In part 1 I introduced the characters and set the stage. Next up is the conflict.
Charlottesville was an emotional, polarizing event. At this critical moment, Vox sperged out and sniped at the tactics and strategy of the event’s organizers and the movement’s leaders. It was a massive failure of judgment from a self-identifying superintelligence. This misstep can be blamed on his irresponsibility, as explained previously, but on the moral level of war it felt like betrayal because of the bad timing and insensitivity. Were his criticisms correct? In the main, yes. But it flew straight in the face of military leadership 101: praise in public, criticize in private. Everybody knows that, and a 151-IQ student of war who edits groundbreaking books illustrating 4GW principles of frame control ought to know this better than anyone on earth.
When confronted with this, Vox did the easy thing and lied that he isn’t a leader. The truth is that he doesn’t want to be a leader*. But a man with hundreds of vile faceless minions and Rabid Puppies, a disciplined contingent of high-functioning Dread Ilk, dozens of employees on several projects, a pro bono legal team, tens of thousands of unusually engaged followers, and millions of monthly pageviews is a leader by definition, whether he likes it or not. And leaders have a sacred responsibility to their followers and a pragmatic responsibility to allied leaders. Vox decided he didn’t want that responsibility because, as a writer and talented dilettante, it’s just a lot more fun (and lazy) to write whatever you feel like off the top of your head. This is the real betrayal—to enjoy the prestige of influence without accepting his Christian duty to noblesse oblige.
An early instance of this concept in literature may be found in Homer’s Iliad. In Book XII, the Trojan prince Sarpedon delivers a famous speech in which he urges his comrade Glaucus to fight with him in the front ranks of battle. In Pope’s translation, Sarpedon exhorts Glaucus thus:
‘Tis ours, the dignity they give to grace
The first in valour, as the first in place;
That when with wondering eyes our confidential bands
Behold our deeds transcending our commands,
Such, they may cry, deserve the sovereign state,
Whom those that envy dare not imitate!
In response to criticisms and trolling (primarily from disingenuous idiots, which unfortunately made the honest sentiment easy to dismiss) Vox went off the rails preaching lolbertarian economics, Fake Right memes, Boomerposting, and the primacy of truth and superintelligent IQ scores. He’s been reacting for a month now, and reacting poorly. Almost everything he’s written on these subjects in four weeks has been laughably misguided.
Worse, Vox (and many others) has demonstrated his inability to understand the Alt-Right phenomenon, which invalidates his claim to pure intellectual disinterest. The Alt-White has always been primarily populated by low-IQ, feral teens and losers. If that’s a genuine surprise for you, then get out of the political commentary game, it’s not your talent. And telling a bunch of feral children to man up and marry those sluts is just sad. Could the Alt-White have reacted better? Absolutely. But nobody who understood them expected better, and really the only thing holding back their depravity was low average agency. (That doesn’t go for all of them—you know who you are and you need to cut it out, you know your best outcome at this point is to disengage and meme about socialism as co-ethnic altruism. That one’s free.)
I have given up on advising Vox in this matter. If he wants to know how to turn this debacle to good, he can swallow his pride and ask.
*Yes, I understand that I’m the leader of GamerGate (and so are you) but that’s a meme representing an abstract mathematical idea, not a literal truth. In reality, there are people with outsized influence enabling coordinated action among their followers, i.e. leaders.