Adios

I won’t be posting much here anymore.

It’s been a long, strange trip, y’all, and we’re just about at the end of the road. I’ve said pretty much everything I have to say, often at great length (and repetitively to boot). The last thing anyone needs at this point is more talk.

Let me quote one of the best writers in Our Thing, the Z Man:

This is the trick of alternative politics. It’s not about grand plans or sophisticated meta-political discussions. It is about offering an alternative community. Libertarians, despite the ridiculousness of their cause, hang together because membership in the community provides a sense of belonging and bestows upon them a sense of dignity. That sideline they imagine to be the high ground is not a lonely place. Imagine a similar movement built around something based in observable reality.

There it is. Get to building your community, or shut the hell up.

I’m trying to build an alternative community. It might not be the right way of life, but it has to be better than this. I hope you’ll join me, but if you don’t, I appreciate you reading for as long as you have. Best of luck, comrades.

 

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14 thoughts on “Adios

  1. Deuce

    Instead of a goodbye, let me just extend a thank you for giving me the realization that I should now be passing on to my kids my experiences and observations while stumbling through life.
    History – as you have often written – will be necessary to help them down the road to deal with all of the coming societal changes that they will be encountering as our country is being constantly nudged toward a lifelong “boot on the neck”!

    I will now be writing a log with thoughts and examples as they come into my mind and with events from my own life path so that my kids can at least have a brief sketch of my thoughts before they are no more.

    Your writing pertaining to the importance of leaving a history has made me enthusiastic to do this.
    Surely we all wish that we had a book of our fathers thoughts to peruse.

    Good luck to you and I certainly hope to read much more from you in the future.
    The prism of your thoughts and expression is quite exeptional.

  2. Maus

    Just a few observations:
    1. Thanks for all that you’ve written. I grok where you’re coming from. You have the soul of a passionate educator; so it’s easy to understand the wearying frustration of teaching in a climate of stultifying students and bureaucrats.
    2. Your recent stuff, riffing on the responses to the Wuflu, have been outstanding. In retrospect, they were like the aftermath of a supernova, a final burst of your creative energy.
    3. One thing the isolation of Wuflu house arrest has taught me is the need for IRL community. I miss dining with my friends a la the Symposium of Plato. The commentariat at blogs like your’s and Zman’s are good; but they are no substitute for getting out and engaging the meatspace.
    4. Indeed, I found myself prefering the less frenetic badinage found among the Fourteen Readers (now canonically between 25 to 30, but alas soon far fewer even metaphorically speaking). To be frank, I have begun feeling lost at the growth of Zman’s comment pool; and I suspect I am not alone in that.
    5. I see that you are proposing to build community around an exploration of Stoicism. I will migrate from here to there, both from an interest in the subject and from my deep and sincere respect for you. Si vales, valeo.

  3. a_reader

    Why the strange blog hopping? There’s a history of posts and comments here, and despite the constant self-deprecating “20 readers”, significant readership. I read you through RSS, and sometimes I get your articles circulated to me by like minded individuals. Why not simply post “I’ve shared all the personal anecdotes and political opinions I’ve had, so I’m going to switch to narrating the classics now” which is exactly what’s happening, and continue? Better yet, why not say that as an opening paragraph to the post containing the “Introduction” from everyday stoicism? Moreover isn’t the next blog just going to be more talking? And isn’t it a bit dismissive of the long history of powerful written word to reduce it to “talk”?

    I think that your “political plan” from couple of posts ago, poor response to which seem to have spurred some kind of drastic rethinking on your part, was weak. I don’t know the rest of the people commenting since I don’t read the comments, but people that I know who read you don’t even have social media accounts, because they explicitly worked to get away from it. We can then either apply or fail to apply thus acquired free time, and having applied it successfully, influence people who see the fruits of our work and want to achieve similar results. And you’re the person providing ideological foundation for these kinds of people. This is how things like that have always been done, successfully. If nothing else we and ours will be better prepared for the whatever eschatological events of choice taking place. But even if that kind of “community building” is not going to affect the masses, then wouldn’t starting a blog be a better _first step_? Because getting a positive reaction out of handful of random observers seems like an utter waste of time, unless you have an army already. And if you want to attract incels there’s no better way than to have bastions of contrarian opinion, like what you were doing here to begin with?

    It feels to me that the role models and educators of our thing are failing to live up to their own standards. Chateau heartiste was building up to a movement for years, failed to secure his technical side, and now is reduced to posting “tweets” and pot shots on gab. Varg Vikernes, pushed back and forth between platforms, for similar reasons of basically an inability and lack of desire to build his own online stronghold. And now you with the grand “I’ve said all I’m going to say, good bye” which is actually “for whatever unknown reason I’m actually just switching blogs, but who knows if i’ll be posting there or what is it even going to be”. How does narrating the classics going to evolve into building a community? How’s that community going to be better than the community here? Are you going to quit on that other community when it fails to achieve political goals or even materialize? So many questions that are just going to get left unanswered.

    1. Severian Post author

      Why? Because this:

      I think that your “political plan” from couple of posts ago, poor response to which seem to have spurred some kind of drastic rethinking on your part, was weak. I don’t know the rest of the people commenting since I don’t read the comments, but people that I know who read you don’t even have social media accounts, because they explicitly worked to get away from it.

      All the “ideological foundation” in the world isn’t going to do any good without action, and look: People aren’t even willing to sit in their chairs, clicking fucking buttons on the goddamn internet. I know, I know, social media sucks. I hate it as much as you do. But that’s where the Normals are. We can actually attempt to reach them, using the terms and tools they’ll understand… or we can sit around, pulling our puds in blog comments and putting lots of (((parentheses))) around (((words))).

      I’m done with that. I’ve come to the realization that all I can do to affect meaningful, real world change is to interact with people I really see, personally, every day. Being the best man I can be is, itself, the best argument for my positions. So I’m working on cultivating myself.

      Inviting others to join on a separate blog is my way of retreating to the monastery. Self-cultivation with likeminded men.

      1. james wilson

        Yes, but. Hopefully you will find yourself writing from time to time because writing organizes our thoughts and creates new ones.

  4. kirkforlatt

    Maus said it right. “Deep and sincere respect.” You have mine, Sev. Your writings have been a source of many long, thoughtful nights spent pondering the implications of the things you discussed. Depth, wisdom, perspective, and a rollicking wit…such a combination. I felt like I’d been gut-punched when I read your announcement this afternoon. The only salve was the knowledge that you’re migrating to a different emphasis. Like Maus (and the rest of the Readers, I suspect), I’ll be following you over there.

    Bless you, my friend, for all that you’ve done and all that you’ve tried to do. Here’s to hoping that at some point, a group of us will gather somewhere with our Hugo Boss hats and New Balance shoes and we’ll sink a few pints, tell a few lies, punch a few arms, and have us a time.

    Chin up, shoulders back, and FUCK those motherfuckers out there in the world.

  5. MBlanc46

    I was afraid that something like this was coming. Of course, you don’t owe us a daily post, but many of us have made this place a part of our daily routine. Your wit and wisdom have been a partial antidote for the lunacy that is consuming the world. I’m sure that most of us will be checking in periodically to see whether you’ve got a nugget for us. Thanks for everything.

    1. Severian Post author

      I would refer you also to this, from Z Man. Specifically, this

      Given what we are seeing happen in America at the moment, it is not unreasonable to think that Chinese-style censorship will be the norm here very soon. The beautiful people certainly think it is a good idea and they tend to get their way.

      and this

      You can’t help but wonder if what we are seeing is just a dry run for something more permanent in the future…the people in charge have the whiff of authoritarianism in their nostrils and like a rutting beast they can think of nothing else. They are now busy dreaming up more insane restrictions just to humiliate people.

      Of the many reasons to study History, not the least is: it makes the writing on the wall so much more legibile.

      Sometimes the stated reason isn’t the only reason.

      Aut inveniam viam aut faciam.

  6. ganderson

    Thanks- enjoyed the ride, and I will take your challenge to get away from the keyboard and engage, especially in the ludicrous position we find society in.

  7. P_Ang

    I tried to read the new site, but I just can’t grok it. I were an English major, but it’s been a long, long time. I’m sorry to see you go, hope retirement agrees with you.

    1. Severian Post author

      Understandable. I appreciate you trying. I’ll try to post some comments here on the passing scene occasionally.

  8. sirlancelot

    There you are ! Been checking in last couple days . Hoping the corona didn’t get you 🙂

    Z-man is a tough act to follow but always thought the more dissident voices out there the better.

    Definitely see how trying to maintain a daily blog or even close to it could be daunting. Then again have seen popular YouTube channels where they just basically walk around talking about their everyday life. Still seems to draw traffic. We’re not all deep thinkers. Sometimes you just want to check in with people that share the same views as you.

    If you want to reach the masses don’t worry about having something profound to say every time. Just be yourself. You seem like a pretty likeable chap. Think you’ll do fine.

    All the best.

    Sir Lancelot

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