From the Discord:
saw a dude at the gym in a Snake Eyes shirt
said hello to him and began to chat
asked him where he got it
“oh just happened across it,” he lied; “how about u”
“fan of the podcast” I said, cool as cucumber
“oh haha me too lol”
hope this interaction gave him strength to own his problematic fandom in the future
instead of hiding it like a terrified cuck
He’s wearing the shirt. That’s already a calculated risk to his livelihood (this is in an IT-heavy area). I’d give this guy full marks for effective covert signalling. Readers may want to read Diego Gambetto’s book Codes of the Underworld to understand the economics of criminals signalling their criminal status to other criminals. The considerations also apply to thought criminals in many ways. There may be a book more specifically related to signalling theory among political dissidents but I’m not aware of it.
It may be a good idea to do a deep spergout on lessons for Alt-Right political dissidents from Codes of the Underworld. There are a couple of wooposts that I would really rather get to first but this exchange from the Discord showed me this sort of clarification is badly needed. The problem is that having a law-abiding personality is now illegal and law-abiding people are not well-adapted to using mafiosi-style communication and tactics.
Here is an example from the introduction which speaks to the difficulties of covert signalling between (thought) criminals:
Criminals face severe constraints on communication imposed by the action of the law, and, unlike the rest of us, cannot easily develop institutions aimed at circumventing them. This central feature of criminal lives makes communication and above all reliable communication exceptionally hard to sustain. For instance, the same secrecy that protects criminals from the law hinders their opportunities to advertise their goods and qualities. …In the underworld, moreover, punishments for mistakes and irrational behavior are harsher than they are elsewhere. In the world of regular business, failures of communication can lead to a loss of business, but in the underworld they can result in years behind bars, or worse. At the same time, to dupe their victims [Ed: NPCs and the thought police] criminals need to work hard on the quality of their deceptive signals, which are vital to their predatory [Ed: insurgent] activities. The decisiveness and brutality of many criminal actions do not numb the cognitive skills required for emitting and reading signs. On the contrary, the paramount role that both rapacious and defensive motives take in the underworld confers an intensity and subtlety to criminal communications that those who lead lawabiding lives seldom experience.
The new meme from on high is “information terrorists”. We president now, but agreeing with the duly elected president (build the wall dammit) in public will get you fired from most jobs. It could be worse though…I don’t think Hillary was making a joke when she asked “Can’t we just drone this guy?”