Scott Adams’ Come to Fauci Moment

It has been interesting over the last month to watch the curious saga of Scott Adams on Twitter. He has gone from being a bog standard normie to very nearly crossing the bridge to covid enlightenment, only to draw back from the brink and instead go full on Branch Covidian. Of course, to save face for how he and others have been so wrong so often while a bunch of anonymous right wingers on social media have been right, Scott has taken to portraying himself as merely “doubting the doubters,” casting their correct predictions as mere luck, a case of the crowd occasionally getting something right entirely by accident.

Underlying all of this is Scott’s abiding faith in “experts,” and his corresponding incredulousness that non-experts, social media anons and the like, could have been right when the experts were wrong. It must be a fluke. Those who don’t think so are just engaging in confirmation bias, just”coping” (with what, being right when the experts were wrong?). Surely their rightness isn’t because they had access to better information or had better instincts than the experts, that’s impossible! All of this is even more ironic because Scott’s whole brand as expressed in his books and in his Dilbert comic strip is that those in positions of authority rarely know what is going on and the little guy drones in the trenches are the ones who really make things work.

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They’re Gonna Make You Pay, Pal!

To start off the new year, I’d like to take the opportunity to comment on something that may have flown under the radar for a lot of folks due to more front page news like Covid and Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial. Many folks may not be aware of it, but the recent stimulus package included a mandate requiring internet payment processors like PayPal and Venmo to report any earnings to the IRS that you may gain that are greater than $600 (in total) on form 1099-K.

Now, defenders of this move are technically correct when they point of that this rules change doesn’t apply any new tax burden on people who earn money over the internet and use these payment processors since technically you’re supposed to be reporting all of that income anywise. However, we all know that there is often a gulf between what is technically correct and what is functionally and actually going on, and so it is here. The IRS will be intrusively monitoring for monetary transactions that are much lower than what used to be officially accepted lower limit to trigger actual federal interest (IIRC, this was $20,000). Much of the time, what people are selling on the internet is used and has already been taxed, so enforcing taxation on it again is akin to the IRS monitoring yard sales and taxing you for the two dollars you made selling a set of used salt and pepper shakers.

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Be Unpoliceable

Like most people who have even a shred of common sense and decency, I was pleasantly surprised by the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse self-defence trial. A couple of days later, I was disappointed (but not overly surprised) that Travis and Gregory McMichael and William Bryan were found guilty on murder charges related to the shooting of Ahmed Arbery. Aside from the issues of self-defence and citizen policing that were involved, both cases also touched on the larger question of the Right’s overall lack of organisation (including that of right-leaning normies).

Now, one topic that I’ve raised in my writings a number of times is the need for normal people in our heritage American communities to organise for community defence. Years ago, I wrote about the need for local militias. I’ve pointed out that militias are a vital organising institution for regular folks at the local level. More recently, I observed that this model was more or less successfully used during the troubles in South Africa over the summer. All in all, I strongly believe in both the right and the necessity for the free citizenry to deny the government a monopoly on the use of force.

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Using an Ethnokinetic Model to Advance Reaction on Social Media

For the past couple of years, the climate for the free exchange of ideas on social media platforms has been cooling off tremendously.  Having been angered and frightened by the ability of the broad dissident Right to use various outlets to influence the election in 2016, as well as the direction in which the Overton Window has been moving, the Left has sought to shut down the ability of the Right to use these avenues for the dissemination of their ideas.  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other “mainstream” social media have been fully converged and are being used by the progressive Left to suppress the distribution of Rightist ideas.  We find ourselves facing an ironic situation in which platforms originally designed and intended to facilitate the free exchange of information are now being actively used to extinguish it.

Nevertheless, attempting to retain use of these outlets is a worthwhile goal for the dissident Right, especially given the less-than-impressive success of alternative efforts such as Gab and BitChute.  While there are some who mock or vilify social media as “childish” or “unserious,” the fact remains that these outlets (as well as the internet in general) have a proven track record of enabling out-of-the-mainstream knowledge and ideas to find greater circulation than they would through traditional means.  Social media, when used properly, provided serious users with an extraordinary opportunity to bypass the traditional information gatekeepers (print media, television, publishing houses, etc.) and to spread ideas challenging the modernist status quo.  This, of course, is exactly why the Left wants to shut down these outlets.

Thus, the Right should keep using these distribution mechanisms.  This will, however, require us to adapt our strategies and tactics to get around the renewed gatekeeping efforts of the Left. As even more mainstream conservative voices find themselves censored by Silicon Valley, the Right will need to increase the sophistication with which it interacts with social media.  I would suggest that a primary means by which we can do this is, perhaps ironically in the view of some, to look backwards in time to the examples set centuries ago.

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