There’s been some controversy in the alt-right scene lately over whether the earth is a flat disk surrounded by the icy Antarctic wasteland or whether it’s spherical and spinning around. Astrophysics isn’t really my thing, but what I do know is that many of our supporters are Australians, South Africans, and Chileans, …none of whom report being upside-down. The TradYouth project takes no official position on the sphericity of the planet, but I certainly do.
The world is flat.
The world is flat, and it’s going to get flatter. I’m speaking metaphorically, of course. The traditional hierarchies and their methods of communication are getting flattened by the twin forces of massively distributed communication technology and the credibility crisis growing between the elites and the peasantry. This whole “flat earth” thing is most likely not a psyop intended to discredit us or an isolated incident to laugh off. It’s a harbinger of much more that’s in store as common folks lose faith in our society’s priesthood of appointed elders and start thinking for themselves.
We need to put a lot of thought into how we respond to the flat earth meme, because how we handle conspiratorial and anti-establishment positions of our comrades, allies, and persuadables will become a major challenge in outreach.
The proposition that the majority of folks are even capable of critical thinking is a cornerstone myth of the Enlightenment worldview. For the most part, the myth holds up for a long time in a homogeneous and stable society, because there’s an organic process where people naturally mirror their more educated, intelligent, and higher-status peers. That the overwhelming majority of folks find flat earth laughable says nothing about their grasp of astrophysics, geology, and even the most rudimentary critical thinking.
On this count, the flat earthers are absolutely correct. The majority of folks, including very bright folks, are just borrowing their dogmatic spherical position from the hivemind. Alex Jones types always carry on about the need to “investigate for yourself,” to “stop being a sheep,” and to “critically examine the world around you.” That sounds nice in theory, but the Bell Curve is what it is, people are too immersed in their families, occupations, and hobbies to invest the necessary time and energy it takes to have an intelligent position on everything. And even if they do find the time to investigate, there’s a gordian knot of lies, distractions, and rabbit holes sure to trip up all but the most keen critical thinkers.
Like it or not, we racial realists, anti-semites, and radical traditionalists are part-and-parcel of that rapidly growing phenomenon of the Western masses scrambling for lifeboats as the cruise liner of establishment consensus takes on water. The SPLC’s Mark Potok, in his recent Salon article, lists off ten “conspiracy theories” which have recently captivated the White American mind. Potok’s being the anti-White Jewish Leftist that he is, and he’s chortling alongside his fellow institutional “experts” at all of those White Americans believing wacky things.
This is analogous to a train conductor who’s heading for a cliff chortling to himself about all the fools injuring themselves as they dive off of the train. He smugly regards it as proof of their foolishness rather than understanding it for what it is: a growing credibility crisis that he and his friends are losing ground on. What all these people who believe these goofy things agree with us on is that the establishment narrative is a lie. They didn’t come to this position easily, or as a manifestation of some sort of undiagnosed mental illness, as the Leftists would like to imagine.
People know that they’ve been lied to. They have. But they have no way of knowing exactly what they’ve been lied to about or to what extent. They’re going to go off in some downright Fortean directions, and our opponents will continue actively encouraging them to slip deeper into Ripley’s Believe it or Not quackery. What we need to do is set aside our reflexive frustration with people we believe to be incorrect and strike a balance where we avoid getting entangled in or distracted by the maze of conspiratorial distractions which will only become more popular and elaborate as the ranks of refugees from the hivemind grows.
Go easy on the flat earthers. Without exception, everybody believes something ridiculous. Except for me, of course. The fear that they’ll drive off sensible people is overblown. We couldn’t stop people from diving for alternative social and political paradigms if we wanted. Like just about all of our victories, the credit rests with our enemies. They’re doing a terrible job of keeping White Americans on message, and they show no sign of self-correcting.
I’m confident that when the dust settles, the identitarian and traditionalist positions will have staying power that other alternative paradigms and memes will not. Besides, it’s not like it’s a zero-sum thing. I’m not sure I would climb into a space shuttling knowing that the folks at ground control were relying on the flat earth hypothesis for their calculations. But how plausible is that scenario?
Whether one’s a young earth creationist or an evolutionist, whether one’s a climate change denier or confirmer, society plugs along just fine when people believe wildly divergent things. Unless somebody is up to something patently dishonorable, the best policy is to gently encourage folks to place some daylight between their unorthodox opinions and our identitarian and traditionalist work and leave it at that. Identitarians around (aflat?) the world have to find a way to work past their knee-jerk reactions and figure out how to constructively work with a broad spectrum of identitarians if we hope to be unified enough to take on our powerful and aggressive opponents.