These images belong to RT & Caravaggio, respectively.
These images belong to RT & Caravaggio, respectively.
“The share of Americans not having sex has reached a record high,” reports the Washington Post. We are quickly closing in on a quarter of adults reporting total celibacy. In mainstream comment sections frequented primarily by Baby Boomers, this news seems to be provoking quite a bit of head-scratching.
However insufferably smug it may seem to quote one’s own works, I would like to document the fact that–thanks to the assistance of endless anecdotal data available for gleaning on social media, especially Reddit and Youtube comments–this should be a surprise to no one.
“Eros Fled,” from Deus Non Machina (2017)
…Claiming that sexuality is also being menaced may seem audacious and even absurd since there has never been a time when it was less restrained than now. However, the destruction of sexuality is counterintuitive. Just as the way to stop a child’s gluttonous sweet tooth is to allow him or her to get a terrible stomachache by overindulgence, so the way to cause human sexuality to malfunction is by encouraging society to overdose upon it. One need only consider the increased divorce, depression and sexual discontent and deviance that has arisen in tandem with so-called sexual liberation. Humanity has never had more orgasms and less satisfaction.
Yet deadening and devaluing actual sex is not enough, for it is too hardwired into man’s instincts to be entirely quit, unsatisfactory or not. Rather, the sexes must be alienated to consummate a “progressive” sexuality. The goal is not for humanity to lose interest in orgasm, but in having it with the opposite sex. The foundation for this has been laid by feminism—an opportunity for hatred of the sexually dimorphic and traditionally familial to masquerade as an equalization of rights. With the boogeyman of patriarchy as its excuse, feminism has efficiently emasculated developed societies, demonizing or even criminalizing all that is naturally masculine. And just in case that is not enough to stave off the incorrigible heterosexual male, technology’s more expedient outlets for sexuality such as pornography beckon any man who has received this “we don’t need no man” message loud-and-clear. When technology can allow males complete sexual gratification without any of the legal or emotional risks now involved in attachment to a female as well as the ability to propagate their genes via artificial wombs, the disintegration of males and females shall be complete…
“Wastrel,” from The Blue Testament (2018)
…This female ambition or hypergamy is not just self- nor child-serving; it has also prompted many a dubious father to “get his act together” and “make something of himself” where he might otherwise have stagnated in a worldly sense. Such is the devious but not-all-together sinister trap that nature lays for men—to fulfill themselves sexually they have had to better themselves materially. Though male fortunes, Herculean physiques, scientific pursuits, and artistic magnum opuses have doubtlessly been achieved without the accompanying favors of some minx in mind, one wonders how dramatic the reduction of these accomplishments would be had the libido been absent. So must men see dreaded “bitching” begrudgingly yet with a degree of appreciation. It may be unpleasant, but it is not evil in that it serves a necessary purpose.
The only trouble with this hypergamy is that, being biological and often unconscious, it cannot be (or is rarely) adjusted even when appropriate. Thus women continue to be drawn to polygamous, testosterone-besotted males during peak fertility only to desire a less-aggressive monogamous provider once the hormones have died down. This behavior made perfect sense in an age when he who excelled at violence stood the best chance of preserving new life. In peaceable modernity it is rendered a sad parody of nature’s intention, merely serving to cuckold would-be-fathers throughout their sweetheart’s breeding years or indefinitely.
In addition, the reversal of gender superiority—from dowry where a father paid a man to take his daughter off his hands to the Sadie Hawkins dance of modern courtship—has and is creating a class or substrata of males who can expect, regardless of their preference, to remain lifelong bachelors. The results are in—when no structure of societal shame exists to prevent it, women would rather share a 6’ tall extroverted athlete with salary to match than settle for exclusive rights to an average male. Put concisely, the age of the harem has recommenced. “Good,” the militant feminist may reply. “Men have always made women feel they are nothing more than sex-dolls. It is only fair that we take our revenge by making men feel that they are nothing to us but dildos with wallets.” Such sexual saber-rattling is relatively harmless so long as these rejected males find adequate distraction from their genetic plight. However, should the bread and circuses of video-games and pornography ever grow old for them, I shiver to think what these lost boys with nothing to lose might get up to!
And lest we conclude that all such modern bachelors have been forced out of the sexual sphere, let us meditate upon those who have opted out as well, called grass-eaters in the East and MGTOW (“Men Going Their Own Way”) in the West. Believe it or not, some men have a sense of pride and propriety that their penis does not trump. The thought that they must meet various, rather shallow criterion before the female will deign favor is so offensive that they would rather take their balls and go home. On an even shrewder basis, they may entertain meeting those criteria only to then consider the distinct possibility that all the work involved will come to naught via divorce, alimony, and child-support. “Better to have loved and lost…” is a sentiment few men share in extremis.
Increasingly this current state of sexual affairs seems to eerily mimic the findings of NIMH scientist John B. Calhoun during this “Rat Utopia” experiment. Therein he provided his rat subjects with a world free from every danger except limited space. They then reproduced to such an unsustainable extent that the males eventually became asexual—preferring to relax and clean their coats rather than participate in the Rat Race, as it were…
These works are available either as free PDFs or as physical books via Amazon here.
For any newcomers to this subject matter who would like a brief summary, I’ll say this: the fall of the Roman Empire roughly began the age of the celibate monk. I recommend considering how these modern headlines may relate to that ancient factoid.
Code red. Meme magic has breached the containment field, folks. Per the shooter’s manifesto, he is intentionally offering leftwing ideologues a rightwing boogeyman in the hopes that the culture war will accelerate into a real war. The scary bit is, it could work, especially if there are copycats. Please consider treating all corporate media as compromised, and all video/audio/viral posts as highly suspect, until emotions stabilize.
March 7th, Forbes rakes XRP over the coals…again.
Four days later, Coindesk reports Swiss SIX will open a Ripple ETP this year.
Could JPM’s attempt at competing with Ripple be a factor?
Here’s a sensible-sounding (if clearly biased) theory from Youtube. However, he may be underestimating the effect of Ripple holding 60% supply.
What do you think? Is $0.31 USD the right price?
The following is the outline of a lecture I gave today at the Jacksonville Public Library’s Winter Poetry Celebration. I hope it proves useful to anyone with notebooks full of honed material which deserves to be shared, but hasn’t been yet.
-Expect & accept rejections
-Free verse/no rhyme unless formality is specified
-Shorter line-length poems preferred (attention span/cheaper)
-Wording unique but thoughts universal
-Bias toward visual/format eccentricity?
-Select 3—5 best poems
-Cover letter & author bio
-Choose between physical or online journals
-Only send to journals that accept “simultaneous submissions”
-Physical journal acceptance rates generally 1—3%
-Poetry reading periods/contests commonly receive 500+ submissions
-Generally recommend avoiding submission fees (rewarding bad behavior) (Rattle as possible exception)
-Publishing as politics; use it to your advantage (if applicable)
– Christian, British, Aryan name/straight white man? Consider penname/penpersona
“We particularly welcome submissions from indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and under-represented communities. If you are comfortable identifying yourself as one or more of the above, please feel free to mention this in your cover letter.”
-U of New Brunswick’s The Fiddlehead
“[Submissions] are currently closed. During the off season, we only accept queries from POC and LGBTQ folks.”
-Tree Light Books
-Poetry manuscript publishers expect previous publication of individual poems
-Consider self-publishing (Amazon’s Createspace for paperback/ebook, Vanities for hardback)
-Chapbooks vs full-length manuscripts (15—45p; 50—120p)
-Small presses (anecdote: 60 manuscript submissions; 2 acceptances; 1 publication)
-Literary agents/large publishers not a realistic option for poets without connections
-Robert Lee Brewer’s Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published
-pw.org / Poets & Writers magazine
Though “AOC” gives me the vibe of a hysteric whose endorsement of this “deal” will do little more than guarantee Trump a second term, I still find it useful as a preview of the legislation one can expect to see once the voting power of Baby Boomers succumbs to millennials/Gen Z. It also interests me as a blatant love-letter between establishment hacks (Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren) and formidable fringe minds such as Jill Stein, Van Jones, Ban Ki-moon, etc. Finally, it is arguably the first attempt by Bernie Sanders (and his brain-power Stephanie Kelton) to bare a fang since the Hillary campaign taught him to sit and stay.
In general, this “deal” is obviously a Trojan Horse for comprehensive socialism disguised as specialized environmental policy. Implicit within it is the assumption that one cannot have an environmentally-responsible capitalist system (–not that what the U.S. has today is genuinely capitalist). In order to avoid a future where all of California looks like the outskirts of Las Vegas and the swathe from Houston to New Orleans is an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, it suggests we must provide every human with satisfactory employment (unless they’re unwilling to work, if AOC’s now-deleted faux pas is to be believed) and creature-comforts. At first it appears merely another tired repetition of Trosky/Lenin pipe-dreams, wherein a horde of useful idiots call for the kulaks and bourgeoisie to be “dispossessed,” and shortly thereafter find themselves imprisoned or buried beside their slightly richer fellow men. But I am tempted to say that it actually signals a change in the developed world’s genre–Sinclair’s Jungle exchanged for Gibson’s Neuromancer. Without aggressive population control, be it achieved by genocide or putting contraceptives in the water supply (better put it in sodas too, knowing Americans), this plan would guarantee an effete-cyberpunk future wherein all have granite counter-tops and crown-molding in their 6×4′ cells. At least the sky will be clear, when you can sneak a glimpse of it.
…replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices offering public sector jobs which are “stored” in job banks in order to take up any slack in private sector employment.
AKA busy-work to occupy a bored, superfluous populace; see the massive apartment-complexes that sit empty and rotting in the suburbs of Beijing, destined to be bulldozed and rebuilt ad nauseam.
…quality health care which will be achieved through a single-payer Medicare-for-All program.
Good, if disingenuous. The environment wherein all these promises could be achieved is one in which there is no “payer,” only a centralized provider.
The right to a tuition-free, quality, federally funded, local controlled public education system from pre-school through college. We will also forgive student loan debt from the current era of unaffordable college education.
“…through college” is asinine. An undergrad has become the new high-school diploma due to the inadequacies of the public school system. To competently reform said system would remove the “necessity” of attending college. Furthermore, forcing debt-forgiveness upon all such institutions will extinct them, making this class-signifier (your actual concern) a thing of the past.
The right to decent affordable housing, including an immediate halt to all foreclosures and evictions.
See yall in the gulag…
The right to accessible and affordable utilities – heat, electricity, phone, internet, and public transportation – through democratically run, publicly owned utilities that operate at cost, not for profit.
I believe Japan is the bellwether in this regard; if their economy continues to prove incapable of collapsing, then we will know for sure that the developed world’s economic model has become entirely synthetic and stable, in which case USD or yen are just as worthless as Monopoly money, and governments ought to dispense with the pretense of currency to become “providers without payers” as aforementioned. Anyone who has read my compilations knows I consider this to be the sum of all fears; I hope it is not yet here.
…keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.
Investor as sinister; ROI as malign. No question as to where one finds the “local labor” willing to “create wealth” for their community when no wicked “investor” is there to organize the endeavor and recompense them. Shall all become entrepreneurs? Will the U.S. return to an agrarian society overnight? Utter bullshit.
Democratize monetary policy to bring about public control of the money supply and credit creation. This means we’ll nationalize the private bank-dominated Federal Reserve Banks and place them under a Monetary Authority within the Treasury Department.
Ron Paul called. He wants an apology.
Break up the oversized banks that are “too big to fail.” …Establish a 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers.
Good. Why not 99%?
Revoke corporate personhood by amending our Constitution to make clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech.
…do away with so-called “winner take all” elections in which the “winner” does not have the support of most of the voters…
“most of the voters” = mob-rule. Difference between republic and democracy…
Create a Corporation for Economic Democracy, a new federal corporation (like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to provide publicity, training, education, and direct financing for cooperative development and for democratic reforms to make government agencies, private associations, and business enterprises more participatory. …Strengthen media democracy by expanding federal support for locally-owned broadcast media and local print media.
My hackles raise at these nondescript iterations upon “We’re from the government; we’re here to help.”
…repealing the Patriot Act and those parts of the National Defense Authorization Act that violate our civil liberties…
About damn time. I had feared NDAA might never be touched by liberals simply because Obama had a hand in it. Time really does heal all wounds…
…reducing military spending by 50% and closing U.S. military bases around the world…restoring the National Guard as the centerpiece of our system of national defense…
The USD is backed solely by lead (bullets). It would be an interesting economic experiment indeed for us to transition to socialism and decrease military aggression abroad simultaneously. Read with a slight squint, this seems like we are going to bring our boots and rifles home, just in case we have need of them here during the “transition.”
Which of my books would I prioritize regaining if they were lost?
It’s a difficult question, and to my own surprise I found an unintentional theme while attempting to answer it. I feel perfectly comfortable with never again owning most of my fiction and poetry titles, knowing they can always be revisited via library. This is probably due to the fact that I’m now more interested in writing my own fiction than ingesting others’, and it’s rare that I need fictional works as a reference, whereas having major works of history and philosophy at hand are indispensable.
So, while I would never recommend anyone neglect fiction or poetry, it would be disingenuous to include such titles here. And, more often than not, I would simply recommend classics of the “no, duh” variety in those genres, whereas a few of my nonfiction selections manage to avoid the status of household names.
Theodore Draper’s A Struggle for Power
Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
Davis’ Three Roads to the Alamo
Carl Sandburg’s Lincoln (Prairie & War Years)
Shelby Foote’s Civil War
The Landmark Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Arrian, Julius Caesar
Gibbon’s Decline and Fall
Graves’ Greek Myths and White Goddess
Hall’s Secret Teachings of All Ages
Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations
Lin Yutang’s The Wisdom of China and India
Watson’s Grand Historians of China
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Le Morte D’arthur
Mishima’s Sun and Steel
Clason’s Richest Man in Babylon
I’m very glad to announce that my ‘Collaborations’ page is up and running. Click here to read the first of many entries–my interview with a Texas poet-professor on his craft.
I was diagnosed with pernicious anemia at 23 years of age (my gut does not adequately absorb vitamin B12, essential for cell regeneration). This has been treated successfully with 1000mcg liquid cyanocobalamin (synthetic) injected weekly & sublingual methylcobalamin (organic) as needed.
With pernicious anemia usually only being seen in geriatric patients, and my sudden symptoms (exhaustion and slight depression culminating in a bed-ridden state accompanied by mild sensory hallucinations), I naturally pondered a cause other than mere chance.
I narrowed it down to two significant lifestyle changes that both occurred within two years of the diagnosis.
In order to test these hypotheses, I maintained and even increased my exercise routine while going completely sober from September 2017 to December 2018, experiencing no anemic symptoms during this time.
Then, I drank 6 tall glasses of red wine within 48 hours. By the following day I was on the cusp of reliving the original culmination of symptoms which had driven me to seek medical attention and ultimately be diagnosed. In particular, the sensory hallucinations returned in the form of smell–while driving along a highway with no restaurants nearby, it suddenly seemed as though an entire nonexistent Thanksgiving meal (turkey, dressing, cranberry) were in the vehicle with me.
Arriving home, I immediately injected the 1000mcg, and by the next day all symptoms had ceased.
While I’m sure it will come as no surprise to medical professionals to find that alcohol may alter or agitate the gut, especially of an individual whose gut is already deficient, I thought this might be of interest to anyone else who is wondering whether to keep drinking when diagnosed with pernicious anemia. As for myself, I now know not to take another drop.