I’ve been watching this Vox Popoli comment thread very closely because it represents the first ray of hope for the Alt-West in years. This may seem odd because it’s a message of religious decline, but hope is often paradoxical that way. Generally, complaining is a social taboo because when leaders allow too much of it then people notice very quickly that discontent is easier than working. Thus, it must be too expensive to one’s status to engage in frivolously. So there is nothing more white pilling than for a charismatic leader to break the taboo against complaining about the problems which specifically concern you. This means they are giving their followers permission to solve it, rather than the typical course of ignoring it and explaining it away.
Vox Popoli has a great deal more message discipline than most groups which some have criticized as an echo chamber, because if you set the reason for thr behavior aside they’re almost the same thing. If they set their minds to spreading the idea of repentance around the internet, it’ll find the ears of Queen Ann and Tucker. On the other hand, if they give rein to the Vox Popoli vice as if it was a virtue and run with a witch-hunting, inquisitorial narrative, putting the solution before the problem, then they will either learn the lesson of Cville or, worse, spit in God’s face. Inquisition may be necessary but I wouldn’t trust these people with real silverware, much less the responsibility to write and enforce policy for the practice of discernment. It will be interesting to watch in what direction they choose to respond to Paul Washer’s old yarn.
It has also been good to see that I was not slandering Nate when I told Koanic, back in Wales, that his compass points South.