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Friday, August 12, 2016

Mailvox: an SJW Narrative sale

One of the things I describe in the political philosophy bestseller SJWs Always Lie is the way in which SJWs communicate like advertisers who are trying to sell you something. SJWs don't talk about the world that is, but rather, the world they are trying to convince you it should be. From Chapter 2:

The reason SJWs are so inclined to make false assertions stems from a motivation that is very similar to that of the professional propagandist, which is the need to disregard existing reality in order to bring about the preferred alternative. In the case of the SJW-preferred reality, this nonexistent alternative is known as the Narrative. The Narrative is the story that the SJWs want to tell. It is the fiction they want you to believe; it is the reality that they want to create through the denial of the problematic reality that happens to exist at the moment.

A recent comment from HGL is an almost flawless example of this. Here is his attempt to reshape reality by doing what SJWs always do:
Meh, Wright had some talent befor castalua. I think what's telling is that although vox makes himself out to be the next big thing (constantly), his scifi posts get fewer and fewer hits and everyone ignored the hell out of him on Brad's blog recently. No one who matters is buying it.
Let's count the false assertions. I get five.
  1. He implies that John Wright has less talent now than he did 36 months ago. Speaking as an 3x Hugo-nominated editor, who has read and edited the forthcoming Swan Knight's Son, Mr.Wright clearly has no less talent now than he did when he published the Nebula-nominated Orphans of Chaos, or his excellent debut novel, The Golden Age. In my professional opinion, the first Moth & Cobweb novel is better than the Dragon Award finalist Somewhither, and I expect the reviews will demonstrate that accordingly.
  2. I do not make myself out to be "the next big thing", much less "constantly". I think it is entirely obvious that Mike Cernovich is the next big thing. I am content to simply continue doing what I do.
  3. My SF-related posts do not get fewer and fewer hits. The site traffic has continued to increase; it hit 2.5 million pageviews in July and is on track to exceed 2.7 million this month. The month-to-month growth alone exceeds the total monthly traffic of most SF-related blogs.
  4. I'm not sure what the level of interest in a single comment on someone else's blog is supposed to indicate, but the Dragon Award finalist Dave Freer responded directly to my comment there. 
  5. There are tens of thousands of people who are buying Castalia books. All of them matter. Regardless, the key thing to note here is the appeal to those "who matter", which is typical SJW-speak, because it permits them to disqualify everyone whose behavior falsifies their false narrative.
The divergence between HGL's Narrative and the objective, observable reality demonstrates why SJWs are so desperately unhappy, and explains why so many of them, like HGL, are mentally unstable and on various mood-altering medications. Reality is simply not what they want it to be, and so they insist on constructing their own delusional form of it, then attempt to sell others on their false Narrative.

After all, if you can convince someone else of it, then it must be true, right? As the Anonymous Conservative puts it, "their whole focus is on establishing a false reality in which everyone else is defective, and they are superior". Here he uses the same technique of example analysis to demonstrate SJW projection at work:
Now, the analysis:

“Could it be perhaps that you are out of sync with the mainstream?”

You will see this throughout his writings. This, to him, is exposing an amygdala bombshell. If you exposed him as “outside the mainstream,” it would elicit reflexive waves of angst, terror, and misery. For him, being on the outside is associated with agony. That is why he put this here. Remember “out-grouping,” in Touching the Raw Amygdala? This is it.

Since deep amygdala pathways are either laid through isolated, but massive and shocking stimuli, or minor, but highly repeated stimuli, and they are best inculcated in childhood instead of maturity, you can usually assume the trigger you see was most likely created repetitively, when the individual was young. Larger stimuli, or stimuli repeated enough in adulthood to burn in these pathways are far more rare, than small stimuli seen often when young.

So here, Sam was conditioned to feel aversive stimulus whenever he let himself be “outside the group.” It speaks to a childhood spent around bullies, and his coping mechanism was to try and disappear into the crowd, which was controlled by the bully. When he was under the bully, in the bully’s group, he felt safety. When the group was focused on someone else, he felt safety. If he were thrown outside the group he felt horror. The amygdala learns from precisely that type of thing. Now, that simple picture – being outside the group – is a trigger.

Once you are in that milieu, it is a small jump to realize that if you can cast someone else out of the group, and expose them to that terror, it would feel good to do it to anyone who bothered you. From there, it is a small jump to being conditioned to feel good about doing it, even to people whom you don’t really care about.
Despite their solipsism and penchant for navel-gazing, SJWs are astonishingly unself-aware. That is why they will blithely hand you the keys to carving up their psyche, not only without hesitation, but under the delusion that they are doing devastating damage to your psychology by doing so.

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34 Comments:

Anonymous Spinrad's Agent August 12, 2016 4:53 AM  

6. I think

Blogger The Kurgan August 12, 2016 5:04 AM  

SJWs fold like a cheap house of fantasy cards even more in real life meatspace. You can literally go from a SJW garden variety vegan "feminist" to her begging for more "abuse" in under an hour.
In the work-place once you start out with an iron fist in a mailed glove from day one they may start whisper campaigns eventually (and you need to be aware) but if your results steamroller anything they had before in the company the SJWs will tend to shriek and run from you like roaches in sunlight.
If confined to working in the same space as you they will sullenly be quiet and as long as you keep goading them into ridicule for their SJW views they will eventually morph a bit to "fit in" into the new atmosphere of "Nazi power" you have created.
These people need to be thrown into the seas and beaten to go hide under rocks again.
At. Every. Turn.

Anonymous 5343 August 12, 2016 5:48 AM  

Right. Let's get on making that "tens" into "hundreds" of thousands ...

Blogger Phillip George August 12, 2016 5:53 AM  

When its to do with markets though the myth can become the reality. Confidence in worthless paper currency, bonds, shares gives them value.

Some myth narrative are more dangerous than others. The idea of welcoming Gay Rainbow alliance LGBTI alphabet soupers into the same tent as throw them off tall buildings full retard up Muhammadans cannot end well.

Some myths are more forgiving than others. Some are death spiral dive flying through the clouds without instrument rating type deadly. Typically the untrained pilot lasts about 30 seconds in white out. The West has been flying for 30 years plus no hands, no pilots, no wings.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 12, 2016 6:09 AM  

They're womanish

Blogger Dave Freer August 12, 2016 6:49 AM  

For the record, I read your sf posts with interest. I look in every few days, and look for those. It's part of watching the field, and anyone in it (regardless of whether they like you, or hate you) with sense should keep an eye on it. (which supports your third point). I seldom comment here - or anywhere. If I do I will usually attempt to reply to any reasonable comment on that in kind - from anyone. Well, except Clamps. (which I'm afraid means I'm poor proof of 4). Oh and also for the record, I think John's writing is improving, which, as it started from a high base, should alarm his foes.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 12, 2016 7:00 AM  

This childhood conditioning would explain why they consistently throw in with the greater of two evils, e.g. communism over capitalism, Islam over secularism. Safety in servitude. Though I can't guess how common this story really is because homeschooled, big, athletic and socially unplugged.

Blogger dlw August 12, 2016 7:34 AM  

> Let's count the false assertions. I get five.

Good on ya. My eyes just slide across word salad like that.

If that's what they wrote for public view, what's in their head is likely even *more* muddled.

Anonymous Big Bill August 12, 2016 7:56 AM  

Sneer and punch back twice as hard:

"'Out of sync with the mainstream' you ask? Of COURSE I am! I don't follow the herd like some hapless sheep, desperately afraid of rejection, unable to survive with the constant surrounding presence and reassurance of thousands of cud-chewers. I think for myself. I lead. Where I go, you sheepish ones follow. I transgress your sheepish narrative and point the way to the future."

Anonymous Interloper August 12, 2016 8:58 AM  

"No one who matters..."

But wait, how can some people matter more than others when everyone is equal?

Blogger Derek Kite August 12, 2016 8:59 AM  

This illustrates what I have always believed; evil is normal behavior taken to an extreme. We all build groups or communities of support. That is what a family is, and the belonging is very healthy and powerful. Used effectively it is a force for good; a young man is encouraged to be responsible by doing what is good for the group.

But in the hands of evil, those same desires to be part of something is used to motivate evil. It is one thing to be protective of your little brother or sister, or to work very hard to contribute to the family. It is another to throw away your agency and mind to advance some weird and unnatural notion to please the groupthink.

Blogger Ceerilan August 12, 2016 9:11 AM  

As someone who grew up outside the group, so to speak, I learned I don't have to take people's bad behavior. In group social politics is often based on who can be the more effective asshole.

Blogger VD August 12, 2016 9:11 AM  

For the record, I read your sf posts with interest. I look in every few days, and look for those. It's part of watching the field, and anyone in it (regardless of whether they like you, or hate you) with sense should keep an eye on it. (which supports your third point).

I don't know why people wouldn't. I don't like Tor Books, but I pay attention to them for the obvious reason that they are in the industry. I also check out everything from the Mad Genius Club to File 770 and Black Gate; how else would one know what is going on?

And congratulations on your Dragon Award finalist.

Anonymous Leonidas August 12, 2016 9:13 AM  

Speaking as an 3x Hugo-nominated editor, who has read and edited the forthcoming Swan Knight's Son, Mr.Wright clearly has no less talent now than he did when he published the Nebula-nominated Orphans of Chaos, or his excellent debut novel, The Golden Age.

Both Somewhither and The Golden Age are truly excellent books. I had the extreme privilege of reading an early manuscript of Swan Knight's Son around Christmas, and it's easily up there with both of those. And that version was not even a finished draft, much less polished by a 3x Hugo award winning editor.

I left a more detailed review on my own blog, but the TL;DR version is that Vox is right. John C. Wright has most definitely not lost any talent since joining Castalia.

Blogger VD August 12, 2016 9:13 AM  

Let's get on making that "tens" into "hundreds" of thousands

That is the idea. I appreciate everyone who is helping make that happen in a myriad of ways.

Blogger scottb August 12, 2016 9:38 AM  

I used to think this crazy world we live in now was the about the left's insistence on "the underdog" was really about blacks over whites, Muslims over Christians, homos over heteroes.

But the fact is its all about turning "losers" into "winners". All by redefining winning as being a fucking loser.

Anonymous BGKB August 12, 2016 9:47 AM  

it hit 2.5 million pageviews in July and is on track to exceed 2.7 million this month

Do you think any of the HilLIARy people coming here to see what the next big ideas will be are smart enough to be converted?

Blogger LES August 12, 2016 9:50 AM  

Part of "The Narrative":
"Imagine" by John Lennon

Anonymous Longtime Lurker August 12, 2016 9:50 AM  

@16: Amen, brother!

Blogger LES August 12, 2016 9:59 AM  

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us

Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Anonymous The Next Big Thing August 12, 2016 10:00 AM  

I am.

Anonymous jdgalt August 12, 2016 10:33 AM  

Speaking of SJWs who hand you the keys to their own thought processes:

I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on this series, which is about converging the Tor project, but also alleged sexual abuse.

https://status451.com/2016/08/09/too-late-for-the-pebbles-to-vote-part-1/
https://status451.com/2016/08/10/too-late-for-the-pebbles-to-vote-part-2/
https://status451.com/2016/08/11/too-late-for-the-pebbles-to-vote-part-3/

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 12, 2016 10:49 AM  

The rhetorical device you gents are looking for when dealing with these authoritarians, and they are nothing but, is. "In your opinion."

Blogger DaveofSpades August 12, 2016 10:53 AM  

I REALLY need to learn how to be an Award Winning Cruelty Artist. I can't seem to find the right buttons to push.

Anonymous The Next Big Thing August 12, 2016 11:00 AM  

So sorry, John Lennon is not the next big thing.

I am.

Anonymous Smile Of The Shadow August 12, 2016 11:11 AM  

Every time I see stuff like this it just makes me mentally file "Okay, better buy John Wright's books next time I'm in the market for one. He must really be something."

OpenID malcolmthecynic August 12, 2016 11:41 AM  

FYI, I was an early reader, and in my opinion "Swan Knight's Son" is MUCH better than "Somewither". It is easily the best novel he has published with Castalia House ("The Book of Feasts and Season" and "Awake in the Night Land" are anthologies, and anyway every story in the Night Land saga was published pre-Castalia anyway).

Yes, better than "Iron Chamber of Memory", which I loved. It's that good. And I didn't even read the final version.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx August 12, 2016 12:15 PM  

The site traffic has continued to increase; it hit 2.5 million pageviews in July and is on track to exceed 2.7 million this month. The month-to-month growth alone exceeds the total monthly traffic of most SF-related blogs.

Another milestone will be reached shortly (or is it already passed?) when the month-over-month growth alone exceeds the total monthly pageviews on Scalzi's Whatever blog.

Wright had some talent befor castalua.

Let's count the false assertions. I get five.

~6. It's castalia.



Anonymous LastRedoubt August 12, 2016 12:43 PM  

@Dave Freer

Glad to see you about. Love your stuff. If anything, your insights over at MGC are even more profound than your work, and I've loved THAT since Rats , Bats, and Vats, and Pyramid Scheme.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 12, 2016 12:45 PM  

OT?: I found this somewhere or another yesterday, about disinformation. A lot of this seems very similar to what SJWs do.

http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/01/27/disinformation-part-1-how-trolls-control-an-internet-forum/

Blogger Brian Niemeier August 12, 2016 2:08 PM  

"Oh and also for the record, I think John's writing is improving, which, as it started from a high base, should alarm his foes."

It's astonishing to think that any craftsman could build upward from such heights.

Blogger Thucydides August 13, 2016 6:04 PM  

The best putdown possible would be to shut down their rants with:

"Sorry dude; I'm the mainstream"

*We* have dine this passively for things like lady Ghostbusters (the studio and their SJW shills attacking the audience because we were collectively ignoring how freaking awesome they were telling us the movie was going to be), and I imagine that internal polling and focus groups for the Democrat campaign must be giving them reason to be concerned (which explains the shrill Legacy media response to Trump's campaign).

Now we have to take active measures like the Rabid Puppies and Gamergate out into the larger arena. They think they control the narrative and the means of communication, but I think they are in for a surprise (study Samizdat to begin).

Anonymous #8601 August 18, 2016 8:34 PM  

Twitter is taking another step forward in ensuring that its service is a safe place to be.

Safe for whom?

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