New EP out, Compare and Contrast. Well actually, it’s been out for a little while. It’s a folkish EP / mini album of organ-based, minimalist pop songs, featuring unassuming vocals and a retro, lo-fi sound. It is reminiscent of 90’s and early 00’s indie pop. One critic described the EP as containing “songs that sound like they belong in a Hammer film.” It’s available for purchase almost anywhere for only a few bucks.
This article originally appeared in Force Fields, Feb, 19 2016
Much controversy has been generated by the recent development of micro apartments and tiny houses. These are smaller than normal living spaces, which in the case of micro apartments often means less than 300 sq ft. They have emerged as an option for environmentally conscious young professionals and students to live in parts of town where they would otherwise be unable to economically sustain themselves. The rent is just too damn high. A lot of people hate the idea of these micro flats.”How could anyone live like that?” some people wonder. “These new buildings are ruining property values!” real estate agents complain. If you have a family of 2 or require a lot of space for your hair dryer, I’m sure you’ve already concluded these little apartments are not for you. Not everyone needs or wants a lot of room though. Here are a few reasons why some of us(at least for a while) wouldn’t mind calling a micro apartment our home:
1. They’re Affordable
This is perhaps the most obvious selling point. In many thriving metropolitan cities, cost of living has long ago outpaced real wages. Places in the heart of San Francisco, Seattle and Portland are expensive and almost impossible to afford for many of the young single professionals work in the city. This tends to require people to make long commutes from far off suburbs or have to hunker down like turtles at the mercy of slumlords in nearby ghettos. That or they end up packed like sardines into an decent but “communal” apartment with bunch of random roommates of various quality and shadiness. Micro apartments allow you to sacrifice space for affordability, privacy and the chance to live in a small compartment in the best part of town.
2. Good for the Environment
No big surprise here. Micro apartment buildings are designed specifically to be energy efficient in all areas. From low-flow shower heads to compact fluorescent light bulbs, these were built for green living. The small area also requires less energy to heat, cool or light. There is so little to do in one of these apartments that unless you turn your room into a bitcoin mining outpost, it’s difficult to see how you could ever run up much of a utility bill. Also, the fact that you can live right where the action is(and likely close to work) means you’ll be using less gas and may not even need to drive an automobile at all.
3. Minimalist Lifestyle
One might think of the idea of being cramped in a tiny apartment as being a stressful thought in and of itself. Instead of falling victim to an anxiety induced cheek bite, chew on this for a second. when I look around at all the junk I’ve accumulated over the years cluttered about, it stressed me out. Life is one’s head is complicated and heavy enough without having a ton of crap in the physical world to weigh you down(and yes I realize that thoughts themselves are technically a physical manifestation, but you know what I mean.) I have fantasies about chucking all my material possessions and going back to basics. At one time I lived for 2 years in a small studio apartment armed with nothing but a $20 cot from Target to sleep on and a Super Nintendo for recreational activity. Those were simple yet carefree times. Micro apartments allow for this kind of minimalist lifestyle. Small spaces can be liberating after all.
4. The Views
Believe it or not, many of these micro apartments come equipped with breathtaking views. The units are often situated in modernist mini high-rise buildings. One of the rare features these units have is large windows. After all, if there’s not room to do anything else your apartment, at least you can gaze outside from the 7th floor and stare at the Cascades all day.
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.