EGI Notes

Friday, February 6, 2015

Advice for Young White Men

Generally sound.

In general, I approve of this essay by Le Brun.  Given that social pricing is one of the System's most powerful weapons - at least here in America - any sort of practical advice as to how to evade its effects is helpful.  Of course, as the title suggests, this advice is targeted to younger White men who are more or else starting out, not for those who are older and for who "that ship has sailed."  

Of course, in addition to this advice, and of use for Whites of all ages, is to build socioeconomic structures that can protect our folk in times of stress (including social pricing).  The two approaches can be complementary: Whites who use Le Brun's advice can first make themselves more impregnable, and then link up with others to begin to form a network.

The only real issue I see with the essay is the promotion of Greene's book.  Now, if Le Brun is, as is probable from my reading of the essay, suggesting that Greene's book is a useful outline to learn how others may try to manipulate you, all well and good. But I would be hesitant to recommend it as any sort of serious blueprint for self-actualization, based on my reading. This has nothing at all to do with "moral" concerns.  I care not about that, as my own moral standards differ fundamentally from that of the general society. Instead, I have some practical and intellectual objections. Three basic problems:

1. A fraction of the suggestions in the book are fundamentally contradictory to other suggestions in the same book.  The lack of internal consistency turned me off to the author; the book reads like a crude first draft, one never proofed for consistency, style, etc.

2. If a person tries to follow the book's precepts as if it were an instruction manual (essentially, the book's tone), I think their efforts and agenda will be a bit too transparent for their more intelligent colleagues and competitors.  Fooling the rubes and masses is one thing; fooling those who are more relevant to "politics" is another.  Amusingly, I once knew a fellow who was enacting the book's instructions (I actually discovered he was reading the book at the time; he left a copy where an observant individual could see. A paranoid person may say he did that on purpose as a form of deep manipulation; I believe he was just careless).  His transparency and rigidness left him open to counter-manipulation, which afforded to me many days of amusement.  Eventually, the situation evolved to one in which mutual self-interest was discovered (one of the book's pieces of advice that are sound), and further "games" became superfluous. A warning: just because those in your circle seem to be ensnared in your web of "48 powers" doesn't mean that at least one of them isn't just "giving you enough rope" and waiting for you to slip up. Or is just "jerking you around" for their own agenda or amusement.

Which leads to a related objection: humans being humans, even a relatively successful "politician" will muck things up, and when things go off script, it can be messy.  Master politician Bill Clinton couldn't keep his pants on. Nixon was paranoid and self-destructive.  Eschewing the path of pure sociopathy is not for "moral" purposes - it is wise as well.  Following the precepts of the book will create for its disciple dedicated enemies, waiting for the inevitable slip-up.  One needs to be able to think on their feet and have an instinctive feel for the possibilities; when the inevitable slip-up occurs, following Greene's script may not help.

3. Some of Greene's advice is highly context dependent.  During Stalin's purges (to use an extreme example), drawing attention to yourself and taking credit for the actions of subordinates would likely lead to a bullet in the base of the neck, while riding out the storm in relative isolation would be more prudent (to a paranoid like Stalin, the fact that a person would have a cohort of friends/supporters would make them more, not less, likely targets of persecution, since they would be more likely competitors).  At a more mundane level, there can sometimes be advantages to crafty isolation, combined with clever counter-punching.  At times, one can fake an emotional response, in order to draw out an opponent.  Many times, creating chaos (especially if done anonymously or with plausible deniability) is useful: stir things up and sit back and watch reactions of friends and foes alike.

I've seen many people using Greene's tactics (not saying they necessarily read the book like the case discussed above, but that they use some of the tactics Greene describes), have temporary success, but then it backfires for the reasons I discuss here.

I'll refrain from going to much into the ad hominem direction, but one can ask why Greene hasn't parlayed his knowledge of power into greater personal success, and why he finds it necessary to share the knowledge with others (for pay, as I assume he has earned money from the book), rather than rising up to high political office, CEO, etc.

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