Moving blog platform

By Richard

I initially set up here at improprietaryinfluence.blogs.ru , with the mistaken idea it was part of the mail.ru empire, in order to provide a buffer against possible future hostile US/EU action.

Since it is, in fact, a Portuguese hosted site, that advantage is illusory, and as it is also a little continue…

Tradition and Traditions

By Richard

“Free Speech” is not a vital civilised value. We don’t believe that. Conservatives don’t believe that. Liberals certainly don’t believe that. Some libertarians actually do, but they’re a tiny proportion of those currently claiming to be Charlie.

Similarly, nobody sensible believes that nothing is worth killing for.

Reactionaries don’t believe that journalists are a class of people who, being holier than the rest, deserve particular protection from the results of their actions. Conservatives shouldn’t (but some of them do). Liberals are more-or-less defined by believing this.

The “Mohammed Cartoons” flap was never civilisation versus Islam. It was off-message liberals versus on-message liberals, with  continue…

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Techno-Libertarian Hell

By Richard

Someone (I thought it was @johnrobb, but I can’t find it) tweeted a while ago that, since any normal person can cause a much higher value of damage than they can ever create as gain, there is vast growth potential in extortion.

I didn’t see it worked out from tweet-length to a full explanation, but the implications are of huge importance.

The assumption itself is obvious enough. Destruction is easier than creation. A person who, by working full-time, can create value of $X a year, can surely, if they put their mind to it, destroy value of $10X without getting caught.  continue…

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Shirtstorm

By Richard

Rosetta Project scientist Matt Taylor caused a firestorm with his choice of fashion during the European Space Agency’s live stream of Wednesday’s Philae landing. Taylor initially sported a shirt featuring women in lingerie—CNN

This firestorm has attracted considerable derision from the right, many expressing doubts that something so minor could really keep women out of science.

The claim might in this instance be a bit of a stretch, but even if so it is the wrong argument to get into. Ordinary behaviour within an all-male or predominantly-male group undoubtedly can produce an environment that many women would wish to avoid.  continue…

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Wealth, Inequality, and Power

By Richard

Who controls the wealth in modern society? And how much power does it give them?

According to the Forbes report released in March 2013, there are currently 1,426 U.S. dollar billionaires worldwide from 66 countries, boasting a combined net worth of $5.4 trillion, which is more than the combined GDP of 152 countries. The United States has the largest number of billionaires of any country, with 442 as of 2013, while China and Russia are home to 122 and 110 billionaires respectively. Among U.S. billionaires, the average age is 66 years.

Wikipedia

Do these thousand or so super-rich control the  continue…

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The Eich Controversy

By Richard

The resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of the Mozilla Corporation is a very exciting development—possibly the most significant political event of the last few years.

It will not do to get upset by it. The mainstream right can get upset, because it demonstrates their irrelevance, but Improprietary Influence is not a mainstream right-wing blog. It is a neoreactionary blog. Sure, what we are looking at is McCarthyism, but as the excellent neoreactionary site Theden will tell you, McCarthy was right. Bringing McCarthyism back into American politics is an extremely positive step.

Take a deep breath, calm your mind, and  continue…

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The Causes of the First World War

By Richard

The main causes of World War I, which began in central Europe in late July 1914, included many factors, such as the conflicts and hostility between the great European powers of the four decades leading up to the war. Militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism played major roles in the conflict as well. The immediate origins of the war, however, lay in the decisions taken by statesmen and generals during the July Crisis of 1914 caused by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie by Gavrilo Princip, an irredentist Serb and member of the Serbian nationalist organization, the  continue…

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Gladiohydrocracy

By Richard

The point of this post is to do something very bad—to explain a joke.

It’s a very famous joke, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

King Arthur is traveling through the countryside, and he asks a peasant for information. The peasant asks him who he is, and he says:

The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.
That is why I’m your king.

The peasant objects, saying, as I’m sure most readers are aware,

Strange women lying in  continue…

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Patriarchy

By Richard

According to one stream of feminism, the economic system of businesses selling goods and services for money, the system of government, and the social institutions of marriage and family, are all aspects of the same thing—patriarchy.

It just goes to show—even feminists can be right sometimes!

The political mainstream, however, has accepted or acquiesced in the feminist attack on the patriarchal family, while seeking to maintain some kind of government and approximately captalist economy. Without the understanding that the government and economy are also aspects of patriarchy, they are not able to see the contradiction in their position.

The capitalist economy is built  continue…

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Progressivism, Reaction and Symmetry

By Richard This essay was first published on Scribd in September 2013

Reactionaries claim that the ideals of the culturally dominant section of modern Western society constitute a religion, albeit a godless one, and that this religion is as hostile to departures from its doctrine as other dominant religions have been. In other words, the ‘pluralism’ and ‘tolerance’ that liberalism claims for itself are a lie.

The liberals claim otherwise. They say they are tolerant of everything except intolerance (and obvious crimes, which are not what the central disagreement is about), and that conservatives who complain they are losing freedoms are in fact  continue…

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