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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Well done, Dread Ilk

Mike Cernovich provides an analysis of his Kickstarter's exceptional performance:
Traffic sources to Silenced:
  • Twitter – 57%
  • Direct via D&P – 24%
  • Vox Day – 5%
Kickstarter traffic twitter.25 PM

As you can see, having a large website and social media is important. This is sort of a duh point, but seeing data put everything into context. It also helps to have friends who help you. This is also duh, although you guys wouldn’t believe how people try using me every day while offering me nothing.
I have no doubt that more than a few Ilk found their way to the Kickstarter by way of Twitter and Danger & Play, mostly because I initially went there via Twitter myself. But no matter how you got there, I'm very pleased to see how many of you have been willing to support the man who has become one of my closest social media allies.

It's that combination of selflessness and enthusiasm that sets the Dread Ilk apart; I can't tell you how many public figures, some of them names much better known than mine, ask me how I do it and why I have such phenomenal "followers".

To which my response is always the same. I don't do anything. The Dread Ilk do. I don't have followers. I'm not a leader. I don't lead anyone anywhere. I simply go and people decide to accompany me or not. One of the primary problems that those who consider themselves leaders have is that they delude themselves into thinking that they somehow control their supporters and followers. But they don't, not even when they police them with fear and violence.

I never take anyone's support for granted, not Mike's and not yours. All of us are free and independent individuals. All of us have our own agendas, our own interests, and our own free will. And that is why I am so appreciative of the fact that many of you are willing to walk alongside me.

Except, of course, for the VFM. Them, we have to keep chained, leashed, and kenneled, lest they inadvertently lay waste to the countryside. I may be the Supreme Dark Lord, but I'm not irresponsible.

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Blogger Shimshon March 20, 2016 2:04 AM  

Chained and leashed I understand. But kenneled? How does that inspire fear in your enemies?

OpenID xsyq March 20, 2016 2:07 AM  

Sometimes all it takes to be a leader is walking in the right direction.

Anonymous Ezekiel Cassandros March 20, 2016 2:25 AM  

Shimshon wrote:Chained and leashed I understand. But kenneled? How does that inspire fear in your enemies?

Come on, man. What COULD such a kennel be made of, if not SJW bones?

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 20, 2016 2:32 AM  

Shimshon wrote:Chained and leashed I understand. But kenneled? How does that inspire fear in your enemies?

Taking someone to the kennel is like showing them the instruments. Good cop, bad cop.

Anonymous Dave March 20, 2016 2:36 AM  

Kennel, noun,
Definition includes...

3. the hole or lair of an animal

4. a wretched abode


Sounds about right for VFM

Blogger SciVo March 20, 2016 3:09 AM  

I don't know if you even want me on your side, but I'm there regardless.

And when you pointed out that it was basically putting on the jersey, I did it.

Blogger Unknown March 20, 2016 4:54 AM  

Good leadership doesn't look like leadership. Good leadership can't be taught out of a book, either, it has to be learned through example and experience.

Anonymous 5343 March 20, 2016 5:19 AM  

And when you pointed out that it was basically putting on the jersey, I did it.

That "jersey" line has legs. I did the same. Man has a way with rhetoric.

Blogger Shimshon March 20, 2016 5:26 AM  

To all: I stand corrected. Please stop the feelbadz!

Blogger VD March 20, 2016 5:54 AM  

I don't know if you even want me on your side, but I'm there regardless.

I want those who are willing to do what needs to be done and take the heat in the process. I'd rather stand with 100 who will fight than 1,000,000 who will run at the first ritual barrage of "sexist racist Nazi hater".

Unlike Leonidas, I wouldn't have turned down Ephialtes. One can always find a role for those who are strong in spirit.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 20, 2016 5:56 AM  

Oh hey, I'm Ephialtes! I guess I'll join up, what the hell. Just e-mail for a number, right?

Blogger AdognamedOp March 20, 2016 6:19 AM  

Hear hear

Blogger Rantor March 20, 2016 7:15 AM  

I recently had to tell my boss that no, Donald Trump is not Hitler... Some people's kids.

As for contributions, I only know of Mike through his association with the Ilk. I follow him on Twitter and occasionally read his articles. I do not recall which path i took to contribute, although I think it was Twitter. God bless the Ilk.

Blogger JACIII March 20, 2016 7:38 AM  

VD,
It's the shoes. Those pointy toes are ever pointing toward the foe, never away from the foe, never beside the foe, and damned sure never at allies.

Blogger Escoffier March 20, 2016 8:03 AM  

Just for excrements and titters I'd be curious to know just how many of the actual donations came from ilk?

Blogger Jimmy Glover March 20, 2016 8:20 AM  

The best definition of a leader I have heard is:

A boss says go there.

A leader says follow me.

Blogger Nate March 20, 2016 9:20 AM  

There was a story from outlaw platoon... on the young officers first patrol with his platoon they were ambushed while on the road. Taking fire and largely reacting badly the platoon really didn't know what to do. The young officer decided they were to exposed and started fighting his way up a hill that was off the road to the left.

At the top realized the whole platoon had followed him though never gave an order.

Blogger Anonymous-9 March 20, 2016 9:32 AM  

Good morning Vox, I woke up with something on my mind and wanted to pass it along. Right after apartheid fell in South Africa in the late 90s, I went there, and had dozens of conversations about how bloody confrontations were avoided in the streets during the transition process. All the "regular people" both black and white agreed that it was because of the public forums, held all over the country, where anyone was allowed to get up and speak their mind, and talk about what had happened to them under apartheid. I witnessed a few of these talks in a university setting. People spoke angrily, they cried, but everyone sat patiently and listened. The forums went on for many, many hours, and were held for days and days, until people had expressed themselves to emotional exhaustion. The forums went on until everyone felt "heard."

I'm bringing this up, because I see the same need for expression among Trump supporters. Political correctness has bottled a lot of people up for a long time, and I believe public forums for expression could go a long way as a safety valve in America. I will be developing this idea more in the coming days, and perhaps you and readers will think about it, too.

Blogger LP9 Forever Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra S.I.G. March 20, 2016 9:38 AM  

Ah, our Kuro Lil' Lord.

Special thanks to Vox, Mike and Milo along with others.

I doubt I'm D ilk but there is no fear of jokers, punks and lower vibrational people whom want their ignorance and chains.

Let us be of great peace, laugh, clean with and bathe in the tears of these SJWAL/anti freedom/anti speech 'type set' people. Stress or the distortions (lies) they live under leaves them reeling in a hypnotic state (that is very common stateside) ruined them as they live in madness - unlivable values, etc.

The Free Speech Project link was immediately added my nickname to reach a few people whom I thought, (we thought) were unreachable. I am now handing out my RGD and TIA to them - this group was simply lied to and didn't know econ/policy history/theories or have a kind of background Vox explains in RGD.

The impact in 48 hours bought distant Mil'len's into my fold. They are willing to leave behind the wrong beliefs and accept the culture shock of the truth/realities stateside.

Easter Miracle!

OpenID frankluke.com March 20, 2016 9:43 AM  

@10 I want those who are willing to do what needs to be done and take the heat in the process. I'd rather stand with 100 who will fight than 1,000,000 who will run at the first ritual barrage of "sexist racist Nazi hater".

You want the army that Gideon wound up with not the army he started with. That shows a difference also. Gideon wanted the huge army because he thought he needed it. He was not a good leader, but God got the job done through him. Metaphorically drug kicking and screaming to do the job, hiding behind large numbers, when winnowed, doubting if God would do the job. Then after the victory, it all went to his head. What does it say about the man that he named one of his children Abimelech ("my father was [really] king")?

Gideon did not finish well. He had his peak during that first war. His judgeship afterwards lacked.

Blogger Nate March 20, 2016 10:05 AM  

"A boss says go there.

A leader says follow me"

No.

The boss says run up that hill.

The leader runs up the hill.

Blogger VD March 20, 2016 10:07 AM  

At the top realized the whole platoon had followed him though never gave an order.

My grandfather, a Marine who fought on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan, told me that the one thing that an officer MUST do under fire is SOMETHING. It doesn't matter how stupid the order is, any order is better than doing nothing. That gives the men something to focus on other than their fear.

He said: "When they all look at you, you say something and you say it decisively. Change your damn shorts when it's all over and no one's looking."

That scene in Band of Brothers when Lt Spiers takes over Easy Company after Lt Dike is relieved made me think of his advice. I mean, WTF was that, tactically speaking? But inside a few minutes, the entire company was willing to kill or die for him.

Blogger LP9 Forever Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra S.I.G. March 20, 2016 10:07 AM  

"I don't have followers. I'm not a leader. I don't lead anyone anywhere. I simply go and people decide to accompany me or not. One of the primary problems that those who consider themselves leaders have is that they delude themselves into thinking that they somehow control their supporters and followers. But they don't, not even when they police them with fear and violence."

Exactly.

One or I can be called ex banker trash, racist, hypocrite, homophobe, anti women, as I am anti feminism, anti Christ (not true just not buying into the emo weak churchian talk - either one is Burn'in up or Stone Cold - there is no luke warm for Leo's. I was called anti-boomer (not true as I adore a few boomers in life and online like Salt and others) and it isn't enough to 'faze' me, critics have to work at it more. Meanwhile I recall a mid 1990's song, "I've been loved and hated", hired n' fired, the drama isn't important what is important of Gen X is support and promote our own.

Warning: the evil, vile ones want to spill more of our blood for pointless reasons. "The Vengeful One" (song ref), the God whom sees the oppression isn't thrilled with destroying and demoralizing innocence.

Blogger VD March 20, 2016 10:10 AM  

A leader says "follow me"

That is the slogan of 2MARDIV, the 2nd Marine Division. One of my prize possessions is the division history my grandfather gave me. One thing it mentions in explaining the slogan is that there is an inverse relationship between high casualty rates for commissioned officers and low casualty rates for enlisted men.

Blogger Nate March 20, 2016 10:35 AM  

" One thing it mentions in explaining the slogan is that there is an inverse relationship between high casualty rates for commissioned officers and low casualty rates for enlisted men."

Roll Tide.

Blogger Anonymous-9 March 20, 2016 10:48 AM  

Dear Mr. Vox,
Thank you for your patience as I grope my way through this idea regarding public forums as outlined in my Comment #18 in this thread.

In the last hour I watched a video of the Trump rally in Arizona where a huge black man punched a white protester. After he did it, the black man stood patiently, with his head hung down, while the police cuffed him. He was controlled, and did not seem to have been carried away by emotion. By the looks of him, he could have killed that idiot kid with the right punch, but he didn't. In my opinion, warriors like that black man should not have to self-deploy against protestors to make a point. That man sacrificed himself, he will have a record now, and it should have been unnecessary. I'm not saying a show of force is never necessary. But that man being arrested over a skinny, two-bit protester is a waste of a warrior.

There has to be a better way to handle rally disruption.

The left needs to call off its disruptors.

Maybe we need to call on Mr. Trump to negotiate a deal.

Blogger VD March 20, 2016 11:21 AM  

In my opinion, warriors like that black man should not have to self-deploy against protestors to make a point.

Agreed. Trump should provide professional security forces for his rallies to protect his supporters. I don't know why he isn't doing so yet, although admittedly, the scale and intensity of the protests was not anticipated.

Blogger Anonymous-9 March 20, 2016 11:43 AM  

Hi Vox! Lovely to hear from you. The problem, as I hear it, is that the organized disruption goes on and on. One protestor gets escorted out and the next one jumps up, and Trump can be prevented from speaking for half an hour at a time. Of course this is extremely frustrating for attendees. If Trump were to call Bernie and Hillary out, and negotiate some kind of a deal for calling off disruption, it might go a long way to resolving the issue. I'm not sure what Trump could offer. Maybe he could threaten counter disruption at their rallys, which has not been done before. Or maybe Trump could promise something else...

Creative thinking on our parts is in order. We need to think of something and put it forward to Mr. Trump.

We cannot waste our warriors in petty and isolated skirmishes. They are a precious resource that can be reserved, for now, by some smart thinking and negotiation.

Anonymous Dave March 20, 2016 11:47 AM  

To call the man huge is a bit of a stretch; he does appear to be fit, lean, maybe muscular. Security was leading the protestor through the crowd up the stadium stairs to the exit. The man was in the crowd along the stairs. The cops or security grabbed the man within seconds of his attack.

The mistake they made was leading the protester through the crowd. Future rallies will undoubtledly plan other arrangements to handle unruly protestors.

Blogger Anonymous-9 March 20, 2016 11:54 AM  

Here are two video angles of the incident.
http://www.businessinsider.com/protester-video-donald-trump-punched-kicked-2016-3

I don't see how they can escort protesters out any way but through the crowd.

Blogger Salt March 20, 2016 12:00 PM  

VD wrote:In my opinion, warriors like that black man should not have to self-deploy against protestors to make a point.

Agreed. Trump should provide professional security forces for his rallies to protect his supporters.


I think it needs to be understood that certain behaviors within Trump's rallys shall not be tolerated. Oh, not the black man. The protester(s). The left, personified by blacklivesmatter, has taken the gloves off and they cry when appropriately confronted within a counter-venue. Perhaps The Donald should hire the Hells Angels as security.

Anonymous Dave March 20, 2016 12:09 PM  

I don't see how they can escort protesters out any way but through the crowd.

Almost every venue has separate egress for the performers, athletes, and support.

Blogger Anonymous-9 March 20, 2016 12:12 PM  

**I think it needs to be understood that certain behaviors within Trump's rallys shall not be tolerated. Oh, not the black man. The protester(s). The left, personified by blacklivesmatter, has taken the gloves off and they cry when appropriately confronted within a counter-venue. Perhaps The Donald should hire the Hells Angels as security.**

There's no step before that, you don't think? No call for a bargain that might be struck? At least Trump would be seen as trying.

Blogger Duke of URL VFM#391 March 20, 2016 12:15 PM  

"Except, of course, for the VFM. Them, we have to keep chained, leashed, and kenneled, lest they inadvertently lay waste to the countryside."
*sniff* [wipes eye] That, that's the SWEETEST thing anyone has ever said about me!

Anonymous Dave March 20, 2016 12:19 PM  

Anon-9 you're making way too much out of this.

Blogger VD March 20, 2016 12:34 PM  

There's no step before that, you don't think? No call for a bargain that might be struck? At least Trump would be seen as trying.

No. No. We don't care.

Blogger Anonymous-9 March 20, 2016 12:39 PM  

******I don't see how they can escort protesters out any way but through the crowd.

Almost every venue has separate egress for the performers, athletes, and support.******

But if they're in the middle of the crowd, they still need to be escorted through the crowd to get to the "separate egress."

******Anon-9 you're making way too much out of this.******

Well, I'm going to all the big minds I know of, and asking for some creative thinking. Now, I'll be on my way. I still think somebody on here has an idea, or I would not have been moved to post after morning prayer. So I'll check back for a few days to see if anything arises.

Blogger Ingot9455 March 20, 2016 12:40 PM  

I would add that another element of your leadership here is that you tell the truth as well as you know it. Relentlessly, over and over.

Howard Stern attributes his success to the same technique, though technique isn't quite the right word. Method? Ethos?

Blogger Ingot9455 March 20, 2016 12:48 PM  

You can't negotiate with someone who is unwilling to negotiate.

Read "Don't Be A Chump! The Princeton Review Guide To Negotiation."

One of the classic negotiation tactics is 'hardball'. When you play hardball, you state your desires and do not deviate from them one bit.

The good thing about playing hardball is that if you get a deal, you'll get exactly what you want or more.

The drawback about playing hardball is that you may end up with no deal.

You have to recognize when your enemies are playing hardball, and are going to walk away from any deal.

Anonymous BigGayKoranBurner March 20, 2016 1:58 PM  

Oh hey, I'm Ephialtes! I guess I'll join up, what the hell. Just e-mail for a number, right?

You are just saying that because Milo found out you have red hair.

18 Right after apartheid fell in South Africa...how bloody confrontations were avoided...during the transition process

Considering that the whites still there are getting genocided now it would have been better to face the fire when you could still point to the fact illegal immigration was the worse problem South Africa had. However you cry for equalism blacks were better off there than in any black nation.

The 5th president of Zambia Michael Sata said "We want the Chinese to leave and the old colonial rulers to return. They exploited our natural recourses too, but at least they took good care of us. They built schools, taught us their language and brought us British civilization. At least western capitalism has a human face; the Chinese are only out to exploit us."

Anonymous BGKB March 20, 2016 2:16 PM  

If Trump were to call Bernie and Hillary out, and negotiate some kind of a deal for calling off disruption

They might be Bern in hell's supporters but Soros is paying them. Soros donated $15 million to a stop TRUMP PAC. One of the earlier attackers was a guy known for burning flags and managed to cut a secrete service agent. They are disrupting with a plan, we can at least let them bleed for their money. Trump has offered to pay for the legal defense of people that deal with protesters. That black guy is not out if he goes to a jury trial. It would be better to kick as it would be harder to see on camera and its easy to break someone's fibula. Thank you for your ((((concern))) as to what we can do to go easier on protesters.

There's no step before that, you don't think? No call for a bargain that might be struck?

You mean like trading amnesty for a wall? I wonder how that would work out? Might need some Ray Guns

Anonymous Mr. Rational March 20, 2016 4:33 PM  

BGKB wrote:You mean like trading amnesty for a wall? I wonder how that would work out?
You're referring to 1986, aren't you?

No amnesty.  Retroactive revocation of birthright citizenship (back to 1986); that will get rid of all the freeloaders living off the assistance given to their anchor babies.  Disemploy (which will send most of the rest home), detain and deport the remainder.  The drug gangs will pull up stakes rather than stand out as the only brown in a sea of white.

Blogger SciVo March 20, 2016 5:09 PM  

VD wrote:At the top realized the whole platoon had followed him though never gave an order.

My grandfather, a Marine who fought on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan, told me that the one thing that an officer MUST do under fire is SOMETHING. It doesn't matter how stupid the order is, any order is better than doing nothing. That gives the men something to focus on other than their fear.

He said: "When they all look at you, you say something and you say it decisively. Change your damn shorts when it's all over and no one's looking."


In Von Neumann's War, which John Ringo co-wrote, one of the main protagonists had been in Iraq and had a mantra, along the lines of "Surprise is in the mind of the commander."

It was very effective writing. He didn't explain it. You had to figure out from context that it meant that your opponent can do something you didn't expect, but you can choose not to be surprised. Just do something. Don't wait.

Blogger SciVo March 20, 2016 6:41 PM  

Anonymous-9 wrote:Well, I'm going to all the big minds I know of, and asking for some creative thinking. Now, I'll be on my way. I still think somebody on here has an idea, or I would not have been moved to post after morning prayer. So I'll check back for a few days to see if anything arises.

Well now, if you'd given your first name, we'd've been more polite.

Trump is already on top of this. He's talking about sending his supporters to Bernie's talks, which the birdbrained are taking as a threat. But no, everyone would see how it's the leftists that are the belligerents.

So we can do this without his permission. Just show up as our polite selves, showing the difference between their disruptors and our disagreers. And then video it ourselves to shame the left media when they don't want to show it.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 20, 2016 10:41 PM  

BigGayKoranBurner wrote:Oh hey, I'm Ephialtes! I guess I'll join up, what the hell. Just e-mail for a number, right?

You are just saying that because Milo found out you have red hair.


Suddenly I'm thankful for the incipient baldness.

Blogger SciVo March 21, 2016 3:11 AM  

Oh wow. I'm really impressed by this. Mike looks a lot like me, but possibly smarter. He sure talks fast. I'm a little annoyed at Dave Rubin being so pasty and wearing so much makeup and being so careful with his hair.

Blogger Lucas March 21, 2016 5:25 AM  

You are great, Vox. Keep up the good work and God bless you.

Blogger Anonymous-9 March 21, 2016 4:49 PM  

#39 ***Read "Don't Be A Chump! The Princeton Review Guide To Negotiation."****

Thank you. I looked it up on Amazon and can order a copy cheaply.


#44. *******Just show up as our polite selves, showing the difference between their disruptors and our disagreers. And then video it ourselves to shame the left media when they don't want to show *****

This is a very good idea. Andrew Breitbart did this. He showed up as a "happy warrior" and talked to people and taped it. Also, SciVo, everyone has been very nice to me on this blog, whenever I drop in. Vox Day is polite, tolerant, a gentleman, and allows me post on his virtual real estate, while answering me clearly, without rancor. What more could one ask?

Blogger SciVo March 22, 2016 5:25 AM  

Anonymous-9 wrote:#44. *******Just show up as our polite selves, showing the difference between their disruptors and our disagreers. And then video it ourselves to shame the left media when they don't want to show *****

This is a very good idea. Andrew Breitbart did this. He showed up as a "happy warrior" and talked to people and taped it. Also, SciVo, everyone has been very nice to me on this blog, whenever I drop in. Vox Day is polite, tolerant, a gentleman, and allows me post on his virtual real estate, while answering me clearly, without rancor. What more could one ask?


My hero Andrew Breitbart was a great man. He showed up to the Wall Street protests of the Occupiers and yelled at them how they should stop raping people. Which was true, it was ridiculous that they needed rape-free tents. Absolutely ridiculous.

I wish he were still alive to make them feel bad, because he did such great work. I love who he was and I wish I could be him. He knew how to speak words that people would hear. And I try to follow his pattern.

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