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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

The Alpha weakness

The Alpha always thinks everything is about him. This is why Alphas are so easily manipulated by those who are not loyal to him or who have agendas requiring his neutralization.
Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President. More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech – all voices should be heard. In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil? Perhaps I should have done it while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was.

The level of obtuseness revealed here borders on the embarrassing, but it is all-too-typical of the average Alpha. Who cares what the social media companies are actually doing, who cares about the strategic disadvantage in which you are being placed, who cares that your own followers are being silenced and economically ruined, what's really important is that the heads of the social media companies are ritually genuflecting and paying you your rightful due as the top of the social hierarchy. That's what really matters, right?

The one thing the Alpha truly cares about beyond everything else is recognition of his status. That's why they're always beating their chests and casting about for any possible challengers. So long as you publicly kiss the Alpha's ring, you can get away with just about anything you want without inspiring his opposition.

This is another area where being confused with an Alpha is advantageous to the Sigma. Whereas the Alpha is naturally inclined to preen and forgive all sorts of shenanigans so long as sufficient smoke is being blown up his backside, the Sigma is suspicious of anyone who pays him compliments, particularly those he knows to be less than entirely merited.

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Blogger Emmanuel June 09, 2021 9:04 AM  

Extremely interesting insight, especially for non Alpha like me who did not have the slightest understanding this serious issue. Does this mean that alphas should be sometimes having a bravo or gamma bodyguard (Bannon style) ?

Blogger Canadian Warlord June 09, 2021 9:08 AM  

Say what you want about us good solid Deltas, at least we know the score. We know who we are and we know when someone's trying to manipulate us.

Blogger MagisterLudi June 09, 2021 9:10 AM  

thinks everything is about him

Something the King and the Secret King share

Blogger basementhomebrewer June 09, 2021 9:16 AM  

Playing on that weakness can be dangerous though. Especially if the Alpha has real power and real loyal followers. I have seen an alpha be clowned for years by the worm tongue types, once something clicks, and they finally realize it, the retribution is swift and ugly if they are still in a position to wield their power. DJT appears to have the problem of not being in a position to bring retribution, unless some of the strange happenings this year are really signs that he is still in charge.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 09, 2021 9:17 AM  

Honestly I never could listen to him all that much, every time he opened his pie hole it revealed more and more that in the realm of political BS he was a brittle alpha versus my opinion when he was a businessman he had substance in a rough racket. People smarter or with guile found him useful, Zuckerberg, Pelosi, Shumer and Kushner certainly made some hay and filled their barns with bales while Trump feted himself.

Slightly off topic but as you mention silenced and economic ruin, if we and Trump had spent 4 years removing the "Choke Point" of payment processing and banking from the Left/establishments dirty hands that would have been a strategic level win. Hindsight and all.

Blogger VD June 09, 2021 9:18 AM  

Something the King and the Secret King share.

Bingo. One easy way to distinguish between the Gamma and the Sigma is to praise him to his face. Does he beam and start offering an explanation of how he did whatever it was that was the basis for the praise?

Or does he look at you as if you just farted and change the subject?

Blogger Silent Draco June 09, 2021 9:18 AM  

Compliments coming in like that is usually cause for suspicion - they want something, or are trying subterfuge to work around you. That's when the first contingency plans to destroy the complimenter start.

Blogger theartistformerlyknownasgeorge June 09, 2021 9:18 AM  

Not to mention whether these exchanges were actually happening or not.

Being on top is often not enough. Alpha types often have to make the top sound better than it is.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine June 09, 2021 9:24 AM  

"So long as you publicly kiss the Alpha's ring, you can get away with just about anything you want without inspiring his opposition."

Hence why court intrigues were such a thing when alphas were kings.

Blogger Elmer T. Jones June 09, 2021 9:28 AM  

That is part of his shtick and his charm. Volumes of cyber-ink will now be spilled over this little wisecrack. Opinion writers across the political spectrum breathe a sigh of relief whenever he tosses out such a crumb for them to feast on.

Blogger Troy Lee Messer June 09, 2021 9:31 AM  


....The level of obtuseness revealed here borders on the embarrassing.....

My first thought was "Is he really this stupid? ?"

Ya know.....I know that I am a few slices short of a full loaf, but even I can to better than this.

Blogger ScottC June 09, 2021 9:42 AM  

Yep. This is something I recognized early on. One example: the manager of a bank I was working at physically assaulted me (bumped into me) to prove a point. I could have gone to the district manager, but I let it go. I said the thing he got upset about wouldn't happen again (looking at my phone). The guy never bothered me again. He was just letting me know that the bank was his territory. That's cool - I'm just there to make money!

Vox is right - if you kiss their asses, they will leave you alone.

Blogger Nate June 09, 2021 9:46 AM  

There are two things that are important to every great leader... the mission... and the welfare of the people he leads. Trump proved he doesnt actually care about either.

Blogger George D. June 09, 2021 9:47 AM  

"Does he beam and start offering an explanation of how he did whatever it was that was the basis for the praise?"

I think it's more how he does it. Alphas do the same thing. The difference is that they are entertaining while they do it. Alpha chest beating and bragging is open, and people are used to it, and come on, it's funny.
Gamma chest beating is sneaky, passive aggressive, and it doesn't happen regularly. For me it's very obvious and fake, because it looks like the gamma is trying to trick himself into confidence mode, and then he believes his own lie. It's not natural, and if you show actual confidence, he has sneaky beef with you for the rest of the year.

Blogger Karen took the Kids June 09, 2021 9:49 AM  

Unqualified opinion relatively speaking but that behaviour sounds a bit like a Gamma? Visible king/secret king being the differentiation?

Blogger VD June 09, 2021 9:56 AM  

Unqualified opinion relatively speaking but that behaviour sounds a bit like a Gamma?

Some of you really, really, really need to get over your idea that Gamma = Bad.

Every SSH behavioral pattern has its strengths and weaknesses. There is literally nothing that is Gamma about Trump's behavior. It is extremely Alpha. This is precisely why the "wormtongue advisor" trope exists in history and in fiction. All Alphas are highly susceptible to flatterers, which is why I specifically highlighted it as a typical Alpha weakness.

Blogger Blunt Force June 09, 2021 9:57 AM  

While researching Leon Degrelle last week, I stumbled upon this The Enigma of Hitler and it made we wonder if Hitler was a Sigma, a smart boy gamma propped up by backroom gamers or something else?

"Throughout the years of his youth, Hitler lived the life of a virtual recluse. He greatest wish was to withdraw from the world. At heart a loner, he wandered about, ate meager meals, but devoured the books of three public libraries. He abstained from conversations and had few friends." Leon Degrelle The Enigma of Hitler



Blogger VD June 09, 2021 10:00 AM  

For me it's very obvious and fake, because it looks like the gamma is trying to trick himself into confidence mode, and then he believes his own lie.

You don't understand what we're talking about. We're not talking about chest-beating, we're talking about a response to genuine praise. Gammas love to explain, and they see praise as a legitimate reason to explain themselves.

Alphas are inundated with praise. They bask in it, they don't immediately leap to start explaining themselves.

Sigmas, on the other hand, don't even show up to accept their awards and diplomas.

Blogger FacelessBro June 09, 2021 10:00 AM  

The SSH strikes again. Very enlightening post as it explains the seemingly nonsensical behavior of the Donald.

Blogger Jeroth June 09, 2021 10:02 AM  

Let him who can resist the charms and powerful charisma of Mark Zuckerberg cast the first stone.

Blogger Iceeater June 09, 2021 10:03 AM  

VOX
Are Sigma best at guarding a remnant until there active leadership is demanded.

Our small Christian church is growing our youth group and uncompromisingly teaching strictly out of the bible.

HOW will our church know when to go Active Sigma?

Blogger Phelps June 09, 2021 10:05 AM  

This same correlation is why Sigmas tend to find politics difficult. Politics is the art of collecting and dispensing praise. Collecting it is as important and doling it out (for political success -- not a moral statement.)

Blogger VFM 17 June 09, 2021 10:05 AM  

Alpha's gonna alpha.

Side note: A current joke has it that if Twitter doesn't like being banned, they should just go make their own Nigeria.

It's funny, until you remember that they actually are.

Blogger Unknown June 09, 2021 10:06 AM  

Quite a few years as an attorney has taught me Vox is correct to be suspicious of compliments.

Unless they are from an actual friend, most times compliments are merely to manipulate you. And in professionally usually to either distract you from your client getting screwed, or as a set up for you getting screwed directly.

Story time: I had been working long enough to have a base level of distrust. Smaller sized client, new marketing director, president is explaining new guy's great experience out of state...

All morning meeting on their expansion site plan. The new guy is very impressed with me and my questions, and I am very experienced to grasp the concept and issues so quickly. I dictate a quick memo and note the compliments and that we should pull a nation wide background check.

My secretary walks it to our paralegal who calls our PI firm that afternoon. New guy had an embezzlement conviction out of state.

Blogger DrivingDissent June 09, 2021 10:08 AM  

The Pride of an Alpha casts a wide shadow, concealing other evils, one should be watchful of.

That being said Trump was and is a sounding charge illuminating and revealing what was concealed in a dramatic and bombastic fashion.
We needed to know the lay of the land, we needed the enemy exposed and in this Trump's prideful Alphaness is an asset.



Blogger thechortling June 09, 2021 10:13 AM  

>>Some of you really, really, really need to get over your idea that Gamma = Bad.<<

The original SSH post from 2011 makes it sound bad.

Alpha gets laid 4x "average"
Gamma ... may never see the hypergamouse-lady closer than the distance she can stand his unwashed presence let alone get any. Lifetime score may be zero if no payment is involved.

Gammas are also consistently mentioned here in a negative light- stupid, weak, emo-filled twats. I don't care to defend the position one way or another. Just an observation if you scan the last couple years' worth of references to Gamma-ites.

The word "hierarchy" has the immediate implication of the shat-upon versus the less shat-upon versus the unshat-upon Alphas at top. Per this post the Alphas can be manipulated to shat themselves.

Blogger justthinkin June 09, 2021 10:13 AM  

I thought DJT was at least intelligent enough not to admit someone could blow smoke up his skirt.

Blogger Some Guy June 09, 2021 10:14 AM  

This is why the kingdom of God will belong to the meek. Trump, like all Alphas, will get most of his rewards in this life. Deltas are literally the brick, mortar, and brick layers of the kingdom of God. It's literally ours for the taking if we just get serious about it.

Blogger Freeholer June 09, 2021 10:14 AM  

I think this explains a lot of the issues in my past organization. I'm a call them like I see them bravo but at the end of the day, the alpha is the boss. I don't think I paid enough attention to the social risk I was presenting to the alpha and it caused problems until I moved on. It is after all his company so I needed to be the one to leave.

Blogger Benzega June 09, 2021 10:19 AM  

Where does Putin sit within the SSH?

Blogger Rick June 09, 2021 10:20 AM  

"Sigmas, on the other hand, don't even show up to accept their awards and diplomas."

In The Magnificent Seven, the tall skinny gunslinger signed up for free. In fact, the only reason we know he did was because one of the others tells us so.

Blogger ErictheRed June 09, 2021 10:22 AM  

VoxDay has made videos on the Alpha, the Gamma, and a general overview of the SSH. Will there ever be videos on the Bravo, the Delta, the Sigma, and the Omega?

Blogger Franz Lyonheart June 09, 2021 10:23 AM  

In my observation:

Alpha and Gamma have a lot in common: they think it's always about themselves. Intense awareness and importance assigned to social status, and to sexual success with women. (They also both trigger strong dislike from our esteemed host the SDL.) It's just that one of them is indeed successful and the other one very much unsuccessful.

Similarly for the Sigma-Omega dichotomy. Both don't care about the hierarchy, both just want to be left alone. Just that one of them is a winner, and the other a loser.

Deltas are all over the place.

Blogger The Deuce June 09, 2021 10:26 AM  

I'm going to get in on the ground floor here of saying that Ron DeSantis is a Sigma.

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 09, 2021 10:27 AM  

"But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was."

Were I not in the middle of a computer program at work, I can demonstrate some omega rage right now and rant poetic on this until I break the phone..again.
This is why Trump's presidency was frothing hot anger and frustration centered on "Why don't you fucking do something?"
Well at least I'm reminded of why I steer clear of alphas. Sigmas are better leaders for the reasons cited thusly. But extremely rare.
Once more, pity the foolish alpha who condemns a sigma to command omegas. I have served under such leaders in the past and would have marched into hell for them.
On a side note: omegas get mistaken for alphas sometimes due to the fact that the omega expects disastrous failure and avoids emotional attachment. This comes off as some kind of cool IDGAF attitude. What's really going on is, the omega is just putting on a poker face and expecting the shoe to drop, or " that one mistake " to be made that shuts it all down. But at the least this is how omegas manage to get laid once in a while. And yes it still counts if she's crying the entire time.

Blogger Zander Stander June 09, 2021 10:28 AM  

"Perhaps I should have..." That sums up his term, doesn't it.

Blogger Kraemer June 09, 2021 10:39 AM  

@2 gets it. Delta/Bravo is where it's at. Deltas find happiness fixing cars and bravos just radiate morale to everyone else.

Blogger Ska_Boss June 09, 2021 10:48 AM  

The SSH is an excellent tool to use in your dealings with others. Friends, family and coworkers alike. There's a couple alphas I interact with on a regular basis and being on their good side definitely has its benefits.

Blogger Opus June 09, 2021 10:51 AM  

"Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of Kings. How some have been deposed..."

I was just reminded so much of so many of the plays of Shakespeare where (in the above quote Richard II) a King is surrounded by flatterers who when they get the chance flee the ship of state and shaft their once friend.

Sad to say as he surely should have that banning Twitter would have meant that all along Trump was literally Hitler.

Blogger Br1cht June 09, 2021 10:52 AM  

Emmanuel wrote:Extremely interesting insight, especially for non Alpha like me who did not have the slightest understanding this serious issue. Does this mean that alphas should be sometimes having a bravo or gamma bodyguard (Bannon style) ?

That is where we Bravo-types must come into play, we sweep for the Chief.

As a side note, this would seem to be why the Enemy always goes after the lieutenants first and thus isolate and weaken the Alfa, as they did for the GE.

Blogger VD June 09, 2021 10:55 AM  

Note to the deleted commenters: No, you're not Sigmas because you once felt uncomfortable when someone gave you a compliment or you missed your graduation because you were sick.

You're Gammas. How do we know? Because you're taking the opportunity to talk about yourself when no one asked you.

Seriously, this isn't that hard.

Blogger Jab Burrwalky June 09, 2021 10:57 AM  

VD wrote:
Some of you really, really, really need to get over your idea that Gamma = Bad.


I've usually seen you refer to Gamma traits as negative and dysfunctional. Destroyers, backbiters, and charlatans. When would a Gamma be good or beneficial?

Blogger Ms. Pepe Kay Green June 09, 2021 10:58 AM  

On first read, the Trump quote read like a parody, but it's not. Good grief.

Blogger VD June 09, 2021 10:58 AM  

At this point, I think we can add "I think I must be..." to the list of Gamma tells.

Blogger VD June 09, 2021 11:01 AM  

When would a Gamma be good or beneficial?

When you need a subject matter expert. Or when you need something produced by a field that is predominantly made up of Gammas.

You're not going to do much in the field of entertainment if you don't know how to deal with Gammas.

Blogger JM June 09, 2021 11:02 AM  

I have met alphas who play along and allow the smoke to be blown up their posteriors. They appear to accept the flattery (and often sincerely do so).

But if the flatterer fails to deliver promptly, or otherwise says or does the slightest thing indicating betrayal, stalling, or backstabbing, the alpha takes very swift and severe action. He completely decapitates the flatterer and makes sure everyone, and I mean everyone, sees the results.

Trump is not this kind of alpha. But for years we optimistically hoped that he secretly was. The retribution never came. That was an obvious red flag.

"Oh, he's just playing secret, underground 12-D chess!"

No, he is not. He's being played. It's obvious.

Sometimes, things really are what they appear to be.

Blogger RandyJJ June 09, 2021 11:02 AM  

@26 thechortling

Some of you really, really, really need to get over your idea that Gamma = Bad.

The original SSH post from 2011 makes it sound bad.

...

Gammas are also consistently mentioned here in a negative light- stupid, weak, emo-filled twats. I don't care to defend the position one way or another. Just an observation if you scan the last couple years' worth of references to Gamma-ites.


Gamma => Bad. Bad !=> Gamma. Gamma != Bad.

Blogger IAMSpartacus0000 June 09, 2021 11:03 AM  

That was the problem with Trump is that he didn't / doesn't have the trusted Bravo. He put to much trust in the GOP to provide him people and he really needed to cultivate his own.

Blogger IAMSpartacus0000 June 09, 2021 11:07 AM  

I loved the movie "We Were Soldiers" as show cased the functioning of SSH in a good working order. Trump's failure is he never cultivated a trusted Sargeant.

Blogger Theproductofafineeduction June 09, 2021 11:08 AM  

Interesting Vox, what are the respective weaknesses of Betas and Deltas?

Blogger Bryce June 09, 2021 11:10 AM  

I love the posts that further highlight the SSH. Reading about it really helped me know how to deal with different people, especially at work.

Blogger ScottC June 09, 2021 11:12 AM  

Some of you really, really, really need to get over your idea that Gamma = Bad.

Who was it who called gammas the enemies of humanity?

That's quite an indictment.

Blogger tdcommenter June 09, 2021 11:12 AM  

@37 A good bravo in a bad organization with poor leadership is a sad sight. He strives to maintain morale & get things done, but is stymied and undercut in turns.

Blogger Nostromo June 09, 2021 11:16 AM  

My wife asked me once why Trump had so many incompetent people. I passed it off as they were already in positions of power, and Trump kept them there as long as they were loyal. I assumed he thought they had risen to power through competence. This isn't a good look for him, and I hope it's one of his throw away statements.

Blogger Darren June 09, 2021 11:17 AM  

@The Deuce
Whether or not Ron DeSantis is a Sigma it seems like he is taking on the role of Reluctant Alpha in some ways. As is necessary.

Blogger The Harlequin Romance of Neutron Bombs June 09, 2021 11:19 AM  

The only reason he isn't still on Twitter is because they banned him. Otherwise, he'd be there right now complaining about their unfairness. Probably until the day he dies. With a donate link at the bottom.

Blogger Unknown June 09, 2021 11:20 AM  

I have a weakness regarding trying to explain something in hopes to redpill people (it happens when the news is on and someone else is present, I try to contain it but sometimes the autism just bursts out and redpill rant happens), when after the fact I feel like I should had just shut up. It sucks, so I try to avoid being in the presence of others while the news is on. Also, thanks for keeping the 4 part guide on reforming Gamma behaviors up, it has been (and still is) very useful.

Blogger OneWingedShark June 09, 2021 11:28 AM  

thechortling wrote:The word "hierarchy" has the immediate implication of the shat-upon versus the less shat-upon versus the unshat-upon Alphas at top.
It's beyond idiotic to think that "hierarchy" necessarily has such an implication.
Yes, hierarchies can be corrupted and there's sayings like "the fish rots from the head down" that explain bad/corrupt leadership; but, as per the recent thread on military-leadership and IQ, the best intelligent COs instill a trust in their subordinates (NOT 'inferiors') because they love them.

justthinkin wrote:I thought DJT was at least intelligent enough not to admit someone could blow smoke up his skirt.
Never think you're undeceivable.

Zander Stander wrote:"Perhaps I should have…" That sums up his term, doesn't it.
He'd have gotten better advisors and cabinet members randomly selecting names from a damn phonebook.

Blogger Nate June 09, 2021 11:28 AM  

"You're not going to do much in the field of entertainment if you don't know how to deal with Gammas."

I dunno... plenty of lambdas... and they are probably gonna cause less drama.

Blogger Unknown June 09, 2021 11:29 AM  

I think you miss the point. You personally can decide for yourself if any of the hierarchy is good or bad.

Ones place in the hierarchy however isn't a judgment, it just is. Any spot isn't necessarily good or bad. Placing a good or bad moniker is truly just your interpretation.

For instance you seem to think alpha = good. Me, I sure as hell wouldn't want to be one.

Blogger guardianDogg June 09, 2021 11:30 AM  

Are high tier and low tier alphas self awhere of their faults? I work in a business with verying degrees of alphas. I notice different levels of faults and strengths in manage it. I only seen one low tier alpha admit to being a jerk but again it was somewhat in a joking manner as he was leaving his position.

Blogger rumpole5 June 09, 2021 11:34 AM  

Sorry, I don't think so. I love deltas. They literally make the civilized world run and God bless them for being just as they are. However, they are very much subject to manipulation. If one is able to convince a Delta that some thing or practice is popular. He will be strongly inclined to buy it or do it. Deltas are group oriented. (It took a group to take down the beast for dinner, I guess) Look at advertisements. Most of them are geared to Deltas because that is where the money is. Deltas spend a greater percent of their income than do the greedy well heeled.

Blogger Geoffroi de Bohemonde June 09, 2021 11:35 AM  

Letters to deceased soldiers on active duty are still being signed by President Trump.

Blogger The Harlequin Romance of Neutron Bombs June 09, 2021 11:38 AM  

The Deuce wrote:I'm going to get in on the ground floor here of saying that Ron DeSantis is a Sigma.

It's possible. He's not a naturally charismatic politician, as anybody who witnessed his 2018 campaign can tell you. But he is a leader. Kind of inverse of Trump perhaps.

Blogger Matatan June 09, 2021 11:40 AM  

What do you make of the situation between Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson from an SSH perspective?

Blogger SoylentGreen June 09, 2021 11:48 AM  

I think there's potentially another way to view this Trump action: Trump is baiting people into viewing him as showing a natural Alpha's weakness in order to get the topic in the spotlight while all the time the goal is to show that Zuckerberg is a devious suck-up. Trump is willing to take a little excusable collateral damage to get the message out there that will undermine the character of a devious player. Trump has repeated this Zuckerberg story in various forms in the past several days.

Blogger Reprobus June 09, 2021 11:49 AM  

Is that why I can't find bandmates? I'll show them written material, they'll say it's better than most radio play, and then it's "heres how I think we should change it," or "we should totally work on anything else but the material I thought was killer five minutes ago." As a drummer with no recorded demos or whole songs written usually.

How do I counteract? I want to use live drums instead of a VST sample kit, and I want them to have their flavor in it so the music at least sounds like it was a collaboration, but there's always. fucking. something.

How do I get such a person to cooperate, give a good result, even when its clear he won't have any major impact on the overall vision?? I've thought about laying it out and paying them, how can I make sure it's not wasted money and I get what I want?

Blogger J Van Stry June 09, 2021 11:50 AM  

This is why every Alpha needs a dedicated 'right-hand-man' who will always be faithful and loyal and who isn't afraid to tell him the things he isn't hearing in private.
This is why LOYALTY is important. I have seen several successful companies destroyed, because the moneyed interests came in and got one of the pair to sell out the other, and the money people ended up with everything.
People don't understand that when you sell out, YOU are not the one who gets the gold ring.

Blogger Elmer T. Jones June 09, 2021 11:50 AM  

Blunt Force, my old man had dealings with Leon Degrelle in the 1950s when he was part of a USAF group that accompanied the sale of fighter jets to the Spanish government. Being fluent in Spanish, he was tasked with negotiating off-base housing for the American personnel. A developer named Juan Sanchez had built apartments in anticipation of the Americans. He invited my dad to his villa in which hung a portrait of Adolph Hitler. My dad informed him that he could charge no more for rent than the service member's monthly housing allowance. Sanchez became angry at this though my dad did not provide details. Later a Spanish barber informed him that Sanchez was none other than Leon Degrelle, having fled to Spain after being sentenced to death by the Belgian government. When my dad informed his superiors, they told him to treat DeGrelle as though he was Juan Sanchez.

Blogger Bezzle June 09, 2021 11:55 AM  

@4. basementhomebrewer June 09, 2021 9:16 AM
Playing on that weakness can be dangerous though. Especially if the Alpha has real power and real loyal followers. I have seen an alpha be clowned for years by the worm tongue types, once something clicks, and they finally realize it, the retribution is swift and ugly if they are still in a position to wield their power. DJT appears to have the problem of not being in a position to bring retribution, unless some of the strange happenings this year are really signs that he is still in charge.

--Until it dawns on you that Trump was never anymore "in charge" than the current holomask, one has not yet been greatly awakened.

As the man said the other day: interregnum.

It has never been more starkly apparent that our political and corporate leaders are nothing more than stick-puppets propped up as face/heels.

Blogger MATT June 09, 2021 12:00 PM  

*Omegas ears wiggle*

No, Omega, your reluctance to accept a compliment does not nake you Sigma

Blogger MATT June 09, 2021 12:02 PM  

"Similarly for the Sigma-Omega dichotomy. Both don't care about the hierarchy"

Some do, some dont. You think Elliot Rogers wasn't dying to have a apot in the hierarchy?

Blogger TR Moe June 09, 2021 12:05 PM  

Yes the SSH is a tool best used for identifying and predicting behavioral patterns in people you may interact with. If it is being used to glorify one’s own personality then it is being used incorrectly. On the flip side, it could be used well if the Gamma is assessing his own behavioral patterns to determine whether or not he is being an insufferable cunt. Of course, looking within to locate the source of his own unhappiness is so unnatural to a thought process to the Gamma that he probably wouldn’t even consider it.

Blogger Pilgrims Pride June 09, 2021 12:13 PM  

Clearly, I'm a gamma and it pains me to confess it. But I was not born this way; I deliberately chose this personality and I know when, how and why. When I gamma, it makes me cringe but it's an incredibly hard habit to break because it was developed as a means to success. D'oh.

"Tell us more about yourself."

"Okay but why do you think that, How does it make you feel?"

Yes, those people -- bosses and teachers -- were Boomers.

Throw into the mix a technical work field, wherein everything must be translated and explained to everyone including customers and clients who think you're talking Greek or just gibberish. Ultimately, self-defeating habits are all you're left with.

It wasn't always so.

Take care young men. Ignore everything the Boomer tells you to do. Follow your gut. Keep your mouth shut and realize no one really gives a shit what you do/are/think they only care about results. Pick your battles carefully.

DJT in this respect is disappointing. He was helpful and may even be a sooper-sekret king with all the bizarre stuff going on. But he does a good imitation of a shallow idiot. I woiuld pay dearly to see him drop the act, stand tall, out-talk and out-explain everyone with brilliance and self-assurance how he "caught the Deep State" and is making them pay. And do it all with his vaunted 150+ IQ and the competency we once expected from Ivy Leaguers.

I guess that's the Gamma speaking. I'll go away now.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 09, 2021 12:18 PM  

Thank you for posting this. Tucked away for future reference.

Blogger ErictheRed June 09, 2021 12:24 PM  

While Gamma behavior is often bad, they do have some good qualities. They are rather intelligent, and devote themselves exclusively to one particular field of knowledge. The attorney profession is Gamma heavy. Are you looking for a good estate planning, patent, or corporate attorney? Very high likelihood that that attorney is going to be a Gamma.

With that said, while those types of attorneys are "successful" by many societal measures, they are quite miserable. They tend to think that their knowledge in that one field allows them to pontificate about other fields of knowledge, but they are often clueless. They also tend to have resentment that their high intelligence is not more greatly valued than it is.

Blogger VD June 09, 2021 12:30 PM  

Who was it who called gammas the enemies of humanity?

The fact that I can't stand them doesn't make them inherently bad. I'm not the arbiter of all that is good within Creation. Plenty of Betas and Deltas have Gamma friends.

Blogger Valar Addemmis June 09, 2021 12:35 PM  

Nostromo wrote:My wife asked me once why Trump had so many incompetent people. I passed it off as they were already in positions of power, and Trump kept them there as long as they were loyal.

If you buy what Patrick Byrne was claiming, it is more that Trump kept people on due to family connections and not wanting to rock the apple cart with social contacts. His example was specifically Pat Cipollone undercutting Trump at every turn after the election, but Trump saying straight out that he couldn't do anything because he was a family friend.

It also rings true with all the situations where he obviously was letting Jared and Ivanka lead him around by the nose.

Blogger VD June 09, 2021 12:36 PM  

What do you make of the situation between Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson from an SSH perspective?

From what I can see, looks like a standard Sigma vs Alpha battle.

Blogger Nate June 09, 2021 12:36 PM  

"The fact that I can't stand them doesn't make them inherently bad."

except they are inherently bad when it comes to team building and accomplishing actual mission goals.

Gammas will always be a denegerate force in a group.

Purge them.

Blogger DeeJay June 09, 2021 12:38 PM  

I just wish he'd get his priorities straight. Being banned from a stupid microblog website is far less significant than having a landslide Presidential election stolen out from under you. Why he's kept a low profile and hasn't been calling out the illegitimate usurpers in Washington every single day since January 20 utterly eludes me.

Blogger Valar Addemmis June 09, 2021 12:43 PM  

Nate wrote:except they are inherently bad when it comes to team building and accomplishing actual mission goals.

Gammas will always be a denegerate force in a group.

Purge them.


Depends on if your bravo can keep them in their box and keep them from messing up group dynamics.

If all you're doing is working as a cog in an assembly line or charging trenches, sure, you would rather have zero gammas.

Anything more complicated, and you're probably going to need to be able to integrate SMEs and gamma-infested specialties. There are a large number of actual places of business that would suffer adversely if they just purged all their gammas. Even in hierarchy-oriented areas like the military.

Blogger Harambe June 09, 2021 12:49 PM  

Hey Vox, am I a Sigma or an Alpha?

Blogger Jeroth June 09, 2021 1:03 PM  

IAMSpartacus0000 wrote:That was the problem with Trump is that he didn't / doesn't have the trusted Bravo. He put to much trust in the GOP to provide him people and he really needed to cultivate his own.

This is a good point. The closest thing he had was Jared Wormtongue. I see no pattern of him selecting good bravos to stand by his side through thick and thin. He also never even mentioned appreciation for a bravo in Art of the Deal, as far as I recall. This may be his biggest weakness, and it has been thoroughly exploited. Unless of course, it's all quantum mechanical chess, and we're still waiting for the big reveal, but I'm not holding my breath.

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 09, 2021 1:12 PM  

On the matter of gammas being good or bad, or tolerable versus wellspring from whence all evil flows, I think it's a matter of where on the SSH the person having to deal with a gamma is.

I'm not sure if all the ins and outs, for not having the full measure of experiences, but I can say that omegas despise gammas viscerally. I also suspect that alphas view them differently because in many organizations I have seen alpha higher-ups put gammas in charge for some reason. I think deltas simply get rubbed the wrong way by gammas but don't put as much energy into despising them so long as there are boundaries. That's my observation.

Blogger Jack Amok June 09, 2021 1:16 PM  

Vox is wrong about this "praise loving" weakness. That's not an inherent Alpha trait, it's a potential weakness of anybody that's simply magnified in an Alpha because the real Alpha trait is they magnify themselves - good or bad - by using the teams they gather around them. Trump is exceptionally vain, even for a Boomer, so he magnified his vanity. Since he thought of himself as a traditional American who loved the country, there was some hope he would fix a few things while finding sunshine to bask in. It didn't work out, mainly because he failed to look out for, as Nate put it, "the welfare of the people he leads." At then end, when it mattered, he didn't have anyone loyal to him left in a position to help.

The word "hierarchy" has the immediate implication of...

How attractive the man is to women, and how effective the man is at getting the cooperation of other men. That's the hierarchy, nothing else. Alphas are decisive, but that doesn't imply all of them make good decisions. They can build teams, but that doesn't imply all of them will be able to keep the team focused and productive.

Blogger lowercaseb June 09, 2021 1:25 PM  

thechortling wrote:The original SSH post from 2011 makes it sound bad.

They're not bad. They're just broken and put back together badly.

...but Nate is correct. Keep them out of your org. Fixing them doesn't have to be your problem.

Blogger Some Guy June 09, 2021 1:28 PM  

"That was the problem with Trump is that he didn't / doesn't have the trusted Bravo."

No, his daughter convinced him to let Jared be his Bravo. That was a disaster.

Blogger Balkan Yankee June 09, 2021 1:29 PM  

Zuckerberg got the better of Trump.

And made it look too easy.

Blogger Some Guy June 09, 2021 1:34 PM  

"except they are inherently bad when it comes to team building and accomplishing actual mission goals."

Not if you make them an adjunct to the group. They make fantastic business analysts for functional sections of a business. They like to be highly regarded without the constant work of a delta.

Blogger OneWingedShark June 09, 2021 1:38 PM  

rumpole5 wrote:Look at advertisements. Most of them are geared to Deltas because that is where the money is.
Er, no… most are geared toward women.

SoylentGreen wrote:I think there's potentially another way to view this Trump action: Trump is baiting people into viewing him as showing a natural Alpha's weakness in order to get the topic in the spotlight while all the time the goal is to show that Zuckerberg is a devious suck-up. Trump is willing to take a little excusable collateral damage to get the message out there that will undermine the character of a devious player. Trump has repeated this Zuckerberg story in various forms in the past several days.
Oh bullshit!
Yeah, there's the saying "never interrupt your enemy when he's making a mistake", but that's radically different than "never interrupt your enemy" or "let your enemy achieve all his goals", now isn't it?
Trump was absolutely the latter because he refused to act on behalf of those supporting him, ever. In a Venn diagram of Trump's mind the groups of what we term "Trump-supporter" and what he considers "his people" are very likely absolutely disjoint, as proven by his actions — especially in light of the pardons issued post 06-Jan.

Blogger Blunt Force June 09, 2021 1:43 PM  

@69 Interesting, considering that I've never known the US government to ever demand a fair deal when it comes to spending taxpayer money. This is a first for me.

Blogger OneWingedShark June 09, 2021 2:04 PM  

DeeJay wrote:I just wish he'd get his priorities straight. Being banned from a stupid microblog website is far less significant than having a landslide Presidential election stolen out from under you. Why he's kept a low profile and hasn't been calling out the illegitimate usurpers in Washington every single day since January 20 utterly eludes me.
He's a Boomer.
The Boomer mindset is that "good things just happen", not that they require effort or actual planning. I think this is why they hate teaching/training/mentoring so much: it's something that doesn't "just happen" and requires not just effort, but listening to (and attempting to understand) someone else.

Obama's "We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For" speech was the Boomer narcissisms leaking out into the speech: We, Boomers, are the real superheros! is what it proclaimed. And it fits hand-in-hand with Trump's need to label everything as Winning!, even when it was observably a loss. (Ex: the USMCA.)

Trump was unable to enact any reform because he was constitutionally (his makeup, not the document) unable to gauge and evaluate authority authority; Boomers, especially in authority positions, have a sort of circular-reference logic I've described as "appeal to self-authority" which is essentially: "I am the authority because I am good. If I was not good I would not be the authority. Therefore, since I am the authority, I am good. To oppose my authority is to be evil, because I am good, as proved by my authority." — Obviously, this mentality prohibits asking "is this a legitimate use of authority?" or even "is this within the bounds of [my] authority?" and thus makes reform/anti-corruption essentially impossible.

Blogger IAMSpartacus0000 June 09, 2021 2:09 PM  

No. Most people are actually unaware of their SSH.

There is so many examples of bad Alphas people really need to stop thinking on class is better or more favorible.


Sure if your goal is to have sex with as many women as possible then being an alpha helps. If you want to lead a business being an alpha helps. But it is not required.

Zuck is a Gamma and is successful in curbing his gammatude and is functional. I dont know if that is training or what. I honestly am not sure about Jack D of twitter. Gates was Gamma and Balmer honestly may have been an opportunistic Alpha.

Blogger Noah B. June 09, 2021 2:13 PM  

If Trump really didn't see right through Zuckerberg and let himself be swayed by some compliments, he's an idiot.

Blogger IAMSpartacus0000 June 09, 2021 2:13 PM  

They can be managed. Praise them and keep them in their lane. If/when they think they are bigger than they are either help them know their place or fire them.

Sigma's on the other hand they are a mixed bag and their loyalty depends entirely on their world view.

Blogger Eugenius BEar June 09, 2021 2:36 PM  

@83

Both baby. Both.

Blogger Eugenius BEar June 09, 2021 2:40 PM  

The Catholic Church hierarchy is one place where I think we can safely say Gammas are poison and should be purged.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd June 09, 2021 3:13 PM  

Doktor Jeep wrote:Sigmas are better leaders for the reasons cited thusly.
If a Sigma is leading, it's because he has a task to accomplish. He'll stay focused on the task and use the hierarchy as needed to accomplish it.

For the Alpha, maintaining the hierarchy and his place in it is the task.

If you are focused on the same task as the Sigma, you will like his leadership much better than the Alpha's.

Blogger Valar Addemmis June 09, 2021 3:20 PM  

Blunt Force wrote:@69 Interesting, considering that I've never known the US government to ever demand a fair deal when it comes to spending taxpayer money. This is a first for me.

That's not really about "a fair deal when it comes to spending taxpayer money". The taxpayer money is already spent on giving the BAH to the troop in the first place. He's just making sure he doesn't have a morale issue (leading to angry young men with guns and training) by using his bully pulpit to make sure they don't charge more than the troops get from their BAH.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd June 09, 2021 3:34 PM  

Geoffroi de Bohemonde wrote:Letters to deceased soldiers on active duty are still being signed by President Trump.
I doubt anyone connected to the current administration cares enough about deceased soldiers to change the file from which those signatures are printed.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd June 09, 2021 3:37 PM  

Nate wrote:except they are inherently bad when it comes to team building and accomplishing actual mission goals.
So don't let Gammas have any part in leadership or team building. Keep them outside the chain of command, let them be useful in their specialties, and don't let them interfere with the Deltas.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd June 09, 2021 4:31 PM  

Blunt Force, I suspect that the USG wasn't demanding a fair deal, they just wanted a slum lord who wouldn't make their housing allowance look inadequate.

Blogger Philipski June 09, 2021 4:55 PM  

I find it impossible to imagine that Trump ever reads any books. Nowadays, that is. And yeah, I’m a supporter. But unless someone has left a copy of “The Secret” or some such bilge in his office (or any room of the house he frequents) and he’s picked it up for “affirmation,” nah, I don’t believe he does... I knew too many “business men” types (and some Alphas, there and otherwise) in my unfortunate days spent training to be an insurance rep, that I can really
imagine him any different.

Blogger 7916 June 09, 2021 5:10 PM  

I took note of the "was".

Blogger DYOR June 09, 2021 5:25 PM  

Alphas and self-righteous boasting and arrogance all go hand in hand.

Blogger Greg from the Piedmont June 09, 2021 5:46 PM  

Harambe wrote:Hey Vox, am I a Sigma or an Alpha?

Not answering for VD, but would a Sigma care enough about what anyone else thought to ask that question?

Blogger Blue and Gold Bear June 09, 2021 6:02 PM  

Much of the military could do to have all of the gammas purged

Blogger VFM #7634 June 09, 2021 6:05 PM  

Some do, some dont. You think Elliot Rogers wasn't dying to have a apot in the hierarchy?

Elliot Rodger was an unusually off-putting Gamma, not an Omega. He had full-on Secret King-itis.

Blogger VFM #7634 June 09, 2021 6:20 PM  

I also suspect that alphas view them differently because in many organizations I have seen alpha higher-ups put gammas in charge for some reason.

Gammas are good at flattering the Alpha, as Zuckerberg demonstrated. They also put themselves out there, and they’re a lot more common than Bravos or Alphas, and so the Alpha mistakes the Gamma for a junior Alpha.

Blogger Gingas June 09, 2021 6:35 PM  

I hope this doesn't mean that Trump will endorse George P. Bush. Bush has been brown-nosing Trump for some time now, hoping to be rewarded with his support in replacing Ken Paxton as attorney general. The Prometheans most likely want that office since Paxton tried to help Trump by launching the election fraud lawsuit against battleground states. Hopefully Alpha Trump remembers who truly supported him.

Blogger Sweet One June 09, 2021 7:06 PM  

Yep, anyone disloyal to Trump gets fired. I've wondered a bit about why even progressive women don't like Trump ever since after he first ran. Why all the protests and vitriol over an Alpha's alpa? I mean, women love alphas more than anyone. Has Trump just gotten too old for the game, or what?

Blogger Balam June 09, 2021 7:33 PM  

@Ominous Cowherd

A sigma I know has a comment. Society idealizes sigmas the same they idolize dark triad traits such as psychopathy (PUA has that issue too). However the best leader is the alpha when a society is healthy. A sigma cuts through the rules and you absolutely do not want that when everything's going well and salarymen are thriving. They will be disruptive to a happy system. Sigmas do not get along with society and do not help it function.

It is in times of chaos, gamma's running amok and shit hitting the fan you want a sigma. A sigma president would be great right now even as we are in an unhealthy society. It's when the rules and society are bad that a sigma is good to have and that's by virtue of them cutting through those bad rules.

Blogger VFM #7634 June 09, 2021 7:53 PM  

It’s clear that during times like these, a Sigma leader sporting the dark triad is vastly preferable to an Alpha. Alphas are more appropriate when your culture is healthy and hasn’t been irrevocably poisoned, but now isn’t one of those times.

Blogger tublecane June 09, 2021 8:29 PM  

This sounds like a joke, because Zuckerberg of all people? The Robot Lizard Alien himself? Could I care about his approval or attention? I mean, if I didn’t hope to share in his riches.

But then I remember the Zuck has status, and that alone may suffice. But also the guy must be in his position for some reason, and perhaps he is actually good at flattering presidents.

Blogger Retrenched June 09, 2021 9:22 PM  

This probably explains Trump's track record of endorsing bad candidates and hiring terrible staff while in office.

Blogger DroppingBear June 09, 2021 9:23 PM  

Statement further cements that Trump was and is a massive fag.

Blogger John Rockwell June 09, 2021 9:57 PM  

@Balam

What is the best way to get Sigmas into power in situations like ours?

Blogger Jeroth June 09, 2021 11:18 PM  

@113 Very well said.

Blogger TR Moe June 09, 2021 11:41 PM  

Give us more.

Blogger Countrylawyer June 09, 2021 11:45 PM  

Sigmas don’t lead. It’s too much trouble.

Blogger The Pitchfork Rebel June 09, 2021 11:46 PM  

"But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was."

This is not the first time Trump has revealed these sorts of appeals. I think that he believes it is somehow discrediting of Zuckerberg, but all it reveals is Trump didn't have Zuckerberg blocked or tell him not to call.

These revelations might be marginally effective with some, but those are the people that already find Zuckerberg and Farcebook abhorrent. The squishy middle will go right on "liking" and "sharing".

Facebook is up to 330/share after dropping to 245 in Mid January. If there's a conflict between Trump and Zuckerberg, Zuck and the rest of the Silicon slime, the slime won. They won't permanently ban him, they'll serially do it to remind him over and over they are in control. This is sort like the kid with the black eye after a fistfight walking away yelling about being sucker punched.

Just the tenor of the comments here tells me Trump 2024 will not happen. DeSantis is quietly building a base. Of course unless something is done about the #FAKEVOTE, President Harris will be cackling about being the first woman President.

Of course that means Hillary and her demons shrieking.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit June 09, 2021 11:46 PM  

The one thing the Alpha truly cares about beyond everything else is recognition of his status.

The non-Christian Alpha.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine June 09, 2021 11:47 PM  

"plenty of lambdas... and they are probably gonna cause less drama."

Lambdas have the virtue of keeping their drama upfront and overtly petty so everyone can ignore or laugh about it. Unfortunately the same is not true of their trauma.

"No, Omega, your reluctance to accept a compliment does not nake you Sigma"

Omegas are typically aware of their social standing, and unwilling to stick their neck out to get chopped off, as they know it would be. If they're interjecting into a social setting intentionally, it's because they're mad, sometimes in both senses.

"This sounds like a joke, because Zuckerberg of all people? The Robot Lizard Alien himself?"\

Whose LCD display faceplate has much of the country in thrall? Yeah, he didn't get there by accident. There isn't a morally upright reason he got there, but there is a reason all the same.

Blogger Kevin June 10, 2021 12:00 AM  

I have no doubt that zuckerberg told donald trump he was great... for his business making a profit.

Blogger Boaty Bear June 10, 2021 1:12 AM  

https://youtu.be/Ee5IDRMznSE

Alpha AF.

Blogger Jack Amok June 10, 2021 1:36 AM  

But then I remember the Zuck has status, and that alone may suffice. But also the guy must be in his position for some reason, and perhaps he is actually good at flattering presidents.

I've seen him in person. He is not the robot alien he comes across as on TV.

Blogger Jack Amok June 10, 2021 1:50 AM  

Think of it this way - it's old school D&D character generation. Charisma is SSH. Anything over, say, 15 is Alpha. You rolled a 17, congrats, your character is an Alpha. Alphas are decisive and self-confident.

Now roll for Intelligence. Whadya get? Probably not another 17. Maybe you did, in which case you've got a highly intelligent, decisive and self-confident person who's going to get a lot of stuff done. But characters like that are pretty rare.

More common would be a 12, in which case you have a decisive, very self-confident midwit who's self-confidence is going to get him into about as many messes as it gets him out of.

Of course, rolling a 3 is just as likely as rolling a 17 for IQ, leaving you with an utter idiot who is non the less completely sure of himself, and with his charisma is going to end up on the evening news for getting half his gang killed trying to knock off a liquor store next door to a gun shop. In Texas.

Blogger Josh Brown June 10, 2021 3:53 AM  

Interestingly as women have come to dominate middle and even senior management levels in bureaucracies, especially in the civil service, there has arisen a concomitant distrust of staff with significant subject matter knowledge in business areas to the degree that domain experts in IT are the subject matter experts if there are any in many agencies. Not only does that undermine the old waterfall methodolgy of systems development but too often said female senior managers can be horrified by the thought of relying on gray haired male COBOL programmers so half the time will outsource even that function (to India for all they care).

Blogger Damelon Brinn June 10, 2021 6:46 AM  

This is not the first time Trump has revealed these sorts of appeals. I think that he believes it is somehow discrediting of Zuckerberg,

Yeah, it reads like he's trying to drive a wedge between Zuckerberg and his liberal comrades and followers. And there is sort of a wedge there; a lot of liberals are frosty towards Zuckerberg because Facebook had the gall to let the Trump campaign buy advertising and data analysis services in 2016. Many of them believe Facebook was involved in muh Russia stealing the election for Trump.

But so what? They're all still on the same side, even if they don't like each other, and they know it, so the wedge doesn't actually change anything. Leftists already can't stand each other a lot of the time because they're loathsome people who would love to turn on each other as soon as they get the chance. Shining a light on that doesn't really accomplish anything.

Blogger VFM #7634 June 10, 2021 6:47 AM  

@Jack Amok

The problem with D&D character generation is that the six traits are treated as totally uncorrelated. But on what planet would someone have a strength of 18 and a constitution of 3, for example?

Even so, I’m sure plenty of TNB has resulted from what you’ve described in that last paragraph, so there’s that.

Blogger Mamabear37 June 10, 2021 6:54 AM  

The difference being no one actually genuflects to the secret king, which makes him flouncy and outraged.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit June 10, 2021 7:04 AM  

The first sigma: http://www.online-literature.com/kipling/163/

Blogger Akulkis June 10, 2021 7:51 AM  

>> Letters to deceased soldiers on active duty are still being signed by President Trump.

Wonderful if true. Can you show me evidence of this?

Blogger Unknown June 10, 2021 11:28 AM  

He must have learned some Talmudic Alpha whispering shit from the times of the court Jews.

Blogger Jack Amok June 10, 2021 12:58 PM  

But on what planet would someone have a strength of 18 and a constitution of 3, for example?

College football programs are littered with strong, athletic players who could never stay healthy. My own nephew was likely talented enough to have a shot at Major League Baseball, but his throwing shoulder was as reliable as a British refrigerator and he never got his chance.

Alpha traits (decisive, self-confident) are not strongly correlated with intelligence. Our image of the Classic Alpha is the tall, handsome, leader of men, but there are plenty of other Alphas running around too. Putin isn't particularly tall or handsome, but he's definitely Alpha.

Blogger Akulkis June 10, 2021 1:39 PM  

The only people who women should have any authority over consists entirely of:
1) children
2) bedridden patients
3) younger women.


Everything else tends to blow up. Carly Fiorina's destruction of HP, laying of key people in core product lines so that she could have a company jet that mostly sat unused at an airport comes to mind. Because apparently, chartering a "jet for hire" from one or more pilots was beneath her.

Blogger MrNiceguy June 10, 2021 2:24 PM  

Trump would have been a lot more successful if he'd had Jared handle the Abraham Accords, but everything else Jared did was given to Don Jr.

Blogger The Pitchfork Rebel June 10, 2021 3:20 PM  

@130

"But so what? They're all still on the same side, even if they don't like each other, and they know it,"

I recently heard an exorcist speaking and he said that in his experience, the possessed are often vexed by multiple demons and that while the demons have no collegiality, they do respect authority and pursue their own ends in maintaining a grip on the person.

I'll leave you to consider the implications of the similarity of your observation about the ability of the left to work together in the face of mutual antipathy the way the fallen angels do the same thing in the light of Ephesians 6:12.

Remember

Blogger Azure Amaranthine June 10, 2021 3:52 PM  

"But on what planet would someone have a strength of 18 and a constitution of 3, for example?"

Sickly giant. It's actually something of a historical trope, because when humans get too big they tend to have health issues.

Blogger Hates the Wicked June 10, 2021 8:21 PM  

Woe to the Alpha who takes a sycophant Gamma seriously. Weal to the Alpha who tells him thank you, now go get me and my Bravo coffee please.

Blogger Balam June 11, 2021 12:14 AM  

@John Rockwell

He says that most Sigmas don't want to be in positions of power and prefer to cruise around place to place. An alpha would need to campaign on the behalf of the Sigma and do all the work to get him installed. The reason the alpha does it is because he knows that the Sigma is going to make decisions that will piss a lot of people off and it let's the alpha stay popular.

The heart of it is that Sigmas love making the hard decisions but don't like being tied down to responsibilities they did not incur themselves. An alpha, by contrast, will take responsibility for things their underlings did even if they personally had nothing to do with it.

Example: a package is late. The sigma will come down and solve the problem but when told 'now you have to apologize on behalf of our company to the customer' the Sigma does not like to and says, 'you can blame delta over there'. An alpha will enjoy apologizing for delta in the screwup.

Alternately if the Sigma is put into a position where they can make executive decisions but incur none of the responsibility of the organization, like an outsider consultant you bring in to fire everyone and then leave.

So that's Sigma's opinion. It really would have helped Trump to bring in a hatchet man to take all the heat when he was President. Like if Pence went around arresting and firing everyone while Trump keeps his hands clean; for a while people thought Barr would be that man but I guess he was a cuck too. I recall Vox mentioning some Italian city where the ruler brought in some temporary ruler to kill all the bad nobles and crack down on the laws and then the original ruler had him executed and looked like a hero, even though it was all as planned. I told Sigma about that and he said he would have gladly taken than position, knowing that he gave a lot of assholes comeuppance before he died.

Blogger Dave June 11, 2021 10:56 AM  

Quote: The one thing the Alpha truly cares about beyond everything else is recognition of his status. That's why they're always beating their chests and casting about for any possible challengers. So long as you publicly kiss the Alpha's ring, you can get away with just about anything you want without inspiring his opposition.

Not being facetious, but do you really think it is that simple. Trump had so many opportunities to do the right thing. And failed. Is it really just that simple?

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