Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Collected Columns forewords

If you're one of those who expressed interest in writing one last week, please feel free to do so and submit it via email. I'll need at least two, one for the 2001-2005 period, the other for the 2006-2008 period. I'll select the best two and use them; I may post selections from the others here on the blog when it's launch time. Keep it to around 1500 words, they aren't Penguin Classics, after all.

Longtime readers who were actually reading the columns as they were published only, please. While it is customary to have other media figures write these things - and someone who shall remain nameless at present graciously penned a very thoughtful one for SJWADD - I thought that in this case, it would be more meaningful to provide the readers' perspective on them. Thanks very much. UPDATE: Speaking of the collected columns, if anyone would transcribe the John Julius Norwich, Karl Denninger, Ian Fletcher, and Steve Keen interviews from Voxiversity, I would appreciate that. If you're doing one of them, mention it in the comments here so that no one else does it too. I'm going to put the collected interviews in one of the three volumes.



Blogger Jack Ward January 25, 2017 9:45 PM  

Read many of them; don't feel qualified to write a foreword, though, except to say this collection is a must have for any Ilk and any others of discerning thought.
Looking forward to getting the lot of it on Kindle and, hope, hope, in print at some point.

Blogger Lovekraft January 25, 2017 9:59 PM  

A stern and humble leader who inspires loyalty and comradery. In a time of dusty virtue and cannibalized morality, Vox Day emerged to lay out a mindset that has carried to this day.

First noticed as a commenter on the long-defunct In Mala Fide, his writing was bold and to the point; a small glimpse of what lay ahead.

He has served, in part, as a steadying hand who displays passion while retaining a sense of gravity, that his readers are being brought along as a kind of company of kin.

Someone you'd want in your foxhole.

Blogger Phil Mann January 25, 2017 10:33 PM  

Vox, I first read you in the very early days of WND when they had a number of supposedly 15 year old wonderkind authors sharing their wisdom. With your mowhawked mug, I assumed you were just one of the same, and clicked on the article to see what this kid might have to say. The major difference, however, was that you actually made sense. I have been reading you ever since, and it was a while before I got the joke.

I can't remember all of your articles, of course, and doubt I will meet your standards, but would like to give it a shot nevertheless.

Is there any place I can find your early articles to refresh my memory? Sorry if the answer is obvious and I've somehow missed it.

Blogger Clint January 25, 2017 11:33 PM  

Phil Mann wrote:

Is there any place I can find your early articles to refresh my memory? Sorry if the answer is obvious and I've somehow missed it.

Go Here

That takes you to 2006. You can work back from there.

Blogger Phil Mann January 25, 2017 11:34 PM  

Clint, many thanks.

Blogger Lazarus January 25, 2017 11:38 PM  

I can't remember in the mists of time (like the fog of war) how I got to WND in the first place, but it was shortly post 9/11. Read YIELD NO MORE FREEDOM, the column from Sept. 14th. And I read this:

One of the many troubling aspects of the hijackings is the brutal demonstration that we, as a people, have received very little of the security we were promised in return for the many violations of personal freedom and civil liberties that have been enacted over the past decade. We would go so far as to raise the question if this had not been a fool’s bargain, wherein we have given up something of precious value in return for … arguably, nothing. It is bad enough that we allow the FBI to filter our e-mails and record our keystrokes, that we permit the National Security Agency to intercept every electronic communication floating through the aether, but it is even worse that we have done so without realizing that which we hoped to gain.

Totally different take from anything else out there at the time. Having been overwhelming exposed in university to the commie subversive tactic of using violence to increase oppression by the State to further spur resistance, I recognized that Vox was pointing out the path to a method to short circuit this process, and it was simply the promotion of liberty.

Clarity of thought.

Kept reading. Found the blog. Participated. Stayed loyal.


Anonymous User January 26, 2017 12:24 AM  

I wish I'd read them as they came out, but I still look forward to the collection. It's always interesting to see how a fine mind evolves over time.

Anonymous Sensei January 26, 2017 2:08 AM  

Came across the WND posts at a rather young and impressionable age, and detected a whiff of what we'd now call superversive, though at the time it definitely seemed subversive, and kept coming back. In a time where everyone seemed to be trying to hone a kind of 'assume a perfectly spherical nation' intellectually rigorous but pragmatically stillborn conservatism, here was this guy (mohawk and all, as someone mentioned) who was clearly smart enough to do so but seemed more interested in just following where the facts led, even if it meant barbecuing some sacred cows. As a college freshman raised in a classic Republican-turned-traditional-conservative household but who'd just discovered this thing which had recently happened called cyberpunk, Vox's posts were like the sociopolitical version of whenever Stephenson or Gibson made a rare post on Wired magazine. Eventually I followed the trail of ideas over here to VP, was sufficiently scandalized by the intellectual outlaw bar it felt like then (imagine 21 Pilot's 'Heathens' playing) to someone raised in that large continent on the Right that avoids badthink as assiduously as any SJW. But it was that ruthless dedication to following narrative-stripped facts with precise logic wherever they lead that kept me coming, as it could hardly be found anywhere else. Things are really different now, but that's as it should be; our esteemed host has joined the Resistance, and now the interminable arguments about logical fallacies have been replaced by talk of strategy and tactics, not to mention the whole other dimension of Castalia and literary achievements for friends of Narnia and friends of Clausewitz alike. No idea what the future holds, but, it's been a fascinating and worthy ride.

Anonymous Revan January 26, 2017 2:24 AM  

I began reading your articles at WND around 2003 and have been following your writing ever since. Now that I'm going back through your articles and your writing on this blog I noticed a shift from more dialectic to more rhetoric that began in 2011, with the shift being permanent in 2014. After looking at your yearly traffic growth over the years I think this switch to a more rhetorical approach increased your readership. And now I see your blog posts and arguments being utilized by a wide range of people.

Has anyone else noticed this?

Anonymous The OASF January 26, 2017 8:30 AM  

Any deadline to note?

Blogger Were-Puppy January 26, 2017 2:17 PM  

For the transcribe, you just want it put into text?
I can help with that.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 26, 2017 8:33 PM  

I'll do the Steve Keen and see how long it takes. They are all around 30 min, shouldn't be a big deal.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 26, 2017 8:54 PM  

Ok, I'm going to have to pass the Steve Keen to perhaps an Aussie? I'm having trouble understanding a lot of what he is saying, maybe due to accent.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 26, 2017 9:29 PM  

I've got thru about 3 minutes of the Ian Fletcher without much trouble, so I'm doing that one.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 27, 2017 2:26 PM  

Heh Vox you bring up the Chinese Gold Farmers in this interview

Blogger Were-Puppy January 27, 2017 8:12 PM  

Will do John Julius Norrich now .

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