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From Slacker to Shitlord – Confessions of a Reluctant Generation X “Activist”


I hate writing about politics. I would rather be writing movie reviews. I don’t even like politics. The only reason I write about politics is because at some point a few years ago, everything became so politicized that it became almost impossible to to disengage and detach from it on any practical level. There is no longer any escape from it in one’s daily life, other than through some form of escapist meditation or mind time travel adventures.

If I so much as check my email, there will be a social justice oriented opinion story on the login screen. If I wanted to watch sports, there would be a politicized protest taking place on the field, politicized sports analysis in the pregame/postgame show, a politicized halftime performance, as well as politicized “public service announcement” commercials. Almost all television shows and movies now have either heavily or subtly politicized themes. The rare ones that don’t, get criticized for not using their film for incorporating social justice issues into their plots, not having “diverse” enough casts, etc. If I want to go to a musical concert, there is a good chance the musicians on stage will be ranting about some political cause, or if they don’ can almost be sure that they will be virtue signaling on social media about “black lives matter” or feminism or whatever, if you like their music enough to decide to follow them on there. You will probably regret following them.

I had a very long “career” of hanging out in the indie “scenester” subculture and nightlife from about 1992-2010 without encountering much in the way of political confrontations or discussions (though the number began increasing steadily after about 2003.) I don’t go out much anymore, but I wonder to what extent avoiding politics in small talk is still possible. In many cases people’s identities themselves are politicized, “Let me introduce you to my friend Aubrey, she’s pansexual.”

An old friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that he was going to start deleting people, because he was sick of how it was becoming all politics all the time. “We’re all just victims and enforcers now” he said. This was surprising to me given that he was the type of person I would have assumed would be all about social justice identity politics, but he was also close to my age, and regardless of ideological disagreements he probably is nostalgic for the time when politics wasn’t everything, when people had other interests and hobbies, and when we could get away with being “too cool to care.”

As a prototypical Generation X slacker, when I rewatch a lot of my old favorite 80’s and 90’s indie films, I can’t help but think how alien they would seem to many young millennials. Most of my most heated debates in the 90’s were about obscure bands and movie directors, late night angst ridden philosophical discussions outside Circle K or 7-11 (before the cops would eventually kick us out for loitering.) More than anything I remember talking about what girls we were into and over analyzing our dating misadventures (though not in any way resembling the way PUA and manosphere types discuss these topics today.) Sure it wasn’t an entirely apolitical environment, but nobody I knew took politics very seriously or was invested in the political process to any significant degree. Some of my old friends have become so politicized now that it’s impossible to maintain a friendship with them if your opinions veer outside the realm of what they find acceptable (their choice not mine.) Luckily, some are still too disinterested to care, and we occasionally hang out and argue for hours over who was the hottest angel on Charlie’s Angels (1970s version.)

You see a disconnect with a lot of the older writers in the AltRight/AltLeft political sphere, who are often sarcastic, apathetic and misanthropic. When they get pushback from the younger, aggressive and committed shitlord revolutionary types..believers in the cause(or any cause,) they’re often taken aback and annoyed, “Like why are you guys so serious man?, you people think you’re going to change anything? Yeah, Right.”


I’m not a millennial or whatever the new “non-binary” generation is now called after them (Generation Z?) I will probably never be able to identify with them or have the same mindset they do about much of anything. Our life experiences are just too different (remember pagers? I didn’t even have one of those until I was 19, and I didn’t own a cellphone until I was like 25!)

Generation X people and early millennials have to learn to accept the fact that we’re well into a new era. The one we came of age in was a unique period of time which Bret Easton Ellis refers to as “the height of the empire.” That empire has slowly collapsed under its own weight (it was already collapsing even then, but most people were too comfortable to notice or take action.) The identity politics genie is not going to be wished back into the bottle. Those soul searching record store days and shows about nothing aren’t coming back. Still, our cynicism, angst, skepticism, ability to disengage and see through bullshit have never been more valuable than now. I used to think millennials were all going to be useless SJWs. To my surprise, many younger people have energy, talent and commitment to fighting these anti-whites. Maybe we can help them direct their energy towards something other than slaving for globocorp and video game activism. If we’re too apathetic to take their online militancy seriously enough to participate with both feet in, maybe we should just step out of the way. The astute hyper-analysis which we’ve frivolously applied to so many movies, records and relationships over the years, might actually be useful to those millennials determined to hack their way through the PC power structure,  and we could help them navigate the pitfalls that our idealistic, striver parents failed to avoid. I don’t know, maybe we can do something, if we feel like it.

The Unreality of “Non-Racist” Race Realism


Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about “anti-racist” or “non-racist” race realism in certain circles. Basically all it strikes me as is some kind of bizarre euphemistic rationalization for someone who says and believes racist things but wants to insist they are against racism, perhaps by implying that they aren’t going to act upon their thought criminalistic beliefs or take their beliefs to their logical conclusion and advocate for racially based policies or engage in any kind of racial activism.

This kind of approach doesn’t make much sense to me.

The minute you start talking about there being racial IQ differences or pointing out differences in group behavior tendencies among different racial groups, you’ve already crossed the Rubicon into racism. When you start talking about how blacks are loud and hoot and holler in movie theaters, that *is* a racist stereotype and a racist observation, (especially if you believe there is any biological basis for these behavioral differences, but even if you do not.) Racism is a belief or set of them, which can be held even if you take no action.

So what you are really trying to say is that while you are racist on some level and hold racist viewpoints and believe some racial stereotypes are accurate, that you would not want to discriminate against anyone based on these thoughts you hold. That doesn’t mean you’re not racist, it just means you’re against discrimination. Though even this seems hard to swallow. If you believe things about a certain group, why would you refuse to apply the knowledge you’ve accumulated or the beliefs you hold to your everyday life? That just seems remarkably inefficient and counter intuitive. The answer is of course you apply this knowledge in your life. If you know a particular neighborhood is predominantly black, do you just decide to go for a stroll through it in the middle of the night without any hesitation, just as you would in a predominantly Asian or white neighborhood of an equal socioeconomic status? My guess is that you would not, or that at the very least you would consider them each on a different basis. Tailoring your activity in an area based on the racial demographics (not exclusively but among other variables,) is a form of practicing racial discrimination. It is a mild form to be sure, but it is racism. You can even attempt to claim that it isn’t discrimination because there is no “victim,” and that you are not directly discriminating against anyone, yet if there is a store or a business in an area that is not being frequented because the racial demographics in that neighborhood makes people hesitant to conduct their shopping there, then that business is losing potential customers on the basis of racial discrimination (whether justifiably or not.)

So you can make the claim that you want to use these racially based observations and beliefs positively to help these other groups or in some way utilize this knowledge to help us all live together peacefully, but in order to apply this information to society in some useful way, that would entail a racially based policy or action of some kind to put this knowledge to practice. It’s still a racialist action that is taking place. Also the very notion that other groups should adopt the values and cultural norms of European western civilization, and that you can “help” them, is itself a kind of implicit white supremacy. It’s the “White Man’s Burden,” busybody imperialism as opposed to the quiet separatist who would rather just be left alone and isn’t concerned one way or the other with how others wish to live, so long as they do it far away.

Furthermore, identifying as a “non-racist” race realist won’t win you any points or shield you from being branded a racist by 95% of people. It’s a distinction without a meaningful difference.

Imagine your boss calls you into the office one day…

“Excuse me Charlie, we’ve had a complaint that you wrote an internet article back in 2010 that says blacks have a tendency to behave rudely in restaurants…”

“Oh don’t worry about that, sir. You see I’m not racist. I’m against racism. I’m just a race realist.”

“Well whatever, I’m afraid we’re going to have to let you go. Our company cannot tolerate white supremacists. We value diversity here at Globocorp. Security will escort you out of the building.”

Of course, none of this means that if you’re “racist” you by default must embrace white nationalism, separatism, segregation, gentrification or any other proposed “solution.” It just means you’re a racist. There are many different ideological directions one can go once they reach that realization. Racial awareness isn’t a one way street toward white nationalism, (though that’s certainly not an illogical direction to go in for many people.) Nor does this mean that you have to hate every non-white person. To the contrary, being racist allows you to be friends with someone from another race and deal with them from a mutual position of honesty and acceptance if you’re both up for it. The worst people are the ones who claim to be against racism and advocate for mass immigration from places like Somalia, but then move to Portland or send their kids to majority white private schools in Vermont. They’re like the Christians who constantly harp about degeneracy while they’re hypocritically engaging in all kinds of pervy shit in their own lives.
Why is hate considered intrinsically bad anyway? Hate can be good and useful, which is why it is something we’ve evolved to be biologically capable of emoting. Love is overrated. You don’t have to hate, but so what if you do? Hate can get you out of some nasty situations in life, one way or another.

Most people are subconsciously racist to one degree or another and are not aware of it, but they act upon these beliefs constantly. The (((media))) of course loves to point this out, but pushes the narrative that you are supposed to feel guilty about noticing behavioral patterns and using your brain efficiently in learned risk/reward assessment. They want you to repent by bending over and masochistically giving away western civilization to hostile people from the third world, and they pretend this is somehow good for everyone or that it is simply white people’s turn to suffer and be enslaved. Fortunately though, many whites read those propaganda articles about “examining their whiteness” and don’t find the ethnomasochism offer all that tempting. Instead, a growing number of them opt to simply embrace their whiteness and go with their survival instincts.

Adopting a Minimalist Lifestyle For Maximum Political Autonomy

Ellsworth Kelly - Blue and Orange,  1965
Ellsworth Kelly – Blue and Orange, 1965

In many parts of Europe you can be jailed for speaking out on certain topics. In the US however, the government pretty much let’s people say whatever they want with the exception of promoting violence and a few other caveats which are deemed off limits. The primary avenues suppression of speech here are through corporations, academic institutions and social ostracization. The threat of being fired and thus unable to support yourself or family financially, potentially being thrown out of school and diminishing prospects for the future( or having your fraternity group or school club banned,) and just general exclusion from various social circles.

There are many strategies to overcoming these obstacles. One of them is of course to play along and keep your mouth shut, climb the corporate ladder as a secret agent and leverage your influence later on when you’re too powerful to bring down easily. This was basically what many of the neoreactionaries advocated. Not everyone is suited for this role though. Some people have no interest in infiltrating the rat race or spending their lives with their lips zipped. They want to get up in the mix or just be free to say what they want and are not content to just grin in bear it through every employee “diversity training” seminar. So if you’re not rich or planning to be for the forseeable future and don’t have any people depending on you, (wife, kids etc) then adopting a minimalist lifestyle can give you the personal autonomy to engage in activism and withstand the negative consequences for perpetuating thought crime.

Here are some steps to consider and potential lifestyle changes you can implement:

1. First, save up some money. This may mean working a shitty wagecuck job for a few months to a year and keeping your mouth shut. Save as much money as possible during this time and plan for a day when you are going to quit, and most importantly stick to it. That few months can turn into many years of wagecuckery if you can’t work up the nerve to leave (especially if you start to get too cozy and comfortable which is what they want.)

2. Keep your mandatory living expenses as minimal as possible. I can’t stress this enough. A huge mortgage, rent payment or car payment can make it impossible to speak your mind, because you’re too dependent on the system and it’s institutions for the revenue to sustain yourself in the financial hole you’ve dug, let alone climb out of it. They know this and will relish the chance to bury you as an example if you say something that threatens the PC narrative. There are many ways to reduce your rent. Get a cheap studio apartment. Move in with a relative that has an extra room. People can make fun of you for living in your Aunt’s basement all they want, and their insults may sting but you won’t get kicked out for offending anyone except her. Find a girlfriend and get her to move into your cheap tiny apartment with you as opposed to getting a giant apartment together (this is what I did.) I had a friend who lived rent free for many years just squatting abandoned houses and traveling. It’s a tough way to live, but if you prioritize your ability to speak freely, then it’s a paradise in it’s own way. The bottom line is that you want to keep your rent as low as possible, like really low…a few hundred bucks a month or less, zero dollars even.

3. Cut out most unnecessary forms of entertainment, especially ones that directly propagandize against you, like sportsball and (((mainstream movies.))) In many cases you are actually paying for a form of entertainment which antagonizes and taunts you while you watch it and uses the money it generates from you to support causes hostile to your interests.

“Insert a dollar into this vending machine to watch an entertaining commercial tell you why you shouldn’t advocate for your own interests”

Don’t pay for (((cable.))) Turn off your tv if you can. To the extent you interact with normie or corporate entertainment, it should be a clinical interaction, where you’re analyzing and dissecting it as a means disseminating enemy propaganda and developing effective strategies for countering it. You don’t have to forsake all movies or tv shows. I’d recommend watching older movies and tv shows from an era where media entertainment was less politicized and PC. If you can’t live without sports, you’re better off buying some dvds of old football games from the 70’s and 80’s. There are thousands and thousands of enjoyable old games you’ve never seen, and you won’t feel like you’re watching a bunch of subhumans chimping out or being subjected to Black Panther performance art.

If possible focus on entertaining/amusing yourself in ways that improve you in some way. Self teach yourself a new language. Read books that instruct you about how basic electronics work. Play chess and other games that deal with strategy.

4. Learn to eat cheaply. Instead of going out for expensive meals every meal of the day, start buying groceries and eating like you’re living in the post apocalyptic world of Fallout 3. Buy things like rice, ramen, soup. Make peanut butter sandwiches. I won’t dwell much on this because there are whole books written about this kind of thing. I’m also not very good at this one. I eat out a lot of the time due to some digestion and health issues, and I have higher calorie requirements than most people due to my metabolism. However, low calorie diets have show to increase lifespans and have other health benefits. Learn to eat cheaply, and learn to eat less.You want to live like a lean and mean, disciplined operative, not a fatass neckbeard.

5. Find alternative sources of revenue. Work odd temporary jobs at festivals to sustain yourself. Do freelance social media work. Sell stuff from thrift stores on ebay or etsy. Offer gigs for money on Fiverr based on whatever skills you have. Beg for donations on your blog. Sell plasma, Sell sperm. Learn a trade where you’re able to be self employed, like handyman or electrician. Become a daytrader. Entire books are available on creating revenue streams. Many of them are written by hucksters and contain useless information, but you can find plenty of free ideas just poking around online. When all else fails, use your imagination.

6. Don’t be a hoarder. Material possessions will only weigh you down. Other than a few mementos sentimental attachment to personal objects should be discouraged. As a political dissident it’s essential to be as portable as possible. When you’ve got nothing, they’ve got nothing they can take away from you. Keep it simple. All you really need is a laptop, a phone a couple of stylish outfits to give your views a worthy a e s t h e t i c.

7. Even if you’re anonymous, always live according to the realization that you could be doxed at anytime. You’ve heard the phrase “Live like you’re going to die tomorrow?” Well in this case it’s “Live like you’ve been doxed yesterday and thousands of busybodies are out to ruin your livelihood.” Brace for impact.

8. Have no shame. However “horrible” a person someone tries to tell you that you are because of your “xenophobic” opinions, it shouldn’t affect you as long as you believe your perspective is valid and correct. Sometimes it’s necessary to get nasty and insult your enemies, so don’t feel bad about it. Your enemies don’t care about you and don’t play fair. Remember, their social shaming tactics only work on people that have shame. Have no shame.

9. Most importantly, learn to live with being on your own. Public expression of political opinions that fall outside the overton window will inevitably lead to losing friends. People you’ve known for many years and even family members may decide never to speak to you ever again. Friends and acquaintances will banish you from their social circles and delete and block you on social media. Assume that you’re on your own and learn to deal with it. It sounds bleak, but the good news is that being able to stand alone for your beliefs is a quality that people admire you. You may find friends in places you didn’t know you had them. The friends and family that accept you are the only ones that matter. Incorporating a minimalist lifestyle isn’t simply a matter of throwing excess jetsam overboard that’s weighing down the ship, it’s also about freeing yourself from the people in your life trying to make your tugboat sink.

That’s it so far. I might write more on this topic later (I haven’t even covered the sexual considerations in this article) or expand it into a shill-able ebook.
For now though, go ahead and get on your way. Adopt a minimalist lifestyle today, and you can tell your enemies to fuck off, with impunity… tomorrow.

A Proposal To Go Away


Some entryist, “Lord Keynes,” who seems weirdly obsessed with Post-Keynesian economics, made a post on his blog called “Proposal for an Alt Left Political Program.”  In it he makes the claim that my wing “doesn’t even belong in the Alt Left.”

Group (1) doesn’t even belong on the Alt Left at all in my view: these people belong on the Alt Right. The only exception I would make is Robert Lindsay, who seems to have some pretty controversy opinions and is extremely hostile to Cultural Leftism but at least doesn’t seem motivated by Alt Right racial hatred or White Supremacism.

This is of course bizarre, considering I was here long before him and am one of the pioneers of the AltLeft. In fact I wrote my manifesto about a year ago, so if he read it, and it didn’t suit him he is free to make up a new name for whatever *new* movement he wants to be a part of.

I’ve got news for you, I’m not going anywhere. I own so to the extent anyone uses and popularizes the term, they will inevitably be driving traffic to my site where it will forever be associated with my views he finds so offensive…muahahahahah!

Second, the nerve of this entryist to basically say that “well I guess Robert Lindsay should still be a part of it.” Hello dude, Robert Lindsay is one of the originals and yeah he has “some pretty controversial opinions.” The AltLeft has always been about race realism and things like gender realism. That’s the whole fucking point. It was for people who had a lot of left wing views but who held opinions considered too taboo or “problematic” for the mainstream. If you use the term “controversial opinions” unironically, you aren’t AltLeft or AltRight or alt anything as far as I’m concerned. You’re right in there with the dominant ethos of the PC left. There’s nothing alternative about you, and you’re just looking to latch onto something with some new energy for your esoteric pet economic project. Robert Lindsay has been involved in left race realism for a long time. Heck, I even remember reading Lindsay’s blog like 8 years ago when it was one of the only blogs that honestly dealt with the subject of race.

It’s true that I use the tag line “the left wing of the alt right.” I do this for a number of simple reasons:

1. Lindsay frequently used it to describe himself, and I thought it was catchy. I needed a new tagline for my site. It used to say “the other red pill,” but I’ll confess something…I have always hated the movie “The Matrix.” I never liked it and thought the film was terrible when it came out. I don’t like much of any Sci-Fi from after the 1970’s. I think it’s basically all garbage (with a few exceptions from the 80’s and early 90’s.) So basically I’ve never been much into the pill analogy and find it cringy but have occasionally used it anyway.

2. It doesn’t matter how many issues one is left wing on, (I’m socially liberal, anti-traditionalist and practically a “space communist,”) but if you engage in any kind of pro-white advocacy, race realism, or gender realism…then when you have any kind of debate people will automatically say “dude you’re not left wing, you’re far right.” So by calling it the “left wing of the alt-right” there’s at least a chance I can debate them without having to hear that obligatory tedious remark. Even people like Amazing Atheist, (who is basically an egalitarian free speech activist) get called racist, neo-nazi, far right and so forth all the time.

3. I can’t really ever be anything but a fringe outside figure in the AltRight, because I’m too socially liberal for them. They have their own orthodoxy which is clear to me whenever I visit the comment sections or forums at many of their sites. I’m not religious, and don’t have any similar cultural or personal interests (I can probably count on one hand the number of right wingers I’ve known that had a positive opinion of mid-century modern architecture, minimalist art, or lo-fi music.) I don’t like any of the things they like. The only thing I have in common with them is that I’m racist and don’t care, but on that *one* issue I’m willing to ally with them all the way. Also, even though I’ve tried to get away from the AltRight, some of the respected figures still claim me as their own and haven’t disavowed me.

The AltLeft, at least on this site will continue to occupy the niche for people who are pro-white but don’t fit in with the prudes, Christian neoconfederates, GOP+, and are too culturally and socially liberal to feel completely at home at places like the DailyStormer and VNN. I don’t really have any hate for those other groups, but definitely some ideological differences. Yet, at this point they are the only ones bothering to fight for the interests of white people. Almost everyone else is useless and just talks about PC double standards and complains about free speech being restricted. At least the people at TheRightStuff recognize we’ll have to actually be confrontational toward people that hate us, and sometimes that means getting nasty and being assholes. Simply asking for mercy and understanding isn’t going to work.

So like I said, I’m not going anywhere. If it bothers you that I’m associated with the alternative left, then you can find a new label to associate yourself with. Look up at the title of this site and the URL. That is the brand you are helping to build. So thank you for that.

Milo Inc. – Not One of Ours Either


I’ve noticed people trying to disassociate Milo Yiannopoulos and some of these other libertarians from the alternative right, by branding them as part of the alternative left. 


Not so fast. While we may be a tad more degenerate than the radical traditionalist factions of AltRight, we sure are not libertarian capitalists (barf.) Milo and Co are not part of our little AltLeft netherworld either. Here are some simple and straightforward reasons why he’s not one of us:

  1. He is a libertarian capitalist. Milo loves capitalism and the free market and always talks about it. He’s the kind of republican who will make claims like “Democrats ruined Detroit.”  He’s the type who will brag about Silicon Valley companies as if they are still part of the US in any real sense…rather than just international entities that act in their own interests, which may or may not correlate with the interests of the country at a given time. The Alternative Left (to the extent it’s even a real thing) leans toward Scandinavian socialism, communism,  state capitalism, public works, social credit, etc….all things Milo would disapprove of.
  2. He’s not a race realist. Milo rejects identity politics altogether, in the tradition of republicans who like to parrot Martin Luther King cliches about “color of skin” and “content of character.” The alternative left believes race is real (for practical purposes at least,) and race matters. There is some disagreement about how to deal with that reality, which I have discussed elsewhere. Some of us just openly promote a white-left futurism and others prefer to focus strictly on class struggle issues with the belief that this will minimize ethnic conflict over time. Others are national bolshevik types. Milo doesn’t fall into any of these camps. He’s just a flamboyant republican who thinks “dems are the real racists.”
  3. He supports importing foreign tech workers as well as many of the other items on the globocorp agenda to sell us out. He loves immigration and at the most maybe just wants to cut it down a bit.
  4. From what I can tell, he supports neoconservative foreign policy or some milder version of it, along with American exceptionalism and all that jazz. He’s Jewish and makes clear where his tribal loyalties are. I’m pretty sure we can leave it at that.

The only areas where there is any overlap is that he’s “anti-pc” and socially liberal as far as sexual depravity. Well, big deal. Almost everyone opposes the type of low hanging fruit loop, blue haired, fat acceptance, Tumblr feminists and diaper wearing furry activists that he targets. Milo simply is what he is, a libertarian-republican free speech advocate of the Breitbart variety, with an aggressively marketed, highly successful personal brand. Milo has put himself out there and has done some good things in pushing back against speech police on college campuses, but he’s not “AltLeft” or AltRight. Glad we cleared that up.

Blood, Soil and Food Courts

MetroCenter Mall, Phoenix Arizona, 1970s

People often take it for granted that no one in cities like Phoenix could feel any connection to the local buildings because many of them are so recently constructed and thought to be from times when buildings had little to no spiritual or architectural significance other than for utilitarian commercial use or cookie cutter, tract housing.

“Would you fight and die for North Park Mall?” Richard Spencer asked jokingly (referring to a Dallas, TX shopping center that was presumably near an area where he grew up) during a recent Millennial Woes podcast titled, “The End of America.”

Well no..I wouldn’t, but mostly because I’m not from Dallas. However, I would fight and die for Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix, not because I’m some kind of libertarian zealot or free market fanaticist (if anything I’m closer to a crypto-communist) but because the building and surrounding area was an integral part of my childhood and teenage experience. Admittedly, I grew up around the eastern side of town. Other 80’s kids on the west side would have spent their youth cavorting around iconic Metro Center mall (one of the film locations of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.) MetroCenter was the vastly superior establishment before it became overwhelmed with nonwhite gangsters and wiggers in the early to mid 90’s and was too ghetto for civilized people to hang out at.)

Believe it or not and disturbing as it may seem, people who grow up here actually do feel connected to many of these local landmarks. They’re a part of our identity and culture. Humans are territorial creatures of habit, often becoming attached to familiar haunts, no matter how superficially or artificially contrived those habitats are. It isn’t the mindless consumerism of these old malls that people identify with, but their place in our hearts as social and community hubs. I have more aesthetic affinity for a 1970’s futurist Phoenix mall or swanky mid century modern dwelling than I do for any of the 17th century churches or old office buildings in the northeastern US. Those particular eras and places do nothing for me compared to the unfulfilled space age promise of mid-century modernism, and I’m not the only one, as there are a great many advocates here who attempt to preserve structures that many outsiders would reflexively deem significant.

Robert Fairburn, Architect of MetroCenter Mall
Robert Fairburn, Architect of MetroCenter Mall

Whether it was The Wanderers or Monster Kody, street gangs have always fought over what outsiders no doubt perceived to be worthless territory, in the trivialest of turf wars. Would you fight for your home? What about your neighborhood? What about your home away from home?

Some self-proclaimed photographer “activists” have managed to convince themselves that the “death of malls” signifies some kind of broader decline of American capitalism, but the reality is that these malls were simply devoured by the very machine mechanisms of capitalism that helped spawn them in the first place. They’re in fact being replaced with an even more atomized form of capitalism, consisting of online shopping and big box stores, with “social media communities” and phone app browsing replacing local shopping and social communities, taking depersonalization to a new level entirely. Instead of gloating over an illusory victory, leftists should be preserving and re-purposing these malls into the futuristic communal living and socialization centers they were originally envisioned as. You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.


Like Spencer, I don’t have any real attachment to the abstract values which comprise the contrived, constitutional “American” identity that conservatives fetishize and deify. And no, I probably wouldn’t actually fight and die for these local Phoenix malls, but only because they’re already ruined or nearly demolished. Much of this area is already overrun, and it’s too late. Some areas sadly have to be written off, because we just don’t have the numbers. Yet by necessity, the un-luxurious of us that remain (outnumbered) are compelled to gravitate toward a more biological identity, preserve the collective desire and genetic foundation that offers the greatest probability of creating the types of societies we wish to live in, somewhere. We’ll make a stand there. See you at the Orange Julius, Caesar!