The Pharmacopeia

A linguistic quirk that's become a hallmark of dissident jargon is the convention of referring to one or more "pills" as shorthand for certain mental states. Being bluepilled means uncritically accepting the official narrative on one or more issues. Taking the red pill indicates that one has wised up to a lie peddled by the Death Cult.

These original pill memes made their way into popular use from the pickup artist scene, which ironically cribbed the imagery from a movie made by a fraternal pair of degenerates. Their dubious origins aside, the red pill and the blue pill are handy methods of quickly conveying more complex ideas, so they naturally caught on.

As subcultures are wont to do, the dissident movement expanded their binary pharmacopeia with new pills to describe other mindsets. Whereas the red and blue pills connoted awareness or obliviousness to reality, a second set of pills was added to reflect one's reaction to eye-opening epiphanies. Thus, the red-blue X axis was joined by the black-white Y axis.

To give you the short version, a black pill is a bitter truth; while a white pill is a cause for optimism.

Another phenomenon you always see with subcultures is the hijacking of their slang by the wider culture. A case in point was when Con Inc. grifters co-opted the term "black piller" to tar supporters of the Groyper War. The insinuation was that stopping ex-Never Trumpers from imposing support for gay marriage and open borders on right-wing politics was somehow pessimistic.

Unfortunately, the bigger megaphones wielded by Con Inc. outfits like TPUSA and YAF gave them victory in the semantic battle over the black pill. Whereas before, blackpilling meant, "accepting a grim truth", it now means "spreading despair". You saw similar sleight of hand occur with the phrase "shooting right", whose meaning was completely inverted from an admonition for moderates not to countersignal hardliners to a bludgeon used by the bluepilled to stave off red pills.

These days, an accusation of blackpilling just means you've stated facts that have instilled cognitive dissonance in the listener. It' s a disqualifier used by moderate right-wingers in the same way that Leftists throw around the term "problematic".

Many on the Right are understandably baffled in the face of the fact that the Left keeps winning despite embracing a worldview based on bat guano crazy make-believe. The reason is that the Death Cult is animated by fervent, if misplaced zeal, while Conservatives seek refuge in practicality. An ironclad rule of history is that zeal beats pragmatism any day of the week.

That's not to say that the truth doesn't matter. What it does mean is that, all else being equal, the most fanatical side wins. An important conclusion to draw from the Cult's march from victory to victory is that so-called Conservative principles aren't as grounded in reality as Conservatives assume.

In fact, most Conservative principles are just Liberal principles from ten years ago. The Mammon Mob buys into the same basic assumptions about human nature as the Death Cult; they're just lukewarm about it. Their practice of standing in the path of the Cult's march shouting, "Slow down!" therefore looks arbitrary.

Ask a Conservative why he wants to win, and the most common answer will be, "So they'll leave me alone." The next most popular responses range from appeals to creature comforts to a shrug.

Ask a Death Cultist why he wants to win--not that you have to; they shout it from the rooftops--and you'll get a fiery sermon about the post-national, post-racial, post-Christian utopia in store for the world if we can just pile up enough corpses.

Yes, the latter is a horrifying vision, but it has the advantage of being a vision. The zealot can effortlessly dismiss your desires to be left alone, not pay taxes, and live with people like you as selfish impediments to progress.

Here's the ultimate truth at the heart of our current crisis: The triumphant Death Cult is a fanatical heresy fueled by stolen Christian zeal. It can be defeated if and only if enough people submit to the one true faith with equal zeal. 

Without Christ, you cannot hope to stand firm against the diabolically inspired Cult.

Without Christ, you will break under the random, selective, and irrational terror campaigns of our corrupt ruling class.

Without Christ, there is no victory, and no victory without Christ can be worth winning.

That some consider the above to be black pills says more about them than the alleged blackpillers.

Go to church. Stop sinning. Make atonement for your sins and those of all the world.

And win.

Happy, hopeful, and practical


Combat Frame XSeed: Pocket War

Over the weekend, I attended a special three-day workshop organized by fans of Combat Frame XSeed. Soc Con wasn't your typical convention intended to lavish praise on the IP creator. All of the organizers and attendees are serious subject matter experts who convened with one goal and one goal only: to design a CFXS card game fit for cardboard crack connoisseurs.

I'll let their results speak for them.

Grenzmark C Card

Ein Dolph Card

XSeed Prometheus Card

Those of you who follow me here and on Twitter may have gleaned hints of a special XSeed-related project in the works. You heard right, and this is it. I'm delighted to introduce Combat Frame XSeed: Pocket War!

Special thanks to CardAnon, ArtAnon, and ComicAnon for their invaluable work on bringing a CFXS-themed card game to life. The first set is planned for 180 cards based on the awesome mechs and pilots from the first book. The rules are currently in play testing, but everyone who tried it agrees that there's a game here with legs.

Keep your eyes glued to Kairos and my Twitter feed for upcoming details!

In the meantime, I recently stopped by best selling author Jon Del Arroz's channel to chat about the latest book in my mecha thriller series, Combat Frame XSeed: S. We also chatted about general sci fi geekery. Give it a watch!

Tour the galaxy, fight the alien invasion!

Combat Frame XSeed: S - Brian Niemeier


The Optimate Moment


 A reader comments:

You seem to be taking the present situation pretty hard. I think you will find that, as Trump was unable to implement his agenda due to the "swamp" that the same effect also works on the Democrats. The country is too big and the Constitution puts too many blocks in the road for massive changes that you envision. The big challenge to the country occurred in 2008 when the GOP alone was blamed for the meltdown and the most left wing Democrat assumed the office of POTUS with a filibuster proof Senate and full control of congress. The people rose up and gave the GOP full control again. I don't think the Democrats are going to be anywhere near as powerful this time around.

I answer:

This is a misread of my reaction to the establishment's theft of the election. Longtime followers of this blog know I've been calling out the GOP's complicity since before Trump ran for office. Right after he was elected I gave him a < 1% chance of success.

The main reason is that the Swamp is a crooked police precinct, and the GOPe are just the good cops to the Dmes' bad cops. They're not going to help the new chief clean up the corruption. The silence of hacks like Mitch McConnell, Nimrata Haley, and Brian Kemp speaks volumes.

Far from depressing me, both parties dropping their masks has me excited. It gives us a rare chance to cast off our own blinders and return to a sane society ordered toward God, family, and the good.

At this turning point in history, Classical Liberalism has failed. We're living in the ruins it was fated to crumble into.

Now, I agree that establishment puppet pals Harris and Biden will most likely fail in implementing their agenda--but not because of any checks imposed by the GOP or the Constitution. Which Constitution would that be, anyway: the one that allowed slavery, the one that denied women the vote, or the one that enshrined infanticide as a human right?

Recent history tells us that the pretenders are doomed to fail simply because Democrats can't govern.

Bill Clinton's legacy is banging an intern in the Oval Office. Obama failed to enact any of his campaign promises, with the partial exception of a botched attempt at health care reform. Take careful not that the only reason a shell of the ACA remains is because the Republican Senate blocked a full repeal.

The truth is, the GOP were never going to betray their paymasters. Trump was never going to save the Republic. A system of government is not synonymous with the nation of people it governs. The United States fell a long time ago. The American nation still has a chance at salvation, and we're being given one of those precious chances right now.

A perusal of Scripture shows that God's M.O. is to offer a rebellious people multiple chances to repent between periods of escalating chastisement.

And boy, do we deserve chastisement!

The populist moment that swept the world in 2016 was the previous invitation to mend our ways. Instead, we largely squandered that olive branch to follow grifters hawking lifestyle brands and dig deeper into Red v Blue political theater. Bread and circuses.

Now the populist movement is spent, with little to show for itself. The leaders who rode the wave have either moved on to other things or are being made examples of. Trump is currently hanging on by his fingernails to avoid the latter fate. The party he supposedly leads is nowhere in sight.

Plenty of online pundits will tell you that national populism failed due to the lack of some wonkish plan or the overwhelming power of globalism. The historically proven truth is that victory comes only from God, and He gives it to those who serve Him.

Yes, the proximate end of politics is building up and maintaining the conditions necessary for public order. Low crime, low taxes, and even a secure border aren't ends in themselves, though. The ultimate end of political action is to facilitate the consecration of the temporal order to God.

God made everything. He therefore has sovereign claim of ownership to everything. He allots his property to us as gifts which we are morally bound to return in better shape than we found them. See the Parable of the Talents.

What did for the populists wasn't a failure to know what they wanted. It was a more fundamental failure to understand why they wanted it.

And contrary to Classical Liberalism's claims, there is a right answer.

I shed no tears for a movement that ultimately wanted the same creature comforts that drive small-souled bugmen, but was more honest about why it wanted to live in homogeneous neighborhoods. Trumpism failed because it never managed to counter the prevailing false Death Cult morality with the right morality.

Most of the people currently declaring the end of the world are disappointed Trump didn't take us back to 1988. Yes, a functioning economy, clean streets, and good video games are nice to have. But if they're distracting you from growing in virtue, you'd do well to let them go.

Our enemies are most likely going to gain total power over us. Despairing over that turn of events bespeaks disordered attachment to worldly things. Now, we're not Buddhists. It is licit for Christians to love created goods. But, we are to love them only for God's sake, not as ends in themselves. Getting that relationship wrong is called idolatry, and it's the main reason we've reached this point.

Said point, by the way, has the makings of an Optimate moment. Our only hope is to reorient society away from fixation on freedom as an end in itself and toward the true and the good.

Instead of holing up for the apocalypse, use the Death Cult's oppression as an invitation to humble and purify yourself and simplify your life. Like a muscle, virtue is strengthened through exercise against increasing resistance. Now is the perfect time to cultivate courage, wisdom, and charity.

That's the whole point, really. The Death Cult only has as much power as God allows, and He's allowing it to break our vices, especially the errors of Modernity.

The best action you can take right now is to ruthlessly identify and weed out anything in your life that's obstructing God's grace. Cut it out with the porn, already. Go to church. Get right with anybody who's got a beef with you. Pray--not primarily that God will give victory to the GOP--but that He will give you victory over your sins.

If you do this, and you come out the other side of Clown World holier than before, you can rightly thank Joe Biden's handlers for a gift that's precious above rubies.

And if that's too lofty for you, the insanity doesn't stop until we as a people repent, so you may as well start going through the motions. Who knows? Faking it may just lead you to making it.

Either way, a necessary first step to conquering vice is to stop cooperating with grave intrinsic evil.

Don't Give Money to People Who Hate You - Brian Niemeier


The Corpse of Conservatism

Ben Shapiro - Conservatism

The 2016 presidential election will go down in history as the last. Now that one party can commit rampant vote fraud, and the other meekly accepts the fraudulent outcome, the US is a de facto one-party oligarchy. Simulated elections will still be held for show, but everyone will know them for shams. Tellingly, the only people trumpeting the integrity of the 2020 elections despite mounting proof of fraud are the same ones who shrieked about Russia rigging the 2016 race without any proof.

Few Republicans realize it yet, but this new political environment is as incompatible with Conservatism as the sulfuric acid atmosphere of Venus is with human life. Decades ago, William F. Buckley forcibly mutated Conservatism into a symbiote that could only survive as an appendage of the Left. The Democrat party's job was to consecrate the political apparatus to a secular Death Cult. In response, Republicans played the role of Cassandra, uttering dire warnings that Democrats wouldn't like the consequences of their actions while remaining powerless to stop them.

On second thought, that's not fair to Cassandra. She tried her best and only failed because of a divine curse. Republicans, in contrast, always excused their failure to act on their own warnings by conjuring ad hoc principles that conveniently tied their hands.

Conveniently for the Death Cult.

No issue tears the thin veil of integrity from inherent Conservative cowardice like the student debt crisis. When Chuck Schumer made noises recently about student loan forgiveness, Principled Conservatives™ dutifully started hyperventilating.

For a movement that lays claim to Christian moral principles, heeding a practice that's explicitly commanded in the Bible shouldn't be controversial. But Conservatism has been so subverted by Buckeyite economic wonkery that Conservatives now react to these verses like rabid feminists waving KEEP YOUR BIBLE OUT OF MY UTERUS! signs.

That's how you know modern Conservatism is really a creature of the Left. The historical Right is founded on ideals of throne and altar, family and order. 18th century economic theories and Cold War-era geopolitics are novel accretions duct-taped to authentic right-wing values.

Conservatism's regulatory capture by the Left is also why the post-Buckley movement is now a walking corpse. The Death Cult only needed Conservatism until the Democrat party could secure permanent electoral dominance. The GOP's job was to keep Americans squabbling about the GDP and tax codes so they didn't notice the Left seizing total power. Too impatient to wait for demographic winter, the Left tore off the mask and stole the last election. They have no more need of plausible deniability and no more need for Republicans.

Don't mourn for Conservatism. At the last, it sold us out. Two-faced hacks like Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk, and Dan Crenshaw will slither off to their rewards at the megacorps that are crushing the people who trusted them. It will be interesting to see what kind of genuine opposition to the Death Cult emerges without Con Inc. gatekeepers policing the talent pool.

Goes beyond analysis into action


The Doomsday Model

Russian scholar Peter Turchin has developed a model of societal collapse that's already yielded startingly accurate predictions. Acquainting yourself with his work is probably a good idea because, if he maintains his track record, we probably won't be enjoying the next 5-10 years very much.

The year 2020 has been kind to Turchin, for many of the same reasons it has been hell for the rest of us. Cities on fire, elected leaders endorsing violence, homicides surging—­­to a normal American, these are apocalyptic signs. To Turchin, they indicate that his models, which incorporate thousands of years of data about human history, are working. (“Not all of human history,” he corrected me once. “Just the last 10,000 years.”) He has been warning for a decade that a few key social and political trends portend an “age of discord,” civil unrest and carnage worse than most Americans have experienced. In 2010, he predicted that the unrest would get serious around 2020, and that it wouldn’t let up until those social and political trends reversed. Havoc at the level of the late 1960s and early ’70s is the best-case scenario; all-out civil war is the worst.

Current events certainly lend credence to Turchin's prognostications. With the plague of sponsored insurrections, our elites have loosed a demon that's not easily returned to its bottle.

The fundamental problems, he says, are a dark triad of social maladies: a bloated elite class, with too few elite jobs to go around; declining living standards among the general population; and a government that can’t cover its financial positions.  

 Most successful revolts throughout history weren't peasant uprisings. Instead, they broke out when internal strife among the old elite, or rivalries with an upstart new elite, overflowed into the genpop. The ringleaders of the Reign of terror were lawyers and minor nobles, not farmers.

Turchin looks into a distant, science-fiction future for peers. In War and Peace and War (2006), his most accessible book, he likens himself to Hari Seldon, the “maverick mathematician” of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, who can foretell the rise and fall of empires. In those 10,000 years’ worth of data, Turchin believes he has found iron laws that dictate the fates of human societies.

The fate of our own society, he says, is not going to be pretty, at least in the near term. “It’s too late,” he told me as we passed Mirror Lake, which UConn’s website describes as a favorite place for students to “read, relax, or ride on the wooden swing.” The problems are deep and structural—not the type that the tedious process of demo­cratic change can fix in time to forestall mayhem. Turchin likens America to a huge ship headed directly for an iceberg: “If you have a discussion among the crew about which way to turn, you will not turn in time, and you hit the iceberg directly.” The past 10 years or so have been discussion. That sickening crunch you now hear—steel twisting, rivets popping—­­is the sound of the ship hitting the iceberg.

Spend some time on social media these days, and you'll see people on both sides of the political divide wishing for a new Caesar. But we passed the point when a Caesar could have done any good last decade. Even Trump came too late to right the ship.

Liberal democracy is built for deliberation and compromise, not drastic, swift, and decisive action. That's in the best of times. Now we get to hear our rulers dither over Death Cult esoterica and tax codes while the West burns.

“We are almost guaranteed” five hellish years, Turchin predicts, and likely a decade or more. The problem, he says, is that there are too many people like me. “You are ruling class,” he said, with no more rancor than if he had informed me that I had brown hair, or a slightly newer iPhone than his. Of the three factors driving social violence, Turchin stresses most heavily “elite overproduction”—­the tendency of a society’s ruling classes to grow faster than the number of positions for their members to fill. One way for a ruling class to grow is biologically—think of Saudi Arabia, where princes and princesses are born faster than royal roles can be created for them. In the United States, elites over­produce themselves through economic and educational upward mobility: More and more people get rich, and more and more get educated. Neither of these sounds bad on its own. Don’t we want everyone to be rich and educated? The problems begin when money and Harvard degrees become like royal titles in Saudi Arabia. If lots of people have them, but only some have real power, the ones who don’t have power eventually turn on the ones who do.

That's the real story behind Donald Trump. He's not a member of the elite. He's an outsider tapped by a dissenting faction of the elite in a bid to overturn the existing order. Hence why the ruling faction among both parties fought tooth and nail to expel him.

Elite overproduction creates counter-elites, and counter-elites look for allies among the commoners. If commoners’ living standards slip—not relative to the elites, but relative to what they had before—they accept the overtures of the counter-elites and start oiling the axles of their tumbrels. Commoners’ lives grow worse, and the few who try to pull themselves onto the elite lifeboat are pushed back into the water by those already aboard. The final trigger of impending collapse, Turchin says, tends to be state insolvency. At some point rising in­security becomes expensive. The elites have to pacify unhappy citizens with handouts and freebies—and when these run out, they have to police dissent and oppress people. Eventually the state exhausts all short-term solutions, and what was heretofore a coherent civilization disintegrates.

Turchin’s prognostications would be easier to dismiss as barstool theorizing if the disintegration were not happening now, roughly as the Seer of Storrs foretold 10 years ago. If the next 10 years are as seismic as he says they will be, his insights will have to be accounted for by historians and social scientists—assuming, of course, that there are still universities left to employ such people.

The collapse is coming. We're not voting our way out of it. What each of us can and should do is draw close to Jesus Christ and grow in holiness.

Because there's nothing they can do to touch you if you're holy.

It's worth noting that my military thriller series Combat Frame XSeed has proven rather accurate at predicting the course of the collapse. For a look at the possible post-future, read the first book in an all-new XSeed arc now!

Combat Frame XSeed: S - Brian Niemeier