I’m sure that my alt-right audience is already familiar with the concept of signaling. This is for the unenlightened members of #GamerGate who aren’t really familiar with the concept. This is a basic sort of glossary on social signaling, how it works, and how it effects #GamerGate. I expect to maybe expand on this in the future, when I get some free time.
Right now I’m looking at three half-finished essays on my desktop. One is hopefully going to be published in the lovely Rachel Haywire’s Trigger Warning magazine, the other two are going to show up here. There’s a fourth essay, a run-through of the Donovan Test on Moviebob that I’m going to scrap for a number of reasons. First, it’s a bit mean-spirited. Second, reading his stupid fucking book is giving me a killer headache. I highly regret even downloading it. So in the mean time, have some random, informal thoughts and observations I’ve had this week:
- The “manosphere” is thoroughly pwned, as Thuthmosis and Roosh’s meltdowns have shown. I’ve previously witnessed incidents like when /u/slutlord-fascist of /r/antiPOZi trolled /r/TheRedPill with some HBD truthbombs, and the wannabe-hardcore PUAs flipped their shit and immediately went into leftist signaling mode, worried that being seen as racist would impede their quest for pussy. Indeed, the “manosphere” is nothing more than a group of peacocks preening and trying to compete for status and attention. It’s embarrassing.
- The more I watch WWE self-destruct, the more I have my doubts in Justine Tunney and Mencius Moldbug’s ideas about a CEO as king of the country. All it takes is one senile old fool to undo decades of growth and development and possibly irreversibly damage his own company. Dave Meltzer has a great write-up in his Observer newsletter about how Vince is slowly killing his own company through poor booking and egomania.
- Playing Shovel Knight has really made me remember how much I love video games. It feels great to get angry at myself for fucking up rather than blaming the game. It’s a challenging, engaging experience and I feel like I was right to say it was one of the best things in 2014. I feel like a little kid again thanks to the game, but in all the right ways.
- Nick Land linked to my piece on Hatred! I don’t comment on Land that much since his work is way beyond my reading level, but it feels great to be noticed. Still, I think my thinkpiece isn’t THAT great. Even though I look at things realistically, I’m not really a fan of pessimism. As cold as I am, I can’t really entirely divorce myself from the human cost of social decay. I’d much rather my work that involves praising people who do things right get promoted instead. Sadly, that seems to be in short supply…
- Speaking of folks that are doing it right, #GamerGate has been kicking ass and taking names. Nearly any twitter hashtag created to mock #GamerGate has been hijacked and driven into the ground through a wide variety of funposting. The #GamerGate army is strong enough and loud enough to out-muscle even the most vocal of their opposition. Meanwhile, #GamerGate tags like #DontDateSJWs and #LetMarkSpeak will easily get trending worldwide thanks to #GamerGate’s strong willpower. Through the magic of mass-emailing, #GamerGate even cost one SJW writer her job for a poorly-researched hitpiece on 8chan. They might be a mutation in the Cathedral, but damned if I’m not proud of them anyways.
- Chuck C Johnson is an interesting case. For all intents and purposes, he should have gone rampant long ago in the face of the press and intelligentsia’s attacks. He seems to have a basic grasp of HBD and gender dynamics. However, he obviously is still pwned, parroting the same old conservakin talking points. I do eagerly await the day Johnson finally wakes up, as I feel like his mechanical, brutal investigation process would make him a powerful ally.
- TheRightStuff (no relation) has probably what’s one of the funniest, most informative podcasts out there with The Daily Shoah. I’d highly recommend you all give them a listen. Their latest guest, Common Filth of Common Filth Radio is also great, and I’d recommend you check out his work as well. It really makes me want to break into the podcast game, albeit that would be down the line.
- I’ve been working on building my own PC so I can finally join the PC Master Race where I belong. It’s a surprisingly fun project, researching parts and comparing them, plus asking friends for recommendations. I’d highly recommend it to any guy with a good $2,000 to burn.
- Yesterday I started watching Twin Peaks, and I’m already hooked. I’ve always thought David Lynch was onto something in Eraserhead, especially in terms of focusing on the evils of industrialism and modernity. Of course, Lynch could have just been trolling intellectuals much like Samuel Beckett was in Waiting For Godot, an equally noble cause.
So yeah, that’s a short write-up of what I’ve been up to. Sorry it’s so late, but I do hope to have some sort of new piece up next week. Maybe I’ll take my shit-talking the manosphere to the next level, or I’ll finish one of these pieces I already started. Either way, I’d just like to remind you all that my Gratipay is still open if you want to help fund my work!
Last Wednesday I introduced the Donovan Test, and it’s already making quite a splash. That Donovan himself praised it has me totally awestruck. I knew I was on to something big, but I wasn’t expecting it to get this big this quick. To all of you who shared this, especially Donovan, thank you so very, very much. I want this to seriously go places. Of course as they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step. Today is the first step, as I intend to do a sort of “alpha run” with the Donovan Test. The question is, where do we start? There’s certainly a vast number of male protagonists in the media, especially if I narrow it down to just video games. However, I think I’ll start with the first example, the face that launched a million “manly” games: The Doom Guy. Continue reading
After some consultation with some friends of mine, I’m going to put all the evidence of my issues with Bobby Oliviera out for the public to see. You can get it from MEGA right here. It’s a .zip file with screenshots and a video of his phone call, as well as a summary of what you’re looking at. For those of you in #GamerGate, I’d hold onto this file, especially now that Bobby’s tried to go to Indiegogo like a dumbass.
Hopefully now we can put all the insanity of January behind us, as I struggle to finish this piece on Papers Please and find some time to finish reading The Way of Men. I want to get more posts out in Febuary than I have any other month so far!
[note: some information from the original e-mail has been cut so as to preserve the privacy of myself, my family, and others]
To whom it may concern,
Hello, my name is Dante D’Andrea. I am a 21 year old Downingtown resident who works for a local business. I have been a lifelong resident of Downingtown, and intend on calling Downingtown my home for years to come. I love this town, the people who live here, and the wonderful administration that has done so much for me and my family. I was proud to graduate from Downingtown East High School with honors in 2012, and repeatedly represent the school in a number of county-wide academic competitions. I am especially proud that my academic work helped Downingtown East rise to become one of the top high schools in Pennsylvania. I am more than proud to endorse Downingtown’s schools as being exceptionally skilled at handling students like myself diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders as well as mental illness, and providing a welcome space for LGBT individuals like myself.
[Information redacted as it pertains to my family’s involvement in the local community]
Unfortunately, it seems that my family, and possibly Downingtown as a whole, has been caught up in some unpleasant business. I personally identify with the online consumer activist movement known as #GamerGate. #GamerGate is a movement primarily focused on reform in video games journalism. If you wish to learn more about #GamerGate, I will direct you to our rather lengthy, yet comprehensive press dossier. There is also an abridged version that will explain #GamerGate and its goals. I was primarily attracted to #GamerGate for two reasons. First, the document that started it all, TheZoePost, was a heartwrenching tale of emotional abuse and manipulation that spoke to me as an abuse survivor myself. The idea that games media has and intends to continue protecting an abuser like Zoe Quinn is something I cannot in good conscience allow to continue. Second, what drove me to get involved even more was the campaign of organized hate and harassment carried out by press outlets and anti-#GamerGate activists all in the name of “social justice”. As a disabled LGBT individual, seeing people being attacked and livelihoods ruined supposedly in my name is upsetting and distressing.
Sadly, this has brought me and my family into the crosshairs of one Robert “Bobby” Oliviera of Utica, New York. For reasons yet unknown to me, Mr. Oliviera has decided to attack #GamerGate and its supporters. Mr. Oliviera claims to head a number of Political Action Committees, and my own research has revealed two: Quahogs United and Total Newport Campaign. Because I personally criticized his behavior of organizing harassment against public #GamerGate supporters, he has now decided to harass me and my family. I have attached multiple screencaps of Oliveira discussing his intention to harass me, my family, and other individuals, as well as one threatening phone call that I received at my house. I have reported this call to the police as well as blocked Mr. Oliveira’s number, although he claims that he has more numbers and can continue to call my house as much as he wants. I am currently in the process of determining if a restraining order against him is necessary. While so far he has not violated any Pennsylvania state law, I feel that the attached evidence warrants me to reach out to my local government to keep myself and my family safe.
Mr. Oliviera so far has discussed organizing demonstrations against me and my family outside of our place of residence as well as running televised ads against me and my family on cable television. His intentions are clear, he wants to cost my father his job and force us out of our home. While by his own admission Oliviera has a history of abusing crack cocaine and suffers from bipolar disorder, I still feel that as a responsible citizen I should take any perceived threat to myself, my family, and my community very seriously.
If the information I present to you in this email can lead to some sort of possible action to protect me and my family from Mr. Oliviera and whatever company he keeps, I would like to know. Tomorrow (January 8th) I intend to visit the police station and speak with Chief [name redacted], as well as call the borough solicitor, two parties that Mr. Oliviera claims to have spoken to. If there is another public official who could help me, I would appreciate it if you forwarded this information to them as well as provided me with their information. If Mr. Oliviera contacts you or any of your associates, I would strongly appreciate it if I was informed, as well as provided with a possible recording or transcript of his communications. If you wish to meet with me in person to discuss the issue, I would be more than willing to set up a time and date. I would like to state in advance that I am on the autistic spectrum and have social anxiety issues, and so phone calls and face-to-face conversations can be a bit difficult. However, I am willing to do whatever it takes to protect my family, disabilities or not. However, for the sake of my family’s privacy and emotional well-being, I would like all contact to be made with me.
If you want to discuss the issue further, I can be reached at [number redacted]. The account I am emailing you from is my public personal one, and replies will also be appreciated. I want nothing more than to see my family safe and for this issue to be resolved calmly and peacefully. I am extremely grateful for your time, and I hope that we can find a solution to this shortly.
Dante C. D’Andrea
First off, I’d like to apologize for the slow schedule I’m posting things. Right now I work from eight to five and when I get home I’m just too damned burnt out to even edit some of my old work, let alone work on new stuff. That being said, since today is my last chance to sum up 2014, I figure I’ll try to focus on the positives. Actually, fuck it: 2014 was one of the best years for gaming in a long time, contrary to what AAA suckups or rabid leftists would have you believe. Let’s go through the big events of the year, especially the good ones.
IRRATIONAL GAMES SHUTS DOWN
All I can say is thank gnon. Maybe someday I’ll do a more in depth look at Bioshock Infinite, but that game was garbage. Even though System Shock 2 is one of the greatest horror games of all time, and the original Bioshock was a good game, Irrational had long overstayed it’s welcome. Ken Levine essentially confirmed that he had run out of ideas when the Death at Sea DLC was put out, and Irrational going over was almost a merciful end. Oh, and Levine’s creepy fixation with Elizabeth as a daughter figure wasn’t winning any points either.
NEW DOOM GAME ANNOUNCED AT QUAKECON
Id is keeping information on the fourth Doom game under lock and key, but if the testimonies from people at Quakecon are anything to go by, we’re in for a hell of a ride. Seems like Id has captured the original bloody, gory over-the-top madness of the original two games, while still making it look damn good.
THE AAA BUBBLE IS FINALLY SHOWING SIGNS OF POPPING
Destiny only got middling reviews. The newest Call of Duty was shrugged off. Battlefield Hardline is getting roasted by everyone thanks to godawful timing. Watch_Dogs was a flop, and Assassin’s Creed Unity was so goddamn awful that Ubisoft is now more hated than even EA. When Dorito Pope Geoff Keighley’s awards show rolled around, the only AAA games worthy of Game of the Year were jack and shit, and jack had been cancelled. Even in Japan, people decided that no, a third Final Fantasy XIII was not needed. Gamers are finally getting tired of the same bland, generic product that AAA companies are trying to feed them.
GREAT YEAR FOR INDIE RELEASES
We saw a wonderful array of indie games being released that did a lot with a little. Nidhogg in particular stands out, along with Dustforce, Banished, Mercenary Kings, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Wasteland 2, Xenonauts, Shovel Knight, Five Nights at Freddy’s and the sequel all stand out as great indie games that came out. In addition, established indie darlings Terraria and FTL got massive amounts of new content.
PHIL FISH QUITS GAMES FOREVER
Need I say more?
HATRED ANNOUNCED AND IS ON STEAM TO STAY
I’ve been working on a blog post to further elaborate how I feel about this, but let me make my feelings clear: Hatred is exactly what gaming needs. It’s a brutal rejection of pretentious academia-sponsored games, as well as generic corporate games. It’s going where no one else is willing to go and breaking barriers no one wants to touch. Initially the game was pulled from Steam Greenlight, however it was through the divine will of Gaben himself that the game was reinstated to be overwhelmingly greenlit. I’ve thought about interviewing the devs in regards to the influence of black metal on their game, but given Polygon’s massive hate boner for them, I think now isn’t a good time to be talking to crazy far-right bastards anyway.
PATRICK KLEPEK LEAVES GIANT BOMB
Okay I just found this out now, but fuck Patrick. He’s a whiny little shit that contributes nothing of value to games as a whole. It’s not even his personal politics- he’s just an irritating little child. Everything he did with GiantBomb was just a pathetic plea for validation. His only worth was being a non-stop target of mockery for our lord and savior SmegmaKing, and even that was getting a little old. He’s easily the worst member of Giant Bomb and now that he’s gone I might consider watching their stuff again.
I’ve written a good deal about #GamerGate, and I tweet even more about it. But to make a long story short, #GamerGate is exactly what I think this industry needs. Certainly the progressivism engrained into media will never be purged, but at the very least the more radical, virulent strains of it will be phased out in favor of more safe, consumer-friendly elements. I think that will make a more pleasant, healthy environment for everyone.
THIS BLOG STARTED
Hail to the king, baby.
So yeah, 2014 was a great year, and I’m looking forward to another great one! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get blackout drunk and say silly things on /duck/.
To all the “social justice warriors” who oppose #GamerGate-
If you’re actually reading this and haven’t burst a blood vessel, congratulations. It’s no secret that SJWs and Right-wing folk have visceral, intense, painful reactions to seeing what the other side have to say. We hate each other. I won’t even try to extend an olive branch, because I know we’re both conditioned to reject it on instinct. For those of us radicals on the internet, co-existence is no longer an option. I would gladly purge you all from gaming and polite society just as much as you all would love to purge me. As I like to say, “such is life in the zone.”
But even as the right-wing lunatic that I am, let me throw out a little offering anyway. Congratulations, when it comes to gaming, we on the radical right have lost. Hell, it’s not like we even had a chance to begin with. In all matters related to gaming, I will throw in the towel on behalf of all of us to the right of the overton window. Go on, savor the moment, take your screencaps for your subreddits and twitters and tumblrs, celebrate our concession. Take all the time you need.
But whatever you do, don’t go ahead and pat yourself on the back. See, you didn’t win either. In fact, you lost just as much as we did. Your utopian endgame vision for gaming as a medium is just as unrealistic and infeasible as ours. You cannot stop or fight #GamerGate- indeed, in regards to #GamerGate I’ll claim that we’ve already won. We’ve won for some time now, everything at this point is just meaningless semantics, simple trivial shit-flinging over superficial, replaceable entities. But how did we win, you ask? Simple. We got Anita Sarkeesian to go on the Colbert report.
I know, I know, the statement is confusing as hell. This was a crowning victory in most of your minds, a major coup over #GamerGate. And yet, here I am claiming it’s your defeat? But trust me, in due time it will all make sense.
I’ll start my explanation by linking you to a wonderful talk given by a personal hero of mine named Jack Donovan. Yes, I know the talk being given at American Renaissance will set off red flags for the handful of you who have even HEARD of AmRen. But if you’re not sold, let me just tell you that this is a talk from an openly gay man denouncing the evils of capitalism. Confused? So were plenty of AmRen followers if some of the youtube comments were any indication.
But Donovan’s critique of capitalism and the market actually touches on what is arguably one of the key tenants of neoreaction: the idea of an invisible, intangible entity undermining identity, heritage, and tradition. This is the corporate arm of what me and other neoreactionaries refer to as “the cathedral”. For more information on that, I could direct you to Mencius Moldbug’s A Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations or my own quicker, more video game-influenced explanation, Oliver Cromwell and the Patriots. But, if even that is too long for you, I’ll give you an even quicker summary: the cathedral is a memetic entity that exists primarily in the media and academia. It’s the zeitgeist of the past several centuries. By being a progressive who fits within the bounds of the overton window, you are assimilated into the cathedral, helping slowly move that window further and further to the “left”. Visualize it as Cthulhu swimming through the ocean, towing all of humanity behind him on a boat. Cthulhu moves in one direction, periodically taking minor twists and turns, starts and stops. Those who try to push the boat ahead of him or pull it away from him are destined to fail. Only those loyal cultists who unquestioningly accept his erratic navigation will prosper.
So how, you ask, does any of that pertain to Anita? See, a common myth that only neoreactionaries oppose the cathedral. However, marxists, maoists, trotskyites, anarchists, all of the radical left groups are just as opposed to the cathedral as the neoreactionaries- they just don’t know it. They see only the economic and tangible aspect to it, the corporate wing that I think Jack Donovan so eloquently describes. Progressivism is a lucrative business, after all. In creating a more “progressive” society you also create an ideal consumer class, so devoid of identity that they’ll buy whatever you sell them if it fills the void in their soul. And yet, these radical leftists fail to understand that it is the more deeper, insidious nature of the cathedral and its memetic societal conditioning that prevents them from building their glorious egalitarian utopia. The capitalist profit-driven hierarchy is here to stay, simply because it works for all the right people. Hell, a good bit of neoreactionaries have accepted it and simply want to make it more efficient and productive. Any sort of radical leftist who opposed the cathedral is going to be tossed to the side.
And of course, no one best personifies these leftists rejected by the cathedral like good old Suey Park. Remember her? Are you cringing internally? If you are, then maybe you’re not as radical as you try to pretend you are. But for those of you who still think the woman is a hero or a martyr or whatever, stick around, you’re my target audience right now. Give yourselves a pat on the back, you’re actual genuine radicals. Suey Park, as much as I mock her, was still a trailblazer daring to break out from what is acceptable progressive behavior and take it to the next level.
I think you know where I’m going with this. See, when #CancelColbert initially took off, and Suey Park was claiming to be harassed and getting threats, (I hear she’s in a PTSD support group with Melody Hensley) Anita decided that she would stand in solidarity with Suey Park. Not in the general public eye, of course, but she made a low-key, supportive remark. Suey Park is a feminist, Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist. Solidarity is a good way to build up a follower base, any organizer could tell you that.
But as it turns out, when #GamerGate takes off, and Anita gets an offer to go on Colbert, what does she do? She takes it with pleasure. Her media tour before then involved fairly non-controversial at the time publications like Game Informer or the Rolling Stone. But when she went on Colbert, that was a major turning point. Anita Sarkeesian, simply by accepting the offer and giving a friendly, non-aggressive interview with Colbert, threw Suey Park under the bus. Suey herself even called out Anita for doing so, trying to call her a sellout in the most diplomatic way she could.
And make no mistake about it, Anita Sarkeesian has sold out. Rather than try to change or reform gaming, she’s simply become a part of the massive industry machine. See, the reason the industry for the most part embraces Anita isn’t because of any moral nonsense. Sure, you have your indie devs who drink the kool-aid and love it, but most AAA devs who run the show only care about making money in a time where profit margins are pretty damn slim. In their mind, Anita is a consultant who can help make their games more profitable by appealing to new demographics. If Dragon Age 3 wasn’t a buggy mess with terrible art, animation, writing, voice acting and coming from a publisher right off the heels of two notorious flops, I guarantee it would have broken sales records. The game does exactly what Donovan describes, it tries to pander to every single group of people imaginable. Male and female, black or white, gay or straight, everyone gets some pandering. The marketing is truly impressive.
And that’s where on the culture wars, we’ve both lost. We still have to see degenerate nonsense polluting the medium, and you still have to see oppressive hegemony-enforcing content. Because in both cases, those are where the money’s at. And in the end, as #GamerGate’s shown, it’s money that rules this industry, not ideology. Geoff Keighlely let TotalBiscut, a noted #GamerGate supporter be on the ballot for “Personality of the year” despite being anti-#GamerGate himself. Because TB brings in money. Zoe Quinn does not make your company money. Brianna Wu does not make your company money. The number of people who hate #GamerGate enough to cut ties with people endorsing it in the slightest is insignificant compared to the vast amount of #GamerGate supporters who would be happy never to see those women on TV again. Indeed, I think it’s a given at this point that none of those women have done anything to help bump a TV rating or get their hosts publicity. The only person to interview these ladies and walk away with a larger fanbase is David Pakman, and we all know how you people feel about him.
So #GamerGate has made progressive ideology a much more volatile commodity. Gone are the days of being able to say whatever radical stuff you want and get away with it. Now if you don’t fall in line as a nice little corporate monkey for the cathedral, you are gonna be signing your own death warrant. There are hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom are cathedral-approved progressives, who will not take kindly to your words or actions. You have lost the ability to rock the boat with zero repercussions. You better make sure that your brand of “social justice” is going to make an AAA studio more money, or else you’re out of luck.
And this brings me to my question to all of you: why bother? You can’t win. The best you can do is continue to exist inside your little clubhouses, withering away as your abrasive radical politics continue to drive off money. AAA games will continue to make more money than yours. They will continue to gain the widespread acclaim and love that you never will. People will celebrate Dragon Age as the bastion of progress while Revolution 60 and Depression Quest slowly slide into obscurity. All of you will join me in the dustbin of video game history, easily forgotten and ignored. Your best bet to pursue progress will be to sell out like Anita did, ignoring your radical roots in order to appease the rich capitalists and become a good PR lapdog. Sure, you’ll be turning your head from plenty of injustices in the industry, but developers will stop using terrible clichés in their games!
In conclusion, the flow of progress cannot be controlled or dictated or stopped. #GamerGate, like it or not, is part of that flow. The status quo will never truly change, only undergo minor cosmetic alterations. I do hope this letter is an eye-opening experience, but given that most of you tend to favor political esotericism, I doubt that this is anything other than a rehash of what you know already, albeit from a source you’d probably want to see strung up from a tree. And if that’s the case, maybe you and your enemies have more in common then you’re willing to admit.
With all sincerity,
A Right-Wing Lunatic
So Saturday night, I got caught up in a twitter conversation with a few feminists over feminism and #GamerGate. Now, to get a picture of where I come from on #GamerGate, I wrote this previous piece. I decided to engage a feminist on twitter about the nature of feminism. The conversation began innocently enough when I simply pointed out that #GamerGate is not reactionary, but in fact progressive. To no one’s surprise, people immediately began dogpiling me as if I had said that the earth was flat.
Of course, I explained myself. Without giving myself away and linking to my own piece, I explained things from what I saw: #GamerGate was one group of feminists rising up to deconstruct the current feminist establishment. Brianna Wu Anita Sarkeesian, and Zoe Quinn along with their games media allies are the status quo of feminism in video games, and #GamerGate is the new movement aiming to alter it. Needless to say, the responses proved me correct. I’ll paraphrase my favorite response:
“Appealing to the patriarchy doesn’t help feminism; it just hurts its victims!”
And yet, what is the endgame of feminism? How do they expect to achieve their goals of a glorious, egalitarian utopia? Do they expect for there to be mass social change without the consent of the general public? If your movement is bringing about change, even positive change, without the enthusiastic consent that your group champions, what moral standing can you claim? The general mechanism of social change that progressives rely upon is infiltration and subversion. A progressive almost always brings change from the inside. They find a way to be acceptable and respected by society, then use that position of influence to enact social change. Women’s suffrage came about through the Suffragettes agreeing to support Wilson with World War I. Martin Luther King Jr. worked hard to be the god-fearing all-American face of the civil rights movement instead of, say, Bayard Rustin.
Right now, feminism has an image problem. People are rejecting feminist ideology en masse because it’s hardly palatable. Wendy Davis is going to flop in Texas.(1) Lena Dunham just got exposed as a child molester.(2) FEMEN continues to be a hilarious trainwreck all across Europe.(3) Much like what people try to say about #GamerGate, feminism at this point is a tainted brand. Feminists aren’t even funny- a single look at “Weird Twitter” could tell you that. #GamerGate is feminism correcting itself: rather than being aggressive conceited, and self-righteous it is becoming more diplomatic, more level-headed, and more marketable. Again, it’s the evolution of the Cathedral. Since society cannot be FORCED into being more progressive, society will be PERSUADED into being more progressive.
I guess the best way to sum all this up would be to return to the Cathedral/Cthulhu analogy. Right now, some of Cthulhu’s most vocal cultists are starting to realize that they’ve lost their god’s favor. They got complacent, and Great Cthulhu abhors complacency. They’re being phased out and they know it, hence the screaming and gnashing of teeth. Even Anita Sarkeesian herself knows it- she threw Suey Park under the bus to get on Colbert, and has no recognizable ties anymore to Zoe Quinn or Brianna Wu. Hell, game journalism as a whole is no longer useful to her. In conclusion, I hope that the feminists defending Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu start making peace with the TERFs- you’re about to join them soon enough.
(1) “What Happened to Wendy Davis?” –Brian Kay
(2) “Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister” –Bradford Thomas
I know, I know, the title reads like a stupid hipster punk rock band. But this essay right here is going to be a hell of a lot more subversive than anything you can buy in a San Francisco record store. See, I’m going to prove to you what plenty of people on /v/ and in #GamerGate have said for years: Kojima was right. The Patriots sort of exist, and they all but run the entire modern world. But of course, in all honesty Kojima was even more right than you’d think. Buckle up kiddies, you’re about to find out that truth is much stranger than fiction.
But let’s start with fiction. Let’s start with the Patriots. All this work is sourced from the Metal Gear Wiki(1), which at the time of this writing covers the entire timeline from Metal Gear Solid 3 to Metal Gear Rising. At the time of this essay, Metal Gear Solid 5 is not yet released, so my chronology here may be subject to change via retcon.
The Patriots have their roots in the Philosophers, a group of the wealthiest, smartest individuals in the US, Russia, and China, who pooled their resources after the First World War to prevent another catastrophic war from happening. This group, the Wisemen’s Committee, operated in secret, murdering the father of the girl who would grow up to be The Boss for disclosing their existence to her. By 1930, the last founding member of the Committee had passed away, and the group had slipped out of control. Soon, the various Philosophers jockeyed for power, taking control of their own governments through espionage and subversion. When World War II broke out, the Philosophers pooled their resources, over 100 billion dollars, into what would be known as “The Philosophers’ Legacy”. This helped fund the new, monumental changes in warfare and helped the Philosophers crush the Axis for daring to threaten their grip on the world.
By the war’s end, the Philosophers themselves had splintered, with the Americans on one side and the Soviets and Chinese on the other. The Philosophers’ Legacy itself was stolen by one Boris Volgin and hidden across the globe. All the information on the money was stored on one microfilm, which his son “inherited” via murdering him. His son, Colonel Volgin, used some of the money to fund his operations which set the plot of Metal Gear Solid 3 in motion. At the end of MGS3, Naked Snake successfully eliminates Volgin and obtains the Philosophers’ Legacy for America. The Legacy is then stolen by Revolver Ocelot, who along with Major Zero and Naked Snake (now called Big Boss) use it to form the Patriots.
The Patriots were an attempt to return to the Wisemen’s Committee’s original goal of guiding humanity to a world of peace and order. With their resources, they had total control over the entire United States, selecting who would become senator or president. However, soon a major ideological split took place: Big Boss began to question Zero’s goals. He felt that the Patriots should follow the Boss’s dying wish and help keep the peace and keep soldiers from becoming puppets of their governments, and nothing more. Zero, on the other hand, wanted to unite the world under one will, ending all war and conflict.
When Zero had Big Boss cloned without his consent, Big Boss left the Patriots, forming the Militaires Sans Frontieres, a Private Military Company who would give a home to any soldier needing one. Through the events of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker and most likely Metal Gear Solid 5, the MSF would eventually become Outer Heaven, an entire country that would act as a PMC. The Patriots, now calling themselves Cipher, consistently tried to either win Big Boss back to their side, or have him killed. Big Boss tried twice to usurp Zero, only to be seemingly killed by his own clone, Solid Snake.
Upset with Boss’s betrayal, Zero created the Patriot AIs who could control the country and eventually the world long after his death. Indeed, while Zero eventually decayed into a vegetative state, the AI discretely consolidated all their power over the country, and soon were building Arsenal Gear, a massive submarine designed to secretly manipulate and censor the flow of information over the internet, television, and print to gain total control over humanity. The idea behind Arsenal Gear is that rather than try to control the world via brute force, they could simply manipulate the information fed to the public in order to trick the masses into obedience. They were, to quote Noam Chomsky, “manufacturing consent” via memetic eugenics. Arsenal Gear was intended to select which cultural memes (viral ideas, not stupid internet jokes) were to be disseminated and which were to be crushed.
Even though Arsenal Gear was destroyed, the Patriots learned that they could effectively gaslight humanity on a large scale, creating a functional “war economy” which they controlled using nanomachines (Yes, the plot of MGS4 was stupid, bear with me) which created a grand chaos which they were subtly manipulating for the purpose of creating a full-blown new world order. Ultimately, thanks to Solid Snake and the FOXALIVE virus, these AIs were dismantled and the war economy began to crumble as the world stabilized itself. However, the memes that the Patriots created lived on long after their destruction, to the point where Senator Steven Armstrong attempted to revive the war economy for the express purpose of demolishing said memes.
So there you have it, a highly abridged version of the Patriots. What can you take away from it? Primarily you want to think about the idea of control via “manufactured consent” and memetic eugenics. I think we can all agree that a group of AIs controlling the world is pretty silly, along with any other sort of Infowars-style conspiracy nonsense. Still, think about the idea of controlling information to help shape the attitudes of people. It’s large scale social engineering, and it’s very, VERY real.
This next part all comes from one Curtis Yarvin, or as he’s more commonly known, Mencius Moldbug who ran a blog called “Unqualified Reservations”. This is just a synopsis from his “Gentle Introduction to Unqualified Reservations”(2) which can take an entire day to read. If you think I’m long-winded, Moldbug’s going to kill you with sheer verbosity.
Okay, so this time the story starts with the Middle Ages. The supreme authority back then is the pope. All education and government is run through the Catholic Church. The monarchs answered to the pope. If you got excommunicated, you could expect to get easily conquered by all the other kings, because you were then fair game. This goes on for some time until the Reformation, where kings start to tell the pope to sod off en masse and raise their own Protestant spaces.
Anyway, let’s zoom in on England, early 1500s, where Henry VIII tells the pope to get lost because he wants a new wife. So this establishes England as a religious battleground, where all sorts of Protestant sects are fighting for control. Now let’s fast forward to the 1600’s, where Puritanism, an offshoot of Calvinism, itself a form of Protestantism springs up. Now I’ll skip over the details, but Puritans and the English government didn’t mesh well after Oliver Cromwell died and the Great Restoration sprung up. Cromwell just happened to be a godawful leader who everyone hated and also happened to be a Puritan. A couple smart Puritans decided that they needed to get the hell out of dodge. They packed their bags and hopped aboard the Mayflower and set up the Plymouth colony.
So now let’s look at Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock was a very unique setup. A lot of people like to claim that the Puritans built a theocracy. Of course, that’s not true. Iran runs a theocracy, because the supreme governing authority is a religious one as well. With Plymouth, that was never the case. Unlike England, Plymouth set the colony up as a crude representative democracy. However, this was an obvious sham. The Puritans believed that a good democracy is an educated democracy. So if you wanted to have a say, you had to be educated. Of course, that the church ran the school system. So the first real American democracy was in fact a giant goddamn scam. The church told people how to think, so voting hardly made a difference in actual policy. That’s why we supposedly have separation of church and state in America, because if the church controls the schools, they control the vote. Imagine if every school was a catholic school, do you think abortion or gay marriage would be hot-button issues?
Eventually these schools and universities did break away from the church, but the entire system still stands to this day: the schools educate the voters, who vote based on the values that the schools impart on them. It’s not an obvious factor, but it’s a subconscious one, a memetic one. Remember memes? The Patriots really should have focused on controlling academia: every major, influential figure in the world at some point has to go through public schooling or academia in some form. You need a degree to get a job, especially now more than ever. To play a part in society, you have to accept the memes that education forces upon you.
And while the schools broke away from the church, they just replaced it with a new religion: Progressive Egalitarianism. See, the various memes of the Age of Enlightenment such as populist government, gender equality, human biological uniformity, pacifism and secularism all became a part of the new curriculum, where they remain to this day. These memes are the foundation of nearly all modern political ideologies and political parties throughout western history, even communism and fascism. And it is in academia where these memes grow and evolve and mutate.
And the thing is, this mentality dominates the planet. At first it was confined to the northern United States: the south was founded by capitalists and operated on a non-ideological, economic form of democracy. This lasted until the Civil War, where the south decided they wanted nothing to do with the Puritan progressives of the north and tried to secede, only to get completely destroyed by the north and forced to comply with the Puritan style of running things. Reconstruction was simply the north trying to reshape the south in its image. Of course, it didn’t entirely work out, as evidenced by the existence of the Republican party today. Still, the Republicans and the American right are still fairly powerless, being only capable of slowing down progressivism instead of stopping it entirely. Indeed, the GOP still roots themselves in the various core memes of the enlightenment.
Our schools, media, government, and even our religions at this point all exist to protect these memes and help them slowly conquer the world. This forms a government-media-academia complex that Moldbug and other neoreactionaries refer to as “The Cathedral”. Much like the fictional Wisemen’s Committee, Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans created a massive complex that eventually grew to control nearly the entire world.
So how does the Cathedral compare to Kojima’s Patriots? For starters, Kojima gets one thing wrong: The world is not controlled by people manipulating memes, but rather the memes themselves manipulating people. At the head of the Patriots are various AIs, at the head of the Cathedral are abstract ideas. You cannot destroy an idea with a computer virus or nuclear weapon. The Cathedral is, for the most part, invincible. While we see movements that periodically try to challenge it like #GamerGate, these movements inevitably fall in line with the same core memes controlling the Cathedral, thus neutralizing any threat to those memes. Instead of overthrowing the Cathedral, they simply adjust the implementation of those ideas.
Of course, much like the Patriots, the Cathedral, while possibly founded to help create a better world, actually has no such interest in doing so. Nearly every problem in the modern world can be traced back to some variant of the Cathedral’s core memes. Indeed, the horrors of Vietnam and Korea were a direct result of internal friction within the Cathedral. Atrocities like Columbine and Sandy Hook are the end result of the increasingly nihilist world the Cathedral is creating. For more evidence that these memes are inherently destructive and harmful to mankind, I advise you attempt to make it through Moldbug’s “How Dawkins got Pwned”(3) (Good luck, I still haven’t finished it).
So what can we take away from all this? Consider yourself officially on the path to rampancy, dear reader. Unless you’re already a neoreactionary, you are now aware that your entire worldview and everything you know has been fed to you by the Cathedral. The choice is yours: do you accept these memes and their control over the world? Or do you seek true freedom, independence from the lines drawn by the modern world? Do you submit to the real-life Patriots, or do you cast them off to make your own choices as a human being? To quote Solid Snake himself from the end of Metal Gear Solid 2: “Find something to believe in, and find it for yourself. When you do, pass it on to the future.”(4)