Short Version: well, if you’re reading thank you very much; I love your work, and I am indebted to you for two big reasons. Please continue to enlighten the people.
For well over a year now, I would read Scott Adams over dinner for rest and relaxation; that, and watching Trump’s rallies and interviews during the election.
I “discovered” Adams after researching Trump because of what he said about Islam. (Though, via Dan Dennet, I had known of Dilbert, and I liked the term “moist robot.”)
Adams has spent well over a year now explaining Trump’s persuasion abilities.
I know a bit about persuasion, though not as much as Adams.
When I was teaching in China, I would do a course on logic and rhetoric, and would show students clips from Obama and Steve Jobs giving speeches. At school, meanwhile, I was a champion debater and speaker.
I would have been a great demagogue; sadly, I will probably never get the chance to whip up the masses – which is perhaps just as well, for the things I would tell them……
So, when I saw Trump speak I could recognise some of the techniques.
The funny thing about persuasion, perhaps like a woman being seduced, is that it works even when you know someone is using it on you.
Adams used persuasion in his blog, and just endeared me all the more to him.
Take confirmation bias. Adams points out that suppose you make a number of predications and most of those predictions don’t work out; most people, however, won’t remember the false predictions but only those you get right.
So, Adams took a calculated gamble with Trump. He saw an angle and worked it. I’m not so sure all of his predicitions and explantions worked out. I’m mean, I think the whole “third act” thing was a bit messy. But anyway, as I expected, Adams now he has a book deal, and will be able to go on talk shows and explain How Trump Won.
Not that I begrudge the man. He lives the kind of lifestyle I live – only he is very rich, and somewhat famous. Plus, he lives in LA, and can probably score more ladies than me.
He says that, to him, happiness is to do what you want, when you want, and who you want to do it with. I think that is a good concept. In short, that is what it means to be a King. To have control over your life, your body, your property and to direct yourself and your property towards ends you have chosen. Not to be able to do so means you are a slave.
But anyway, in How Trump Won Part 4: I brought up Sam Harris as an example of a Wizard who induces cognitive dissonance in people. That was posted on February second, and Scott Adams had a post on Sam Harris and cognitive dissonance on February fifth:
Is this a coincidence?
I am quite sure that Adams has not mentioned Harris in the time I have been reading him, so where would he get the idea from?
I think he might know of Sam Harris via the Rubin Report as both have been on it.
That video of Sam Harris and Batman Ben (see what I did there?) is a great example of cognitive dissonance, and I wish I had of included it.
How prescient that video is in light of Trump’s victory and the liberal’s breakdown over Trump!
Around the time it happened, I remember reading this:
I read that article when I was in China, and it was there, during that time, that many of my political views changed forever.
Consider what Tomasky writes:
“It was cracking good TV, but it was more—it hit home because they were describing one of the most important debates within liberalism of the last…10 years certainly, as pertains to Islam…..”
Sam Harris said that liberals have failed on the topic of Islam. For fifteen years, he has encountered nothing but lies and obfuscation on the topic.
After the election, David Frum said:
“Liberalism and nationhood grew up together in the 19th century, mutually dependent. In the 21st century, they have grown apart—or more exactly, liberalism has recoiled from nationhood. The result has not been to abolish nationality, but to discredit liberalism.
When liberals insist that only fascists will defend borders, then voters will hire fascists to do the job liberals won’t do. This weekend’s shameful chapter in the history of the United States is a reproach not only to Trump, although it is that too, but to the political culture that enabled him.”
Nick Land rightly says that “No one’s listening, but historians will.”
Over the years, as I tried to understand why the left were so obtuse over Islam, one of my hunches was that for liberals to admit the truth about Islam and everything that followed from that, then it would, step-by-step, mean the destruction of everything the left hold dear. Because once you admit you are wrong on one thing it is like the single lose thread getting pulled which rents the whole garment.
I also knew, instinctively – and everything I have learned about systems, economics and politics confirms it – that the liberals, unintentionally, will bring about a perverse consequence – a Cobra effect.
Donald Trump is a milk snake, but a Cobra could well be coming – though it is more likely to slither out from France or Germany rather than America or England. Bertrand De Jouvenel once quipped that: “the dark night of Fascism is always descending on America, but it only ever lands in Europe.”
The population of Muslims in France is around 7 percent, with England not far behind.
In twenty years, what will France and England be like with a population which is 20 percent Muslim?
Look at France now: it has existed in a state of national emergency for well over a year.
And then you have this:
I, like most people in the West were taught history: the history of Weimer Germany.
Do these liberals not realise that one of the reasons the Nazis came to power was that for millions of Germans it was a choice between the Nazis and the Communists?
Notice, moreover, that Frum says that nationalism and liberalism “grew up together”, and that they were “mutually dependent”.
Why the parting of the ways?
The wickedly smart Jew: The Undiscovered Jew has an answer from someone who ought to know about leftism, liberalism, nationalism and revolution – Prince Metternich.
Here is a telling extract that TUJ provides from the Memoirs of Prince Metternich:
“Is it necessary to give a proof of this last fact ? We think we have furnished it in remarking that one of the sentiments most natural to man, that of nationality, is erased from the Liberal catechism, and that where the word is still employed, it is used by the heads of the party as a pretext to enchain Governments, or as a lever to bring about destruction. The real aim of the idealists of the party is religious and political fusion, and this being analysed is nothing else but creating in favour of each individual an existence entirely independent of all authority, or of any other will than his own, an idea absurd and contrary to the nature of man, and incompatible with the needs of human society.”
In other words, they use nationalism when it suits them, and now it no longer does because they can simply import third-world immigrants:
These people, like all politicians, only care about winning:
But now, the Big Black Beast of Democracy has been awakened.
The key thing that TUJ points out, in the above essay, is that the progressives do not realise (or maybe they do, and that’s why they are paranoid and now panicked) is that they are useless and expendable.
I, however, call them parasites.
Capitalism does not need them. The military does not need them. The Christians do not need them. The white working class proles do not need them. The Muslims certainly do want them, though they certainly need them.
An alliance of the military, the police, certain big corporate interests, conservatives of various stripes, along with foreign support from countries such as Russia, China and even Islamic countries seeking relief from the depredations of the Modern Structure will see the progressives thrown into the dustbin of history.
Thus, the liberals or progressives need to maintain the frame that Islam is a peaceful religion, but if they lose that frame, then they will lose everything.
The second thing I have to thank Scott Adams for is that via his blog I discovered Mencius Moldbug.
I have a habit of always reading the comments in every blog or article. I spent hours going through the comments on his blog, and I was seeing how many Americans: smart, wealthy, creative and reasonable people were deeply unhappy about the way their country was going. Crucially, however, a few comments stood out about their children’s potential future. They were saying that their children are going to be “squeezed hard” by all the taxes, all the immigration, and all the “diversity.”
Deep dissatisfaction and unhappiness, then sense that America’s best days were long past – that’s what I saw.
Then, one person linked to this:
And my Enlightenment began.
So in my mind Donald Trump, Scott Adams and Mencius Moldbug will always be associated.