Given our expectation for 4G war to predominate in the next few decades, and the fact that military force puts the power in powertalk (that is, force drives politics), and given also what we know about the science of human improvement, how do we foment martial virtue in the new culture warriors?
Best question ever, admit it.
There’s the fight club approach, of course: offering it up as a meaningful alternative to consumerist anathema. Still, I see this as a case of the tail wagging the dog. Environmental conditions are going to be the main determinant of any resurgence in martial virtue. The only ways to have minor effects outside of that are going to be to incentivize it (cash, status, sex…etc)
The fight club approach is the way of fighting yesterday’s war. The basic idea being to build functional cells of force that can be called upon, activated and amalgamated for top-down applications of force.
And so while I understand that a 4G version may incorporate a very similar approach, it must be rebuilt from scratch with strict insistence on its new purpose, rather than old forms. I agree that it must offer a meaningful alternative to consumerism. There is an extreme thirst for this right now.
People want to be given a reason to break out of their materialism because perfect comfort is uncomfortable. (That is, material comfort produces ennui.)
I do not agree that this can be done through consumerist incentives of increased material comfort, though the lack of these might drive people to seek new strategies for fulfillment out of desperation. Instead, the incentives must be the sorts of things people are deficient in right now. Ethnic cultural pride, real aesthetics, truth, political power, and so on.
The fact remains that the way to build virtue is to do things that require virtue, regularly, and with increasing demands. This hasn’t changed. The distinction now is like choosing whether we want an army of sprinters, distance runners, powerlifters, etc. And I think that if this is worked into a curriculum where doing virtuous things is rewarded with the things people really want but aren’t getting elsewhere, then we have a viable method.
I think the key is 1) choosing 4GW virtues rather than old virtues, 2) making it generally palatable by avoiding old, scary war-mongering forms, and 3) keeping it distributed and antithetical to centralization. If the 4GW theory is correct, then centralization means instant death from above, and especially for groups that aren’t already big and driven to martial virtue like Moslems. Koanic recently said “The Spartans had a rule: Never war continuously against the same enemy for too long. For by doing so, you will supply by external pressure what his internal virtue could not: martial competency comparable to Sparta’s.”
Christians already have an excellent distributed discipling system in existence, where one mentor trains two disciples. The mentor and the disciples tend to be very near the same level of development, so that the mentor is slightly uncomfortable with leadership. In turn, the mentor has a relationship with a mentor who is higher up. If I understand correctly, the revolutionary folks do this as well. “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress” suggested this is revolutionary cell 101. The difference being that it is immaterial if cells are compromised, because the main thing is the “signal”.
The signal which is the most harmonious with new adaptive strategies for 4GW will be the dominant signal. If you’re on top trying to centralize, the best move is to discourage the propagation of any and all signals, because the cultural disinformation strategy doesn’t scale. Then you saturate the air with a single, mandatory signal. The soviets do this in Ayn Rand’s “We the Living” by making the newspapers mandatory reading, but I don’t know how accurate that is.
Anyway, choosing the martial virtues should be based on how we expect the war to be fought. Lauding sports imitating the throw of a pilum wouldn’t be much good. I might have to study Victoria: A Novel of 4th Generation War.
There are psychologically different effects produced by jogging vs. strength training. I think this is key: strong men are more impatient with bullshit and vote in accordance with their individual interests, rather than, say, group norms and interests. They are also more useful in spontaneous reactive conflict vs. the planned violence of large groups, which prefers ill-fed (low-maintenance), fearful Delta/Gamma types.
This actually anticipates a crucial problem: enslavement by starvation. Very traditional, and powerlifters need lots of expensive calories and proteins.
I’m inspired by Europe’s “no-go” zones. Especially now that the military and police force are getting filled up by misfits. The police force less so, because they’re all recruited from the last batch of military anymore. But the next batch of ex-military is going to be milquetoasts, immigrants, and various colors of the rainbow. I wonder if we can turn the breadbasket of America into a giant, ethnic white no-go zone. Probably not in time for the gulags to get up to full speed, but it’s a fun hypothetical nonetheless. And it’s fight or flight. Freezing up isn’t an option with predators. Criminals, sure. They just want your money, and maybe your butt virginity :-). But we’re talking predators, more or less.