Aldous Huxley’s “Impersonal Forces”


“Impersonal forces over which we have almost no control seem to be pushing us all in the direction of the Brave New Worldian nightmare; and this impersonal pushing is being consciously accelerated by representatives of commercial and political organizations who have developed a number of new techniques for manipulating, in the interest of some minority, the thoughts and feelings of the masses.” – Aldous Huxley, Preface to A Brave New World

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Via Happy Birthday, Aldous Huxley: A Rare, Prophetic 1958 Interview by Mike Wallace | Brain Pickings

More slaves today than at any point in human history

“There are more slaves today than at any point in human history – 27 million worldwide. The best numbers on the subject reflect that 1-1.2 million children are trafficked every year, and 100,000 human trafficking victims are currently in the United States. After drug dealing, human trafficking (both sex trafficking and trafficking for forced labor) is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it’s the fastest growing. 80% of trafficking victims are women and girls. “

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One side proposing a conversation; the other side thrusting a blade.

“I made a short film with Theo van Gogh (titled Submission) that drew attention to the direct link between the Quran and the plight of Muslim women. In revenge for this act of free thinking, Mohammed Bouyeri, a 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan man, murdered van Gogh—shooting him eight times and stabbing him with two knives, one of which pinned a note to his body threatening the West, Jews, and me. As he was dying, my friend Theo reportedly asked his assailant, “Can’t we talk about this?” It’s a question that has haunted me ever since, often in bed at night. One side proposing a conversation; the other side thrusting a blade.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Muslim Rage & The Last Gasp of Islamic Hate, Newsweek

Minority chauvinists

Reading a Jim Goad piece in Taki mag got me thinking about a genuine oddity in contemporary Western culture: The existence of minority chauvinists who tirelessly campaign either exclusively for their own people or against whites, yet instead of being cast into the same bin as white nationalists, they are feted, funded and lauded.

Take Verenice Gutierrez, an school principle and anti-white campaigner, who recently earned national attention by banning peanut butter sandwiches as discriminatory against non-whites

Portland grade-school principal Verenice Gutierrez…presides over a school whose academic performance ranks in the state’s lowest fifteen percent.

Although the school recently lost some full-time teachers due to budget cuts, the Portland school district reportedly saw fit to fork over more than a half-million dollars to indoctrinate its teachers about how “white privilege”—rather than, say, low IQs, laziness, or widespread cultural allergies to assimilating—is the culprit for low academic achievement at her school, which is only one-quarter white

Gutierrez, whom a Portland Tribune writer described as possessing the magical power to hear “the subtle language of racism every day,” says that peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches invidiously discriminate against “Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches.” She apparently hasn’t considered that these kids may be extremely privileged by dint of the fact that they don’t live in Somalia or Mexico.

When confronted with the fact that a parent complained that Gutierrez permits a drum club at the school whose membership is open only to black and Hispanic males, she scoffed and said:

“When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem? Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege and your whiteness.”

I was unaware that American whites, especially schoolchildren, are permitted to “do it” at all, but if they did attempt to form any school-sponsored organization open exclusively to whites, it would not only be a “problem,” it’d be a headline-grabbing national scandal. Such is the state of modern “white privilege.”

…During her tenure at another Portland public school, Gutierrez was involved with a group called Future Hispanic Leaders. On a 17-minute video, she spoke of fomenting “pride of culture, pride of heritage, and pride of language” to “empower” Hispanic students to feel “that they belong with others who look just like them.”

Imagine is a white principle, in a majority white school creating whites only school clubs and calling on white students to foment price of culture, heritage and language to empower them to feel that they belong with people who look just like them?!

Heart of Darkness by Conrad, Joseph

The Power of Networks

A new video from the lovely RSA Animate team, this time on the Power of Networks.  

Introduced me to the concept of “Rhizome“:

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari use the term “rhizome” and “rhizomatic” to describe theory and research that allows for multiple, non-hierarchical entry and exit points in data representation and interpretation. In A Thousand Plateaus, they oppose it to an arborescent conception of knowledge, which works with dualist categories and binary choices. A rhizome works with planar and trans-species connections, while an arborescent model works with vertical and linear connections. Their use of the “orchid and the wasp” is taken from the biological concept of mutualism, in which two different species interact together to form a multiplicity (i.e. a unity that is multiple in itself). Horizontal gene transfer would also be a good illustration.

As a model for culture, the rhizome resists the organizational structure of the root-tree system which charts causality along chronological lines and looks for the original source of “things” and looks towards the pinnacle or conclusion of those “things.” A rhizome, on the other hand, is characterized by “ceaselessly established connections between semiotic chains, organizations of power, and circumstances relative to the arts, sciences, and social struggles.” The rhizome presents history and culture as a map or wide array of attractions and influences with no specific origin or genesis, for a “rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo.” The planar movement of the rhizome resists chronology and organization, instead favoring a nomadic system of growth and propagation. In this model, culture spreads like the surface of a body of water, spreading towards available spaces or trickling downwards towards new spaces through fissures and gaps, eroding what is in its way. The surface can be interrupted and moved, but these disturbances leave no trace, as the water is charged with pressure and potential to always seek its equilibrium, and thereby establish smooth space. – Wikipedia