Chronic Kinglessness

A while back, someone linked me to this interview with Tory MP Rory Stuart from 2014 (H/T: Peregrin). It was rather informative on what is wrong with modern politics (read it all).

“But in our situation we’re all powerless. I mean, we pretend we’re run by people. We’re not run by anybody. The secret of modern Britain is there is no power anywhere.” Some commentators, he says, think we’re run by an oligarchy. “But we’re not. I mean, nobody can see power in Britain. The politicians think journalists have power. The journalists know they don’t have any. Then they think the bankers have power. The bankers know they don’t have any. None of them have any power.”

And this from a man who only two years ago attended the Bilderberg conference, a highly exclusive and secretive gathering of the world’s most powerful bankers, politicians and businesspeople?

“Well there we are, you see,” he smiles. “I can tell you, there is nothing there. It’s like the wizard of Oz. This is the age of the wizard of Oz, you know. In the end you get behind the curtain and you finally meet the wizard and there’s this tiny, frightened figure. I think every prime minister has sort of said this since Blair. You get there and you pull the lever, and nothing happens.”

This is a perfect example of what Moldbug, referencing Carlyle, referred to as chronic kinglessness.

This is the secret of politics and modern society: nobody is in charge, no one has power, and nobody is running the show: not the people, not the corporations, not the politicians, not the bureaucrats, not the courts, not the military, not the journalists, not the bankers, not the white male patriarchs, not the SJW’s, not the Jews, not Davos, not the Bilderbergs, not the Tri-lateral Commission, not the Illuminati, and not the lizard-people.

Everybody likes to posit that some bogeyman composed of people they dislike is in charge and running, ruining, things behind the scenes because that is comforting. Even if a conspiracy is leading to disaster, at least we’re being led. Even if they are evil incarnate, at least they know what they’re doing and are leading society in a specific direction. It is comforting to know someone is in charge, even if we hate them.

But we’re not that lucky. There is no one who really knows what they’re doing and no one is in charge. Everybody has just a little bit of power, some have more some less, to accomplish tiny things, so nobody has any real power to accomplish anything. Our system is vieled anarchy.

Society’s moving the way it is not because anyone is willing it, but because society’s movement has taken on an inertia of its own, and continues moving along this inertial path whatever actual people may desire. It has almost become a will of its own, some have taken to calling it an egregore, but it’s not really mystical or mysterious. It moves because that’s the way it has moved, so people follow it along and continue to move it, so it moves.

We have the rule of law, but the law is unknown and unconstrained by man.


Don’t believe me, remember this picture:

The wife of the leader of the free world was so powerless, she had to make meaningless twitter activism to try to rescue for a few hundred kidnapped girls. The so-called Leader of the Free World, who ostensibly has the most powerful military in the history of the world under his command, couldn’t liberate a few hundred girls from a few hundred tribal savages, so she had to pray to the activism gods.

The king of any third-rate kingdom in history would laugh at the pitiable weakness of any other king who couldn’t even round up 100 aging men to rescue some maidens to make his queen smile. Yet, the Commander in Chief of the the million man army of the strongest empire in history failed to do this.

The girls were later saved by a hundred aging South African mercenaries. I’ll also note, that despite being able to do what the US President was powerless to, these mercenaries also expressed feelings of powerlessness.


Because everybody has some power, but nobody has real power, there is no responsibility. Back to the interview:

Whenever Stewart took one of these ideas, such as rule of law, to an actual Afghan village, it became meaningless. “None of the things that I’m looking for exist. There obviously isn’t police, or a judge, there isn’t a legal code, there isn’t a prison. There’s a bunch of guys with white beards sitting around, and their system of doing that might be quite different from the next-door village. So then how do you get from there to here? Well, it can be done, but it’s not going to be done by a foreigner who barely understands any of that.”

These bearded men have real power. It may be limited to a small village, but it is real in a way no modern in the West could understand. There is no legal power or police backing them up, but they still have control over their local village. Because they have real power, they also have real responsibility; even an outsider who knows nothing can tell exactly who’s in charge. The village knows exactly who to hold accountable if something goes wrong, and if leadership is bad enough, they know exactly who to shoot.

On the other hand, let’s examine our governance using Obamacare as an example. Obamacare was nightmare of inefficincies, failed deadlines, and rising health insurance prices. Despite being named after Obama, the blame gets heaped everywhere: Obama who championed the bill, Republicans who obstructed it and watered it down, the lobbyists and interns who actually wrote the bill, Justice Roberts who ruled a not-tax was a tax, the IT company that screwed the website, the bureaucracy implementing the plan, the insurance companies who didn’t act the way leftists wanted, or the people who elected those who put the whole thing into place.

Nobody got what they wanted out of this debacle, and everybody’s unhappy. Everybody was acting like they were powerless to get what they wanted and their opponents were using their overwhelming power to get their way. The only person who had even a hint of real power in this whole thing was Roberts who technically could have squashed it, but who felt he didn’t have the power to, so instead he made the cockamamie excuse that something that was specifically written as not being a tax was a tax.

Everybody has some power, but nobody has real power, so nobody nobody knows who to blame, beyond the other guy, and nobody can be held accountable, when things go wrong.

The reverse holds true as well, no responsibility means no authority. If no one is responsible for something, no one has legitimate authority over it, no one has power over it. Every villager in this village, knows who has authority. Nobody in the US has any clue who actually has authority.


Power flows from authority, authority flows from legitimacy.

At its essence, power is violence, real or implied. It is the ability to force others to do your will.

But, the violent capacities of one man are extremely limited, no one man could stop ten, let alone a hundred thousand, so the capacity for violence, real or implied, comes not from personal capacities, but from the ability to command others to carry out violence on your behalf. A man’s power is essentially: if he ordered it, how many man would commit violence on his behalf. The ability to carry out your will, particularly through the use of others, is authority. Authority is from here power flows.

Legitimacy is whether men accept your authority. Do men believe you have the right to command them and do they believe they have a duty to obey when you command? You can temporarily force people to obey without legitimacy through fear, but this illusionary authority lasts only until someone openly disobeys without consequence or someone responds with greater force.


So, who today has power?

The President can, with enough political maneveuring, command thousands of men into war, but that is limited. He couldn’t even command 100 men to #bringbackourgirls to please his wife. Should the President command a war, Justice Roberts could force the war to end, if he declared it unconstiutional. Theoretically, the Constitution states that Congress decides when men are sent to war, they could theoretically overrule the President, but they seem to not have been particularly effective in stopping the President in recent history. A general could theoretically disobey the president; he controls the men with guns. Come to that, the men with guns themselves could do whatever they desired, who could stop them?

So, in theory, nobody really controls when men are sent to war, yet, the men still march to war, and the wars end up wasteful and counter-productive. This century, our enemies always seem to end up controlling the countries the US invades, yet no one is ever held responsible.

You will notice the Constitution mentioned repeatedly above. Odd that a document, a set of words that could be destroyed by a single 10-cent match, controls so much. The Constitution has power because the constitution confers legitimacy. The legitimacy confers authority.

Yet, the legitimacy of the Constitution has been waning. When will the living document lose its power?

This basis of legitimacy is dedicated to preventing any one man from obtaining any real power. This was more or less functional when government was small and controlled, power rested outside the government, so there was little power for the Constitution to to distribute. It may have been uncontrolled, but it was a toddler swinging wildly. But as government has grown, so to has the dysfunctionality. More power rests with the government, but nobody has any real power over that power. The power of government swings around madly, like an enraged and blinded Hercules.

Also, odd, isn’t it, that the Constitution fails utterly to check the growth of government power, yet it strongly checks the power of any single man.


We are suffering chronic kinglessness. Everybody has some power, but nobody has real power. All the men we think are powerful, think themselves powerless. Instead of a directed, functional state, we a hyper-powerful super-state throwing its tremendous weight around blindly, destroying everything in its path. The Constitution, which limits any man from having real power, prevents any man from exercising real authority, yet at the same time it is helpless to limit government, so the behemoth fumbles around blindly leaving a swath of destruction in its wake.

Lightning Round – 2016/10/12

Infogalactic has been launched. Check it here.

Activism vs. territorialism.

The ritual humiliation of misunderstanding power.

Yesterday’s liberal is today’s conservative.
Related: Fascism is modernism.

Where did it all go wrong?

On the current path.
Related: Balancing the natural and the social world.
Realted: The will of the people is a farce.

Cathedral decision-making.
Related: On Aleppo.
Related: WW3 by proxy.
Related: Who’s the outlaw?

The Hungary games.

Misreading the reactionary mind.

On meritocracy and experts.

The asset-bubble cements the high-low alliance.

Donald Trump is a great man.
Related: Presidential temperament.

Et tu parte?
Related: The loudspeaker.

This won’t end well.

Clowns expose American Anxiety.

On Francis’ the Leviathan.

The business of Harvard.

Modern art was CIA propaganda.

The long shadow of decolonization.
Related: SA learns the wonders of equality.

Immigration trumps law.
Related: Fake refugees on vacation.

Unboxing the fiat dollar.

Possible chaos at future protests.

On hate.
Related: Crime as a euphemism for lynching.

Cowards are for tolerance.

The nationalization of police.

Personal and collective power.

The pain of Kaine.

Retreat is pointless.

Respect for murderesses Sunday.

Reworking Malachi 2Part 2.

Learning from the mistakes of others.

Sex discrimination at Yahoo.

For younger readers: Little known, lucrative career paths.

Noblesse Oblige.

Sticky brains and forgiveness.

When Scott Adams became a target.

On Buckley.

Obamacare in action.

Government shuts down free online courses because they aren’t accessible.

A brief history of the replication crisis.
Related: 13% of papers contain a mathematical error.

When memes become real.

The broken freaks of fandom.

Clearing up the Gab drama.

The Twitter purges continue.

Memory-holes on Wiki.

Download Brave.


Lightning Round – 2016/09/29

The alt-west and alt-white.

Two kinds of nationalism.

Power, authority, and legitimacy.

Esoteric populism.

On physical removal.

How to survive the mob.

How to determine the price you’re sold for on the slave market.
Related: Crypto-currency: Fool’s gold.

On kings and accidents of birth.
Related: Forgotten crowns of Europe.

What is the natural aristocracy?

On dysgenics.

Understanding the 20th century.

Nitrocellulose illegalized.

Venezuelan socialism.

Section 207.
Related: Hillary will let in 37 million more foreigners than Trump.

The black-white crime ratio is worse than official stats show.

Using the term google.

The politicization of medicine.

On Ancient Sparta.

Ethnonymic creep.

Disney’s smart purchase of Marvel and Star Wars.

The Twitter lockdown.
Related: Twitter locked out VD, Roissy, and Instapundit.
Related: Instapundit is being investigated by his university for a tweet.

Christian denominations indicting themselves.

Christian teaching on immigration.

A draft war manual against the necropolis.

Hierarchy equals abuse.
Related: On complementarianism.
Related: Complementarians are worse than egalitarians.

Frequent denial of sex breaks the marriage covenant.

On whores.

My sides: Trump has liberals in fear.
Related: Scott Adams switches his endorsement to Trump.

The waste of teaching children what they already know.


Lightning Round – 2016/09/21

Open now: Counter-Search.

Babylon the necropolis.

A response to the Flight 93 election.

The High Tory tradition.

On socialism kills.

How to inquisition.

Why the memes are strong.
Related: Hillary running scared from meme magic.

The alt-lite.

The slow death of English.

How to remove 11 million illegals.

Politics is war.
Related: Tensions over identity well contained.

The suicide of the neocons.

The Soviet’s CIA head.
Related: Hidden history: Black mutinies in WW2.

Some right-wing news.

What’s the value of the Bill of Rights?

Shia geopolitics.

Yes, Trump can fire the bastards.
Related: Rumours that Trump would appoint Thiel to the SC.
Related: Thiel on effective government.
Related: Is Trump’s endorsement by 88 retired general a neo-nazi code?

The origins of the Anglo-Saxon.

The puritan hypothesis in short.
Related: Against the puritan hypothesis.

Full automation.

A return to noblesse oblige.

Real news and fake news.

Politics is upstream of AI.

The rot of positivism.
Related: The seven deplorable sins of secularism.

Value change.

William Glaston lays out hard truths.

Cryptocurrency as cuck finance.

Literally shaking.

Google erases white inventors.

Being a white minority in Georgia.

When did whites evolve?

CNN: Math is racist.

The diverse are using BDS to discriminate against Jewish SJW’s.

Concentration and IQ tests.

On the NFL.

The surrender-by-death of ethno-nationalism.

When your church converges.

On Rome in Revelations.
Related: RC and canonicity.
Related: More on Protestantism.

Cane changes his mind on some things.

Special might be destroying you.

Age of cross-dressing.

Marriage: Bearing a double burden.

The problems with “intelligent” submission.
Related: Submission is easy.
Related: She’s in control.
Related: To the defenders of rebellion.
Related: Starting with the right question.
Related: Jenny Erickson: Warning signs.

Are real men attracted to boisterous women?

A sexual market oddity.

Why modern women are angry all the time. Related.

Feeding off the hatred of others.

The idiot intellectuals.

Electoral classism.

These people really do control our society.

Keoni Galt got vaxxed.

Smells like victory.
Related: Trump handling the media.
Related: A question for Never Trumpers.

A note on Clinton.
Related: The shifting narrative.
Related: Clinton is worried Trump will hang her.

James D Watson still banned from polite society.

Fragile infrastructure.

The Hakka market dominant minority.

Pedoface exists.

On early mapsMore.

Chesterton on the Civil War and honour.

On communist atrocities.

Synthetic heroin.

Brand-name drugs.

Lightning Round – 2016/09/08

The jungle is a choice.
Related: Fury and fear in Paris.
Related: Redefining the nation.
Related: We Danes.
Related: The mystery of rising tensions.

Our continuing asymmetric conflict.

The Benedict Arnold option.

NRx vs. Altright.
Related: Vox on NRx and the Altright.
Related: Alt-Reich: the black hole of modernism.

The full press on the alt-right.
Related: The alt-right big tent.
Related: Edcuation Realist takes a stab at defining the alt-right.
Related: The coming persecution of the alt-right.

Related: Rejecting the alt-RINO’s.

Anti-right forever.
Related: Sam Francis on the JQ.

The Flight 93 election.
Related: The incoherence of conservatism.

Trump’s 10-part immigration plan.

Nixon on Trump.

The Russians aren’t coming.

EvoX with a comprehensive post on education.

Checked power.

End of the revival.

The Christian wentback.

Churchianity and the feminized church.

Seizing the means of home production.

A white woman’s chance of getting married.

A feminist in action.

On epigenetics.

Gawker is finished. Check out the last few posts for some schadenfreude.
Related: Automating Thiel’s lawsuit strategy.

Matt Taibi recognizes everybody hates journalists.

Terrorism and outliers.

The most intolerant wins.

Jonah Goldberg trying to be the new Buckley.

When Shapiro’s lies fail.
Related: Rewriting history.

The balkanization of SF/F.
Related: On the state of science fiction.

H/T: Land

Lightning Round – 2016/08/31

What the alt-right is.

Who is Pepe , really?
Related: The chaos magic of the alt-right.
Related: On writing for the Daily Caller.
Related: Spandrell on the alt-right.

Trichotomy Down.

Clinton’s booby-trap.
Related: Politics beyond the pale.
Related: On Hillary’s alt-right speech.

Why the press feels so free to criticize Trump.

Assimilationist liars.

The Frankfurt School didn’t cause progressivism, but it made it worse.
Related: Jim argues natsocs are centre-left.

Correct naming.

The West must be defended in secret.
Related: Multiculturalism erodes security.

The myopia of H1B.

On Dems R Real Racists.

Cold war 2.

The Netherlands belongs to us.
Related: Fundamentals matter.

By order of the court.

America as communist.

Why do democracies get weaker?

Marginialization and class.

Brutality can terminate riots promptly.

Do universities do anything good?
Related: Diversity indoctrination fail.

Examining a shitlib GoFundMe.
Related: GoFundMe 2-minute love.

Naming the enemy: Babel.

By the rivers of Babylon.

Christian nationalism.
Related: The family that feuds.
Related: The Christian nation.
Related: Judeo-Christian is anti-Christian.
Related: Churchianity.
Related: Andrew Klavan cucks, as does Cathy Young.

The voice.

The evolution of evolution.

The black hole of modern politics.


On Idiocracy.

The Great Ming Emperor on women.

Harper Lee and sexual strategy.

Cash and prizes causes ~40% of divorces.

The crisis of female porn addiction.

Trump did not flip-flop on immigration.

Playing the Buckley card.

Shapiro attacks the alt-right, then runs away.

Spot the common denominator.

The bizarre media blackout of the hacked Soros documents.

Is ISIS good for Israel?

Never donate to the Red Cross.

Fat pictures please.

Why EpiPens are expensive.


Black Enlightenment: Jim Crow

Jim Crow was ended in the mid-1960s with the CRA (1964), the VRA (1965), and the FHA (1968). At the same time LBJ began the War on Poverty. The crack epidemic exploded from 1984-86. The ADAA was enacted in 1986, ramping up the War on Drugs (which, though started in the 1960’s, had been minimal up until this point).


Homicides of black men exploded in the 1960’s, slowly dropped in the 1970-80’s, and plummeted in the 1990’s, after the US started throwing them in jail en masse. (The top line is black men, the middle is black women, the two grey lines are whites). (I couldn’t find comparable data on violent crime in general, everything I found only went back to the 70’s).

The black incarceration rates began to grow among younger black men in the 1960’s and among all black by the late 1970’s. The black prison admission rate (different from the incarceration rates) was in a slight but steady decline from 1945 to about 1970. It exploded in the late 1970s (prior to the ADAA).


Poverty rates for blacks (Figure 1.2) declined from ~67% in 1947 to ~35% in 1969ish. At about 1970, they leveled off until the early 90’s, and dropped through the 1990’s (as welfare was reformed and more were imprisoned). They rose slightly through the 2000’s.

Labour force participation for black men declined by over 10 percentage points in the 1970’s. (Figure 5.3)

Black median family income rose steadily prior to 1970: doubling from 1950 to 1970. From 1970 until the 1990’s black family incomes remained steady and did not grow.

Black business districts thrived under Jim Crow restrictions which prevented competition from whites. During and after desegregation, black business districts declined as competition opened up and young middle-class blacks left for greener pastures.


Prior to 1970, both black men and women were more likely to be married than their white counterparts. Following this, marriage rates dropped.

The black illegitimacy rate exploded starting in the mid-1960’s until the mid-1950’s, where it evened out. One major cause has been the decline (from 30-40% to prior to 1965 to < 10% since 1980) of shotgun weddings (Figure 2). The percentage of premarital birhts has doubled since the early 1960’s (Table 1: 36.1 to 76.9). The percentage of black children in single-parent households has doubled since 1960 (although, this trend is universal). Family intactness has plummeted since 1950, far mree than among whites.


During segregation, blacks had relatively intact families, relatively functional and safe communities, and were seeing strong economic growth. Following desegregation (and the War on Poverty), crime and the resultant incarceration, exploded, the black family collapsed, and economic growth stalled. This collapse was only halted after the welfare reforms and mass incarceration of blacks of the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Middle-class blacks abandoned traditionally black neighbourhoods, while lower-class blacks stayed behind, while the War on Poverty incentivized vice. The minority of middle-class blacks have generally benefited from greater opportunity but the stats above speak about happened to blacks and black communities on the whole.

I wonder: if you asked blacks if they’d be willing to live in neighbourhoods and socialize apart from whites in exchange for lower crime, less imprisonment, better economic prospects, and stronger families, how they respond?