I bought a Roomba knockoff on Amazon. My dad had given me a $50 gift card, and there was a $70 coupon for it. Came out to a little over $100. What a steal!
I sat on my couch and watched the robot clean for about ten minutes, fascinated. Sweeping the floor is a thing of the past! Then I got bored and came in here to write this blog.
I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to write about, today. I have several thoughts floating around in my head about community building and Justin Murphy’s idea of Reality Forking, but I haven’t thought about it enough to give a good comment on it. It’s fascinating, though, and feels true.
On the subject of things that feel true, Curtis Yarvin once again knocks it out of the park with his latest essay on the Capitol Takeover. I like the blog I wrote yesterday, and I’m happy to see that I’m on a similar wavelength to this guy, although his blog is much longer, smarter, and more dense with historical allegories than mine is. It’s very much worth your time.
I’ve been thinking more about this thing today, so much so that I forgot to devote any of my brainspace to Kanye and Kim getting a divorce. A casualty of the news cycle, I suppose. Anyhow, it occurs to me that if these buffalo-skin-wearing white supremacists and an organization like BLM (or a better, non-corporatized version of it) got together to take on the system, there might actually be something that comes of it.
But what we have here is a Wildling vs. Crow situation. That’s right, I’m going to talk about modern events with a Game of Thrones analogy. I might just be a writer after all.
At the end of the fifth season of GoT (I think), Jon Snow, the main character, is trying to convince his merry band of rapists and murderers to band together with the less-merry group of rapists and murderers “beyond the wall.” These people are wild, and the “Crows” as they’re called are “civilized,” and the two groups have spent centuries slaughtering each other. They hate the Other deeply, and quite frankly don’t give a shit that there is a horde of zombie ice people on their way to destroy humanity. When Jon Snow suggests that the two factions team up, his own people conspire to kill him. Which they do. They stab the dude right through the heart.
There’s a metaphor here that is so on the nose I won’t even elaborate on it. But the point is as such: so long as one side wants to be racist, and the other side wants to keep people from being racist, they’ll never be able to link up and present a real threat to the ruling class, on behalf of their shared interests. Seems like kind of an impossible problem.
And also a very human one. Nobody likes this suggestion. I mean, look at the proof: a fictional character was murdered for it! But it’s one of those harsh “reality” things that sucks, but is still true.
This isn’t even a “both sides” argument. I have a feeling that one side is better than the other (but which side??? I’ll never tell!), but then again one side is naturally, logically, always going to be better, or more virtuous than the other. It’s the rule of having two things: one is going to be better than the other.
Still…something to think about. As long as you want to use the apparatus of the state to crush your enemy, you’ll never have the numbers to crush the state. And they’ll continue to pretend they care about you with empty press releases and slick ad campaigns, all the while refusing to bail you out of the economic misery they caused, all while facilitating the largest upward transfer of wealth in human history. It’s true, look it up.
It’s kind of an “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” thing. Easy for me to say. I edit books in a small house in a small liberal town in otherwise red Oklahoma.
What can you do?