring on the side of Bill Watterson instead of Charles Schultz.

If you think about it, a stretch of columns spanning 2001-2012 is a very tidy batch from a historical perspective. I mean, really, setting aside the handful tech columns (which I wish you would start up again, by the way), your narrative spanned from "Yield No More Freedom" in the light of the acceleration of government encroachment to "Standing Firm."

Well done.

Anonymous YIH December 17, 2012 3:05 PM  

@Bob Davidson:
re: WND

With Vox leaving, the only reason to stop by will be Pat Buchannan’s column.

Not a problem, he's over at Taki's as well.

Anonymous Outlaw X December 17, 2012 3:10 PM  

Historical Pattern Recognition indicates when real gun control comes... it will be republicans behind it.

This won't make any sense unless you are among the very astute, I love God, Guns and grub. But it is gravity that makes men stand up and grounds them. Figure it out in context.

The repubs will try and take the guns as Nixon went to China and GWB got the "patriot act" past us, already written well before 9/11. "Good Job Brownie."

Anonymous Ten41 December 17, 2012 3:11 PM  

Tad

"...On the other hand, there are only so many places you can get good hard news coverage of President Obama really being gay."

President Obama being gay doesn't surprise me. But, I can't believe Liberace was gay. I mean, women loved him! I didn't see that one coming.

Blogger Nate December 17, 2012 3:12 PM  

imagine the end of an ice age... huge glaciers melting. What do you suppose the rivers may look like with all that run off from whole continents trying to make its way back to the oceans?

Anonymous Josh December 17, 2012 3:13 PM  

Pat is also at the American conservative website.

Anonymous patrick kelly December 17, 2012 3:14 PM  

Every time I would read your commentary at WND and wanted to forward the link to someone, I hesitated because of the likely hood they would just not read anything from that site, no matter how thoughtful or well written. WND doesn't exactly put the best face forward when presenting any "conservative" analysis or opinion.

Anonymous VD December 17, 2012 3:18 PM  

My condolences on losing your fastball, old man. You are handling your twilight with grace.

No, it's true. You can't play the young firebrand forever; those who try to do so always end up looking foolish. It's interesting that I feel old and played-out as a columnist, and yet full of youthful energy as an epic novelist. I'm younger than Martin was when he published A Game of Thrones, so it would appear to be the right age for that sort of project.

I think you need a certain amount of life experience to be able to successfully write epic fiction. Unless, of course, you believe Eragon to be successfully written epic fiction....

Anonymous Josh December 17, 2012 3:26 PM  

Unless, of course, you believe Eragon to be successfully written epic fiction....

The first book wasn't completely terrible considering he was like thirteen when he wrote it...

Anonymous Fatso McGraw December 17, 2012 3:30 PM  

Completely understandable decision, though it still saddens me a little because I was so much younger when I first stumbled upon your column at WND. I hate to see your column go but you're doing it for the right reasons. Good for you in making the right decision and for going out with your guns blazing.

Anonymous Scintan December 17, 2012 3:39 PM  

I think it's a big mistake, but I wish you well as you move forward.

Anonymous Other Josh December 17, 2012 3:44 PM  

Crap. Now Pat Buchanan's column will be the only one I enjoy at WND.

I used to like WND - I really don't anymore.

Anonymous Jules L. December 17, 2012 3:45 PM  

Interesting. I started reading your work through WND years ago. While I still regularly visit this blog, I haven't been to WND directly in a long, long time.

Blogger JDC December 17, 2012 3:48 PM  

I for one probably wouldn't have stumbled on VP if it hadn't been for WND.

Anonymous Johnny Caustic December 17, 2012 3:49 PM  

I've only been reading your WND column a year or two, but I've always felt that the format restrains you somehow...the column nearly always lacks the color and personality that comes through in your every blog post. I'm having trouble pinpointing the difference, but it's like you go into some sort of "official essay mode" as if you need to get serious because now you're going to be graded. Whereas here on the blog, you can just be yourself.

Hats off for "Obama is bad", though. I will remember that experiment fondly.

Blogger JartStar December 17, 2012 3:50 PM  

I think you need a certain amount of life experience to be able to successfully write epic fiction.

Absolutely.

Anonymous bw December 17, 2012 3:53 PM  

Pray tell, my brother, Why do dictators kill
and make war?
Is it for glory; for things, for beliefs, for hatred,
for power?
Yes, but more:
because they can.

Anonymous Despair December 17, 2012 4:05 PM  

Josh December 17, 2012 1:09 PM
You'll be missed there, Vox.

And many ilk will have no reason to ever visit WND again.


My thoughts exactly.
Also, Vox, please do the Home School Curriculum and a Christian Man's Guide to Game.

Anonymous Glacierman December 17, 2012 4:05 PM  

Sad for the WND readership who will not have a brilliant light to poke them in the brain and shake them out of their stupors.

How do you think your living in the EU has effected your ability to keep your finger on the pulse of the emotions and atmosphere in America and thus contribute to the rusting of the edge?

Anonymous Daniel December 17, 2012 4:06 PM  

Unless, of course, you believe Eragon to be successfully written epic fiction....

The thing I don't begrudge Paolini is his success. The thing I don't envy is the fact that he probably realizes now that his homeschool project from when he was a teenager is a big literary barrier to overcome, and it might be years before he has the skills to even try.

I can't imagine being saddled to my 9th Grade homework for so much of my adult creative life.

But Epic? I didn't read the whole thing (or even finish the 1st chapter, if I recall), but it is fair to say that it did not start well. It made The Scions of Shannara feel downright original, and I can't say the author didn't grant equal time to consonants and vowels.

Anonymous RedJack December 17, 2012 4:26 PM  

When you hit your late 30's early 40's, you start to think of what you want to do with the time you have left.

Not a bad time to change.

Anonymous IncoherentM December 17, 2012 5:04 PM  

I found this blog via the column probably around 11 years ago. However, the only column I read anymore at WND is yours, and since I visit this site almost daily, I won't notice much.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation (Ben) December 17, 2012 5:07 PM  

Can't believe the rip on Eragon. It's like taking candy away from kids.

Anonymous S. Freud December 17, 2012 5:08 PM  

"...good hard news coverage of President Obama really being gay."

I zee. Interezting.

Blogger TFC December 17, 2012 5:10 PM  

I don't remember how I stumbled onto WND, but I walked away following your blog and other feeds. Like many of the others, it will be a fluke if I return to WND for much of anything. I walked away from there when they started advertising some Hebrew Roots groups. The only time I went back was when you announced that you had a new article up.

Thank you for writing what you do. I am still a big TIA fan and have pointed many young, college students to it.

Anonymous cheddarman December 17, 2012 5:12 PM  

Vox,

I though I would try and say something profound about you leaving WND; I will instead just shut up and pray that God directs you in the use of you manifold gifts.

sincerely

cheddarman

Anonymous bw December 17, 2012 5:21 PM  

And many ilk will have no reason to ever visit WND again.

Praise Jesus of Nazareth.
It pained me and pissed me off to have to go over there to even read the columns. Ironic, considering, that is where I - and I assume many of us - found VD in the first place.

Also, Vox, please do the Home School Curriculum..

Indeed.

Anonymous ridip December 17, 2012 5:37 PM  

When you lose respect for your audience, it is time to leave the stage before you lose respect for yourself.

Good call my man. It's obvious your fictional writing has improved immensely since Summa and while I suspect God has more in store for you than completing Arts of Dark and Light, it is obvious he is leading you in new directions.

God bless and carry on.

Anonymous Outlaw X December 17, 2012 5:44 PM  

If we are going to re-live history, I was in the crib when Kennedy was assassinated, I was in Montague when Nixon resigned and was in Plano when Reagan stomped Carter I was in Fort Worth when Vox wrote "The Land of the Craven." It was In December 2012 at home that I found he no longer wants to play tag.

There was much more, but most of the Ilk will not understand.

Anonymous Poli_Mis December 17, 2012 5:44 PM  

I can remember reading since the very first column. I felt really foolish when I still let ol' Joe get me crazy stocked up for Y2K. I still get razzed for that. I have looked at WND with a very askew glance and now, I hardly go there ... except to get the flavor of the week end of times conspiracy.

But I always flocked to the site on Mondays. The column was nothing but a gateway drug to the blog. And hooked like a fish ever since.

I hope this gives you much more time with your family.

It is only in the diminishing of this blog that I would feel bad.

Compiling the column into an ebook is cool. I was just imaging a commercial running on Fox News that said something or other about you being on a collection of 8 tapes or 4 compact discs. Act now, operators are standing by.



"I'll see about making them available in a few inexpensive ebooks or something as well."

Want.

Anonymous Beau December 17, 2012 5:47 PM  

I think you need a certain amount of life experience to be able to successfully write epic fiction.

Amen.

Anonymous bw December 17, 2012 5:49 PM  

Historical Pattern Recognition indicates when real gun control comes... it will be republicans behind it.

Amazing that people can't see it, no? Pure psycho-warfare (spiritual). CS Lewis also hinted at some of this.

The (current) Democrat voting populace actually used to at least claim to be for civil liberties and against war.

Right up until they were lied to and fooled, and came to a place where they would have to stand on principle, admit they were fooled and lied to - that they were wrong - and go in a different direction, standing firm on the principles of what they claim to believe, and not Enabling the very thing they say they do not believe in. But their pride and ego will not allow them to do so.
Now? They're "Republicans" on those issues. It's hilarious to observe and note.
Keep enough people from admitting to or seeing it, you can eventually get your way...exactly against the welfare of the very people enabling you to do so. Because of their ego-identification with a political party (in this particular case) and authority, they fuck themselves and everyone else, allowing the Mafia to consistently remain virtually safe and unopposed.
It is a ritualistic jest. Holy-wood movies can't do it any better.




Anonymous The Great Martini December 17, 2012 6:02 PM  


On the other hand, there are only so many places you can get good hard news coverage of President Obama really being gay.


Not to mention his activities as a Manchurian plant set to take down America with a secret code word that Frank Sinatra is desperately trying to prevent.

Anonymous Anonymous December 17, 2012 6:02 PM  

Vox, can you take your knife to this piece?

http://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2012/12/health-risk-having-gun-home

Anonymous bw December 17, 2012 6:05 PM  

It was In December 2012 at home that I found he no longer wants to play tag.
There was much more, but most of the Ilk will not understand.


You're looking at this all wrong G-man. A little sentiment? Fine.
But those columns are pearls before swine. And they don't hold a great deal of important content. Just vague generalities and simple points that the....profane.....do not care to hear or recognize.
It's really not a VD decision: it is a decision for WND TrueBelievers - you can stay over there or come be part of the Awakening.


The real work is done over here - and done elsewhere and brought here.

Anonymous Dan in Tx December 17, 2012 6:10 PM  

Like many others, I actually found VP via Vox's column at WND. The only other column I read there anymore is Mercer's, though I think she's pretty much moving over to RT to write these days. Love Pat Buchanan's as well but catch it on Lew Rockwell. In other words, yeah WND is pretty much a written version of talk radio anymore. As already stated, "Obama's Bad" is classic. Don't blame you for the move.

Anonymous antonym December 17, 2012 6:29 PM  

I think you need a certain amount of life experience to be able to successfully write epic fiction.

I think you're right. This is probably why Gene Wolfe is the only fantasy/scifi author I can enjoy.

Blogger Kyle In Japan December 17, 2012 6:30 PM  

"Good move, more time to write novels hopefully."

I agree. I came across Vox when I found TIA in Borders, WND never had much to do with it. I'd rather read more fiction than columns, and we'll still get most of the commentary here on the blog, anyway.

"I think you need a certain amount of life experience to be able to successfully write epic fiction."

Perhaps I'm just trying to justify myself, but I think it really depends on what sort of story you're telling. If it's got a lot of political intrigue and older characters tend to drive the story (like in ASOIAF and ATOB), absolutely. Politics and giant military maneuvers are the sort of thing I don't feel that I can convincingly write yet.

Anonymous paradox December 17, 2012 6:32 PM  

Who knew the Mayan calandler was actually about Vox's column.

Anonymous paradox December 17, 2012 6:36 PM  

should be calendar... kendle fire is not conducive to typing.

Anonymous NortherHamlet December 17, 2012 6:36 PM  

I wish you luck, Vox.

Anonymous VD December 17, 2012 6:36 PM  

Perhaps I'm just trying to justify myself, but I think it really depends on what sort of story you're telling.

You probably are. I suggest you read George Martin's thoughts on writing epic. They basically boil down to: start smaller and figure out what you're doing there first. I could not have written ATOB back when I was writing the EW novels. The larger the novel, the easier it is to have it spin out of control.

Notice that I wrote several short stories, novellas, and even a short novel before I finally went for the whole enchilada. And it's the same world in which I was first writing my second attempt at a novel.

Anonymous paradox December 17, 2012 6:37 PM  

the damnable thing even wants to correct kindle.

Anonymous YIH December 17, 2012 6:42 PM  

Scanning through these posts one thing is quite clear; the audience for Vox Populi and WND are two very different things and nearly all the overlap was the column.
Like I said, I only wish Joe well, and I suspect he will do just fine without those who only went there for Vox.
Tastes change, I used to like most of political talk radio, now when any of the big names come on it's usually *click*.
Today I see WND and most of political talk radio as what VDARE dubbed ''conservatism inc'', little more than show biz that knows its audience and how to cater to it.
Sarah Palin is the living, breathing embodiment of ''conservatism inc''; shallow, mechanically rattles off talking points, and depends on a larger than life image to sell themselves and their entertainment products.
Vox fits that environment about as well as a NFL player would on a high school football team.

Anonymous Rantor December 17, 2012 7:09 PM  

Congratulations! And may God bless your new endeavors.

Anonymous Vidad December 17, 2012 7:16 PM  

It was a good run, Vox. I dug the columns and I'm glad they helped bring more people here. I hope you don't give up the Black Gate as well.

Incidentally, I've now been offered a blogger position at Mother Earth News. Ought to be fun dealing with the other side of the coin from my normal conservative clientele. Heh.

Anonymous RDS December 17, 2012 7:22 PM  

Congrats, Vox, on your career as WND. I still remember the photo with the mohawk and thinking, "Who the hell IS this guy" while reading "Spiting Their Pretty Faces." Best of luck in the next chapter. Maybe a new Psykosonik project?

Anonymous J. J. December 17, 2012 7:27 PM  

I'm sorry to hear it... but for my own selfish sake. Thank you, Vox, for the many years of writing your column, and I wish you continued success in all you do. I will miss my Monday morning tradition of many years of cheating the company out of 5 minutes by grabbing a cup of coffee and enjoying your column, but I knew this day would come eventually.

Anonymous The OASF December 17, 2012 7:52 PM  

http://www.wnd.com/2004/08/25986/

One of the first,I read, and best that was ever written.

"The modern American woman prides herself on being strong, intelligent and independent. She insists she is just the same as a man in those few areas where she is not superior. She demands the right to be accepted exactly as she is, while claiming the right to modify everything about any man who is so foolish as to become involved with her. She is a goddess – glorious and pagan – requiring nothing more than a mortal male satellite to reflect the light of her shining splendour.

She holds firmly to these beliefs, even as she drugs herself to the gills with Prozac and sees a therapist twice a week, all the while whining to everyone within earshot that the men around her are too intimidated to ask her out."

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2004/08/25986/#hCChkLQ6lYWG51JY.99

What a great run... and a big blow to WND. I stopped reading WND on any kind of regular basis years ago after it became a shameless war-propaganda page.

There are so many better outlets for your work. I hope that you decide to pursue one of them.


Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein December 17, 2012 7:52 PM  

Found this blog through WND many years ago. Used to visit WND daily. Stopped 5 or 6 years ago Either they changed or I did. Probably both.....
Best of luck, Vox.

Blogger Kyle In Japan December 17, 2012 7:53 PM  

"Start smaller and figure out what you're doing there first. I could not have written ATOB back when I was writing the EW novels. The larger the novel, the easier it is to have it spin out of control."

Very true. What seems to be symptomatic of epic fantasy in general is having characters start out in a group, then go off in different directions. As this continues, the plot gets steadily more complicated as each character gets into his own subplot. This is a big problem with ASOIAF (the Starks all start out in the same place, and get hopelessly dispersed) and other series like Wheel Of Time, too.

I have resolved absolutely not to do this. There are "only" three concurrent storylines in this first novel, which will coalesce into two in the next book - my goal is to bring my characters together rather than throw them into different corners of the world. With that aspect of the story under control, I feel that there's more freedom to focus on the world and arcana, the basics having already been established.

I was quite pleased to see that this (characters meeting up) is where Arts Of Dark And Light seems to be going. Also, I'd definitely like to see more Black Gate posts since I've found several books (Anathem, Embassytown) that I never would have discovered otherwise.

Anonymous Stickwick December 17, 2012 8:11 PM  

You can't play the young firebrand forever; those who try to do so always end up looking foolish.

Someone somewhere must have successfully made the transition from young firebrand to old curmudgeon, but that doesn't seem like your style.

May you enjoy renewed vigor in the new path(s) you're taking.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza December 17, 2012 8:27 PM  

Agreed, congrats to Vox. This is a step in another brighter, probably more dynamic direction.

Anonymous zen0 December 17, 2012 9:08 PM  

Ladies and Gentlemen. You have been given advance notice. You will at some point ( sooner than you expect, probably) become Ronin.



Blogger GX3Blogger December 17, 2012 9:09 PM  

Looking forward to the new books

Blogger rcocean December 17, 2012 9:21 PM  

Very few can keep churning out weekly or bi-weekly columns and keep them fresh. I know WFB kept churning them out but they became unreadable long before he retired. The same is true of George Will and Pat Buchanan. Although Pat is over 70.

Blogger amm23116 December 17, 2012 9:28 PM  

Thanks for the excellence over the years - you've never failed to get me thinking

Blogger Nate December 17, 2012 9:29 PM  

Did anyone else just see that 94 yard TD run?

Anonymous zen0 December 17, 2012 9:46 PM  

Did anyone else just see that 94 yard TD run?

Why, yes Nate, I did. A valiant effort by the Jet pursuer came to naught when presented with the overwhelming speed of the house-seeking missile that is CJ.

Anonymous rubberducky December 17, 2012 9:47 PM  

Despite Vox's protestations, nothing can throw me off the trail. Conspiracy!

Blogger Doorstop December 17, 2012 9:58 PM  

A homeschool curriculum would be amazing! My own father made the decision to homeschool in the early 80's when it was practically unheard of in Michigan, and back when our state attorney general's opinion was that at least one parent had to be a certified teacher to homeschool. So he had to go back to college and then student-teach to get certified, just so he and my stay-at-home mother could teach their own kids. Of course, being a male, in his late 30's, and not having his own kids in public school, made my father all but a pariah for anything but low-wage, no-benefit substitute teaching and one or two adult education classes at the county jail. Thank God things have changed for other homeschooling parents since then, and they don't need to jump through anything like those hoops, but I'll never forget his principled sacrifice. He has 11 very well-educated children now- three working in local, state, and Federal government positions, another is a division director at an overseas orphanage that does international adoptions, three others are engineers in Detroit, Texas, and Russia, and four more that are up-and-coming college grads. There were naysayers when we were growing up but they're all silent now!

Anonymous Makaro December 17, 2012 10:00 PM  

In regards to Vox writing homeschool curricula what subjects would you be writing on I also have been trying to work on designing a curricula for my kids it would interesting to see what you had in mind?

Anonymous Salt December 17, 2012 10:04 PM  

@Josh

And many ilk will have no reason to ever visit WND again.

No Sh!t.

Blogger Nate December 17, 2012 10:17 PM  

"Why, yes Nate, I did. A valiant effort by the Jet pursuer came to naught when presented with the overwhelming speed of the house-seeking missile that is CJ."

The thing that stands out to me... is how the game looks like its in slow motion for the next 4 or 5 plays after that run. Its just a totally different kind of speed.

Anonymous cheddarman December 17, 2012 10:23 PM  

I started reading his WND column about 10-11 years ago, thought he was nuts, then i realized he was right.

I gave up on WND after coming to this blog, and being "enlightened."

sincerely

cheddarman

Blogger Doorstop December 17, 2012 10:26 PM  

Farah will always have my gratitude for introducing me to Vox's writing and helping me find his blogs, and also for some very interesting non-Vox articles on WND during the first three years of the Obama administration (some related, some unrelated). But the info on WND is getting stale, and no amount of hand-wringing and conspiracy articles with dubious sources are going to undo what was done in the last election. Personally, WND jumped the shark with me after they sent me not one but three emails alleging voter fraud in September. I congratulate Vox for moving on to greener and less tabloid-y pastures!

Anonymous jack December 17, 2012 10:27 PM  

@ Vox: Probably. I'm not burning any bridges or anything. I'll see about making them available in a few inexpensive ebooks or something as well.

I would like that. If you can put the lot of them into ebooks I will buy...

Anonymous jack December 17, 2012 10:29 PM  

Also watching the Jets game. No Tebow even though they need to win for any chance at the playoffs.
I tend to suspect the PTB at the Jets are possibly atheists or so PC indoctrinated that they don't want any 'miracle' help. I think its called cutting off your head to spite the rest of you; or something like that...

Anonymous Anonymous December 17, 2012 10:39 PM  

Go to Lew Rockwell. I think your writing will be appreciated there, regardless of your spat with Gary North.

Anonymous 上酒 December 17, 2012 10:58 PM  

Vox,
Do you have any plans to start writing columns for a different site or publication; specifically, one whose readership will appreciate some of your less mainstream topics and viewpoints?

I remember a couple months ago when you seemed discouraged by how few comments there were when you wrote the article reviewing Steve Keen's book. Perhaps those types of articles, which I greatly enjoy, would be more appropriate on a site like Taki's or somewhere else.

Anonymous scoobius dubious December 17, 2012 11:09 PM  

"Politics and giant military maneuvers are the sort of thing I don't feel that I can convincingly write yet."

Eh, it's not as hard as you think. "Then there were a lot of complicated backstage political intrigues, which didn't mean anything of principle to anyone, except to the people whose personal power and riches were involved, and the people who they snookered into working for them. Since all these problems were basically insoluble because none of the interested parties would back down, it led to a military conflict. Eventually it all boiled down to a few giant military maneuvers, and then as a result, one side lost and the other side won. Yes, it's true: Anthill A5-QX352-C finally triumphed over Anthill B9-QX127-H. That settled all the political and military matters, at least for the time being anyway, and so then everybody went back to their normal lives. And now we can return to the interesting parts of our story."

Back when I was a kid, a few of my neighbors on the street were WWII combat vets. As so often, none of them really wanted to talk about their personal experiences, but occasionally they would talk a tiny bit, sort of let slip in passing, about how they viewed the whole thing in general. From what I could tell, they didn't seem to have thought of themselves as being the Greatest Generation or doing anything heroic; the sense I got was that they mostly thought of it as this gigantic, pointless disruption of their lives.

Overheard snippet of old-timers' conversation: "Yeah, you know, I thought I was going to marry that girl. (LONG PAUSE, THEN) Fucking Japs."

Blogger ajw308 December 17, 2012 11:16 PM  

The Mayans, is this what they predicted? The end of an age, Vox leaving WND?

Blogger Laramie Hirsch December 17, 2012 11:23 PM  

Wow. Good luck, Vox.

I remember being a neoConservative who supported every war and whatnot. I tuned in to Drudgereport and WND every day. I believed everything Bush was telling me, and I thought Osama bin Laden was one crafty scoundrel.

But at the beginning of my libertarian education, you were one of the first I discovered. You did not think like the other columnists, and I found myself looking forward to your weekly Monday opinion pieces.

In time, I'd only visit WND to check out your column or Buchanan's column. But thanks to that little hyperlink at the bottom of your articles, I was able to discover this place, and I've been enjoying your commentary ever since.

I can't say when, exactly, I started paying the most attention to you. Perhaps it was somewhere between 2004 - 2006.

Stay active as a writer.

-L.H.

Blogger traumaboyy December 17, 2012 11:25 PM  

Would not know who Vox was were it not for WND!! No idea how a small red pill would change my life forever!! Glad you are pulling out though....seems things are different at WND....maybe just me....getting worried now...Demint out of Senate, Vox out of WND....need to order a couple more cases of TP!!

Anonymous The Edge December 18, 2012 12:27 AM  

Sorry to hear that you're leaving WND, Vox. I first discovered you through your articles. Yours was one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole website. One of the first columns that I read was the one describing your struggles in learning the Japanese language.

I feel that a piece of my teenage life has been lost. WND will not be the same without you. But then again, WND has never been the same, at least not since the Clinton era. Man, that was when they were at their peak. They were certainly at the cutting edge of journalism then! I miss those days. But I digress.

Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

Best

Anonymous FrankBrady December 18, 2012 1:01 AM  

I stopped routinely reading anything on WND when it became a Flagship Organ of the neocon lunatic fringe about a decade ago. Your column was all that kept me from abandoning it completely. Frankly, I think your decision to leave enhances your credibility (not that it needed enhancing).

Anonymous Anonymous December 18, 2012 1:41 AM  

Hey, so long as you are here so am I.

Anonymous bw December 18, 2012 1:46 AM  

Go to Lew Rockwell. I think your writing will be appreciated there, regardless of your spat with Gary North.

It's not a "spat with Gary North". You're missing something.
LRC would NEVER accept him.
The topic you posit concerning "the spat" proves that they are not what they claim or what many think they are.

Anonymous MattN December 18, 2012 2:02 AM  

I'm sad to hear it and I'd would like to say thanks. Vox has had a big influence on my political thought, as well as other areas of life. The WND column was a weekly read for me that will be missed. I'm very glad that you'll continue to run this blog and alphagame. I appreciate the effort you've put in and look forward to seeing your future endeavors.

Anonymous elmer December 18, 2012 2:43 AM  

Vox, you simply outgrew WND, whereas WND devolved, and is continuing to devolve into oblivion. I stumbled across you as the "tech guy," mysef being a professional tech guy. And thus, was at the very christening of your blog in '03.

If writing novels is not enough for you, and at some point, you require more challenge, may I suggest VT. They may not take you. They are tough. I don't think you're required to be a veteran. However, many are, and with an intel background. Duff recently told me in an email, that one must go through Dean to be a writer at VT.

Vox, I would relish your attempt at VT. They are unique, and would offer you a challenge, if that is what you so desire. You will probably learn an awful lot there as well. WND et al, are truly kindergarten compared to VT.

I do believe you are capable. You have the metal. You have the equipment. Just that, you haven't really given it a test. You might be surprised.

Here's an example. The band Stryper definitely has the tools and acumen for power metal. They have the vocals. They have the guitars. They have that capacity for the rhythm section. They just haven't really tested it, in my opinion.

Maybe not the best example to give, but from the perspective I can best give. I speak from what I know.

Vox, novels may be enough for you, but I think your best has yet to be tapped. Consider a new challenge...

Anonymous YIH December 18, 2012 5:21 AM  

@jack:
What happened last year was as much a miracle for Tebow as for anyone else. He had a very good team around him, Payton Manning is the proof.

Anonymous YIH December 18, 2012 5:54 AM  

@elmer:
The band Stryper definitely has the tools and acumen for power metal. They have the vocals. They have the guitars. They have that capacity for the rhythm section. They just haven't really tested it, in my opinion.
Tad's brain again? That's an even better one.

Anonymous orlok December 18, 2012 7:35 AM  

Thank you. Funny i was going to ask you if you published your column on any other news site other than WND. They are part of the problem to me,glad your moving on. I wish you continued success

Anonymous Steveo December 18, 2012 7:37 AM  

I agree with FrankBrady when he says "... Your column was all that kept me from abandoning it (WND) completely."

I've not read much on WND except your column since it changed; the site became tedious and annoying with all the marketing, repetitive nature of the format & whatnot - regardless of content. Indeed, if the left wanted to kill the Drudgereport site they could do no better than to persuade Matt D. to change it to the "trendy" new, cool and sweet marketing look - with pop-ups and video ads you must click off!

I hope to read your columns in the future if you find a new place to land, otherwise, I'll be here several times a day to keep reading & learning. God Bless!

Anonymous Vidad December 18, 2012 9:42 AM  

@Doorstop

That's fantastic.

Anonymous Anonymous December 18, 2012 10:08 AM  

I am truly sorry to hear this! WND will be diminished by your absence.

Regards,
David Smith

Anonymous Curlytop December 18, 2012 10:12 AM  

I'd be heartbroken about this if I didn't have this blog to visit. Keep churning out the quality here, AG, and your books and all will be good. :-)

Anonymous Susan December 18, 2012 1:28 PM  

Losing the blog would be akin to losing Bane all over again.

Secondly, I think that if you applied your gaming knowledge and techniques to the subject, you could write a novel with military maneuverings in it. Seems to me that other authors did some research and asked questions of experts on the subject and then turned out some decent product. Its not like Clancy had the knowledge already before he wrote. He researched the crud out of the subject first. After all, while I did not agree to some of your points, you did rebut Malkin very effectively as I recall.

Anonymous kawaika December 18, 2012 1:36 PM  

"Sometimes, you just know it is time for a change."

Time for a river journey.

Anonymous Grinder December 18, 2012 3:35 PM  

Good for you, Vox. It's best to be also wary of taking a job with the IMF or 'thinktanks' that are mostly stooges hired to make the scientific case that promotes the agenda of the owners.

Anonymous Josh December 18, 2012 4:33 PM  

Secondly, I think that if you applied your gaming knowledge and techniques to the subject, you could write a novel with military maneuverings in it.

He kind of just did that...

Anonymous jm December 18, 2012 6:39 PM  

I very much liked this week's column. It reminded me of the one you wrote after 9/11, which, if I remember correctly, marked the transition from a technology column to a more wide-ranging one.

In any case, thanks for all of the thought-provoking pieces you've provided over the years. Hope you have as much success with any new endeavors you undertake.

Anonymous Anonymous December 18, 2012 9:19 PM  



The real reason Vox decided to throw in the towel is that he couldn't look himself in the mirror, knowing the absolute drivel he was peddling on gun control behind the facade of "Defending Freedom". He realised that he might be called to write more such drivel, and being a man of good integrity he did the right thing and decided to cease writing the column.

- Trav

Anonymous Anonymous December 19, 2012 1:00 AM  

Congrats Vox, for doing the right thing.

- Trav

Anonymous the abe December 19, 2012 5:55 AM  

Still remember the first time I clapped eyes on some jerk with the bad haircut with a WND column thinking, "This guy is either going to be awesome or a clownshoe".

It also one of the last times in life I was thoroughly surprised.

Grazie capo.

Blogger Steve December 19, 2012 10:20 AM  

I'll miss your columns on Mondays. Good start for the week.

Anonymous El Zinky Pinky December 24, 2012 11:29 PM  

I'm just wondering if Obama's re-election was the final straw that took the wind out of Vox's sails as a political columnist. Which perhaps is why he's throwing in the proverbial towel now. Well, as I said before, everything ends.

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