Alternative Blogosphere Throwback Week

by Frost on December 12, 2011

Our generation is retarded. I’ve expanded on this claim here and here. The nature of our retardation is information addiction.

Our brains evolved in a world where it was essential for us to take notice of anything new in our environment. Any change in our surroundings likely meant a predator, another person, or something to kill and eat. In the 21st century, our novelty-seeking instincts are getting us hooked on the constant trickle of information updates on blogs, twitter, forums, Reddit, email, phones, and so on. Children of the electronic age are entering their adult lives with mush for brains, because rather than spend their hours reading, writing, socializing, building, learning, and doing, they have been clicking. Go ask someone who has just spent three hours on the internet what he has learned that is still with him – the answer is, probably nothing.

But this is all well-known to Freedom Twenty-Five readers. You know to limit your internet time, shut off the pop culture spigot, and spend the resulting free hours learning about the world, improving yourselves and accomplishing goals. You know that, rather than seek out the most recent sources of information and entertainment, you should instead seek out the best.

Why would you spend five hours reading the latest history and pop science best-sellers, the vast majority of which will be completely forgotten in a decade, if you haven’t yet read Homer, Thucydides, Plato, Shakespeare, Gibbon, Carlyle, Nock, and Burnham? The latter will be of a much higher average quality, and as a bonus, most don’t cost nuthin’. Do you think you’ll learn more reading a newspaper from 2011, or 1911? Should you watch Casablanca, or Mr. Popper’s Penguins? Should you play the latest Call of Duty, or The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time?

Ignoring what’s new and fresh and immediate is good for your mental health. More importantly, it frees up time to spend skimming the cream from earlier canons.

In that spirit, the next seven days will be Throwback Week here at Freedom Twenty-Five (and In Mala Fide). I’m going to honour six blogs by highlighting a selection of their classic posts. For this one week, I invite you to ignore your RSS, Twitter, and news sites. With the time you save, read these posts and browse through the authors’ archives. If you’re new to this corner of the blogosphere, I promise you there is gold to be found by digging through its past. If not, they’re still worth a re-read.

Throwback Week will begin tomorrow, and will continue through to next Sunday. Hold on to your dicks, gentlemen – shit’s about to get retro.

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Remnant December 13, 2011 at 5:06 am

Very timely topic. The larger point Frost makes is: don’t waste your time on trivialities. Spending time with the classics and the true giants. Looking back at historical pop culture is secondary in importance but it can still be extremely enlightening. The changes that have occurred in our society are more readily apparent by watching a ‘50s B flick than they are by reading Lear, even if Shakespeare is ultimately the more worthwhile pursuit.

With that said, I have been spending more time on Turner Classic Movies lately, and it can be mesmerizing even to watch bad movies. The contrast with just fifty years ago is simply mind-boggling.

I watched “Anchors Aweigh” (1945) over the weekend, and the number and range of Alt-Right lessons in it are amazing. Here are a few:

Game
For those who don’t believe in natural alphas and natural betas, watch Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in this movie. The natural alpha gets the hottest girl, and not only is he not trying to get her; he is actively pushing her towards the beta. The beta ends up with … the girl who chases him. And the natural order is very important: she is the right match for the beta, and she recognizes her own worth: she doesn’t want to ride the carousel just to get ephemeral kicks, she wants to settle for someone at her level.
Even if she is somewhat devious in how she pursues him, the end result is right: she accurately saw that the alpha girl was way beyong his level.

Pre-feminism
The men dress, act, treat each other, and expect to be treated, like men. The women, same. Kathryn Grayson was about 23 years old during filming: yet she dresses and does herself up like a woman, not a girl. Result: she is hot, as her youth deserves; but she is serious and mature in a way most 23 year olds today are not . And check out Grayson’s character’s young nephew: he is probably seven or eight in the film, but he wants to be a MAN: he wants to fight, he wants to dress properly and he wants to do manly things. Also, all of the game phenomena mentioned above work properly in large part because they are operating in a pre-feminist milieu. Perhaps the most important element is that the beta woman does not demean herself (and others) by acting above her station. That fact is what ensures an orderly and stable society: beta guys get theirs because the beta girls are there for them.

Paleo diet / fitness
I don’t know what Gene Kelly ate, but he has exceptionally low body fat, is very well-proportioned, carries himself well, and moves in an efficient and highly functional way: he’s a guy who can climb fences, run obstacles and kick ass, not do one-legged squats on upside down half-balloons. Most of the people – men and women – in the film are fit, slim and well-proportioned. Forget about the Kitovans or South Pacific Islanders: Americans were doing just fine health and fitness-wise not that long ago.

More could be said but I’ve made my point. (One caveat / disclaimer: I’m well aware that movies always present an idealized view of things,; but they contain a lot of truth about their societies too.)

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