Ask Me Anything

Since I’ll probably be away from the computer again for a bit, and that last post was pretty weak sauce, let’s take a trip in the wayback machine. I recall these “ask me anything” type posts were briefly popular among bloggers back in the Obama years. Granted we only have Twenty Readers here, so not a lot of question potential, but still — if you’ve got a question, I’ll try to answer it (or explain honestly why I’m taking a pass).  It’s also a good excuse to goose the email backup system, just in case — if you’ve got a question and prefer not to go through the registration rigamarole here, email it to me. I’ll get to them as soon as I can.

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45 thoughts on “Ask Me Anything

    1. Severian Post author

      I loved my subject, I hated the suit-and-tie life, and I thought education was a noble, socially necessary profession. Better to have taught high school, I guess, but putting me in front of a high school class would be like putting the worst inmate in charge of the asylum — I hated every blessed second of high school, personally, and I’d do everything in my power to make the kids less miserable, which is no way to run an institution. So I thought I’d teach in a private HS, which would require a Master’s. I got that, but found I really enjoyed the academic part of academia, so I just kept going…

      …no one ever said I was real smart. Dumbest thing I ever did — and that is one seriously high bar, amigo — but it makes for some good stories.

      1. Maus

        Be grateful. A young Maus tried the high school thing, attempting to be the cool teach who really grokked all the teenage angst. From the first day when I blithely said, “Don’t call me Mr. X; call me Maus” it was like blood in the water amidst a school of sharks. So much for Goodbye Mr. Chips. I lasted one semester and learned that love of the subject matter cannot overcome (mutual) hatred of the pupils. Those who want to learn will do so by any means at their disposal; but I am thoroughly convinced that no one can be taught against their will. Our modern educational system is nothing more than a submission factory for S & M freaks.

  1. EdDaviesUSA

    Hi Sev – I’d like to get your thoughts on something I call “The Great Repurposing”. I’ve been listening to a lot of early Clash and Sex Pistols and was thinking that adopting an anthem like “Anarchy In The UK” (reworked) or “Know Your Rights” from the Clash – key line “You have the right not to be killed…” Umm…like Ashli Babbitt, right? Would cause their heads to spin. Or how about this? Put a “No Justice, No Peace” sign on your lawn if you’re a Trump supporter! Let’s troll them, take their precious pop culture and stupid slogans, turn them around and beat them over the head with them! Make videos, memes etc. Sure they’ll get taken down. But the idiots who created them will give them all the free publicity we need with their howls of outrage!

    1. Clown World

      I still love the Pistols, and the Clash to a lesser extent, wore out a LOT of walkman batteries listening to them, though some early Clash songs I now find too rough and blunt but there you go. The Pistols had a vicious, really fresh sound to them which never gets old.

  2. kirkforlatt

    If you would, I’d like to hear more about your experience in the world of Christianity. I seem to recall that you were raised Catholic, Sev? What is your assessment of the Church today, and how do you maintain your own faith?

    1. Severian Post author

      With great difficulty, and a historian’s perspective. The Church has survived worse Popes than that goddamned Marxist Bergoglio.

      I think religion — not faith, but religion, the ritual and outward show — will be one of the keys to defeating the SJWs. Right now there are millions of young men desperate for purpose. They’re desperate to unplug. They know pop culture, tv, social media, are all open sewers, but they have no alternative. I’ve been saying for years that a rebuilt Promise Keepers would clean up in Occupied America; a secular auxiliary to the The Society of St Pius X would have a million members overnight.

      SJW infiltration / takeover tactics would fail utterly, because it’s so boring. Sure, brother, you want to be a member? Join up! We take anyone! We maintain [pick your SJW bromide] is a sin, sure, but we’re all sinners; we’re trying to reform our lives, not always succeeding. The only real requirements are: No internet, no tv, no tablets, no electronics of any kind. Our meetings are in the woods. We hike to get there. Stop by!”

  3. Frip

    Dearest Severon,

    What is the best argument, or way to respond, to those who say subtance abuse is a disease, not a character issue. The “It’s Not Your Fault” position has been an annoying mantra for over 60 years now, by both the therapy industry, and sufferers wanting to escape blame.

    I don’t just mean addicts or addiction. But habit. Obsessions. In the broader sense, anything that Leftist ideology contorts itself to excuse….and now be proud of.

    (Depression is another one that while I agree, Isn’t Your Fault. (Mostly). But it’s yet another ailment you’re not allowed to “stigmatize”. Some guy will write 8 paragraphs on how debilitating his depression is. Then freak out on you if you think it’s OK for businesses to ask about depression on hiring applications.

    Also, I love when people nearly boast when they say, “I’ve got an addictive personality.” I feel like saying, “Yeah? So you’re proud of always being a breathe away from total basketcase. Cool.”)

    But back to just one aspect of it, addiction. I do understand that the mind is plastic, and neuropathways can be re-routed in both bad and good ways. But neurons and pathways aren’t all there is to it. I’m speaking mostly on the pre-addiction and recovery phases. Not the debilitating super-addicted hot mid- phase. But the Will-Deniers (we’ll call them) won’t accept gray area or nuance. Such as discussion of phases. “It’s not a character issue”, is meant to be a conversation stopper. Personally, I think it’s a mix of both chemical changes, and character/IQ. With the latter being dominant. (The main reason I even care is because total denial of self-weakness is annoying as hell. The…I’m Not Perfect…But I AM Perfect, bullshit.)

    Early in an addiction or habit, some people stop themselves before serious “re-routing” occurs, and some people don’t. Or simply put, most people say to themselves, “This is starting to be a habit. I better stop or cut back.” This is what smarter, stronger people do. Dumber or weaker people keep up the habit till it’s hard to turn back.

    And then you have the true addicts, who do quit, purely on their own. We should be able to say, “Man, that dude went balls out. Respect.” But according to dogma, we’d be wrong to think that.

    So, in my evil “dipshit” (thanks YouTube commenters) opinion, a large part of the addict’s problem goes to both intelligence (foresight, risk assessment) and character (will).

    Back to my question. How to respond?

    For me, a few responses are:

    –So you don’t think character plays ANY part?

    –Surely character includes strength of will, right?

    –What do you mean by “character” anyway?

    –It’s a disease? Like a progressive disease? Or like a stammer, a tic, or bad habit disease?

    –Do you think it’s EVER an addict’s fault? (It’s good to “force” True-Believers of any stripe into saying “never”. It shows them as radicals, and perhaps spurns them to self-reflection…if just for a moment).

    –I wouldn’t understand? What makes you think I’m not an addict myself?

    (This was just a ramble. A quick opinion would be great, but no extended response required. You sometimes refer to a psychology blog. I’m sure that guy has a few posts on the notion of Addiction as Disease. I’ll have to find my bookmark of his now defunct site).

    As an example. This interview with Dick Van Dyke shows the “It’s Not Your Fault” meme in it’s enthusiastic late 60’s – 70’s full strength. (Van Dyke was probably the most likeable man of all time. I’m not mad at him. Hate the idea, not the person…sometimes.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XawJPRjKQvQ&t=318s&ab_channel=TheDickCavettShow

    1. Severian Post author

      No social phenomenon can be reduced to “just” anything. Addiction IS a disease. It’s also a failing of character – if you know yourself to have an addictive personality, and you deliberately put yourself in situations where you could become addicted to something you know is bad for you, then what else is that but a failing of character?

      I’m never going to be addicted to cigarettes, because I don’t smoke. Not because I have moral principles against cigarettes. Not for any health concerns (my diet would be much better if I were prioritizing my health). But just because it’s an effort to put myself into situations where I’d be smoking regularly — I’d have to go out of my way to do something I know is bad for me, so I don’t. Same way, AIDS isn’t my problem, since I don’t have a lot of unprotected gay ass sex with needle drug users. I’d have to work pretty hard to get AIDS… call that “character,” for lack of a better term, since none of that stuff has the slightest appeal to me.

      [I suppose I could catch AIDS some other way — blood transfusion or whatever — just as I suppose it’s theoretically possible I could pick up a cigarette habit via secondhand smoke, but if either of those happens, I’m going to chalk it up to bad luck].

      1. Frip

        Sev: “No social phenomenon can be reduced to “just” anything. Addiction IS a disease. It’s also a failing of character – if you know yourself to have an addictive personality, and you deliberately put yourself in situations where you could become addicted [OR WORSEN YOUR HABIT] to something you know is bad for you, then what else is that but a failing of character?”

        Well put. Thanks. When I find myself in such arguments, I’ll start emphasising the situational aspect more.

        (Also just realized that “worsen” is a strange word. Sounds like some kind of Serbian gruel.)

  4. Pickle Rick

    Will white popular culture (fashion, music, language, behavior, etc.) ever make a comeback, or are we forever stuck with negro fashions, music, and execrable language being aped by young whites?
    Will young whites eventually reject negro entertainment? And what form would you see implicit or explicit white culture taking in the short term of the Occupation Regime?

    1. Frip

      I’ve seen interviewers do that before. It’s pretty funny. The guest’s response is always (understandably) the same. “Well, I’ll take the last part first. Sorry, what was the question again?”

    2. Severian Post author

      As I mentioned to kirkforlatt, above, I see religion — the outward trappings of faith, maybe not faith itself — making a comeback in a big way. My hypothetical SSPX junior auxiliary would probably have a uniform, since few things are better at building esprit de corps. Said “uniform” couldn’t be a sexy red armband, of course, since that’s “hate speech,” but these days “pull your pants up, turn your hat around, and in general don’t go around dressed like an escapee from a rap video” would be enough.

      Or maybe not. Maybe our blood is so polluted and diluted that we just meld back into the tan slurry our overlords seem to want. Races decay and die like nations and cultures do. It didn’t take much to turn Romans into Italians… and they did it to themselves.

      1. Prodigal Son

        I wish we had a more explicit uniform. In my rabid days all you needed was Bohemian clothes and it was like sending up a flare for comrades with whom you could safely plot and converse.

        Unfortunately our best signals today are mixed with noise. I have no tattoos (foresight is very rebellious now), but how can anyone tell? My hair is tidy and my clothes are decent, but any vaishya is like that. There’s no display of the cross that isn’t gaudy or hubristic to me and men of old did not display it either. Musculature helps but in-and-of-itself does not shout ‘sure, I’m interested in your new-and-improved Salvation Army.’

        A mute signal like clothes/style is important but I’ve yet to think of much that fits the bill – short of getting a t-shirt with a pyramid on the back and Solzhenitsyn’s face on the front.

  5. Joseph Moore

    Have you reached the ‘when I said ask me anything, I didn”t mean *anything* anything!’ point yet?

    1. Severian Post author

      I never understood his appeal. I admire him because he’s a true White man — he isn’t the biggest, or the strongest, or the most talented, but he is the most disciplined — but he’s one of those guys who seems to have gotten himself a cult of personality without much personality to speak of. Women apparently find him attractive; he looks like a goober to me, but what do I know. I also don’t get the Brady hate — yeah, Patriots fans have shown the rest of the world what the word “Masshole” means, but that’s hardly his fault.

    1. Severian Post author

      I have no idea what that means, except the first part.

      [For younger readers’ benefit: back when they were first starting to let women do newscasts, awful old misogynists used to say that the gals couldn’t handle hard news, because they were too flighty and emotional and only concerned about fluffy lifestyle shit. But finally they caved in, and gave Barbara Walters a “hard news” gig, and that’s what she ended up asking one of her first interviewees: “If you could be a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”

      That’s the legend, anyway. I’m not going to look it up, because I still want to hold out some hope for the human race. If that really happened, and we didn’t, as a people, rise up and overturn the 19th Amendment on the spot, then we deserve everything we’re going to get].

      1. Frip

        Back in the 80’s at Super Bowl press conference, a reporter asked Dexter Manley the tree question. It was kind of a big deal at the time.

    1. Severian Post author

      Dunno. The joke in academia is that everything you write will be read by about 20 people, 15 of which will hate it, and maybe one or two will try to jump-start their careers by writing unread crap of their own about how wrong you are…

      …which pretty much describes Rotten Chestnuts, when you think about it, so I guess the answer is: I’ve been doing this so long, I don’t even remember anymore.

      1. P_Ang

        Which pretty much leaves three to four who admire it and will try and repurpose it just enough to avoid plagiarism scandals and appear to be original work, although they’ve been doing it so long they don’t remember anymore.

  6. Frip

    Do you agree with the old Lefty admonition to young Lefties to “never become cynical”? How does one who is halfway-intelligent not become cynical? They were really saying “Get lots of sleep. So in the mornings you’ll have the energy to finish what we started—-destroying white male insitutions.” But maybe beyond that, they were fearful of young Lefties simply becoming sane adults who realized the stupid-ass misfit vengeance dreams of their fathers.

    Were they right? Were the true Lefties like Alexander Cockburn…just warning the youngsters to not become Silcon Valley Wall Street sellouts?

    Ask me Anything question is: There’s no way to NOT to become cynical, correct? I use to be fun. The funnest kid in school. Now I doubt everything. Tell us Severian, about aging. What does Dissident Right cynicism look like? “The Joos?” “Blacks are gonna kill us”? Is that our version of early onset dementia?

    1. Severian Post author

      Cynicism is another defect of character. It’s possible to expect the worst of someone or something without believing that all people and things, everywhere, are lousy and worthless.

      That said, it’s about the commonest character defect there is. Gluttony is one, too, but find me the person who doesn’t overindulge in something every now and again, just for the hell of it.

      As for Leftists, specifically, saying “don’t be cynical,” I refer you to the 2nd law of SJW: SJWs always project. If the Right ever became thoroughly cynical — if, that is, we saw their goofy “policy” proposals as nothing but the preening vanity they are, and acted accordingly — there’d be no more Leftists, because we’d have them all shot as incorrigible menaces to society.

      (The philosopher David Stove was one of the staunchest defenders free thought ever had, but by the end of his life he was seriously proposing to make what he called “the equality opinion” a death penalty offense. He died (suicide) in 1994, and don’t you wish we would’ve listened to him back then?).

    1. Severian Post author

      I never liked the Beatles. Their early stuff was catchy but dumb; their later stuff was 99% art wank. They also seemed like personally repulsive people, with the possible exception of Ringo.

  7. Brit in London

    What were you a professor in?

    Also @ EdDaviesUSA: Johnny Rotten is pro-Trump so Sex Pistols work especially well.

    1. Severian Post author

      History. As academic specialties are specialized enough that my real one might identify me, let’s just say that I was the world’s leading authority on Ugandan UNIX programmers of the Early Victorian Period.

  8. Recusant

    – Life is 95% the deal of the cards. Discuss

    – Why is intelligence a respecable virtue and beauty is just a shallow quality, when both were just randomly dealt at birth?

    – Has the US finally realised that written, constitutional, republican government was a mistake and that a constitutional monarchy is the only way to go? Don’t confuse your Head of State with your Head of Government (cf. France as well)

    – Can we agree that Edmund Burke was a popinjay, like all Whigs?

    – Convince me that poeple with no vices (as societally defined) aren’t the most vicious.

    – Sport is dumb and rots the brain, excepting Test Cricket and ‘Sport’ in its original, bloody, sense.

    – The Dry Martini is America’s greatest cultural offering to Western civilization.

    – Atheism is boring and should be got over by the time you have left your teens.

    1. Severian Post author

      Good lord! This’ll have to be short:

      – Life is 95% the deal of the cards. Discuss.
      Agreed. The failure to appreciate this is at the root of every horror in the modern age. Had Marx not proclaimed envy to be the greatest virtue, we’d be spared Communism, Nazism, White Guilt, Feminism, the whole dog’s breakfast, the body count of which must be half a billion or more by now.

      – Why is intelligence a respecable virtue and beauty is just a shallow quality, when both were just randomly dealt at birth?
      No idea. I’ve never understood this either, particularly when both brains and looks must be assiduously cultivated to be effective. Libertarianism, just to take one, is full of bright-ish guys with a grudge against the world, because they lack the gumption to get off their asses, put down the bong, and actually USE the gifts God gave them. Similarly, the absolutely worst feminists — the ones who wouldn’t hesitate to shove people into ovens — are the ones who could’ve been at least kinda cute, if they’d worked at it. The fact that it would take them enormous effort to end up as a 6 is what turns them on to Marxism in the first place.

      – Has the US finally realised that written, constitutional, republican government was a mistake and that a constitutional monarchy is the only way to go? Don’t confuse your Head of State with your Head of Government (cf. France as well)
      God willing, we soon will. But forget “constitutional” monarchy; I demand rule by noblesse d’epee.

      – Can we agree that Edmund Burke was a popinjay, like all Whigs?
      Yeah, but he had some good ideas for all that.

      – Convince me that poeple with no vices (as societally defined) aren’t the most vicious.
      Can’t, because it’s so obviously true — people with no “vices” are sneaky little rat fucks like Paul Ryan, who started running for office in the womb.

      – Sport is dumb and rots the brain, excepting Test Cricket and ‘Sport’ in its original, bloody, sense.
      I’m about as Anglophilic as they come. but even I am mystified by cricket. Kids should be forced to play sports, to encounter some tough realities about life. But professionals should be regarded as essentially carny folk.

      – The Dry Martini is America’s greatest cultural offering to Western civilization.
      Sad that our greatest cultural offering is only good for de-greasing engines, but there it is.

      – Atheism is boring and should be got over by the time you have left your teens.
      I think of religiosity like physical fitness. I can see if you’re fit or not. If I’m interested in your fitness routine, I’ll ask. Otherwise, I will simply assume it’s an important part of your life, since, you know, it obviously is. If, however, you insist on shoehorning your fitness routine into each and every conversation, the way the CrossFit people do, I will assume that your “fitness” is just a cover for a grievous personality flaw. (Crossfit, I’ve been told, is the anti-“Fight Club,” since the first rule of CrossFit is to never stop talking about CrossFit). On this analogy, atheists are the 300-lb., neckbeareded, fedora-wearing, Cheeto-stained dorks who can’t stop telling the entire Internet that they are Martial Arts masters who can bench press a Subaru.

      1. Recusant

        My goodness, you put in the hard miles.

        Amazed – and grateful – that you responded so fully to my unproofed mind dump. Chapeau!

  9. wixwaxer

    I matriculated at an Ivy League college in the mid 60s; spent two years there before deciding it was horse shit and quit . Years later, I somehow found myself with an MS degree from Boston University. Now, according to Wiki, “Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude[26] from Boston University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both international relations and economics.” My question: does her degree from BU make mine look like horse shit every time she opens her yap?

    1. Severian Post author

      No, because everybody knows that degrees are completely fucking meaningless these days. A certificate from a two-week vo-tech course in the early 60s is worth more than an Ivy League PhD today, because at least it certifies practical competence in something. The institution which granted me my PhD — which is respectable, but far from elite — wouldn’t even have admitted me as an undergrad in 1959.

      I’ve taught a million chicks like AOC. As I keep saying, she pretty much IS the Basic College Girl. Imagine class after class of those ludicrous hoes, semester after semester after semester… after a while, you even get tired of staring at their tits, and that’s when you just give up and quit.

      [My doctor, who is a bright guy with an MD from a real college back when real medicine was taught there, knew right away that I’d retired. When I asked him how he knew, he just pointed at the blood pressure cuff].

  10. Pickle Rick

    Ok, this is too fun. Besides, it will set off the Boomers.
    Best band of the 90s?
    Best song of the 90s?

    Is the 1990s analogous to the decade before the major catastrophe of the 20th century, WWI?

    1. Severian Post author

      Some years back, toward the end of my teaching career, the Tastemakers were trying to get a 90s revival going. I tried to use it as a teachable moment. “Look, guys,” I’d say to my students. “All of this is M-A-R-K-E-T-I-N-G. You know who’s pulling the strings in marketing right now? Fat, forty-ish guys like me. That’s right. I’m the one in charge on Madison Avenue. So listen to me: People my age are feeling nostalgia right now. If you’re smart, you realize that you don’t miss a particular decade — in this case, the 90s — you just miss being young. If you’re not smart, you find yourself defending the indefensible….

      …Like the Nineties. Trust me, I was there — the Nineties sucked. Fashion was terrible. Music was terrible. TV and movies were terrible. Everyone was wearing five layers of flannel, nobody was having sex, and good beer was way out of college kids’ price range. Pick a better decade to ape. Iif you must go with the Nineties, go with the 1890s — box socials, spats, and cheap easy victories over Spain.”

      It didn’t work, but I felt better.

      Anyway, these are some slim pickings. Best band? My arbitrary criterion is going to be “likelihood of not wanting to stab myself in the eardrum if I played a random song from their discography across the ENTIRE decade,” since the 90s were terrible (I mentioned that, I think) and even bands that were good at the start of the decade were quite often terrible by the end. U2, for example — I loved, liked, or at least could tolerate every song off Achtung Baby (1991), but Zooropa was garbage and Pop was horrific electro-garbage…

      …which kills me, because at least U2 tried to vary it up. Other 90s bands stayed in their lanes, which meant consistent but boring output. But U2 was really more of an 80s band anyway… ditto the Cure, whose stuff I like, and whose two 90s albums (“Wish” and “Wild Mood Swings”) were “pretty good” and “competent.” But that leaves strictly 90s acts, most of which were either grunge (ugh), or crap like Michael Bolton or gangsta rap or some such bullshit. Given that, I guess I have to go with…

      …Alice in Chains. Good guitarist, kickass rhythm section, and two part harmonies – very unusual in that era, especially for a heavy band. They also varied it up, putting out mellow / acoustic stuff as EPs . They could certainly rock when they wanted to, and though I’m not a huge fan of “Rooster” (because it’s super overplayed, if no other reason), it takes something to make an arena rocker out of something with that dirge tempo.

      A similar deal with “Best Song.” I liked some 90s songs. I have very fond memories of some 90s songs. I even have great memories of songs / bands that I hate from back then (I got laid to Dummy, Portishead’s debut album, and aren’t hormones great? Portishead is basically erectile dysfunction on tape; just thinking about it now is affecting my motility). That being the case, I’m going to modify the question a bit, to “Most 90s song of the 90s.” Which has to be “Mr. Jones,” by the Counting Crows. Get a load of this fucking guy. THAT’s the 90s, kids, in all its glory.

      1. Brit in London

        Alice in Chains are up there for me too. Over here in Blighty though Oasis are the clear top dogs of the decade. The one true working class band amongst an insufferable quantity of middle class “Britpop” boys being fluffed by their middle class buddies in the media

        1. Pickle Rick

          It’s interesting to see my reaction to 1990s bands I liked in the 1990s, versus what my older ears like from the same decade.
          For instance, teenage Rick loved Nirvana in 1992, but middle age Rick thinks they’re the screeching of a junkie who can’t sing, can’t play, and can’t write. Alice won the grunge wars, because their junkie could sing.

          Young Rick didn’t like Britpop at all, because Young Rick was a punk rocker. Now I appreciate it, beyond Oasis and Blur. Although I did, like everyone, own The Prodigy‘s “Fat of the Land” solely because of “Smack my Bitch Up”. Albarn’s Gorillaz project is still making good music.

          Young Rick and Middle Age Rick still agree that Rancid and Social Distortion are good to listen to.

          However, my vote for “most 1990s” according to Sev’s formulation is the Beastie Boys.

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ru3gH27Fn6E

        2. Severian Post author

          Alas, the only Oasis I was exposed to while they were first getting popular was the stuff that sounded like Beatles knockoffs, and since I don’t like the Beatles, I didn’t like a modern band pretending to be the Beatles. By the time I was reliably told that not all their songs are like that, the album Be Here Now had just come out Stateside. I don’t read “criticism” in general, and I certainly couldn’t care less about “rock criticism,” but for some reason someone quoted to me that famous crack about Be Here Now: “It’s a concept album about how long the songs are”…

          …and that was it. I never could give Oasis a fair shot. I think they’re perfectly OK now, but I have no way of evaluating them in their original context.

          1. Severian Post author

            The Beastie Boys will always be an 80s novelty act to me. That’s not fair to them, but License to Ill came out in 1986, and though I was just finishing up junior high at the time, even I found songs like “Paul Revere” and “Brass Monkey” infantile…

            …and that was it. I could never give them a fair shake after that. They are important in the history of pop music, but I can’t see them as anything other than the “Fight for Your Right to Party” guys.

            [I just looked up the video for that, because I was sure Captain Lou Albano was in it, and I had a joke all queued up for that… alas, he was in that Cyndi Lauper video. However, the Beasties had a cameo by “then-unknown” (as Wiki puts it) Tabitha Soren, and that really took me back. Mmmmmm…. Tabitha Soren. I had such a thing for her in the 80s. Which probably explains a lot, if only I could figure it out].

  11. Nuke1776

    Recognizing that all revolutions are not created equal and contain a mixture of direction by leaders and directionless chaos from the masses or agitators, what revolution from history do you see our present situation most paralleling? I presume that our present state is more the pre-revolution stage setting in which the elites at the top refuse to make any changes to their power structures and consolidate control, rather than the actual revolution itself.

  12. Frip

    I almost always disagree with Sev’s pop culture, celebrity, and music opinions. But who cares. Gotta appreciate such generous and thoughtful* replies. There was a guy who did an Ask me Anything and was a condescending dick to all his fans. It was a common phenomenon. Something about AMA brings that out in many “hosts”. They become like Bobby Knite at a press conference.

    *And funny: “Portishead is basically erectile dysfunction on tape; just thinking about it now is affecting my motility).”

    “Pro athletes should be regarded as essentially carny folk.”

    “It didn’t take much to turn Romans into Italians.”

    “Our meetings are in the woods. We hike to get there. Stop by!”

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