Recently someone I know made a sizable donation to Nick Fuentes. That person was then castigated by his social group as “wasting money” even though these people are red-pilled, Alt-Right, etc. They would have praised him for spending that same money on a gaming graphics card or something similarly self-indulgent, despite their vocal support of Nick Fuentes, prosocial behavior in general, and condemnation of low-trust behavior. This post is an attempt to explain, somewhat ironically, the attitude which actively opposes attempts to act productively in accordance with shared beliefs as stupid and treasonous, regardless of intent or effect, as if action itself were problematic, a priori.
Malevolent leaders and elites will tend, either consciously or unconsciously, to set up double binds for their dependents because they are disturbed by happiness in the people they lead and hate. They will therefore always find a reason to punish their followers, regardless of the results their followers get or the methods they use. Typically their malevolence stems from a narcissistic disregard for low-status people coupled with the necessity to think hard and deeply about the needs of their dependents in order to maintain the institution which affords their elevated status. The demand for cognitive work to consider the needs of others (e.g. the logistics of feeding peasants) while desiring not to do this work feels like slavery, an unreasonable imposition. On the other hand, giving up status to relieve this burden is inconceivable.
Some of the dependents will then fall into learned helplessness. If they discover schemata for understanding their pain (e.g. Culture of Critique), this will give them comfort in the same way that religion gives a sense of meaning that comforts. This comfort will have an addictive quality. The behavior associated with this comfort, such as reading anti-Semitic material, can therefore become compulsive. The failure to engage with these double bind problems realistically, even given schemata for navigating them correctly, comes from this compulsive “explaining as self-soothing” behavior.
Autistic people and socializing
MGToWs and modern women
Rightists and political pragmatism
In many cases where the behavior of explaining-as-self-soothing becomes a shared identity group with its own culture and vocabulary, particularly the latter two examples here, the strongly identifying self-soothers will attack anyone who engages with the malevolent double-bind (intending to navigate the meta-game to achieve a win condition) as traitors to the identity group. This is because successfully solving the double-bind problem threatens the addictive compulsion by invalidating its reason for existing.