Passivism was an idea pushed by Nick Land, who (as I loosely understand it) was an admitted fed and latecomer to the neoreactionary scene. The idea was to camp out around degenerating institutions, do the Cal Newport bit of being so good they can’t ignore you, then in a crisis when people are looking for a strong horse they’ll hand you the reins of power. Never mind the horse and reins mixed metaphor, it’s immaterial.
It was a stupid-sounding idea from a fed and it came dressed in LARPy language, and I can’t help but wonder if there’s something to it:
basically there’s no more important question to economy or society right now than whether children transmit the virus and whether schools increase transmission rates and so to address this vital question we throw a couple half-done studies at the wall and let the politicians pick
7:26 AM · May 19, 2020
There ought to be enough variation around the First World to figure this out statistically.
Nobody has much of a clue, although lots of folks have a strong opinion about what the answer ought to be due to their opinion of the policy implications of whatever the answer is. But I’d like to know the answer.
Hard problems of social importance are like crack to some people.
“Men in the West have become genetically incapable of giving a shit about anything except self-satisfaction and there’s no grant money available.”
“I’m on it.”
As Sailer pointed out in his most recent Taki column, the most charitable N95 masks scenario was that the leaders of the free world are superintelligent Machiavellian scumbags who knew the truth and lied to defend their personal interests. The less charitable and more likely scenario is that the military-disinformation complex is so enormous, well-oiled, and automated that it can be kicked off at the drop of a hat and with very little human intervention, instantly sending the same script to every local news teleprompter and automatically running smear campaigns to ruin the careers of truth-tellers unfortunate enough to have a modicum of credibility on the subject. In that scenario, even Satan will occasionally need a true report of what’s actually going on out there, a task for which his distributed stand-alone complex is eminently unsuitable. In that case he would seek out the last remaining scientist dedicated to learning the truth that he hasn’t killed yet, admit he’s not much of a math person, and put the man on retainer. And as we know, dependence is power.
Anyway, this post was a bit tongue in cheek but I’m sensing a kernel of truth here. The Chinese way would be to sell cheap, foster dependence, then buy up their failing competitors, but I don’t think the scientific mind works quite like that.