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The Narcissism at the Center of Modern Journalism

The Narcissism at the Center of Modern Journalism

After having finished Katy Tur’s “Unbelievable”, her memoir of covering Trump as a journalist from his candidacy announcement until election night, I’m left with a sense of having gained new insights and also of having my previous assertions confirmed. The modern mainstream media journalist/pundit class are one of the most narcissistic groups on planet Earth. The importance they bestow upon themselves is remarkable. If you ask them, they’re the guardians of order standing watch on the thin line against chaos…

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Wacky Trump Tweets and Continuity of Government

Wacky Trump Tweets and Continuity of Government

Critics of President Trump often point to his more “flamboyant” tweets as proof of his dangerousness on the world diplomatic stage. They decry the unfilled positions in the State Department and amongst America’s diplomatic corps. The tweets create instability and provoke conflict they allege. The bureaucratic vacuum left by unstaffed positions means that there isn’t a “clean-up crew” to suppress the damage from the deranged tweets they cry out in unison. Proper diplomacy is conducted with government officials using established…

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Thoughts on “The Fall of Western Man”

Thoughts on “The Fall of Western Man”

Having finished Mark Collett’s “The Fall of Western Man” I’m left with some thoughts on some of the topics he brought up. I don’t have much to add to his very comprehensive and excellent analysis of the roots of the problem plaguing Western civilization. His take on the issue is novel, in that he views it through a psychological lens. Collett talks repeatedly about the conflicts taking place between the id and superego. Coming from a libertarian background myself, I…

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The Case Against E-Books

The Case Against E-Books

I don’t think that my negative feelings toward electronic books are just due to my romanticism. Although they are conventient and feature instant delivery of the product, there exists numerous flaws with the concept compared to good old fashioned physical books. E-books are significantly easier to publish compared to the alternative. Any schlub in his underpants stinking of three day old pizza can publish from his parent’s basement without going through the conventional process of quality control. Even paperback self-publishing…

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What I Got Out of Reading Dugin

What I Got Out of Reading Dugin

I have read a great number of books in my life. From childhood, through the teenage years until adulthood, I’ve been an avid reader. After finishing “The Fourth Political Theory” by Alexander Dugin earlier today, I can confidently assert that this book was easily the most complex and difficult book to process that I’ve ever come across, by far. I consider myself a fairly smart guy, I’m able to read and comprehend complex and long books on a variety of…

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Fourth Generation Warfare, Postwar Japan and the Future of the West

Fourth Generation Warfare, Postwar Japan and the Future of the West

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This famous adage has rarely been more accurate than in this instance. “4th Generation Warfare Handbook” is an essential book for understanding Western foreign policy disasters. Unfortunately, the cover, well… it isn’t that great. Let’s just leave it at that. If this book hadn’t been strongly recommended in a video by Mike Cernovich, I would have misses it (Thanks Mike!). Fourth Generation Warfare theory adds another dimension to my understanding of the War…

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Charlie and the Propaganda Factory

Charlie and the Propaganda Factory

Earlier today I read Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. Upon opening the book I was immediately struck by the overtness of the themes. The story immediately pushes the narrative that the poor are moral heroes, hardworking and virtuous. Rich people are portrayed negatively. Charlie, the book’s hero character lives in a cripplingly poor family together with his parents and four grandparents. They are described as being hungry all the time and without excessive money to purchase most necessities….

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