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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Building a new culture

Conservatives love to talk about the need to build an alternative culture.
The culture leans sharply left, and in our current, highly-polarized political climate that means conservatives in the arts tend to be treated as outsiders at best and pariahs at worst. Listen to the personal experiences of conservatives in Hollywood, for example, whether “above the line” (the stars, producers and directors) or below it (the rest of the crew), and you will understand why most keep their politics in the closet to avoid bad vibes, ostracism, and/or outright hostility. The left, of course, dismisses complaints of blacklisting and bias as paranoid whining, but they are very real indeed.

The publishing world is not exempt from this state of affairs. When conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s new book The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left appeared at Number seven on The New York Times bestseller list, despite actually having outsold all fourteen of its competitors on the list, D’Souza called out the Times on Twitter: “In what alternative universe do Jeff Flake’s 7,383 book sales for this week (BookScan data) top mine at 11,651? Thanks @nytimes fake list!”

This was far from the first time conservative authors had called foul about their books’ rankings on the Times’ all-important bestseller list. Cortney O’Brien at Townhall pointed to another noteworthy recent example: Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, by co-author couple Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney. A horrifying exposé of the dark(er) side of the abortion industry, the top-selling Amazon release was perceived by some as an attack on the left’s sacred cow of abortion rights. The New York Times did have the book at Number 13 on its “Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction” list, but did not place Gosnell at its deserved Number four slot among bestselling nonfiction titles.

“It’s not only an insult to the people who have bought this book,” McElhinney said “but an insult to the readers of the New York Times who buy the newspaper and think they are getting the truth about book sales across America but instead get false facts disguised as a neutral list.”

A Times spokesman insisted that the “political views of authors have no bearing on our rankings, and the notion that we would manipulate the lists to exclude books for political reasons is simply ludicrous.”

Ludicrous? The Times says its list is based on “surveys” of “a wide range of retailers who provide us with specific and confidential context of their sales each week. These standards are applied consistently, across the board in order to provide Times readers our best assessment of what books are the most broadly popular at that time.”

Confidential context? Best assessment? Broadly popular? This sounds suspiciously unscientific and non-transparent, and does not address the evidence of the sales figures themselves.
Guess how many times a conservative media organ has reviewed, or even mentioned, a Castalia House book? Zero.

The conservative media talks a lot about "the culture", and complain about the Left's behavior in relation to it, but as is so often the case, they do absolutely nothing proactive about it. Conservative billionnaires don't invest in culture, because they're frightened of what they consider to be a "hits-driven business". They'd rather blow millions on politics and television ads, even though, as Instapundit noted, all the money spent on political ads in the last presidential campaign would have been better spent buying up all the women's magazines.

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103 Comments:

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother September 13, 2017 12:51 PM  

Conservative media is gelded, useless and disgusting.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 13, 2017 12:58 PM  

Rich cons love football and sports, those are safe outlets.

Of course the intellectual class never disqualifies or discredits the left's cultural organs.

Now Trump on the other hand is the GE of D&D, but of course when he does it the normiecons go sperg per usual SOP and leave him to dry.

So what is a billionaire conservative to do but burn some incense to the crap on the left.

Blogger Dedd Sirius September 13, 2017 1:06 PM  

Conserving the past is a fools errand.

The new right has to have a cultural vision for the future to be compelling. Even if the future vision is a variation on the good ways of the past. Merely looking backwards in atavistic nostalgia and lamenting the lost times of yore is futile and worthless.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 13, 2017 1:10 PM  

Cuckservatives, not just fighting the last war but fighting the war before that. Muh FAIRNESS! doesn't work when the gatekeepers have decided you're a Nazi because "cismale".

Dude, run down to Borders and get the top seller on the NY Times list! LOL!

Who cares what the Carlos Slim's bestseller list is, and who buys books in bookstores anymore? Cuckservatives don't even look out the window anymore.

as Instapundit noted, all the money spent on political ads in the last presidential campaign would have been better spent buying up all the women's magazines.


No kidding, and add in the teen zines for spare change. They still sell in grocery and drug stores, the market is mainly working class and middle class. Teen Vogue reaches a lot more girls than CNN or any other cable network.

How much money does YouTube lose per year? Get a billionaire to underwrite a competitor, that would reach far more under 40 than FoxNews III ever would.

Blogger Mad Jack September 13, 2017 1:15 PM  

I bought and read Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, by co-author couple Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, and it's a truly horrifying story. I could only read it a chapter or two at a time, and I think there should be some kind of warning attached to this one - once you're learned the truth about State and local government as it relates to Gosnell, you have to somehow come to terms with the fact that this happened in the United States, not in some backwater third world country.

Blogger James Dixon September 13, 2017 1:16 PM  

The New York Times is currently trading for $19.20/share with a market cap of $3.1B. It would probably take less than $1B to stage a hostile takeover. Why aren't conservative businessmen pooling their money to do so. Starting a new conservative paper would probably be even cheaper, and Fox News has shown the way. Where is it?

Technology has advanced to the point where low budget movies are a real possibility (Sean Hannity was one of the backers for Kevin Sorbo's latest film "Let There Be Light"). Where are they?

Yes, these things take time. But it's discouraging that there hasn't been more action in these areas.

Blogger Rabbi B September 13, 2017 1:18 PM  

Conservatives love to talk about the need to build an alternative culture.

And talk is cheaper than it's ever been.

Blogger ZhukovG September 13, 2017 1:19 PM  

Sounds like they want to float the idea of an Alt-Alt-Right that will be just like the old right, a conserve nothing Conservative Inc.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab September 13, 2017 1:23 PM  

Is infogalactic down?

Blogger VD September 13, 2017 1:25 PM  

Yeah, some Irma-related issues have had it up and down today.

Anonymous crushlimbraw September 13, 2017 1:28 PM  

Does this ever hit home! After two years of having a website and blog/archive, the biggest continuing battle I wage is with Conservatives and Christians who refuse to understand that politics is a product of our culture, which in turn is controlled by our education system.
Need I say more - Antonio Gramsci anyone?
Yet they continue to insist that the next savior as president or congressman, or the convention of states will solve our problems - while they send their own kids to be indoctrinated by disciples of Gramsci.
An alternate culture has to be built by the people who live it - and my family literally has shown me how - and never looked back.
The bad news - in about 100 years we'll git-er-done, eh?:)

Anonymous Brick Hardslab September 13, 2017 1:28 PM  

Sailer wrote about this. Conservatives fund football teams.

Blogger Anno Ruse September 13, 2017 1:28 PM  

"I bought and read Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, by co-author couple Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, and it's a truly horrifying story."

The summary alone turned my stomach.

Blogger Nick S September 13, 2017 1:30 PM  

Traditional information pathways will not survive, in any significant way, the next decade. Adjust, adapt, overcome.

Blogger Ken Prescott September 13, 2017 1:31 PM  

Talk is cheap unless you're hiring a lawyer.

Blogger August September 13, 2017 1:31 PM  

It all starts with owning and defending your own area. Venice had culture, because Venice was easily defensible and had its own economy. Thus people were able to create cultural products that were definitely Venetian, but which also competed well with other cultural products from elsewhere.

Many of the culture whiners simply refuse to see this or deal with it- probably because paychecks and retirement come from the leviathan's economy.

Blogger Peter Jackson September 13, 2017 1:33 PM  

...all the money spent on political ads in the last presidential campaign would have been better spent buying up all the women's magazines.

Interesting observation; I totally agree.

Blogger Peter Jackson September 13, 2017 1:36 PM  

Technology has advanced to the point where low budget movies are a real possibility...

Check out Climate Hustle.

Anonymous BBGKB September 13, 2017 1:36 PM  

Gosnell... you have to somehow come to terms with the fact that this happened in the United States, not in some backwater third world country

It was actually easier, safer & cheaper for him to deliver the babies before killing them, than use abortion equipment + clean/sterilize it for each patient. For how shoddy the care he gave, he would have killed a lot more pregnant women if he actually gave legal abortion services.

Technology has advanced to the point where low budget movies are a real possibility

I would rather have a good plot than 1000 explosions.

Blogger Joshua_D September 13, 2017 1:38 PM  

Conservatives: Joyfully losing the culture war for 50 years

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 1:39 PM  

Reaching kids through mentoring: If you have the ability, move boys in merit based directions, which could be STEM based stuff, or even logic, or deductive and inductive reasoning. You do not have to be brilliant at the subjects that you expose children to, just know excellent resources, or even the best resources, and have enough knowledge to give them a great start. What you are trying to do is a least stoke some coals, better to start a fire in the kids psych to get him going mainly on his own.

Different ages and different abilities respond to different stimulus. The two best people for going over Western Civilization using videos are Peterson and Molyneux. Jordan's material is shorter and not as complete as Stefan's videos, but short is less likely to reach the end of attention spans.

I think the most appropriate mentoring programs for today would be to build them around hero stories of warriors, and specifically smart warriors of Western Civilization or even recent heroes. A pairing of Alexander the Great with Aristotle would be fantastic. John Boyd's whole life is inspiring, from his blue-collar up-bringing, to his fighter pilot days, followed by his engineering advances to his intuitive fighter pilot knowledge, all the way to his becoming an intellect on war strategy and even profound creativity that matches the best physics people of his time. Hero stories are mythic and cross the bridge between rigid, pedantic literate society, and oral tribal society, and what better myth today, then the study of war matched with intelligence. George Patton's story would be top notch also.

Anonymous Johnny Mayonnaise September 13, 2017 1:40 PM  

Confidential context? Best assessment? Broadly popular? This sounds suspiciously unscientific and non-transparent ...

Add to that the "wide range of retailers" also mentioned.

That "wide range" is probably quite narrow, and non-compliant or non-conforming retailers are, no doubt, conveniently omitted.

OpenID crash September 13, 2017 1:49 PM  

Well if conservatives do sports instead of culture, there's a great opportunity to buy ESPN and turn it back to doing nothing but sports. Should even be pretty profitable.

Blogger Midnight Avenue J September 13, 2017 1:51 PM  

How is culture created? Can you make a new one from whole cloth? My instinct and observation is that culture is organic, and takes time to distill down to a definition and practice. Kernels might develop and split off, but you can't just speak it into being in year one and have it be forever so. This is the magickal thincking (sarc, sic) of the left.

Cons can panic that they don't have their Alt-culture NOW because they don't. They won't. But that culture is developing. Anyone paying a scintilla of attention knows this.

To the point on women's magazines, they've been nothing but catalogs in "intellectual" clothing forever. I remember my first exposure to Seventeen magazine, in my pediatric dentist office. I was 14 and discovering punk and hardcore and lots of conflicting ideas about life and politics and culture. The specific article that I read was "These Skinheads Aren't Racist." Yeah, I still remember it. It was a fashion spread, mostly. These "skinhead" working class models (lol ol ol ol) were fitted out in top flight Doc Martens and cashmere cardigans while living poor in some garret to make a living as a vegan activist. Cue the overture to la Boheme and give me a friggin' break.

I didn't see it then, it was a few years later, in college, that I saw it, and realized what my parents and grandparents were on about. They were right. I'd fight it for a few more years, but they were right.

An article superficially intended to evoke my sympathy for starving human rights activists was really intended to sell me a $400 sweater so I could be just like those beautiful shaven-headed models in the pictures.

I don't allow magazines in my house, excepting Natures Friend and a few crafting publications. Ad placement via editorials is insidious, ubiquitous evil. No, I'm not overreacting.

Anonymous Ugly Mind Babies September 13, 2017 1:52 PM  

So the books are all around them, and the infrastructure is all around them, but they complain about the New York Times? How many people who would actually read a book about Gosnell also read the NYT?

Also, there are only a few people whose reading material is limited to conservative issues, and frankly those people are boring. Very few people live in a Sean Hannity broadcast.

Anonymous Jackson5 September 13, 2017 1:53 PM  

A month or two ago an altish right blog wanted to highlight an alt rightish performance artist.

The artist lives in LA. It couldn't be hard to reach out and write a nice profile from a friendly perspective.

Instead they linked to a Guardian piece about him. If you want to read about this guy, it's either his own website or a Guardian article.

The mainstream media may be fake, but alternative media barely exists. I'm sure infogalactic is a step in the right direction and cernovich is starting to become an actual journalist.

Anonymous Gen. Kong September 13, 2017 1:53 PM  

I am rather curious as to why someone who purports to be on the opposite side of the Carlos Slim Blog - an organization whose history of brazen mendacity stretches back decades to the days of Walter Duranty's falsification of a genocide - would be upright and honest about which books are actually best sellers? Why is a "best-seller" list compiled by known liars considered to be "all important" to begin with? DeSouza is either at least as dumb as Andrew Anglin or himself a liar.

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 1:56 PM  

Midnight Avenue J wrote:How is culture created? Can you make a new one from whole cloth? My instinct and observation is that culture is organic, and takes time to distill down to a definition and practice. Kernels might develop and split off, but you can't just speak it into being in year one and have it be forever so. This is the magickal thincking (sarc, sic) of the left.

Cons can panic that they don't have their Alt-culture NOW because they don't. They won't. But that culture is developing. Anyone paying a scintilla of attention knows this.

To the point on women's magazines, they've been nothing but catalogs in "intellectual" clothing forever. I remember my first exposure to Seventeen magazine, in my pediatric dentist office. I was 14 and discovering punk and hardcore and lots of conflicting ideas about life and politics and culture. The specific article that I read was "These Skinheads Aren't Racist." Yeah, I still remember it. It was a fashion spread, mostly. These "skinhead" working class models (lol ol ol ol) were fitted out in top flight Doc Martens and cashmere cardigans while living poor in some garret to make a living as a vegan activist. Cue the overture to la Boheme and give me a friggin' break.

I didn't see it then, it was a few years later, in college, that I saw it, and realized what my parents and grandparents were on about. They were right. I'd fight it for a few more years, but they were right.

An article superficially intended to evoke my sympathy for starving human rights activists was really intended to sell me a $400 sweater so I could be just like those beautiful shaven-headed models in the pictures.

I don't allow magazines in my house, excepting Natures Friend and a few crafting publications. Ad placement via editorials is insidious, ubiquitous evil. No, I'm not overreacting.


New or renewed culture always start from mythic stories, which could be comics (Alt-Comics), creation stories, or hero stories.

Blogger Midnight Avenue J September 13, 2017 2:00 PM  

tuberman, i believe all myths have truth in them, and I don't mean existential truth but literal, factual truth. So, comics? Heros? Those stories start now, and grow, until they become the Legend of Footloose.

Time is the magic dust.

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 2:01 PM  

Renewed culture stories do not have to be literal myths, as they can be absolutely true, and all the better. They take on a mythic quality of oral stories to advance and renew a civilization.

Blogger Midnight Avenue J September 13, 2017 2:02 PM  

Yes but can conservatives who cry for a new culture just speak it into existence today and have it be culture tomorrow?

Blogger beerme September 13, 2017 2:02 PM  

Deep down they just want mainstream recognition for their cuckbook, which isn't happening unless it is for the wrong reasons.

Cernovich has the right idea, become too big to ignore and the mainstream comes to you.

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 2:08 PM  

beerme wrote:Deep down they just want mainstream recognition for their cuckbook, which isn't happening unless it is for the wrong reasons.

Cernovich has the right idea, become too big to ignore and the mainstream comes to you.


I like Cernovich, and have both of his books, but he makes the mistake of wanting to BE SOMEBODY, rather than DO SOMETHING POSITIVE. Being somebody USUALLY LEADS TO CAREERISM, and that destroys doing the Right Thing. He may be one of the few exceptions, but I will not bet on it.

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 2:19 PM  

All these "conservative" want and wanted to BE SOMEONE, which makes my point. Once one goes down the path of mainly wanting to be someone, rather than only gaining power and influence to accomplish positive things, and then not exploiting that power. Straight and Narrow comes to the forefront. This is a hard line to follow.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 13, 2017 2:22 PM  

One key part of building a new culture. Stop importing foreign ones. Baby step of the week:

State department will stop issuing some visas in 4 countries that won't take deported citizens back

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States wants to deport.

Eritriea gets pretty much no visas. Trump warned these countries. Now here's some follow through.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 13, 2017 2:22 PM  

OT belly laugh of the day, from Steve Sailer's blog:
As the Atlantic Monthly explained yesterday, even today feminists college anti-rape apparatchiks are actually white racists viciously persecuting innocent black male athletes for just being friendly and inviting their teammates to enjoy sloppy seconds.

Blogger Dave September 13, 2017 2:27 PM  

Culture clash: CBS Radio is reporting CA lawmakers are scrambling to repeal a ban on using pepper spray on protestors ahead of a visit to Berkeley by a certain former Breitbart editor.

Blogger James Dixon September 13, 2017 2:30 PM  

> Well if conservatives do sports instead of culture, there's a great opportunity to buy ESPN

Disney owns ESPN. That's a bit of a tougher nut to crack. Their market cap is $152.50B.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 13, 2017 2:30 PM  

James Dixon wrote:The New York Times is currently trading for $19.20/share with a market cap of $3.1B. It would probably take less than $1B to stage a hostile takeover. Why aren't conservative businessmen pooling their money to do so. Starting a new conservative paper would probably be even cheaper, and Fox News has shown the way. Where is it?

Technology has advanced to the point where low budget movies are a real possibility (Sean Hannity was one of the backers for Kevin Sorbo's latest film "Let There Be Light"). Where are they?

Yes, these things take time. But it's discouraging that there hasn't been more action in these areas.


Spend a $1B or more for a property whose remaining readers would drop it like a steaming turd, and whose presumed target audience stopped giving a rat's tail about newspapers (esp. the NY cage liner) 20 years ago?

Not seeing the point.

Blogger Jon D. September 13, 2017 2:33 PM  

Chuck Dixon, a comic creator who created Bane for Batman, and now like many of us are wading through this, pointed out how few conservatives support each other. I know so many of us have tuned out of culture but we need to be on this. Buy books from people who don't hate you. It starts there.

Anonymous Grayman September 13, 2017 2:35 PM  

I dont want to rob anyone of a book sale, but if you want to know about Gosnell and have a strong constituion lots of eading is available here:

http://kermitgosnellcrimes.wikispaces.com/

Some of that stuff makes the Saw movies seem tame.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 13, 2017 2:36 PM  

The left is still organized because...they're The Ultimate Herd. Leftism was yesterday's movement. Its remaining herd members are no more than that.

The problem is, the opposite of this is fractured, atomistic. The Right is made up of people who DON'T trust the six-degrees-of-separation BS poured out of Hollywood, the MSM, the political establishment, or the Corporatocracy.

Building a mass movement of people predisposed to ever lower circles of trust is a major paradox, that is, until the Big Change actually arrives and shorter lines of trust becomes THE Big Thing.

Until that time, this period of mixed signals offers nothing but confusion. Investing Big $ to take control of this vast Mass-minded Ocean Liner might be exactly analogous to buying the last steerage passage on the SS Titanic.

The Mass market, just like the Mass media, is a creature of the Mass past. The future is smaller, more local, more distrusting of the strange or novel. Catering to those on the leading edge of this future has got to be difficult, indeed.

Anonymous VFM #7916 September 13, 2017 2:37 PM  

You can't defend, maintain, or grow a culture without the willingness and ability to exclude or shame those that would destroy that culture.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 13, 2017 2:37 PM  

Stop importing foreign ones. Baby step of the week:

Oh, since I don't think it's been mentioned here: SCOTUS overturned the 9th's block on the president's travel ban. It hasn't gotten much play, I suppose partly because it was expected, and partly because the Fake News doesn't want to report a win. But it's another win.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 13, 2017 2:38 PM  

Another way to build a new culture is to drain the ugly swamp. Maybe it is just a coincidence. But isn't it interesting that nearly a dozen mayors have been accused or arrested or convicted of child sex crimes since 2016?

Blogger S. Misanthrope September 13, 2017 2:47 PM  

So I know Philem personally, and I wish he would speak publicly about what it was like for him as an early Trump supporter trying to raise money from these clowns. People who make great propaganda and culture for the right have to be more careful than conservatives who work at Google not to upset the wrong person, or they will end up John Birch'd faster than you can say "Buckley was a cuck."

Blogger James Dixon September 13, 2017 2:48 PM  

> Maybe it is just a coincidence.

Coincidence. Yeah, that's got to be it. It couldn't be anything else, could it?

Blogger dc.sunsets September 13, 2017 2:49 PM  

@ Grayman, that case (Gosnell) at your link is perhaps the saddest thing I've ever encountered (the single photo I ran across is image that cannot be unseen.) The casual disregard for life in our culture sickens me to be a member, however unwillingly (in this context.)

Blogger Dave September 13, 2017 2:51 PM  

@Cail Oh, since I don't think it's been mentioned here: SCOTUS overturned the 9th's block on the president's travel ban.

Top of the page IG News

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 2:54 PM  

The suicide of the globalist culture is already underway in dozen of paths, too numerous and complex to list. The MSM and the rest of global structure do everything to suppress these truths. There is a book my brother has that said flat out in 2005 that Globalism for all practical purposes was finished in 2002. Why? Nationalism in China, India and Russia had already betrayed the Globalist alliance.

Anonymous Grayman September 13, 2017 2:55 PM  

The general distribution of personality traits common amongst the right / alt-right make it hard to come together or support one another in a nebuluos manner like the left does. Attempintg to imitate the lefts behavior is useful only to a point before it self-limiting due to personality types of the right.

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 2:59 PM  

DC

"The Mass market, just like the Mass media, is a creature of the Mass past. The future is smaller, more local, more distrusting of the strange or novel."

Nope, to fight effectively in fourth generation warfare it takes EXTREME TRUST, and an unified moral vision. Novel ideas, and unusual tactics need to be deployed even on the level of Privates.

Blogger S. Misanthrope September 13, 2017 3:03 PM  

@Grayman it won't ever be nebulous, but it could be less purity-spiraly with the right information/education.

In objectivist circles, you can't even get excited about a movie being kinda "objectivist" or you will get a flood of criticism, often based entirely on one obscure line or minor aspect of a scene. The disgust-sensitivity has to be brought into conscious understanding before we can behave truly rationally.

Anonymous johnc September 13, 2017 3:05 PM  

(((Conservative billionnaires)))

Somebody had to do it.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 13, 2017 3:05 PM  

Tuberman,

Nope. You missed the point. And boy oh boy do you misunderstand the distributed (cell-based) nature of 4GW. Each foxhole will be Extremely High Trust, but there will be zero inter-foxhole trust.

Mass-minded conceptualization is deeply ingrained. But its time has passed (as has the viability of Mass Politics in the form of the Nation-State. Read your Creveld.)

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 13, 2017 3:07 PM  

The cultural left has a weak point, they think they are beyond critique. You don't even need to critique them just mention that they think they are above critique.

Frankly I have had a good look at the left, they are shit.

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 3:10 PM  

Grayman wrote:The general distribution of personality traits common amongst the right / alt-right make it hard to come together or support one another in a nebuluos manner like the left does. Attempting to imitate the lefts behavior is useful only to a point before it self-limiting due to personality types of the right.

The Left's greatest flaw is they never reality test anything against their narrative, thus super chaos and entropy is insured to happen at accelerating rates.

The Right's arguing over trivial stuff is minor compared to that. We need and already have inspirational vision which will attract the Right people at the Right time to rally around.

Blogger Ingot9455 September 13, 2017 3:14 PM  

Just to keep any billionaires from wasting money - the New York Times can't be taken over by buying stock. The extended family has the Class B Preferred stock, which is the only stock that has voting rights (and superior dividends). Everyone else can only buy normal Class A stock, which only gives you rights to possible normal-stock dividends, which the New York Times has been paying way low on - a bit less than 1% return.

Carlos Slim bought in on an entirely different kind of deal. He loaned them money and got certain promises and perhaps options on property ownership when they sold their valuable properties to keep going. Now that initial loan is paid off and Carlos has a lot of the useless class A stock, which is enough to give him leverage in terms of scuttling the company's worth at critical moments if he needs to, plus the ability to make further loans and position himself for various property deals.

Anonymous Gen. Kong September 13, 2017 3:22 PM  

A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:
Another way to build a new culture is to drain the ugly swamp. Maybe it is just a coincidence. But isn't it interesting that nearly a dozen mayors have been accused or arrested or convicted of child sex crimes since 2016?

The very same type of mayah that whose lawless, unconstitutional orders will be carried out by the badge-gang goondas (including Oafcuckers) upon anyone but actual criminals. BTW, whatever happened to the Oafcucker dindu-in-chief who issued threats of violence here? Bet he's still in his position.

Anonymous Grayman September 13, 2017 3:25 PM  

Religion of peace strikes again!

Man Shouting "Allahu Akbar" Viciously Attacks Family Of 4 In France

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 3:27 PM  

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Blogger Timmy3 September 13, 2017 3:28 PM  

Alternative distribution channels is the key. The old media is in decline. Everyone knows that. The influence of the New York Times is small. As Google and Facebook shut people down, people will look elsewhere. That's human nature. There will be a way to reach alternative viewpoints without gate keepers.

Blogger tuberman September 13, 2017 3:32 PM  

dc.sunsets wrote:
Tuberman,

"Nope. You missed the point. And boy oh boy do you misunderstand the distributed (cell-based) nature of 4GW. Each foxhole will be Extremely High Trust, but there will be zero inter-foxhole trust.

Mass-minded conceptualization is deeply ingrained. But its time has passed (as has the viability of Mass Politics in the form of the Nation-State. Read your Creveld.)"


You could be correct, as i've been reading Lind, Sun Tzu, and John Boyd, and have not gotten around to Creveld yet. So he sees everything breaking down to Muslim type cells. As I said I'll check, but I figure that will be a temporary solution at best.

Here is Boyd's Orientation directions that lead to failure:
Islands of disconnected effort
Compartmentalization
Non-cooperative centers of gravity
Disconnected bits and pieces

One thing is for sure, there must be an overall connected inspirational vision between different cells at the least

I will compare Van Creveld with Lind and Boyd to find out.

Blogger Rich Hill September 13, 2017 3:32 PM  

You want to spread conservative culture? Well, here I am, a conservative artist. Put your money where your mouths are and help make it go viral. Enjoy!

www.soundcloud.com/richard-t-hill

Anonymous Grayman September 13, 2017 3:33 PM  

The left has an interesting time-preference dichotomy. The common "street-level" emotional feedback loop that the average leftist runs off of if functionally a high time preference characteristic, yet the power brokers and "players" amongst the left clearly play a game of VERY low time preference, planning decades.
Perhaps the power brokers and "players" are not so much leftist as simply opportunistic oligarchs of sorts that utilize the low time preference aspect of leftist. -thinking out loud.

Blogger Matthew September 13, 2017 3:33 PM  

Joshua_D wrote:Conservatives: Joyfully losing the culture war for 50 years

Pissfully losing the culture war.

Blogger Matthew September 13, 2017 3:34 PM  

Gen. Kong wrote:DeSouza is either at least as dumb as Andrew Anglin or himself a liar.

He has to go back.

Blogger dienw September 13, 2017 3:36 PM  

Dedd Sirius wrote:Conserving the past is a fools errand.

The new right has to have a cultural vision for the future to be compelling. Even if the future vision is a variation on the good ways of the past. Merely looking backwards in atavistic nostalgia and lamenting the lost times of yore is futile and worthless.


There is nothing new under the sun; the individual artist will have to go back through history to find the good artist(s)under whom he can study; not copying technique, but acquiring that/those artist's(s') understanding: we had the Renaissance because someone dug up Greek sculptures. A would artist can do well by going back to the Lescaux caves or Venus of Willendorf in order to comprehend the requirements of being an artist.

Blogger DonReynolds September 13, 2017 4:13 PM  

"Conservatives love to talk about the need to build an alternative culture."

I have been around conservatives all my adult life and never once did a conservative say they wanted to build an alternative culture. We already have a culture, which is mostly the product of thousands of years of human civilization.....plus some new inventions.
Conservatives do not want a new culture or an alternative culture, they simply want to KEEP what remains of the culture we already have.
The Leftist Liberals want the culture we have destroyed and replaced with some New Age Utopia, with no historic references, other than unnecessary apologies to people long since dead.....and only then if they are not white or American.

OpenID doktorjeep September 13, 2017 4:19 PM  

Conservatives will talk.
But in the end and after all that talk, conserve NOTHING.

Oh there will be a new culture alright. Alright. Altright. Alt Right.

Blogger tz September 13, 2017 4:46 PM  

Guess how many times a conservative media organ has reviewed, or even mentioned, a Castalia House book? Zero.
Has Molyneux, Milo, or Chernovich done so?
You asked Eric Raymond to read and review Awake in the Nightlands, but I don't believe he has done so.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 13, 2017 5:12 PM  

tuberman,
One thing is for sure, there must be an overall connected inspirational vision between different cells at the least

I completely concur. I sincerely hope it is based in a solid Christian faith, along with intense, brotherly nationalism (the kind where everyone might be your 3rd or 4th cousin.) As to the specific form it takes, my view is that such things are discovered, organically and spontaneously, from the stew of available themes. It's possible the man who will carry that torch labors in obscurity even today. We don't know what we don't know.

But like pornography, we may not be able to define it in specific, but we sure will know it when we see it. I'd say, "Who is John Galt," but I'm really not that fond of fiction as a template for reality.

Frankly, there are times when simply being anti-Left will suffice. They're making of themselves such amazingly attractive targets....all it might take is a "successful" push to legalize adult-child sex, or extend the homo-marriage a bit and legalize the loving unions of men and ewes, women and doberman studs, and--well, you get the idea.

No love can be wrong, right? (for the lulz)

Anonymous TPC September 13, 2017 5:33 PM  

The solution is even simpler than buying women's magazines on the distaff side. 5 million per year to the top 50 mombloggers (about 1/2 that number are secular or religion-lite, and about 1/4 each are Catholic and evangelical) carefully spent would be more influential and direct more women's thinking than buying whatever the remnants of women's magazines are today.

I can buy a magazine produced by one of those mombloggers. I can't buy most women's magazines because the stores no longer carry them.

Mombloggers and to a lesser extent women's blogging in particular are a major place where "sponsored" content has worked to shape behavior and audience beliefs. They don't always say it is, of course, but that's the point about carefully spending the 100k per blogger per year.

Blogger OGRE September 13, 2017 5:44 PM  

Rich Hill wrote:You want to spread conservative culture? Well, here I am, a conservative artist. Put your money where your mouths are and help make it go viral. Enjoy!

www.soundcloud.com/richard-t-hill


those are lovely

Blogger Demonic Professor El September 13, 2017 5:52 PM  

dc.sunsets wrote:Frankly, there are times when simply being anti-Left will suffice. They're making of themselves such amazingly attractive targets....all it might take is a "successful" push to legalize adult-child sex, or extend the homo-marriage a bit and legalize the loving unions of men and ewes, women and doberman studs, and--well, you get the idea.

Yes - when it actually starts having an effect on their kids, the views change dramatically. If they're any kind of mom at all (where the Mama -Bear takes over), the Left's call for legal rape (the EU's "sexual emergencies"), pedophelia, and hormone destruction will put an end to a lot of the Leftist stuff.

Women are naturally more communal than men. But when their cubs are threatened they generally can become quite the gun-toting Right-wingers.

Being Anti-Left is probably sufficient enough for many mommies. And that's how you sway that group. Or as Adam Carolla said about him and Loveline, we need a little sugar to surround the hard pill.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 13, 2017 6:18 PM  

DonReynolds
I have been around conservatives all my adult life and never once did a conservative say they wanted to build an alternative culture. We already have a culture, which is mostly the product of thousands of years of human civilization.....plus some new inventions

Like "men in dresses in the girls bathroom" type inventions. Heck of a job, conservatives!

Conservatives are just libtards from 20 years ago, nothing more.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club September 13, 2017 6:30 PM  

Build an alternative culture? Sure, we'll get right on it. Shouldn't take more than 3-4 days, maybe a week, to make up for 50+ years of retreat and abject surrender on any issue that mattered.

Blogger VD September 13, 2017 6:55 PM  

Has Molyneux, Milo, or Chernovich done so?

Yes, yes, and yes. All three are Castalia House authors, as it happens.

Anonymous Godfrey September 13, 2017 7:29 PM  

Israel needs to be strengthened by more diversity. Over 50% of the population in Israel should be non-Jews. That will make Israel stronger.

Support Israel by supporting mass non-Jewish migration to Israel.

Blogger James Dixon September 13, 2017 8:17 PM  

> Just to keep any billionaires from wasting money - the New York Times can't be taken over by buying stock.

Thanks for the correction.

Anonymous Ages September 13, 2017 8:34 PM  

OT: Paul Ryan says it's not in the nations interest to kick out dreamers.

Does everyone here still think they're not going to pass DACA, and when they do, that Trump will sign it, ushering in disaster?

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 13, 2017 9:10 PM  

OT: Paul Ryan says it's not in the nations interest to kick out dreamers.

He has to go back, too.

Does everyone here still think they're not going to pass DACA

No idea. You sure they will?

Blogger DonReynolds September 13, 2017 9:43 PM  

A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:DonReynolds

I have been around conservatives all my adult life and never once did a conservative say they wanted to build an alternative culture. We already have a culture, which is mostly the product of thousands of years of human civilization.....plus some new inventions

Like "men in dresses in the girls bathroom" type inventions. Heck of a job, conservatives!

Conservatives are just libtards from 20 years ago, nothing more.


Are you really so dog stupid that you think there was anything conservative about the Obama Administration?

Conservatives did not invent transexuals, nor did they advocate giving them access to women's bathrooms, in public schools or anywhere else. That was not one of the inventions of Western Civilization.

If you believe conservatives were libtards twenty years ago, you just disqualified yourself from holding an informed opinion on the subject.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 13, 2017 9:50 PM  

DonReynolds
Are you really so dog stupid that you think there was anything conservative about the Obama Administration?

Dude, it was at least as conservative as the Bush administration.

Conservatives did not invent transexuals, nor did they advocate giving them access to women's bathrooms, in public schools or anywhere else.

They also didn't even try to stop them. They couldn't even conserve the girls bathroom, get it?

Name something you conservatives have conserved, besides feminism and whatever libtards were pushing back in the 80's and 90's. Go ahead, name something you guys have conserved.

If you believe conservatives were libtards twenty years ago, you just disqualified yourself from holding an informed opinion on the subject.

Dude, VAWA was pure Clinton libtardation in 1994, now conservatives have no prob renewing it. So 20 years from now conservatives will be opposing polygamy by defending gay marriage. Count on it.

LOL @ some Boomertard babbling about "informed opinion" on anything.

Blogger tz September 13, 2017 10:02 PM  

Has Molyneux, Milo, or Chernovich done so?

Yes, yes, and yes. All three are Castalia House authors, as it happens.


I don't know of any book Milo or Molyneux claims to have published through Castalia house, nor any reviews of the three on their respective channels, however I've not subscribed to everything. Nor do I think it counts in this context if they posted something on Castalia House as a "Conservative Media reviews ...".

But perhaps I missed something. Searches appear futile, but that may be google and/or bing.

The question you asked is where the "Conservative Media" reviewed a Castalia House book. If there are links to reviews by the three I'd be interested and copy them. If there are actually books published I'd be interested as well.

To clarify, you are claiming as book authors and reviewers "Mike Cernovich", "Milo Yianniopolis", and "Stefan Molyneux". Maybe it is one SEO conspiracy, but I've checked their sites too.

Blogger tz September 13, 2017 10:20 PM  

Yes, no, and no?
Castalia House does not list anything beyond Cernovich's Maga Mindset (excellent book by the way) as being published and I didn't include Chernovich in the list of authors. Milo and Molyneux?

Molyneux just reviewed Stephen King's "It" movie. I don't remember a single review by Milo except en passant of some guest on his podcast. Nor by Cernovich. But as I said, I'd be interested if there is an actual review, particularly if it is on their platform.

Blogger wreckage September 13, 2017 10:29 PM  

Grayman, as it happens, I believe you are entirely correct. The very top of the SJW Left are oligarchs seeking to create a more compliant culture, and a portion of the upper Right support this for very much the same reasons.

Because even now, "free" trade is still accruing too much benefit to the working class, and the would-be rulers subscribe entirely to worst of mercatilism: if you're not hurting someone else, you could still be making more profit.

Anonymous Clouseau September 13, 2017 10:37 PM  

Most of the "conservative" media is bogus anyway. I gave up on NRO and WS when they went off the NeverTrump deep end. Haven't clicked on them since. Haven't missed them.

Blogger Student in Blue September 13, 2017 10:59 PM  

@tz
Dangerous audio-book, I believe.

And Molyneux isn't a Castalia author I believe but he *has* plugged Vox when he has him on.

Blogger Matthew September 14, 2017 12:16 AM  

tz, how stupid do you wish to prove yourself?

Blogger Dirk Manly September 14, 2017 12:20 AM  

Wanting to "be somebody" or "be famous" is the great epidemic of fail among Gen Y.

Blogger Matthew September 14, 2017 12:21 AM  

1. Vox says Molyneux is a CH author

2. CH has not yet published any books by Molyneux.

3. tz says...?

Anonymous Mr. Rational September 14, 2017 12:28 AM  

if you want to know about Gosnell and have a strong constituion lots of eading is available here:

http://kermitgosnellcrimes.wikispaces.com/

I doubt that Kermit Gosnell had any White clients.  There were No Humans Involved (NHI), thus no crime committed.

72% of the abortions in Mississippi are procured by Black women (no figures on how many Hispanics).  Abortion helps to whiten Mississippi, and probably the entire US.  It's eugenic.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 14, 2017 3:26 AM  

DonReynolds wrote:Conservatives did not invent transexuals, nor did they advocate giving them access to women's bathrooms, in public schools or anywhere else. That was not one of the inventions of Western Civilization.
If they haven't already, within a year, National Review will publish an editorial about how Trannnies in women's bathrooms is really conservative.

Anonymous Ages September 14, 2017 5:53 AM  

I don't know if they will pass it, but I am sure that Trump will sign it if they do.

Blogger Student in Blue September 14, 2017 7:57 AM  

@Matthew

Good point.

Blogger RedPill Angel September 14, 2017 10:58 AM  

Odd Nerdrum is a Norwegian painter, considered by many to be one of the greatest figurative painters of all time, and he has been harassed and persecuted by the government of Norway for many years, for the thought crime of refusing to kowtow to the postmodern "art" scam. He calls himself a kitsch painter, not an artist. He was finally sentenced to 2 years in prison for tax evasion at the age of 72. He speaks for the West very strongly in his writings, although in a philosophical and not openly political way. His mysterious paintings reflect some apocalyptic future with European people wandering in barren landscapes, and I believe he paints the future he sees.

Blogger RedPill Angel September 14, 2017 10:59 AM  

Forgot this: http://nerdrummuseum.com/

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd September 14, 2017 12:15 PM  

DonReynolds wrote:Conservatives did not invent transexuals, nor did they advocate giving them access to women's bathrooms, in public schools or anywhere else. That was not one of the inventions of Western Civilization.

Conservatives didn't invent ``Don't ask, don't tell,'' but by the time 0bammy ended it, it was conservative dogma.

DonReynolds wrote:If you believe conservatives were libtards twenty years ago, you just disqualified yourself from holding an informed opinion on the subject.

If you believe that today's conservatard positions are anything other than the previous decade's libtard positions, you are lying to yourself.

It is the business of libtards to make mistakes, and it is the business of conservatards to make them permanent.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 14, 2017 12:22 PM  

wreckage
Grayman, as it happens, I believe you are entirely correct. The very top of the SJW Left are oligarchs seeking to create a more compliant culture, and a portion of the upper Right support this for very much the same reasons.

They really are living out the Bertolt Brecht, trying to elect a new people by population replacement. Replacement of uppity white people with more compliant and/or easy to manipulate brown people. "White genocide" is too strong a term to use with most normal people, but "replacement" sort of works. Except for the cuckservatives, especially the churchian ones, they want to be replaced because White Guilt.

Anonymous Raker Tooth September 14, 2017 9:25 PM  

IBIC, inspiring blog, inspiring comments.
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The old vs new is unrealistic. There was a time when artists weren't aware of the laws of perspective. We need not reinvent everything. The harmonica was made in Germany, but blacks in the US developed the style of cross harp. Few play it straight harp anymore. Who uses a harpsichord anymore?
Years ago, I walked around for a couple weeks pondering the definition of the word 'art'. My dictionary had about a paragraph of definitions. Didn't come to anything conclusive, but one day something interesting happened.
I had just installed a sign on a leather goods store, the sign had a fairly detailed full color illustration of a man on a horse. I crossed the intersection, to see what it would look like at that distance. I was a few feet away from the Jim Grey Gallery. In the display window was a large, beautiful painting of a tree in bloom up in the mountains.
I thought about who his typical customer was, what they would do with that painting. It would be a woman. She would take it home, already knowing which wall it would go on. The rest of the room would coordinate perfectly with it. Her guests and family would have the pleasure of being in that setting.
Then I thought about what I would do if I bought it. Man, I would study it. And study it again. Then it hit me, I realized that I was asking the wrong question. The question should have been "What is an artist?"
An artist is one who teaches us to see the beauty in the world around us. Whether subtle colors, or dramatic shadows; Exciting musical compositions, or the importance of pauses therein, artists show others what they perceive.
In the last several years I've seen a lot of bad water go under the bridge. Near and far. There was a time I wanted to pursue art as a cultural endeavor, but these days seem more like the time for keyboards and clubs, than brushes and paint.
What I was really interested in was showing the objectivity of beauty. That is, that we're surrounded by things far exceeding their necessary visual function if evolution was true. There would be a joy in using contemporary mediums to render precise illustrations along those lines.

Blogger Thucydides September 14, 2017 9:59 PM  

The complete selfunawarness of the left is almost zen-like.

While most posters are correct about needing and creating a new culture and new cultural vehicles, we also need to work to tear down and destroy or devalue the cultural icons of the Left. No one on the alt right/alt west is fooled by the NYT's corrupted "best seller" list, but there are still far to many apolitical people who are unaware of the culture wars or the insidious spread of cultural marxism. highlighting the corrupt nature of the NYT's best seller list is one of those attention getters, an signals to previously unengaged people that if there is so much time and effort invoiced in falsifying book sales, then what else is being falsified?

Breaking the networks, breaking the facade and breaking the narrative are all going to be the long term goals of the alt right, and I'm sad to say it is going to be the work of a generation. (minimum)

Blogger Chris Ritchie September 16, 2017 12:49 PM  

tuberman wrote:Reaching kids through mentoring: If you have the ability, move boys in merit based directions, which could be STEM based stuff, or even logic, or deductive and inductive reasoning. You do not have to be brilliant at the subjects that you expose children to, just know excellent resources, or even the best resources, and have enough knowledge to give them a great start. What you are trying to do is a least stoke some coals, better to start a fire in the kids psych to get him going mainly on his own.

Different ages and different abilities respond to different stimulus. The two best people for going over Western Civilization using videos are Peterson and Molyneux. Jordan's material is shorter and not as complete as Stefan's videos, but short is less likely to reach the end of attention spans.

I think the most appropriate mentoring programs for today would be to build them around hero stories of warriors, and specifically smart warriors of Western Civilization or even recent heroes. A pairing of Alexander the Great with Aristotle would be fantastic. John Boyd's whole life is inspiring, from his blue-collar up-bringing, to his fighter pilot days, followed by his engineering advances to his intuitive fighter pilot knowledge, all the way to his becoming an intellect on war strategy and even profound creativity that matches the best physics people of his time. Hero stories are mythic and cross the bridge between rigid, pedantic literate society, and oral tribal society, and what better myth today, then the study of war matched with intelligence. George Patton's story would be top notch also.


Great thoughts! I would recommend 19 Stars by Edgar Puryear. It was mandatory reading in our military history classes.

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