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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 4 Mar 24

“Not to have a correct political orientation is like not having a soul.” -Mao Zedong Mao Zedong took over China with a strategy that will sadly feel unsettlingly familiar to us. Because he was able to mobilize hundreds of millions of people to comply, often enthusiastically, with his catastrophic programs, an adequate name for that strategy would be the politics of compliance. Understanding the basic premises and mechanisms of the politics of compliance is necessary for us today because these same methods are being used maliciously on us, thus require resisting, and because familiarity with these tactics at least partially

“Not to have a correct political orientation is like not having a soul.” -Mao Zedong Mao Zedong took over China with a strategy that will sadly feel unsettlingly familiar to us. Because he was able to mobilize hundreds of millions of people to comply, often enthusiastically, with his catastrophic programs, an adequate name for that strategy would be the politics


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Feb 24

Should the United States split up? The country is more polarized than it ever has been, at least since the Civil War, having divided not so much geographically but culturally and ideologically. The two broad factions in this split are what we might call the “Red Team” (conservatives) and the “Blue Team” (progressives)—the irony in these color designations not being lost on many. Now that things are so divided, might it just be better to go our separate ways as peacefully as possible so we can get on with life? Might it be time for a “National Divorce”? Blue Team

Should the United States split up? The country is more polarized than it ever has been, at least since the Civil War, having divided not so much geographically but culturally and ideologically. The two broad factions in this split are what we might call the “Red Team” (conservatives) and the “Blue Team” (progressives)—the irony in these color designations not being


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 8 Jan 24

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 134 Fascism wasn’t just a “bad thing” that happened in the first half of the twentieth century, and it’s not just a bogus word the Left throws around today about everyone and everything it doesn’t like. It was an explicit totalitarian ideology of state power that arose as a reaction to Communist provocation and libertine excesses in the 1920s and 1930s. That doesn’t go far enough in describing it, though. It is, in fact, the dialectical antithesis of Marxism and libertinistic “liberalism,” which is to say that it is an ideology that

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 134 Fascism wasn’t just a “bad thing” that happened in the first half of the twentieth century, and it’s not just a bogus word the Left throws around today about everyone and everything it doesn’t like. It was an explicit totalitarian ideology of state power that arose as a reaction to Communist


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 27 Oct 23

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 69 Struggle session season isn’t over. Even though we’re starting to understand what they are and how to deal with them, they’re still coming, sometimes with very high stakes. The point of a struggle session, ultimately, is to get you to confess to made-up crimes on contrived terms that you and others will adopt as a result of confessing. The hard truth of the struggle session is that there’s no coming back from capitulating to one. People can understand the pressures and the evil of the dynamic, but you still show yourself and those in your corner

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 69 Struggle session season isn’t over. Even though we’re starting to understand what they are and how to deal with them, they’re still coming, sometimes with very high stakes. The point of a struggle session, ultimately, is to get you to confess to made-up crimes on contrived terms that you and others will adopt as a


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 13 Jul 23

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 59 Thankfully, the world is rapidly waking up to the threat of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) scoring for corporations and beyond. The nature of that threat and its contours are coming into view, and people are taking action. In truth, as menacing and dangerous as ESG is in what it’s doing right now, the real threat of ESG lies elsewhere. The real threat of ESG is that it can be arbitrarily defined at the whim of a small number of unaccountable executives calling themselves “stakeholders.” That’s fearsome tyrannical power. Join host James Lindsay for this episode

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 59 Thankfully, the world is rapidly waking up to the threat of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) scoring for corporations and beyond. The nature of that threat and its contours are coming into view, and people are taking action. In truth, as menacing and dangerous as ESG is in what it’s doing right now, the real threat


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 10 Jul 23

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 58 If you are Woke, you are in danger, not from the people you think you need to fight every waking moment of your day but from the people you support. History teaches this. The philosophy you support indicates it. If you succeed, you lose. If your movement fails, unless you make some serious changes, you also lose. That’s not an enviable position to be in. In this episode of New Discourses Bullets, host James Lindsay offers you this short open audio letter, hoping you might realize you are on a collision course with History in

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 58 If you are Woke, you are in danger, not from the people you think you need to fight every waking moment of your day but from the people you support. History teaches this. The philosophy you support indicates it. If you succeed, you lose. If your movement fails, unless you make some serious changes, you


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 7 Jul 23

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 57 In Mao Zedong’s CCP-run China, citizens were bullied and brainwashed into accepting “socialist discipline” by the Communist authorities by means of a devastating tool called the “struggle session.” Struggle sessions are nothing short of a form of psychological torture achieved through social means. They are unbelievably difficult to go through, and they can and will polarize and divide an organization while nullifying its best members. They must be understood and resisted at every turn if we are going to stop the American Cultural Revolution. In this long episode of New Discourses Bullets, host James Lindsay

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 57 In Mao Zedong’s CCP-run China, citizens were bullied and brainwashed into accepting “socialist discipline” by the Communist authorities by means of a devastating tool called the “struggle session.” Struggle sessions are nothing short of a form of psychological torture achieved through social means. They are unbelievably difficult to go through, and they can and will


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 6 Jul 23

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 56 One of the best things about reading Marxist literature is that they almost always tell you their weaknesses if you pay attention. A huge focus in the literature of Western Marxism has been on the fact that Western societies don’t have Marxist revolutions because they are stable societies. This allows us to develop a kind of guiding light for fighting against Woke Marxism today: stability prevents revolutions. In practice, this means that anywhere we see instability and destabilization, we should work to counter it and create stability, especially economic, social, and psychological stability the Woke Marxists will use

New Discourses Bullets, Ep. 56 One of the best things about reading Marxist literature is that they almost always tell you their weaknesses if you pay attention. A huge focus in the literature of Western Marxism has been on the fact that Western societies don’t have Marxist revolutions because they are stable societies. This allows us to develop a kind of guiding


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