The Feasts of Shame

“Humiliation with a big H denies the social world of normalized encounter. In fact, it humiliates by virtue of this denial. It tells the victims that all social norms are suspended in dealings with them because they are not human.” – William Ian Miller, “Humiliation and Other Essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence” The air was…

Self Defense Against Clown World, Part 2

CounterAttacks: What Works and What Doesn’t In my last article, I approached some ways we can defend ourselves against the encroaching conglomeration of disparate interests making the Western landscape irrational, so as to render our lives insane, ineffective, and depressed – aka Clown World. The first step is to revoke any consent you gave them…

Escapist Dreams of Collapse

Collapse. The Post Apocalyptic World. Civil War 2. Boogaloo. Brazilification. These are all mostly variations on a theme and many seem uniquely American. Young white American men have been drawn to post apocalyptic themes like moths to flame. It’s the ultimate escape. Even contemporary mainstream culture reflects this: Mad Max style LARPing events, videogames like…

Book review: The Mandibles

Collapse fiction is its own micro-genre, drawing usually from some mix of narrative-wrapped prepper how-to manuals, science fiction, military fiction, and ideological screed. Some of it is quite good, some of it is not. In most of them, there is some token prologue to establish Normal; halfway through Act I there is a MacGuffin, and…