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Utopian Socialists vs. Scientific Socialists

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Anyone who reads Marx knows that he writes about “Utopian Socialists.”

I would argue that Utopian Socialists are not Socialists at all. They are merely progressives who are stuck in the current mode of production. FDR could be considered a Utopian Socialist. He wanted to strengthen the economy, redistribute wealth and base society off of ideals, but he did not want tie his analysis and worldview to concepts which involved changing modes of production. Increasing taxes was not changing the mode of production, but a matter of administration within a mode of production that already existed. Increasing taxes may be Socialistic, but it is not Marxist.

Improving people’s quality of life could be considered Utopian Socialism. Arguing that the state should be revolutionized based on the antagonisms caused by class conflicts in Marx’s era is what Marx called Scientific Socialism.

You could argue that even Fascism and Nazism have some Venn Diagram overlap with Utopian Socialism. They want to change society to pursue an ideal, while working within existing means of production. Fascism is based on a strong state and imperialism, whereas Nazism is based on scientifically invalidated interpretations of race.

I personally believe that some Utopian Socialism is necessary after the Socialist Party takes power, in the form of technocracy. Technocracy is idealistically orienting society towards technological improvement and is not inherently tied to a mode of production. Technocracy is necessary to produce an abundance of resources, otherwise Communism will just be poverty. Whether this Technocracy occurs in the Capitalist, Socialist or Communist mode of production is a matter of debate. But the key is that the technocracy must occur after revolution, because a good economy will mask class antagonisms.

Jared Taylor, Anti-Semitism, and the “expanded audience”

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Jared Taylor runs the website, magazine, and conference associated with “American Renaissance.” It is considered a “race realist” organization. It is known for having “nazis” / “Jew obsessives” on one hand and Jews (and people who oppose obsession with Jews) on the other hand.

The link

We can broadly define the expanded audience as people who either disapprove of making the Jewish question important or disagree with attacking Jews. These people usually do not post on vbulletin forums. We can define the “core audience” as people who are obsessed with Jews and (usually) post on vbulletins.

I think it is clear that Jared Taylor wants an expanded audience.

I think if Jared Taylor would have retained the expanded audience, he would have more explicitly denounced anti-semitism.

The whole idea of an expanded audience vs. a core audience can be compared to video game sales. Look at the people who buy guitar hero or “cooking mama.” They do not keep buying games like the people who buy say Metroid or Metal Gear Solid. In general, games which successfully target the expanded audience have high sales, but the people who buy those games do not keep gaming the same way veteran gamers do. The situation can also be compared to people who bought beanie babies. They were a huge fad and the company which sold them experienced enormous short term growth, but you cannot find these items easily anymore.

I think that is what happened to Jared Taylor. He brought in an expanded audience, but it did not last very long. It lasted one or maybe two conferences max. At his first conference, he had a bunch of Jewish speakers and Michael Levin was writing books for him. However, slowly the fad died off. I do not write this in a condescending way but in a realistic way. The “new people” did not stick around.

Now he is stuck with the core audience. I personally do not think he wants to be in this position. If he could expand the audience, he would. If he expanded the audience, he would further mainstream his position on Jews from avoiding the topic to explicitly denouncing anti-Semitism. The problem is that if he made that move, he would lose his core and lose it to gain nothing in return. You can compare American renaissance to a “business” that is trying to stay in business, and which is having trouble expanding, and is stuck with a core audience that they had hoped would be obsolete by now.

The question is why does Jared Taylor want to expand? Is it for his own greed, is it for the “good of his cause,” or is it because he fundamentally disagrees with anti-semitism? If you put Jared Taylor in a philosophy debate, would he have deep reasons why the arguments in favor of anti-semitism are wrong?

I will note that Free Media Productions experienced a similar dilemma. However, we lost our core audience (mainly “termites” who dislike mainstream society) and went with an expanded audience. We did bring in a number of vbulletin members, but they did not last very long. They were “a fad.” We had to accept that the way to reach a large audience was to focus on social networking, blogging and videos, not vbulletins. Eventually, we closed down the lyceum / firezone forum as it was no longer doing what it was supposed to do, which is to facilitate philosophical discussion. We kept an archive running however.

The majority of people who are “new to the free media productions” turn over quickly so we adapted by switching to different mediums which are designed for that larger “short-term” audience. They view the website, then they leave. Then someone else views the website. If you want an active vbulletin forum, the people who are willing to post on it long term are limited in total quantity. Free Media Productions has designed itself for an expanded audience, but it was a necessary move because the core became smaller and smaller after the original lyceum fell apart in 2007.

All of this leads me to a point. In order to get and retain an expanded audience, Jared Taylor would have to do something really really innovative. He would have to fundamentally restructure the organization, and make it something different then what it is right now. If he does not do that, he is stuck with the core audience.

Group Psychology and Idiots

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

I noticed that if you take a small group of dumb self-righteous people who support the same cause, and throw them together, they will actually start to think they are intelligent. They will actually start to believe they are popular. They become very pretentious, when to the rest of the world, they are laughed at.

They will rely on each other for support. Even though outside of their clique, it is obvious that they are idiots.

Anyone else notice this?

differentiation, disruption and bitterness – fanboys

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Link to Article on Strategy Book

An example of differentiation and disruption is Apple, but I am focusing more on Nintendo because Nintendo generates more anger among what is viewed as rivals and competition. Nintendo however does not view itself as competing directly with the companies whose fans attack it, but indirectly. They prefer to not openly respond to their critics and ignore them. In that regard, a better comparison to me may be insane clown posse. There is not a day that goes by when some self-righteous and autistic “forum lord” does not remind me of how much he/she hates me, whether here, or on various (there are a few) “free speech websites.”

If you look at the uniquely intense bitterness towards us and more particularly, me, on the internet, you can think of it as a couple of blocks. The exact same bitterness exists for Nintendo, but it is the size of a city. I quit my subscription to Game Informer two to three years ago due to what I perceived as bitterness and bias. I read bitter and biased comments on the internet all the time. The least bitter comments, never from loyal fans by the way, say “Nintendo is a sell-out. They abandoned us.” More intense comments accuse Nintendo of destroying the entire industry. They come at a time when Nintendo is now succeeding more than ever in relation to its “competition.” All the “big whig analysts” thought both the DS and Wii would be crushed by the PSP and PS3, due to pre-existing fanbases, but those analysts were dead wrong.

In previous decades, Sony poached Nintendo fans. This time, Nintendo may have stolen some Sony fans, but really, the main thing they did was create new fans. New gamers. I always believed this strategy would work, though I was surprised how well it worked. Both systems are respectively setting records in sales. Both are sneered at very loudly! They are sneered at by the fans of others systems, who argue that they were “left behind.” Who left who behind? I’d say the fans themselves were disloyal to Nintendo.

I can see why someone who is alien to gaming history may laugh. You do not understand, comments get very very bitter. It may seem “stupid.” “Who really cares?” It is reality, even if you think it is stupid. I can set my watch to it and predict it. As Nintendo attempts to reach out to new market segments, older pissy fanboys who long ago abandoned Nintendo become more and more childish. It really sounds like a baby who has lost his pacifier. Literally.

The comments towards me : “You are an attention whore and you are unconventional.” Similar to Nintendo in intensity but not on the same scale in terms of number of culprits, I am resented for attracting a crowd as opposed to conforming to a pre-defined set of social norms and values. They are jealous and bitter comments and they come from a likely source – rivals who are stuck in the past and pretend to be “offering constructive criticism.” But a key difference between nintendo and I is that I perhaps profit from these feuds by twisting, bending and deflecting them. That being said, it is tedious and a bit upsetting. It is not that I believe the obvious bullshit written on the internet, but it saddens me that the supposed anti-establishment is so socially inept. I hate the establishment, but socially, the social skills inside the ruling class are superior. If I didn’t have these problems, I’d use other “world problems” to build traffic. Not being a professional outlet, revenge also plays a role in my thinking. The bottom line is that in terms of making a name for ourselves, we’ll get from “point a” to “point b,” whether using a train, a bus, an air plane, or magic. Check the pageranks. We have made a name for ourselves. That’s why the people on the sidelines affiliated with bitter people heckle.

Understand the strategy of differentiation. It is a deliberate strategy to abandon the so-called hardcore segment and instead focus on other segments. To redefine the game. I anticipate a lot of anger and bitterness in the future. We’ll exploit it, but more importantly, we’ll also look beyond it and achieve goals. The more we achieve, the more backlash I expect. That is cool though, because negativity and rebelliousness is now a core component of what makes metal gear himself and free media productions itself. In addition, the “loud angry enemy” can be emotionally draining but he is not very numerous. The increase in traffic is worth the polarization. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I keep it real, and would continue on even if I lost all my traffic. Even if I was legally threatened. Even if my career was destroyed.

William Pierce discusses social misfits and avoids “the movement”

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

In terms of what he said, he is actually correct.  I do not really care, because William Pierce is as important to me as Tiger Woods or the next worker at Duncan Donuts.  Nevertheless, William Pierce would hate basically every internet “white nationalist” that exists today.

If you are reading this over the internet and consider yourself a white nationalist, then William Pierce probably would have hated you.

Separation of Powers

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Berianidze / Besoshvili owns the domain freemediaproductions.info

I control the hosting of the website.

Besoshvili basically runs the news portion of the website.

I basically control the tech behind the website.

We differ ideologically, but because we divided the power, there is strong assurance that we will tolerate ideological differentiation. The smart design of free media productions has prevented a giant ideology war.

An Explanation of the strategy behind Free Media Production

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

The top 3 percent of the world’s population holds more wealth than the lower 97 percent. Comments on blogs and forums are similar. A small group of “hardcore” commentators repeatedly comment on websites with feedback, whereas the majority of people do not comment frequently.

It is easy to be manipulated by a small audience. The creators of FMP were people who were disliked by the “bar regulars” who comment on extremist forums. The creators decided to target the other 97% of the population rather than the “hardcore user.”

We did this by technologically designing the site to focus more on web design, blogging and news than on a forum. The target is google and a wide audience rather than the steady but small community which we never got along with well anyways.

If you are wondering why I have aggressively taken positions (notably on Islam) which clearly contradict the other members, you can credit the blue ocean mindset. I care very little about pleasing hardcore users, and care much more about spreading my message to a broader audience.

The stats show that we are succeeding. Each month more UNIQUE views come in. The amount of comments do not really reflect this. Analogously, Jupiter has a very small core, but is a very big planet. Quite frankly the only real choice we had when we launched this website was to abandon the “frequent commentator” user base. Even for extremists, we were too controversial. The fact of the matter is we’ve actually succeeded in building a new (though more silent) audience in a way that we would not have if we did not switch our strategy to trying to stand out rather than fit in. Part of standing out is angering the status quo thus sacrificing important people but opening the doors to people who otherwise wouldn’t notice.

You can call it selling out. In my opinion, we were always sneered at by the “elite bar regulars” so we don’t feel guilty.

North Korea embraces National Identity and Technology

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Link to News Room

After inspecting and visiting with workers at a smeltering plant inside the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), General Secretary Kim Jong Il of the Korean Workers’ Party (KWP) called for a “renovation” in information technology in order to develop the country’s strength as a technological power.

August 27 – General Secretary Kim Jong Il of the Korean Workers’ Party called for an “information technology renovation” in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to the official Rodong Sinmum daily journal.

General Secretary Kim’s comments came after visiting the May 11 Smeltery plant, according to DPRK state media. While touring the plan, Kim advised workers to improve technology in production process in order to increase overall productivity.

The development of a strong, powerful and technologically advanced nation has been the cornerstone of Kim Jong Il’s revolutionary Songun policies. Earlier this week, Kim Jong Il reaffirmed that the future of the DPRK lied inextricably with its ability to establish itself as a “powerful nation” against the threats of US imperialism and hostile foreign enemies in puppet “south” Korea and militarist Japan.

The link to the news room shows clearly that Kim Jong Il, like Stalin and Mao, set a goal of utilizing the non-existence of capitalist inefficiency to quickly modernize a country, and that North Korea talks about being a “strong nation against imperialism.” This is devastating for the clowns who continue to insist that nationalism and modern Communism are irreconcilable. It looks like a major Communist Party just vindicated me on two points.

On Conservatism

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

“People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete – the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are.” – Peter Drucker

He who is futuristic and progressive cannot reconcile with conservatives who are stuck in the past. The most diligent problem solvers are constantly analyzing and measuring the world, and making alterations to their approaches based on their findings. Conservatives define success or failure by how closely a given politician’s ideolgical line matches the line of past figures.  Pragmatic people judge actions based on their consequences, not based on their ideological consistancy.  Conservatives always talk about the founding fathers in America. But the founding fathers were revolutionaries, not conservatives. What is now “in the box” thinking was once “out of the box” and opposed to the ruling order of the Britsh monarchy. Those who are interested in being on the cutting edge have a difficult time reconciling with those who are stuck in the past.

Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control Liberals

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

Readers, reflect on the above quotation. People who expose what is wrong with society are better than people who slip under the radar. And it is “ordinary” liberals who slip under the radar as opposed to militant organizations and criminals. We must support the organizations that expose the cover of liberalism. For example, If Catholics organize as Catholics to support illegal immigration, it is superior to individuals slipping under the radar. Problems must be defined, measured and analyzed before they can be improved and controlled. The more militant and open the liberalism, the better it is for those who want to control it. The stronger groups like the ADL, Catholic Church, Protestant Churches, Republicans, Democrats and Major Corporations lobby for liberal causes, the more easy it is to expose those causes. Therefore the ADL, Catholic Church, Protestant Churches, Republicans and Democrats should be supported but with malicious intent to the causes they promote.

This philosophy is very Machiavellian, but anything that “exaggerates” liberalism is good for those who oppose it. The short term hurt the exaggeration causes will be rectified when more people howl back with anger.

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