Axel McKibben has begun work on a series of articles describing how a brighter, braver, and more honest sort of thinker and actor might set about creating a better world — without arguing with or asking the permission of the current crop of overlords. He begins by describing the currents that drive the evolution of human societies, goes on to start to form the outlines of how practitioners of the dark enlightenment arts can set about constructing a world more to their liking — right on top of the world that exists now.
First, a brief perspective on how we reached the current crisis point:
Humans evolved for hundreds of thousands of years under conditions of primitive tribal communism. It is only in the last several thousand that the first feudal societies with written communication systems emerged, and only in less than the last three hundred that industrial, and later, financial capitalism came about. Evolutionary Legacy Hypothesis, or (ELH) is simply the hypothesis that genetics has not kept pace with technological change. Simply put, the hypothesis is that humans are a biological system running a seven thousand year old software program in the twenty-first century, and failing to adapt. It is humans that are the problem—not the system.
Our genes are outdated for our new environment and all modern social problems emerge as a consequence of this continual maladaptation caused by legacy. The gap caused by this situation we will call the rift between human nature and the modern world. This feels upside down to you because you are human, you are running the legacy code, and so you see the world from inside out instead of outside in. When you resent it, you place up in the condition of down, wrong in the position of right. It is the system that is superior to you, not you which are superior to it.
If a culture persists long enough it will modify the genes of the people inhabiting it. The million year economic depression that was tribal communist has genetically programmed us to favor those conditions.
Put another way; humans evolved for one environment and live in another. __ Neocameral Future Chap. 1
Axel then spends the bulk of Chapter 1 describing how many of the aspects of our current tumultous societies came to be the way they are — well worth reading. Toward the end of the chapter he begins to discuss his intriguing ideas on how societies and societal evolution are controlled.
Control is about incentives, not ideology. Arguing with the latter is a waste of time.
- Material conditions form incentives.
- Incentives drive politics.
- Politics is rationalized by people.
- Rationalizations solidify into ideology.
- Ideology is internalized as morals.
… It is a five-phase process that shapes the cultural and political evolution of humanity. The ideology and incentives of the previous system choose the types of new technologies that are developed. Once chosen, the newly developed technologies determines new incentives. The new incentives create new ideologies through their need for justification. The process is circular, continual, and iterative, with each new form creating the next like the slow accretion of tree rings.
Attempts by men like Stefan Molyneux, SEK3, and Curt Doolittle are or were always destined to fail. They waste their time focusing too much on moral justifications and ideology. Power comes through strategy and technology, not morals and reason. They are focusing on (4) and (5) when they should be focusing on (1) thru (3) of the Five-Phase Process. Human thought may instinctively work on ideological and moral terms, but the physical universe runs on physics, calculus, economics, and natural selection, and the human ant colony, that is the average human city, operates on the basis of the Five-Phase Process. __ Neocameral Future Chap. 1
Axel is not arguing or debating. He declares at the beginning that he will not defend his ideas, because doing so would only waste his time. There is much truth and wisdom in the act of moving boldly ahead and saying what must be said, without pausing, revising, backtracking, and apologising for stepping on someone’s toes. Here is an example of Axel’s refreshingly unapologetic approach to human sensitivities:
You don’t matter. Feelings don’t matter. There is no great truth outside of yourself to validate your beliefs. There are no symbols in the universe. There is no morality outside the human brain. There is no transcendental purpose out there. Everything like this is the adult version of childish thinking. Young children believe that wishes can come true—that desire can be willed into existence with a scrunched up face. Adults believe that abstract notions can be believed—the very essence of the concept of belief being a kind of will to change reality, as if reality could be changed by will alone and not the hands of action. As if believing in equality or God would make it real. Childish thinking.
… Wishful thinking destroys your power of action.
… This work—is based on what works, what doesn’t, and why. It does not work forward from axioms to conclusions in Kantian style, but backwards from observations to deduce natural principles. It answers the question; why, that is, what is going on here? It disregards moral reasoning as superfluous. It regards everything and everyone as pattern. It is absolutely materialistic in explanation. It is not so much morally relativistic as morally indifferent. It treats moral formation itself as a mechanical process caused by material forces.
This approach goes beyond the truism that incentives drive human action, and delves into how incentives are created in the tumbling vitamix of human populations. The author appears to be working toward writing a manifesto for neoreactionary non-violent revolution — one that is attempting to adhere to hard principles of reality and causation at multiple levels of logic and real-world resolution.
As Axel notes above, arguing about ideologies is the best way to be sure that you are always several steps behind those who influence how the strings are pulled. You only waste your time and energy. But that is not to say that nihilism or adopting a passive stance are the only sensible responses to manufactured reality and mass delusions.
Mass action is one of many tools for change. If you do your job right, mass action will take care of itself. Convincing the masses in a democracy that becoming helpless dependents of the state may not be in their best ultimate interests is a futile undertaking, and can only be a weak holding action at this stage. Something considerably deeper will be necessary.
The modern trend is toward dysgenic idiocracy and mass delusion. But beneath that strong surface flow is a dynamic world of disruptive innovation and creative destruction. Societies well-leavened with competent, resilient, and broadly aware individuals and coalitions might be able to tap into disruptive innovation and creative destruction to help create strong counter-currents of unfolding opportunities beyond the skankstream of the mainstream — in which our overlords would have us be forever confined.
Perhaps the Neocameral Future will help point the way toward workable, self-organising, autopoietic systems that allow a cleaner real-time immersion in higher (and deeper) levels of interaction with the ongoing creative disruption of our worlds. Almost no one truly wishes to be a serf or a slave if viable alternatives for satisfying and creative engagement exist.