Saturday, August 06, 2022

Can One Be Happy Without Friends?

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Friday, July 22, 2022

"You Can Walk Away"

 Below is a guest post.  I have not read it because I don't have time.  Do not complain or hold me responsible for what is in the post.  Also, do not credit me for anything good in the article either.  It is merely a reader who wanted to share his writing and I have accommodated him:

You Can Walk Away

By Agent in the Field #1582

It is obvious to many of us that the system (the status-quo blend of government, corporations, academia, and media) generally does not support the interests of pro-capitalist, pro-liberty, pro-nationalist, and small government Americans.  So what is to be done about it?

As long as America remains a republic governed by a democratic process, the most popular position will win.  But many of the popular positions are dysfunctional and reinforce the status-quo.  It is also doubtful if spending your time trying to change the broad opinions of the people will produce results; sheer social inertia, indifference, or election tampering may get in the way.  But there is another faster and more practical option: withdraw your support from everything you oppose.

The system requires your cooperation in order to keep functioning.  It has many defenses against attack.  But it has none against abandonment (Quinn, 1992).

I repeat: the system has no defense against abandonment.

I do not mean to abandon your actual responsibilities, or to fail to live up to your objective legal obligations (like paying taxes), or to break contracts that were freely made.  I do not mean to abandon a geographical region either, although this can be an option.  What I mean is, you do not have to actively give the system your support. 

Instead, you can withdraw your support from every sphere where it is not explicitly required.  Indeed, you can take advantage of your natural laziness and simply refuse to engage with a system that does not represent your interests.

Below (in alphabetical order) are some ideas of how to withdraw support from the system.  This is not intended to be a list of recommendations, nor is this list anywhere near complete.  It is only intended as a thought-experiment to get your creative juices flowing.  You must decide for yourself what is best for you, and in what manner to act.

Businesses 

  • Are businesses more concerned about virtue-signaling than about producing products and services?  Then stop shopping at those businesses.
  • If a business is using the labor of illegals and not hiring American citizens, then don’t shop at that business.
  • Is a business behaving in a disgusting way?  Then refuse to work for them.  Refuse to give them manpower, and encourage others not to work for them.
  • Is a business asking you to round up at the checkout to throw money at an intractable social problem?  Then don’t round up – ever.

Busybodies & Beggars 

  • Does an environmentalist want you to sort your own garbage/kitchen waste/yard clippings and waste your time?  Ignore him.  Dump all your garbage into one big trash bag in a manner consistent with law.
  • Are homeless people begging you for money?  Don’t give them any.  Saying “I only have a credit card” works fine.
  • Does a miserable activist have a grievance de jour?  Don’t sign the petition.  Don’t listen to their speech.  Don’t give any money.

 

Culture 

  • Does viewing porn make you vapid and weak?  Then stop watching porn.  Meet actual people instead. 
  • Is somebody rewriting old books and/or movies in order to infuse them with a modern, ideological agenda?  Then don’t purchase those rewritten products.  Keep and preserve the old.
  • Are you tired of throwing hours of your time away on the television?  Then stop watching television.  Get involved in the community around you instead, in any small way.
  • Is a social movement trying to inspire racial or gender guilt in you?  Then abandon those people!  Refuse to accept unearned guilt.

Dating & Marriage 

  • Is the present contract of marriage bad for men?  Then don’t sign that legal contract – talk to a lawyer and create your own contract instead.
  • Are feminists in your community insufferable?  Then don’t date them.  Don’t give them any attention.  Ignore them & refuse to engage with them.
  • Did a woman deliberately cheat on you?  Then dump her.  Don’t give her a second chance.
  • Are women in your community fat?  Then don’t even approach them.
  • Does a single mom want you to take care of her kids?  Then run away fast in the other direction!
  • Are you throwing money at a pretend girlfriend online?  Then stop!  Save your money & find a real live girl in meatspace instead.

Finances (Warning: Nothing in this section should be considered to be financial advice) 

 

  • Are you constantly buying stuff you don’t need?  Then stop buying stuff you don’t need.  Take greater pleasure in life from nature, companions, art, music, and free books & DVDs from the library.
  • Do you really need that overnight delivery?  Or are you just spending money on stuff you don’t need?
  • Do credit card companies charge too much interest?  Then pay off your credit cards each month so you don’t pay the interest.  Use cash for most transactions instead.  Using cash also deprives the credit card companies of the fee they charge businesses for using the card.

 

  • Are your concerned about how large banks may misuse your money?  Then consider moving your money into smaller, more local banks and credit unions. 
  • If you don’t like what banks are doing with your money, consider putting some of your money into a safety deposit box where nobody can use it.  Every deposit or investment you make is an act of volunteering your money for other people to use. 
  • Are US politicians behaving irresponsibility with their money-printing?  Then exchange some of your US dollars for other currency.  Consider getting a foreign bank account (beware of IRS reporting requirements, which can have severe penalties).  Consider getting some cryptocurrency.  Consider buying some land.  Purchase some gold, or silver, or precious stones.  Buy tangible items of high quality and lasting value. 
  • Is a payment processor deplatforming people due to their political views?  Then stop using that payment processor.

Health 

  • If businesses push alcohol on you, then refuse to make drinking alcohol a habit.
  • Does the local drug dealer push drugs on you?  Then refuse to purchase drugs.
  • Are unhealthy industrial foods being pushed on you?  Then refuse to purchase that kind of food.
  • Do you need that sugary, corn syrup drink?  Water works fine instead.
  • Is medical care too expensive?  Then say “No” to that expense by keeping yourself in great shape.  Pay a doctor for an annual checkup.  See a dentist regularly.   Invest in preventive medicine to avoid shelling out the big bucks to treat medical conditions that arise from self-neglect or poor hygiene. 

 

Media 

  • Are movies terrible?  Then stop buying movie tickets.  Stop spending your precious time watching that garbage.  Cancel your TV subscriptions.  Only purchase films that you actually like.  Go to a used goods store & buy several dozen used DVDs at a time.  Trade and share them amongst friends. You can also rewatch old classics: there is a world of great film and animation that was made before the modern era.  Download them by legal methods.
  • Are social media companies practicing censorship?  Then stop using those social media companies.  Keep a mailing list and email your friends and family instead.  Or better yet, start your own website, write a paper letter, or go visit them in person.
  • Is a tech company firing people who don’t deserve it?  Is that company selling your data and violating your privacy?  Then quit using that tech company’s services.  Use alt-tech services instead.
  • Is an online bookseller censoring books?  Then stop using that online bookseller.  Use your public library instead.
  • Does the news media constantly lie?  Then don’t watch their television shows.  Don’t click on their websites.  Don’t purchase their newspapers or magazines.  Don’t read their articles.  Don’t buy the products in their advertisements.  Go to alternative sources if you want to know what it going on in the world. 

Politics 

  • Did the politicians think it was a good idea to fight undeclared foreign wars?  Do those wars seem nonsensical to you?  Then don’t volunteer to fight those wars.
  • Is your State enforcing anti-property rights or anti-liberty laws?  Then don’t volunteer to work for that State.  If you are on a jury, you can vote to acquit the victims of State aggression.
  • Do political parties not represent you?  Then don’t donate money or time to those political parties.
  • Are you unhappy with your choice of political candidates?  Then don’t vote for them.  Write-in “none of the above” instead.
  • Are athletes politicizing sports?  Then stop watching sports.  Stop buying sports paraphernalia and other useless junk.  Go play sports with your friends instead.
  • Is there a protest occurring in your city somewhere?  Don’t waste your time with a counter-protest.  Ignore the protesters and don’t give them any attention. 
  • Did a riot destroy lots of local businesses because the political leadership refused to act?  Then don’t volunteer to clean it up.  Better yet, refuse to live in that kind of city.
  • Is a politician offering you free stuff?  Then take the free stuff, and afterwards, refuse to vote for that politician.
  • Are the homeless a problem in your city?  Do politicians refuse to address homelessness in a meaningful way?  Then don’t volunteer to work at the soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or free medical clinic.

Religion 

  • Do religions ask you to accept the absurd? Then don’t support organized religions.  Don’t attend those institutions, and don’t give them your money.  Seek guidance in philosophy instead.  Seek fellowship with other like-minded people.
  • Does the funeral industrial complex want to rip you off by selling expensive caskets, embalming the body of a dead friend or relative, and selling a plot in a graveyard?  Then go for cremation instead.  Scatter those ashes!  Create your own funeral rituals that don’t involve you getting fleeced.  Talk to your friends and relatives well ahead of time on how they want their bodies to be disposed of after they shuffle off this mortal coil.

Schooling 

  • Are you a student under the age of 18 who hates school?  Then leave!  Work with your parents & try to set up a homeschooling, or tutoring, or community-college situation.  Even a partial solution would be beneficial.  Alternatively, you can study hard and graduate from school early.  No public school system can prevent students from demonstrating their understanding through sitting proficiency examinations.  If you want to get out early, hit the books!
  • Are the universities charging too much tuition?  Then take as many AP courses as possible and skip a year of college via earning AP credits.  You can also refuse to take student loans.  Try to get your general education courses completed at a community college and subsequently transfer to a 4-year university.  Work a job, search for scholarships and grants, and pay as you go.
  • If you really must go to a university, at least major in a STEM field.  Try to get around the liberal arts requirements as much as possible.  Only give what is required to get the grades and degrees you need, and then get out.
  • Remember that liberalism on University campuses requires volunteers.  Don’t volunteer for any cause that advances the institutionalization of nonsense.  Don’t staff their interest-booths.  Don’t go to their guest lectures.  Don’t sign up for their mailing lists.  Don’t register for their useless courses.  Don’t attend their protests.  Don’t answer their surveys.  Don’t put up their posters.  Don’t have drinks with your nutty professor.  Don’t give them a single penny, calorie of energy, or moment of your time beyond what is required.

 

Taxes 

  • Are income taxes too high?  Hire an accountant and take advantage of every legal way to reduce your burden. 
  • Is the sales tax too high?  Then stop buying stuff you don’t need.  Find alternative ways to get the things you want.  Secondhand shops, garage sales, give-aways, swaps, or online sellers are options to consider.

Tech 

  • Are cell phone companies tracking you?  Then stop using a cell phone.  Get an old-school landline and answering machine instead.  Keep a cell phone around for emergencies only.  If you must have a cell phone, check it only once per day.  Keep it turned off otherwise.
  • Are you tired of watching advertisements on the internet?  Then switch to a browser with an ad-blocker or install one.
  • Does American tech censor you, deplatform you, or manipulate search engine results?  Then build your own platforms, or make use of those in a different country.

Transportation 

  • Do you hate your daily commute?  Then say “no” to that experience by changing jobs, working online, or finding a place to live closer to work.
  • Are you flying somewhere?  Pack goodies in your carry-on in order to avoid the expensive airport food.  Take an empty water bottle & fill it up after you pass through security.
  • Does an airline charge you for checked bags?  Then limit your belongings to a carry-on, whenever it is practical to do so.

Conclusion 

I hope that these examples have shown that the system requires your voluntary participation to continue.  Very few things are actually required and the power indeed lies in your hands.  You get to decide your level of participation and what is acceptable to you, and what is not.

However, while there are many ways to say “no” to the system, saying “no” is not the same thing as saying “yes.”  One cannot reasonably live a life based upon the things you refuse to do.  One must primarily pursue goals and achieve something distinct.  You cannot just reject that which is stupid, destructive, or wicked; you must also court, nurture, build, and encourage the good, but that is the subject of a different essay. 

Withdrawing your support isn’t a sexy strategy and it may not directly make the world a better place.  But saying “no” in countless, tiny ways will give you more of a sense of agency and lead to greater satisfaction and peace of mind.  The world might indeed be going mad, but you don’t have to participate in that madness. 

You can walk away.

References 

Quinn, Daniel (1992).  Ishmael: A Novel.  Bantam Books.

Friday, May 27, 2022

How Worthless College Degrees Caused Inflation

 

A Nice Lady Interviews Cappy About Women

Wanted to promote this gal that had me on her show.  She was very nice and I think is a bit of evidence that some women are at least becoming aware that all is not well in the dating world.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

An Intellectual Conversation with Linda Gross

If you can believe it, ole Cappy has time to post on his blog. Hopefully this trend continues as the housing chores abate and Cappy slowly gets his life back.

Today's post is a link to a show I did with Linda Gross where we had quite an intelligent and succinct conversation about the realities of marriage and the dating market today.  You'll enjoy it and can watch it here.

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Economics of Grifting

This is an e-mail consultation I did for a client who wondered about the red pill/manosphere and grifting.  I've obviously made my money selling various books, classes, and consulting services, but because of my economics background, I believe I have a more accurate and unique take.

Dear Client,

Finally got time to answer this.
Here's the underlying economics of what's happening with all these guys and classes and grifters etc.
The United State and west in general has failed to raise the past three generations of men.  If you think about that, that is a TON of time parents did not invest in their children.  We are talking multiple trillions of human hours of training that should have gone into these men, and it hasn't.
So this is a MASSIVE economic undertaking, not only in the programming and reintroduction on an entire life philosophy for an entire sex, but also we ourselves had to research, test, recompile, and reconstitute this "data" or "information" or "philosophy."
Now, yes, modern day technology allows for the quick dissemination of that information making it free, but we're still early on in the relative compliation and reconstituting of this information.  And so the vast majority of the information out there IS available for free, but it is not categorized or organized like a library would have it.  THAT is the current stage we're at now, essentially organizing it into digestible bits that people can quickly reference.
So it's like walking into a library where the information you seek is in there, but, where it is is anybody's guess.
So the main service people are paying for in classes is for an expert in their relative field to compile all that information into a condensed form, be that a class or a book, etc.
So this is what you're seeing where people are all up in arms screaming "THIS IS FREE!!!!!  IT'S ON THE INTERNET!!!!" 
Yeah, but do you have the 40 hours to listen to all of Stephen Molyneux's podcasts to get the 45 minutes where he talks about The Non Aggression Principle?  Or are you willing to spend $15 for a book or even $100 for a teachable class to have it condensed and conveniently presented for you?
And that's why I think people are offering these class AND people are paying.  It's more of a convenience of time saving issue.  Say you're some immigrant coming to America to study engineering and want to get laid.  You do not have the time to listen to all of Rollo Tomassi's podcasts about American women. But you do have the time to buy his book, take MLD's dating course, and Troy Francis' pick up school.  May set you back $1,000, but that's better than 3 months of fulltime listening to get it all for free.
That being said I think as time goes on, the internet will naturally organize these things into digestable, specific and FREE information packets and you can already do that somewhat already.  I KNOW nearly every one of those guys are sick of talking about the same damn thing (hit the gym, get a good degree, do the work, diet, etc. etc.) and is why  you see them branch out.  BUt also in their defense, they are BUSY trying to onboard all these young lost guys because they just keep coming.  We literally cannot unplug these young men faster than the rate single moms are producing them.  And we only have so much time.  So there IS a higher demand than the supply of time we got and YEAH, we're charging for it.
So I think what a lot of young men in the red pill communtiy fail to see is THEY'VE BEEN A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY AND OVER YEARS have picked up this information for free.  Which is great, but a lot of new people are coming in, there's only so many of us, and nobody is putting a gun to anybody's head to force them to take it, so yeah, we're going to charge.
Finally, I'm of the firm belief that people don't do anything unless they pay a price.  And I get sick of red pill theoreticians who will read books, take classes, consume YEARS of podcasts only to not execute on the advice therein.  And though it doesn't directly hurt me or any other content producer, the hypocrisy still pisses me off.  Thus, why I charge not only for my time, but the near-guarantee these people AREN'T going to DO THE WORK.  I make them pay a price so AT LEAST they have a financial incentive to DO THE WORK and thus, earn their money back and thereby improve their life or solve their problem. 
But overall, the much simpler explanation is it's a free market and people are paying for it.  "What price do you charge? - What the market will bear."  But also "more than what my next highest opportunity will pay."  And right now there is nearly infinite demand for red pill truths from nearly ALL western men alive today who have been fed nothing but feminist lies and marxist propaganda their entire lives.
Think of nearly every penny, hour, and dollar that was invested in these men over the past 50 years, and realize it's going to take an equivalent amount of work, effort, resources, and time to undo all that programming and give them an operating system that funcitons in reality.  It's a monumental amount of work and there is obviously going to be money made in it.