I was dragged into a long thread when some people were discussing the “Trike”. Someone said I wasn’t on it at all. Another said I’d see value in all pieces. It was fun to consider others perceptions before stating my reality. I’ve sometimes considered where I fit in all of this, and I keep going back to a phrase someone on MPC used to describe me “a Gen-X Steve Sailer” or “millennial Pat Buchanan”. I kind of like that because while I enjoy reading both of them and align with them quite well, they are shaped by the forces that birthed Silents and Baby Boomers. They grew up in a more unified America, so similar to Derbyshire’s belief that the two separate America’s (red and blue) will stay married, they think things will hold. I am more skeptical because I grew up in the unraveling. I’ve met the smartest blacks and there is no hope for reconciliation. The immigration we have now is nothing like pre-1920s, and even that was detrimental, and a very firm deportation program would return many of them to their native lands easily because the American Dream is a sliver of what it once was. This is not about immigration, so let’s go to the Trike.
Put me in that middle area but in the upper left corner that looks like the crook that is midway between Technology Capitalism and Tradition-Patriarchy. I may be misinterpreting this as I view position within the link as a measure of degree of said link.
For some background, I grew up in Maine in the ‘80s and ‘90s. We had actual town hall meetings about things. Was this stupid? Maybe, but there were times where everyone came together to tackle a problem. Maine was about as close as one can get to an ethnostate since it was 99% white. Almost everyone’s heritage was British Isles or France, and mostly through Canada. Recently on twitter I admitted that maybe, just maybe, a voting system could work in a small, homogenous state with a high literacy rate. I was envisioning my childhood. I tweeted it knowing the problems though of our system because of scale, the media and debt. Maine’s tax problem is due to a bad tax base, but they allow voters to vote on floating bond issues forever, and the media is atrocious. Maine's habit of direct democracy on many issues can lead to poor finances as well as leave it open to media brainwashing.
As a kid, I watched the media turn (paraphrased) “50,000 acres of forests clear cut a year” have the southern portion of the state kill the logging industry and ruin the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Mainers. There are over 3.5 million acres of forests in Maine’s northern region alone. I hated that, and I was a kid in the southern part of the state. Years later, figuring out how it killed that timber and paper sector and shifted the state purple to solid blue, I hated it more. If Maine had never had to worry about US national politics nor receive Federal programs and just realize it was on its own, it might work. Without the USG as a backstop even the annoying media players could change. The Portland Press Herald (owned by the NY Times for a while) might not shout at any tax breaks for any corporations wanting to come in, and maybe they would think about keeping those loggers in business if they did not have USG welfare in reserve.
Could I set it up for Maine to work with voting? Maybe limiting it to landowners, maybe married landowners, maybe just one vote per household. “But what about a bank using its power to give 0 down loans to stuff the voter rolls?” True, so we would set up a law for minimum down payment. “But like someone would agitate for expanding the franchise?” Yes, Foseti, someone would, so let’s handle that, too. Secession is a fun idea, and I like it for a variety of reasons. Eliminate from power the psychos in DC who are ruining the nation, provide regions which are currently wildly different and have wildly different ideas for solutions and goals some sovereignty, provide competition with multiple English speaking sovereign states, and for other benefits like exile. Exile as a punishment could return. Powerful stuff. How can we resist the call for expansion of the vote? Have you heard of the old Athenian system of ostracism? They used broken pottery pieces to vote to exile a man from the city for 10 years. It was a way to cool off potential tyrants and remove people itching for too much. I would not bring that exactly back, but I’d borrow the concept. You agitate for expanding the vote, you and your dependents get exiled forever and pay a 100% asset tax on exit. I'm using Maine as a size stand in, but Maine has 1.3 million people with a large elderly population. Finding an agitator is not difficult. You will be dealt with, and anyone seeing the punishment stick would think twice about bringing it up again. People joke about killing all of the lawyers, but that is excessive. You would only have to kill enough for the rest to get the message. We are a decadent society so we have the wish, but no one has the will.
I see the value in ethnonationalism, and that is embedded in my upbringing. My heritage was explained as a positive thing whether my Anglo side, French, Scottish, etc. I was part of a chain that had endured the horrible and enjoyed highs, continuing that chain made sense. I think an ethnat focused or aware society could be a hugely positive force on birthrate, societal well being and what the Germans refer to as gleischaltung. I don’t think a hypothetical state has to be 100%. I do think a very large majority presented as the dominant culture can have minorities attempting to emulate it and work. Blacks weren’t always what they are today. Some of it is dysgenic trends, and some of it is the destruction of the old WASP culture as something to aspire to in behavior and form. Who decides what ethnicity makes up the majority because we all know not all whites are the same. We are talking about how to carve up the ethnicity because having swapped from purplish Maine to deep blue Massachusetts to red Indiana, I can verify that there is a strong split within whites. People don’t pray before a BBQ in Massachusetts because churches have become places you go to maybe for a wedding or to tour. I’ve been to too many BBQs in Indiana where they all hold hands and say a quick prayer. I do think the Maine of my childhood would have benefitted from a healthy dose of tradition and family laws that were of a patriarchal flavor. Not as much social dysfunction in that state compared to others, but I saw enough frivolous divorces wreck my friends’ grade school or middle school years. I’m not a throne and alter type, but I do believe. I do believe that a shared belief is a great foundation for a community. When the Byzantines were at their apogee, their king would be crowned by their Patriarch and the goal would be “I will keep you safe and he will seek perfection for your soul”.
Another reason why I skew more the tradition and technology way is that we have some amazing technology now, and should have even more in the near future. 3D printing, genetic work, robotics and even small advances in nuclear and solar power are all on the table. I am not a scientist so I cannot explain how game changing room-temperature superconductors would be, but I have read it would be awesome. Could small regions make a run for legitimate autarky? I think it’s possible. Are we possibly on the way to making humans redundant and immersive VR and potential shared networks so good that may redefine what people want for existence, so plugging in and being set up in pods might be the vote? Yes, and this would fill retirement homes of people under 55 plugging in and saying goodbye. If people really value freedom, shouldn’t we push technology to free us of the most basic restraints? Is a lumbering behemoth like our empire going to do this or would nimble, smaller political units work better? It is my prior time as an ancap that pushes me down that mass secession route and positive view towards capitalism. Not big bank finance dominated capitalism, but capitalism. I understand the need for yield to match the risk associated, but I'd like anti-usury laws back because some risks cannot be rated for and I do not want to reward the most zany risk taking behavior because I know who will run for those opportunities. Maybe some SovCorp would encourage those shekel seekers.
I welcome any feedback, after all, it’s just Internet posting. Despite being a former ancap, I am not an extreme techcom because an old Church line I remember, “Man cannot live on bread alone”. The tradtionalists and ethnats do have a point that there must be a rallying cry beyond money and safety. I know I have woven that into my writing; there is more to a nation than GDP growth. We're already at soulless homo economicus in many parts of America. Go to any mall in America in a diverse area. What the hell unifies those people? The dollar. The fact that they all spend money in the same economy is all. Dumb libs are flipping out over American Sniper being successful while conservakin nod their head and whisper “’Merica”. These same progs nearly faint in ecstasy over gays marrying, which disgusts everyone else. The unreported black-Hispanic war, the daily hush crimes, and the atomization are all centrifugal forces on America. That surge of patriotism after 9/11 evaporated the moment that it politically was useful for the left. Whether organic or orchestrated, our generation’s Pearl Harbor could not keep the fever going for three years. To tie this back to my introduction, I do not think “America” makes it through the fourth turning, unlike Derbyshire and Sailer, because I don’t think “America” exists anymore. At each crisis, America has emerged different than it was before, and this turning will be no different. Forget trying to fix the zombie nation and start thinking and building something new. We should seek to build something worthy of the past but also valuable as an inheritance.