Friday, December 04, 2020

Magic Dirt: a correction

Unlike Nature, The New York Times, and many other publications, The Other McCain doesn't hesitate to correct his neologistic history in his article on Planners and Their Plans:

CORRECTION: “Magic Dirt Theory” is a phrase coined by Vox Day, specifically referring to the belief of open-borders enthusiasts “that all immigrants will magically become Real Americans, real life nephews of their Uncle Sam, reborn on the Fourth of July by virtue of geographical relocation, thereby instantly negating of all of their racial, ethnic, religious, political, and cultural traditions.”

While I've never been concerned with conceptual credit, I do understand that the assiduous avoidance of properly crediting me and other dangerous badthinkers by the mainstream media is part and parcel of their attempt to render us invisible to the mainstream. While they can't stop the stronger ideas from eventually percolating through into the culture, they can at least prevent us from being anointed Important Public Intellectuals in favor of lesser thinkers like the laughable Richard Dawkins, the lunatic occultist Jordan Peterson, and the utterly unoriginal propagandist Ben Shapiro, to say nothing of the diverse nonentities who can barely construct a coherent sentence in the process of regurgitating the latest social justice pieties.

That's why corrections like Robert McCain's are important, and why it is a good idea to call out mistaken and omitted attributions. Because these mis- and non-attributions are simply another form of media gatekeeping.

When one contemplates how my historical argument contra the atheist meme "religion causes war" destroyed it to the extent that virtually no one even tries to appeal to that once-popular argument pushed by Messrs. Harris and Dawkins anymore, one can perhaps begin to understand why the intellectual gatekeeping is so assiduous. But the truth has a way of routing around its would-be imprisoners; with zero advertising, zero social media presence, and the full weight of Big Tech thrown against it, this blog nevertheless had 5.7 million pageviews last month and is currently on track for 7 million more in December.

UPDATE: "The Republican Party is now the Magic Dirt party." - Neon Revolt



Blogger Miguel Pereira December 04, 2020 8:36 AM  

I always use your work against silly atheists who cling to the "religion causes war" myth.

Keep up the good work, Vox. You are making a diference.

Blogger RobertDWood December 04, 2020 8:46 AM  

In the quiet, the Dark Lord grows his Dread Ilk. We are fed on the truth and feast on classic literature and the pulp comic revival.

Blogger crescent wrench December 04, 2020 8:53 AM  

The dirt may not be magic but relocating crime-plagued black communities to suburban areas governed by "castle doctrine" may indeed magically cure the crime problem.

Oh, I'm sure a tiny percent of those who are compelled to get on with this "transformation" will be given the Rittenhouse/Zimmerman treatment to keep these people fearfully voting Democrat, but the rest will be summarily declared innocent by local police and handed their guns back with a subtle nod meant to signal a job well done.

Blogger basementhomebrewer December 04, 2020 8:55 AM  

When one contemplates how my historical argument contra the atheist meme "religion causes war" destroyed it to the extent that virtually no one even tries to appeal to that once-popular argument pushed by Messrs. Harris and Dawkins anymore

Ran into the new line of attack on this one a few months back. Now they claim that the motivations for people to fight in wars were religious even though the war wasn't overtly about religion. In other words they are trying to say no one would be willing to fight on a personal level if religion wasn't motivating them. It's a stupid slight of hand and laughably fails their "assertions with little evidence can be dismissed with little evidence" mantra, but apparently it works on some mid-wits who are predisposed to lies and hating Christianity.

Blogger Winter is coming December 04, 2020 9:01 AM  

Best content out there!

Blogger Newscaper312 December 04, 2020 9:09 AM  

Several times now I've enjoyed dropping a "Once again, Vox Day was right" over at Instapundit. Whether that opens some eyes or makes them squirm uncomfortably.

Blogger Balkan Yankee December 04, 2020 9:12 AM  

Truth is like water. It will always find a way to break through.

Blogger Out of Nod December 04, 2020 9:19 AM  

With people moving to alt-tech platforms to obtain their news, formerly moderated ideas are starting to break through the cracks of the rotten edifice. There are a few of us on Gab that regularly repost your blog, sometimes with our own commentary and it's generally well received. Last week. I sent "The Black Magic of Corporate Tyranny" post to my dad because it articulated well what I was thinking concerning our new corporate tyranny.

With the destruction of the old MSM, you'll probably start getting more credit for your ideas.

Blogger Shakey December 04, 2020 9:26 AM  

You wouldn't happen to have a handy dandy collection of links available would you? I have a few friends who fancy themselves philosophizers that could use some disabusing.

Blogger jkmack December 04, 2020 9:28 AM  

The Dark Lord is invisible, yet responsible for over 90% of motion in the intellectual universe, we cannot see this unseen mover, but we know he is there, by his effects on our (visible) authorized "intellectuals".

Blogger The Lab Manager December 04, 2020 9:35 AM  

I love crapping on the libertardians with the 'magic dirt theory' because at this point this really what many of them believe. In some way, they are even more stupid than the left when it comes to race, IQ, and culture.

Blogger Wazdakka December 04, 2020 9:40 AM  

On the "Def not a meth head" JP, I'm getting spammed with his nonsense nonstop on utube. I suspect I've been identified as a wrong thinker, and JP has been sent to shave me

Blogger VD December 04, 2020 9:51 AM  

Ran into the new line of attack on this one a few months back.

That's not new. In fact, I dealt with it directly in TIA back in 2008.

Blogger DrDeath December 04, 2020 10:03 AM  

Alyssa Farah resigned her role in the WH. I always wondered if Vox stayed in touch with the Farah family.

Blogger rumpole5 December 04, 2020 10:08 AM  

Yeah, your enemies understand that anyone who stumbles across your blog (as I did, decades ago, in your "Mohawk" era) is likely to become a longterm fan. Even more insidious, from their point of view, must be your penchant for referring to OTHER websites and individuals with a genuine altright bent, and your constant exposure of left-lackey gatekeepers. And then there are the comments of your "ilk". Almost as good as your direct output.

Blogger d December 04, 2020 10:17 AM  

As amusing as the Magic Dirt theory is, it implies idiocy, not depravity, is the driving force of their toxic rainbow of civilization-exterminating policies. One can be forgiven for failing to discriminate and deduce during the first few years of such policies, but after a near century into this utterly lawless New Deal, no.

Blogger Lila R December 04, 2020 10:28 AM  

A very, very important point this. Misattribution and plagiarism are part of power-elite gate-keeping.

I say the same thing on my blog profile. It is a particular peeve of mine and not entirely attributable to personal vanity. Who controls the narrative controls the masses. Trump's signal but not sole achievement has been to blow up the narrative so that people can think for themselves again.

On another issue, I think I might have gloated too early about that signature audit. Georgia SOS apparently will not believe his lyin' eyes.

Well, we don't believe the lying SOS.

Lila Rajiva

Lila Rajiva

Blogger MATT December 04, 2020 10:32 AM  

I wonder if more people would credit you if you didnt use a pseudonym

Blogger Gr8Again December 04, 2020 10:42 AM  

Steve Sailer uses the "Magic Dirt Theory" phrase so often, I just assumed he coined it. Has he ever credited Vox for it? If not, that's really disappointing.

Normally, I like Sailer. Yeah, he's a milquetoast CivNat, but he fills the "gateway drug" niche, helping to lead newbies into the dissident right, where they'll hopefully encounter Vox's more logically coherent world view.

Blogger Crew December 04, 2020 10:48 AM  

Maybe I am too cynical but I think the other dishonesty in The Other McCain's writings is this:

The Democrats were never interested in eliminating poverty. They used that slogan as an excuse to give public money (ie, the taxes we pay) to their supporters.

Blogger Karen took the Kids December 04, 2020 10:52 AM  

'7 million more in December'

Amazing numbers, the election has inspired a lot of people to wake the fuck up finally.

Blogger Thomas Bateman December 04, 2020 10:52 AM  

One of the many reasons for the hope that is in me includes stories like this. That truth always pushes through despite the best efforts of Satan's champions is one of my favorite
facts of this world.

Blogger Linus December 04, 2020 10:53 AM  

Of all the arguments I shamelessly steal from you in my discussions with friends and family, I use Magic Dirt Theory the most. Absolutely resonates with the sane ones, and consternates the others.

Blogger Scott December 04, 2020 10:55 AM  

If your religion causes you to be a warmonger, you're doing it the wrong way. With the exception of Islam, which is inherently warmongering and violent. Actually reading the Koran for myself was eye-opening.

Blogger Oswald December 04, 2020 11:06 AM  

Odd thing the DOJ amending its rules to include firing squads and death by hangings just recently. Isn't that the way most traitors go? We had all these red flags pointing to massive fraud. We are now getting all these red flags (good this time.) that Trump is planning on something big.

Examples: Refuses to concede and stating he will protect America. He fires various high place people who might be able to stop him, DOJ amends its rules just in time to hang and shoot traitors, Trump apparently activating various legal provisions that smooth the road for something big. I'm sure someone else (a certain blogger/successful author we all know) could do a much better job of listing out all the red flags, because there are a ton. Gives me that tingling feeling down the spine when I think of all of them. Something big does seem to be coming.

Blogger Newscaper312 December 04, 2020 11:24 AM  

I realized a long while back, after considering myself a small-L one, was they make the same mistake as Marxists in only thinking if people as exclusively economic actors.

Only difference is they view them in context of a generally better economic model regarding their actions.

Ignoring culture, ethnicity, etc is similarly an idealism that can get people killed.

All in the name of "principle."

Particularly retarded, when even hardcore guys like SF author L. Neil Smith have totally come around on immigration.

Blogger Ozborn December 04, 2020 11:26 AM  

Magic Dirt is the uncredited rationale behind the Professor's Welcome Wagon concept.

Blogger Oswald December 04, 2020 11:35 AM  

The Carrier is the premier ship of the sea until the day she isn't. Just like the battleship before her.

Blogger TheMaleRei December 04, 2020 11:37 AM  

Magic Dirt.
A prime example of good rhetoric.
No explanation needed.

Blogger xevious2030 December 04, 2020 11:39 AM  

"to suburban areas governed by "castle doctrine" may indeed magically cure the crime problem"

It doesn't. That was the lie sold to make moving Section 8 Housing people out into the nicer areas. The areas always go downhill. The crime is more minority, and saying that in public is the "R" word, because magic dirt, we all bleed red and the brain isn't built by DNA that makes melanin.

Section 8 blacks run off whites, hispanics run off section 8 blacks to whites. It's like skirmishers, followed by the main body, clearing out whites.

Blogger VD December 04, 2020 11:44 AM  

I wonder if more people would credit you if you didnt use a pseudonym

Absolutely not. Indeed, whenever the mainstream media does mention me, they always go out of their way to point out my given name. One reporter told me that they do this because the effect is to make it look like you have something to hide.

Which is why you never, ever see an article about Bono that says "real name, Paul Hewson" or a reference to The Weeknd that says "real name, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye", but you will always see something to that effect in an article about me or any other badthinker with a pen name.

Blogger Lila R December 04, 2020 12:07 PM  

Vox, writers have always used pen-names. It has nothing to do with hiding something and much to do with protecting your personal life from the dangers of a public persona, as well as creating a stage-name that is memorable. Lewis Carroll, George Sand, Saki. No explanations needed.

Plagiarists gonna plagiarize. Liars gonna lie. Grifters gonna grift. No permission from victims needed.

Lila Rajiva

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants December 04, 2020 12:16 PM  

I was arguing with dumb conservatives about magic dirt/tragic dirt decades ago until I realized they had their hands too firmly clasped on their ears to listen.
It's frustrating beyond belief

Blogger boron December 04, 2020 1:04 PM  

I think that people who came here prior to WWII came here because they wanted to. Some travelled thousands of miles under great hardship leaving their homes, families, and what "wealth" they'd accumulated behind. They weren't escaping; they'd heard about this great country and freedom, and they wanted to be a part of it; they believed in "America" and were "Americans" before they'd ever left their original home; from the Pilgrims on.
I know this because these were the the values with which I was brought up, so-to-speak "steeped in" from birth. The concept of America was as holy to them as those found in the Bible.
Somehow this concept of America as "Freedom" was being lost probably through our early school education during or shortly after the Korean, civics and pride in our country was no longer being ingrained (or even taught) in our primary and secondary schools.

Blogger Pathfinderlight December 04, 2020 1:24 PM  

If religion causes war, we immediately have to call into question the most destructive wars in the 20th century and their causes: Communism, National Socialism, Islam. In that order. What? It's Christian religion that's the problem now? Sounds to me like some Communist hate speech to justify more violence.

Blogger Newscaper312 December 04, 2020 1:25 PM  

OTOH you gave all the media personalities w something to hide, e.g. Jon Stewart.

Blogger Silly but True December 04, 2020 1:37 PM  

The newest iteration is global warming causes war. But since global warming is a religion (cult?), it’s still essentially the same original meme.

Blogger Jack Amok December 04, 2020 1:47 PM  

It doesn't. That was the lie sold to make moving Section 8 Housing people out into the nicer areas.

You will realize this is happening in your neighborhood when the liquor stores start putting the Crown Royal behind the counter.

Blogger Vlad Z. December 04, 2020 1:56 PM  

The Urban Dictionary definition for "magic dirt" dates from April of 2016, but doesn't have any sources in it.
Using Google date search it's easy to see it was in common use by then.

Derb did a column and audio podcast on the topic, using the phrase "magic dirt" in the title on Nov 1, of 2015.

He clearly indicates in the article that he has heard the term, not originated it, and provides credit where it is due, via a link for the term to this blog:

Reading that link it's clear the terms was already a staple of Vox's terminology. Using Google the earliest example I could find was from this post, again from this blog: (dated Sept. 29, 2015).

I have used the term for many years and was unaware of the origin until now. I wasn't reading Vox in 2015 - but his term spread like wildfire, and within six months it was being widely used by people on the dissident right.

How very satisfying to know the correct attribution of this term, it's truly brilliant because it is both self-explanatory and mocking at the same time.

Blogger weka December 04, 2020 1:57 PM  

In this time the woke wear masks while deplatformingn the righteous. Handles are therefore necessary.

Or more briefly: deal with the world as it is.

Blogger Zaklog the Great December 04, 2020 3:11 PM  

You either reject "racism" as a meaningful moral standard or you eventually embrace magic dirt theory. There is no middle ground.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia December 04, 2020 3:26 PM  

Unknown wrote:A very, very important point this. Misattribution [is]...part of power-elite gate-keeping.

In addition to that, it's intellectual laziness.

Many who regurgitate powerful phrases, like "magic dirt," or cough up aphorisms that have been debunked, do so without ever taking the time and devoting the energy to finding out where they originated.

And thus erroneous myths get propagated, and or the source of insightful original thinking gets blurred.

Blogger Crew December 04, 2020 4:00 PM  

UPDATE: "The Republican Party is now the Magic Dirt party." - Neon Revolt

Well, they have to keep recycling discredited ideas so no one will realize they are there for the graft and corruption!

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( Joe Biden is the president Glenn Reynolds wants and the Chinese Owned Pedophile is the president Glenn Reynolds deserves ) December 04, 2020 4:03 PM  

the Republican Party has always been the Magic Dirt party.

the Magic Dirt of America was supposed to turn Negros into reliable Republican voters.

you can see how that worked out.

4. basementhomebrewer December 04, 2020 8:55 AM
In other words they are trying to say no one would be willing to fight on a personal level if religion wasn't motivating them.

Army Ants have religion?

every predator on the planet has religion?

two bucks or elephant seals fighting each other during mating season have religion?

sounds like religion is an evolutionary survival trait.

Blogger Kevin December 04, 2020 4:45 PM  

We need to open the borders and allow more dead people to enter. Magic dirt will compel them to wear boe ties and vote republican.

Blogger Macs December 04, 2020 5:21 PM  

With every deplatforming and treachery your blog becomes more essential.

Blogger Doom December 04, 2020 5:42 PM  

UPDATE: "The Republican Party is now the Magic Dirt party." - Neon Revolt

Hmm? It... always was. Starting not so much with freeing the slaves, which was just a hail mary as Lincoln thought it was over, that they had or were about to lose, or he wouldn't have done it. It started with allowing them to stay, not repatriating them, as was done with the Jews, several times. Then creating legislation that, initially, made them citizens, then allowed anyone who lays their eggs in our nest to claim citizenship. To a degree, the republican party has always been... a bit queer that way.

Blogger OneWingedShark December 04, 2020 5:57 PM  

xevious2030 wrote:"to suburban areas governed by "castle doctrine" may indeed magically cure the crime problem"
It doesn't. That was the lie sold to make moving Section 8 Housing people out into the nicer areas. […]

No, you missed the implication: the cure manifesting as application of F = m*a and, shall we say, a combination of chemistry, physics, and metallurgy?

Crew wrote:UPDATE: "The Republican Party is now the Magic Dirt party." - Neon Revolt
Well, they have to keep recycling discredited ideas so no one will realize they are there for the graft and corruption!

The Republican party has been very quick to stab its base in the back and "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" for at least twenty years now. Go ahead ant try to name Three "party planks" or "principles" that they haven't either done nothing about or actively worked against: Abortion? Nope. Fiscal responsibility? Nope. Government accountability? Nope. Guns? Nope. (Though they haven't completely betrayed this yet, probably because they fear the base having enough willpower to visit their home addresses.) Border security? Nope. Ending the trade deficit? Nope? Ending the illegal immigration and "legal" immigration scams? Nope! (Certainly not this.) Anti-censorship? Nope.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd December 05, 2020 9:47 AM  

xevious2030 wrote:"to suburban areas governed by "castle doctrine" may indeed magically cure the crime problem"

It doesn't.

The magical moment is when some redneck shoots some diversity.
Scott wrote:If your religion causes you to be a warmonger, you're doing it the wrong way.
If your religion causes you to be a pacifist, you are also doing it wrong. Jesus told his disciples to sell their coats and buy assault weapons.

Blogger 1683Bear December 06, 2020 6:31 PM  

This is about the most appropriate post I thought that I could get away with placing this information after as the email Vox link doesn't seem to work for me on my Kindle. I just watched a 20 minute YouTube video on a Seals channel Vigilance Elite. It is an interview with a nine year Mexican police veteran who teaches a class on surviving non permissive environment. The interviewee, a Mr. Ed Calderon talks about his observations of some of Portland's riots. I am still kind of processing the information, but some of the details he gave were street smart gold that you won't hear anyplace else. There is a much longer four hour version that I have just started, and they are still going through Calderons career. Episode # 007 .

Blogger 1683Bear December 06, 2020 8:11 PM  

xevious2030 wrote:

It doesn't

That is just a statement of opinion. How about some facts to back that up? I understand that people are afraid of the unknown, I think that is how prejudice happens. Learn more about how firearms work.

Why do the cities and states with the most gun controls have the most gun crime? Wyoming citizens own six firearms PER PERSON on average, and how much gun crime do you think that they have? The states with the lowest gun crime give their citizens the most freedom to purchase the firearms they wish and to carry them how they wish. See the CDC statistics. And by the one was killed by an AR-15 last year and the AR stands for Armalite. And while I am at it, blunt objects killed about 600 people last year while rifles only killed 200. If you want to do something about gun crime, put guns BACK into the hands of law abiding citizens. Make sure that they are well trained, absolutely! Make sure that they are not crazy, absolutely! But the answer is a lot more complicated: the breakdown of our Christian values, breakdown of family, including lack of fathers, and the sad state of psychiatry just to name a few. The American Second Amendment is not just self defense and hunting. It is also invasion and Tyranny insurance. Yamamoto and rifle behind every blade of grass. And all the terrible genocides of the last century occurred after the populations were disarmed. There is more I could say, but I am feeling bad because I just happened to catch a bit of a phrase, and got a wild hair up my...nose. Having lived in Europe, I have a lot to say about those homogeneous population, nosey old lady/Karen behind every window shade ready to rat out their neighbors, free loading on U.S. for years for their National security volk across the Atlantic. Maybe I managed to cram it into one sentence. But Germany is paying less than one percent of GDP while the U.S. is paying 3% and up to 5% within the last 40years! While Germans are mandated by law: five to six weeks of vacation per year which they can take with them from company to company and can use immediately after starting with a new company, plus eight holidays including Christmas, St. Stephens day 12/26, Good Friday, and Easter Monday (but I thought Europe was secular? You thought wrong.). There is also a national health service which having spent a month in a German hospital sucks from a patient point of view, but costs Germany a lot of wasted money. And you're average worker retires at 55 with a big fat pension that the government will have to pay for decades! And basically the U.S. economy and the U.S. gun owner by DOD expenditures and by preventing Tyranny in our own country is paying for the above mentioned benefits for Germans and much of Western Europe. Yet they, and many of those who live in our coastal and big cities have the gall to look down on what they are prejudiced against and haven't bothered to learn more about: f**king firearms! Read a book! Take a class! H**l watch a couple YouTube videos. Learn how they work! They are no more likely to levitate out of a drawer and shoot you then a knife is to levitate out and stab you. Is your car going to start up on its own and come looking for you and run you over? Knives probably kill 10,000 people per year, car accidents 30,000 to 50,000 a year. (And any gun statistic you look at has to have suicides removed). Facts not opinion and definitely not emotion. Here is my suck up to Vox moment...when there is another mass shooting and there will be (I have no specific knowledge, just statistical probability). Write down anyone who calls for gun control within two hours, those who were killed initially - their bodies are still warm - some of their loved ones don't even know that there was a shooting, and I am sorry to be graphic but there might be puddles of blood that has not congealed.

Blogger 1683Bear December 06, 2020 11:54 PM  

Sorry, I didn't know about the 4k limit on comments and that is not where I would have chosen to end. I was trying to point out that some of the people who call for gun control after such horrible events have a degree of manipulation, cynicism, and/or evil that we should watch out for (Hillary Clinton?). I pray that no more innocents are shot in my country or another. But I believe that the best way to prevent it is the Ronald Reagan way: peace through strength. In other words, you don't see fools trying mass shootings in Wyoming, and the last two who tried it in Texas were killed within minutes by ARMED CITIZENS long before police officers showed up. The police hailed the armed citizens as heroes. P.S. There are 393 million firearms including 3-5 million AR-15s owned in the U.S. by private citizens. And those numbers are pre Covid gun buying craze numbers. If guns were as dangerous as the media would have you believe, we would lose ten percent of the population every year!

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 07, 2020 12:07 AM  

This is what is knows as a Long-ass Wall Of Text or LWOT.
No one will read it.

It's my task as moderator to read it and I'm not going to. Others with no duty to figure out what you are saying are never going to read it.
Figure out how to say what you want to say in at most a dozen simple sentences. Two or three sentences is better. One is best.

Blogger Rabid Ratel December 07, 2020 2:03 AM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:No one will read it.
And here I thought it was Malwyn punishing the ilk in some way....

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