Legitimacy, Power, and Culture

We’ve heard it said, culture is downstream of power, or is power downstream of culture? Which controls the levers to the other?

As I’ve said before, power (the ability to force your will) comes from authority (the ability to command), which comes from legitimacy (people’s beliefs in your right to command).

The power/culture discussion is always off because it misses the underlying link between the two: legitimacy.

Power can do whatever it wants within its dominion. That’s the inherent nature of power. If you can not do what you want, you, definitionally, do not have power. The limits of power exist where you can no longer accomplish your will.

Someone with power over culture can change the culture to be whatever he desires. If multiple people have power over culture, the culture will be changed to wherever the limits of their power meet. Power creates, destroys, and changes culture.

Note: Culture is always, to at least some degree, organic, so power over culture is always widely distributed. No one ever has absolute power over culture.

But, power creates culture only insofar at it has authority. Culture is organic and of men. If men do not obey, there is no power and culture can not created, destroyed, or changed. Culture is only changed insofar as men allow it to be changed.

Men only allow culture to be changed, in so far as they think the change and the power causing the change are legitimate.

This is where culture influences power. Legitimacy comes from culture. If the culture holds to the Divine Right determines power men will obey power with Divine Right. If culture holds to patriarchy determines power, men will obey fathers. If the culture holds to popular will, they will obey democratically elected politicians.

Power is downstream of legitimacy, which is downstream of culture, which is downstream of power.

By changing culture, power can change what men view as legitimate, changing legitimacy, authority, and, ultimately, where power lays.

This is how power destroys itself. It changes the culture that made itself legitimate, which then changes what legitimizes power, changing the basis of authority, changing the power itself. Power changing culture undermines itself.

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Culture change is slow and difficult, so changing the method of legitimacy is slow and difficult. It is easier to destroy legitimacy than to create. Culture change is also unpredictable. When you destroy culture, what replaces it may not always be what you expected or hoped.

This is why revolutions are so turbulent and unstable and often end in a strong man: one can destroy the legitimacy of the present order, but creating a new order viewed as legitimate is time-consuming and difficult. When you destroy a culture and legitimacy, it is hard to predict what form legitimacy will take, hence revolutions often destroying their instigators.

In a legitimacy vacuum, the simplest form of legitimacy to create is martial: men naturally respect strength and strength is relatively simple to demostrate. A strong-man short-circuits the legitimacy-creation process by focusing the creation of legitimacy among a group of armed men through his strength. Once he obtains enough power through this specific legitimacy, he kills those who oppose him until they obey. He is then free to influence culture until another strong-man overthrows him or until he creates a more sustainable legitimacy.

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Power flows from legitimacy. Culture creates legitimacy. Power influences culture.

In a stable system culture will reinforce legitimacy which will reinforce power, which will in turn reinforce the culture. For example, the church supports supports divine right, which legitimizes the monarch, who in turn supports the church.

In an unstable system, power destroys culture (or its own legitimacy) and/or culture undermines power’s legitimacy. For example, enlightnment ideas and culture undercut divine right, the monarch mismanages power squandering legitimacy, and then revolution occurs.

Lightning Round – 2016/11/30

The slow history methodology.

Western civilization is European.

Chesterton’s fence and democracy.

The need for Inquisitor Trump.

Creating souls in a laboratory.
Related: Being a right-liberal.

Is the orthosphere alt-right?

The 16 points of the alt-right for those of modest IQ.

No enemies to the right. Counterpoint.
Related: No enemies to the right.
Related: Branding.

On the NPI debacle. More.
Related: On Spencer and hysterics.
Related: Media discipline.
Related: Trump’s disavowal was of nazis, not the alt-right.
Related: VD does not disavow.
Related: The death of the alt-reich.
Related: The alt-right is dead.
Related: On Spencer’s conference.

The art of the word.
Related: The NYT’s #1 pro-Trump hate crime.

The party of Reagan is dead.

The awful mask of the alt-right.
Related: Stuck on cuck.

Hardcore and softcore Trump appointments.
Related: John Allison.

The Overton bubble.

Progressives need nurture.

On SA’s Trump piece.

Fracture the CIA.

Defeating ISIS.

The great man vs. cliodynamics.

Infiltration of the church.

A rational response to high divorce rates.

A case of divorce rape.

More on Pizzagate.

Reddit CEO modifies r/The_Donald posts and conspires against the subreddit.

FB deleting pro-Trump pages.

65 “journalists” who colluded with the Clinton campaign.

An experiment on experts.

NATO cannot stop Russia.

Lightning Round – 2016/11/23

The racial hatred of the election.
Related: Hate letters from coastal elites to middle American whites.
Related: The Federalist says my prediction was right. My prediction.
Related: The malevolent banality of the anti-white left.

Trump’s victory as a reaction to the White Death.

A new Mahout in town.

Debt + diversity = community death.

Fraying in the core. Although, NRx is generally in favour of patchwork.

Trump viewed from the right.
Related: Anti-Dem’s thoughts on the election.

Stories from people who have met President Trump.

Wrath of the god-emperor.
Related: Trump: Steps ahead.
Related: Change is coming.
Related: Media SJW’s double-down.
Related: Own goal.

Lugenpresse strategy.
Related: Still crying wolf.
Related: How to handle NPR.
Related: Bending the knee to Trump.
Related: The NYT is trying not to get outFoxed.

Terminal frame.

It’s not about you.

A mass Twitter purge of the alt-right.

Richard Spencer’s media indiscipline.

Monergocapitalism.

 In praise of mediocracy.

The churchian corruption.

Working for poor governance.

Divorce: a cold calculation.

Acting normal.

Physiogamy is real.

The alarmed and the anxious.

Study: Illegals have effected US elections.

Shapiro: An enemy of Christendom.

Dreher contemplates the red pill, while Mark Shea remains himself. Also, Shea was fired from the NCR.

Football in America.

Lightning Round – 2016/11/16

Welcome to the Trump Triumphant edition of the Lightning Round.

But first, a new project to establish a true Canadian Right is starting up:
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Here’s the call to action for all right-thinking Canadians.
Also, check out the FB page.

Hail Trump, but let’s not lose our heads.
Related: Keep up the pressure.
Related: Draining the swamp.
Related: Don’t worry about Trump reversals yet.
Related: Go bold, Emporer-elect.
Related: T-Day.
Related: Two paths for the alt-right.
Related: Trump’s first fight.
Related: Past and future identity politics.
Related: The alt-right hails its god-emporer.

Best election ever.
Related: President Trump.
Related: Trump wins.
Related: Trump reforges FDR’s alliance.
Related: Winds of freedom already blow.

How Trump already saved the world.
Related: Trump already lessening illegal immigration.

Counterpoint: A victory for liberalism and white supremacy.
Related: Immigration restriction as liberal self-preservation.

In favour of helicopter rides.

How GamerGate crowned the god-emperor.

Inquisition 2.0.

Modelling failures.

Chimps and riots.

Destination Baltimore.

On Straussian entryism.

Social turbulence.

The 7 sacraments of progress.

The mirage of localism.

Recap on global warming.

Hillary in the bunker.

To the Left on Trump

You are the reason Trump won.

Trump is a gamechanger, not necessarily because of what he’ll do, but because of what he represents. Trump is the first time white Americans in the US have voted, somewhat tentatively, as a tribe. Prior to this election, white Americans voted primarily against other whites based upon values, ideology, and intra-white tribal affiliations. This is the first time whites have voted tribally against non-whites.

Or to be more accurate, this is the first time white males and their wives have voted as a group against single females and non-whites.

This is a massive shift in American politics with potentially huge consequences.

Until recently American politics has been defined by a number of varying, but overlapping, ideogical and tribal cleavages and the alliances between them: southern vs northern, coastal elites vs the American heartland, rural vs urban, religious right vs secularists, business vs unions, left vs right, interventionists vs isolationists vs peaceniks, and so on.

Racial and sexual politics were but one cleavage among dozens. Some feminists voted based on sexual politics, but most men and women generally voted based on other loyalties. Nationally, inter-racial politics was a subset of some greater intra-white ideological or tribal conflict. Blacks were clients of northern coastal elites, latinos were loose clients of big business and coastal elites (due to the immigration issue), Asians kept themselves out of the spotlight, Jews were part of the coastal elites, and Cubans were the clients of anti-communists.

This has changed. Over the last decade or so, the left started pushing intersectionalism and social justice very hard. Ideological niceties aside, what this practically resulted in is non-whites, single women, gays, etc. seeing themselves as oppressed by the white male patriarchy. This intersectionality has essential made minority group band together to attack white males.

At first this was confined to universities and liberal neighbourhoods, so nobody really cared, but the over the last few years, it’s moved into the real life. You went after their enterainment. Real people started getting fired for your liberal crusades. The major turning point was the bakeries; not content to get gay “marriage”, you had to sadistically force your beliefs on normal people and destroy their businesses if they didn’t bend the knee.

But every political action has a reaction. White men are realizing you’re not content with winning, your goal is to humiliate us, hunt us down, and destroy us. W’re realizing their is no live and let live, there’s not go along to get along. We either have bend the knee to your false religion or be destroyed.

So now white males are waking up, they’re tribalizing, just as I warned. Soon, unless things change, the US politics will be only have a single tribal : white males and their wives against everybody else.

You are the reason white consciousness has risen.

If you had been content with winning, white males would probably have surrendered. You could have had everything you wanted had you shown the slightest magnanimity. Whites are long-suffering and slow to anger.

But you chose not to let us alone. You chose to attack us, to not just win, but to try to personally destroy us and rub our noses in the wreckage.

We’re starting to realize we have no choice but to fight. If we’re going to persecuted as white males, we’ll identify as white males and act as white males. The white male tribe will grow, and we are still the majority.

You the left have only yourselves to blame for Trump. Trump is your creation and he’s your fault.
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I tell you this, because there’s still time. Trump is just the first salvo and he’s not going to hurt you all that badly. He’ll still conserve liberalism, he’s just going to eliminate some of the worst excesses. If you repent now, and stop your persecution of white males, in 8 years, you could elect a Democrat and things could go back to normal, your victories would be conserved and we could have peace. Most whites still don’t really want to do this and will back off if you let off.

If you continue though, you will enrage whites and their conciousness will grow. Then we whites will truly come for there will be very few options for you to avoid future horrors.

I doubt this will change anything, but it must be said. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Lightning Round – 2016/11/09

As of my posting this, Trump just got Pennsylvania and 264 electoral votes, with Wisconsin, Michigan, Alaska, and Arizona all looking safely Trump as well. It’s safe to say, Trump won. We won. Hopefully we will see King Trump in a few years.

Trump needs friends.
Related: Nobody rules alone.

Miss Congeniality no more.
Related: The strife of the party.
Related: Carpe Collum.

Meet the new cuck, same as the old cuck. He’s right, but stopping white genocide is worthwhile.
Related: The alt-right is liberalism.

Long-term election changes.

The treason of McAuliffe, Obama, and Clinton.

Spandrell on faith.

From Frost and Enoch to NPR.

The wicked flee when no man pursueth.

The French colour revolution. More.

Is America done?

Nixon’s election eve call.

Islam’s cowardly critics.

Material evil.

The lie of parenting.

Women as responders.

Women’s desire to teach.
Related: Why there is controversy.
Related: What does it mean to teach?

The average woman extorts $150k in taxes from the average man.

Reading  Jessica Valenti’s book confirms much manosphere wisdom.

Counter-BLM demonstration in Chicago.

Migrant nightmares in Sweden and Germany.

Brexit blocked.

The marriage gap.

More conspiracy: Cheese, pasta, and Podesta.
Related: Bill, Hillary, and the Lolita Express.
Related: Spirit cooking.
Related: Code?
Related: High and hidden weirdness.
Related: Weird links.
Related: Trump’s grimness.
Related: The Comet connection.

What are TERFs?

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Lightning Round -2016/11/02

Remember to use InfoGalactic instead of Wikipedia.

The average American.

There is always a king; how to find him.

Narrative vs. reality.

Cognitive dissonance judo.

Passivism and struggle.

Nullified.
Related: Most of the Bundy occupation were federal informants.

What happened to the samurai?

How to implement patriarchy.

Maybe a relatively painless Soviet–style collapse?
Related: Aesthetics of decline.

10%.

The rise of white identity: I warned of this years ago.
Related: The great white suicide.
Related: Ethnic cleansing in Santa Ana.
Related: Restoring the West or bringing the next stage?
Related: The demographic conquest of America.
Related: Through ground-covered glasses.
Related: Saving nature’s diversity.
Related: Immigrants cost the US $231,000 each.
Related: Immigrants are not American.

An open letter to Jews.

A Wikileaks summary.
Related: What if the rot is too deep?
Related: The shadow government mentioned.

The Trumpslide.
Related: Trump’s revenge.
Related: On the Trump master persuader theory.
Related: Trump’s knowledge and prescience.
Related: Trump, the third black president.
Related: The dam is breaking.
Related: Father-son chats.
Related: The smear job on Trump.
Related: A standby speech for Trump.
Related: Contempt in stone.
Related: The bimbo that didn’t bark.
Related: List of anti-Trump Republicans.

The house always wins elections.
Related: Voting is rational for the ruling class and heroin for the people.
Related: Rigging elections.

Some conspiracy theory: The revived investigation; rumours of pedophile ring.
Related: NYPD discovers Weiner’s “life insurance” folder. More.
Related: The fatal shot and FBI Anon.

The two-bullet theory of Comey.
Related: DoJ source: Almost everyone wanted to prosecute Hillary.

No muscles in Brussels.

US contemplates WW3.
Related: Game theory and Putin’s gamble.
Related: Front-line Europe.
Related: The Russian no-fly zone.

Is Duterte a deep state Chinese Communist agent or a reaction against Filipino elites.
Related: The Philippines abandons the US.

4GW in Syria.
Related: On the Free Syrian Army.

On Maine and Moldbug.

On Dugin’s Last War of the World Island.

On charter school foundations.

The new Trudeaupia.

No collusion here at all. None.

Leftward drift: Bill Bradley to Hillary Clinton.

Obamacare working as designed.

SS receipts confirm no recovery.

Reality and gun control.

How rule by banker manifests itself.

On the gold standard. More. More.

There is no national debt. Comments discuss Moldbug’s work on sovereign debt. More.
Related: A trillion for your thoughts.

PoC is a terrible term.

Most American Christians are heretics.

Brining murderesses to the gospel through accompaniment.

On tithing.

The paradox of modern masculinity.

Lottery perverts.

The unspoken lesson.

Jobs and education make women unattractive.

The suicidal altruism of Western women.

Malice in Blunderland.

Small lies lead to bigger lies.

A belated surrender.

Winning Gamergate.
Related: Why the left is winning.

Violence in the name of compassion.

The church of Chick.

Adventures in missing the point.

Tears of a cuck.

Hillary supports rigged elections.

Degeneracy of type.

 

H/T: CC, SDA