Where I Am and How I Got Here

ט׳ בכסלו ה׳תש״ע (Thursday 26 November 2009) · 2 comments

In 2005 I was pretty involved in protesting against the destruction of all the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria. I poured all my energy into that struggle and put myself and my safety and security on the line by getting myself arrested and refusing to cooperate with the police in their attempt to intimidate me and to prosecute me.

After the struggle completely fizzled out, I embarked on a thorough reexamination of all my principles. Like many people, I was quite shattered and couldn’t understand how an elected government could do such an evil and undemocratic act. The process of reconsidering everything I thought I knew lasted several months for me. At the end, I realized that Expulsion 2005 was utterly democratic, and that’s why it was evil.

From anti-democracy, I found Hans-Hermann Hoppe in 2006-7. What, you haven’t heard of him? Do read his wonderful book Democracy: The God That Failed. Fortunately, the first chapter is online. Note: in the book, Hoppe compares democracy unfavorably with monarchy, but he is not a monarchist. On the contrary, he’s an anarcho-capitalist but prefers monarchy to democracy because at least it leaves government as the private property of one individual or family. I am not an anarcho-capitalist; I’m a monarchist. His book was instrumental in convincing me to become one. Fancy that.

From Hoppe, I became reacquainted with the Mises Institute. Back in my libertarian days (roughly, high school and college), I was more of a Cato guy. I’m certainly not a libertarian anymore, but now that I’m not, the Mises types like Hoppe and Rothbard make a lot more sense to me.

In mid 2008, an old friend got back in touch and asked me what I was thinking and writing about. I told him I was thinking about how democracy is the worst system of government and trying to find a way to eliminate it. He said it sounded like I’d been reading too much Mencius. I never heard of Mencius, but search engined the name and thought he meant the Chinese philosopher. It didn’t make any sense – until I realized he was referring to a fellow called Mencius Moldbug, pseudonymous author of Unqualified Reservations. What, you haven’t heard of Moldbug and UR? It’s only the best reactionary resource, online or offline, in the world today. I strongly recommend reading it in full, a project that could easily take you a year if you follow all the links and investigate his sources and his claims with some seriousness. But start with his Open Letter to an Open-Minded Progressive series. Actually, start with Condensed Moldbuggery, graciously written by Martin Regnen at Corrupt. You might also enjoy Moldbuggery, a topical arrangement of Moldbug’s posts that makes them easier to digest.

From Moldbug, I found some different things. One of them was the idea of competitive government: Seasteading and Let A Thousand Nations Bloom in particular. Another was Half Sigma, who reignited my interest in HBD after I read The Bell Curve about ten years ago.

From Half Sigma I discovered Roissy. Wow. From Roissy I am encountering a whole undiscovered web: MRA, MGTOW, PUA, you name it. I also found some other great “game” bloggers: Ferdinand Bardamu and Feminist X come right to mind, but there are others and there will be more.

So… where do I go from here???

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1 Will S. ז׳ בתמוז ה׳תש״ע (Saturday 19 June 2010) at 6:02:43 pm

I’m Canadian, and an ardent monarchist myself; to me, it ties in with my patriotism, and my faith as a Christian (of the Protestant variety), and my disposition as a Canadian.

Monarchy, though, is always at least outwardly religious; whether the Christian monarchs of Europe, or the Islamic kingdoms like Morocco, or Japan, almost all monarchies, if not all, either credit their authority to govern to God, and are seen to at least outwardly conform to a particular faith. And most of the most ardent monarchists one encounters online tend to be religious, and particularly, Roman Catholic.

As a Jew, but not a religious one, would you welcome a religious monarchy for Israel, a return to (what I call) the Old Testament monarchies? How comfortable could you, as a modern, non-observant type, fit into such a society?

Just curious.

2 Will S. ז׳ בתמוז ה׳תש״ע (Saturday 19 June 2010) at 6:49:58 pm

To clarify, could you envision an Israeli monarchy without theocracy?

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