The Counter-Currents 2013 Fall Fundraiser
Nothing is Beyond Our Grasp
Dear Friend of Counter-Currents:
Since our last update, we received seventeen new donations totaling $585, for which we wish to thank each and every donor. That means that our total is $39,154.29, which means that we are now $10,845.71 away from our annual goal of $50,000.
Three of these new donations were just the first of monthly pledges, which are especially helpful.
Probably due to my shout-out to our friends in Scandinavia, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, a good number of these donations came from there.
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When the National Reconaissance Office, one of the many known and unknown US government agencies tasked with spying on the world, launched a new spy satellite last week, the logo came as some surprise: an evil-looking octopus encompassing the globe in its tentacles with the slogan “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach.”
The surprise, of course, is not the globe-spanning ambitions of America’s snoops, but the fact that they are so honest about it. Maybe the designer is a fellow Cthulhu for President booster (“Why Vote for the Lesser Evil?”) who was just having fun. Maybe he was sternly reprimanded for stirring up the goyim. Or maybe our leaders are so confident that they feel they can drop the mask. Maybe the point was to intimidate people into compliance with the system. If so, it succeeded wildly, judging from the paranoia stirred up in the Right-wing blog and talk radio spheres.
But I don’t find such news troubling. I assumed the absolute worst about America a long time ago. I take reasonable precautions to secure data. I follow the law. I don’t associate with kooks. But ultimately I act under the assumption that everything I do can be made public. I can protect myself against non-government hackers and snoops, but not against the state itself. And if the system wants to destroy you badly enough, being a law-abiding, strictly vanilla milquetoast will not save you anyway. They will simply manufacture evidence, or kill you without any legal pretenses at all. So how much does their data collection really matter? The only way to be a free man is to live like one, beginning today.
To me, the National Reconaissance Office slogan brought to mind Robert Browning’s words, “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, / Or what’s a heaven for?” For although nothing really is beyond the reach of our enemies, their grasp is far weaker. I am using grasp in two senses of the word: the ability to understand and the ability to control.
It is relatively easy to program machines to collect and sort data. But ultimately the data has to be reviewed and interpreted by human beings, namely government employees: employees whose idea of quitting time is 3:00 p.m. — or who are hopelessly unqualified affirmative actions hires (like Barack Obama) — or who, like Edward Snowden, increasingly believe that the system is illegitimate and may just throw a spanner in the works.
Beyond that, the data collectors can only really look for “known unknowns”: answers to existing questions But history is full of surprises. Empires and paradigms rise and fall based on “unknown unknowns”: the things we never knew were coming, so we could not prepare for them. Heidegger argued that the modern mania for knowledge and control itself comes from sources that we do not understand and cannot control, and these inscrutable contingencies are the logic of history itself.
There is some consolation in hoping that our enemies will defeat themselves. But I actually think that we will defeat them some day, or at least lend our shoulder to the wheel of time that will grind them under.
After all, our reach is global too. And although we have absolutely no political grasp yet, our intellectual grasp is much greater than the system’s. The whole political spectrum is committed to the lies of equality and diversity. They pray to false gods and have to lie to themselves and others from morning till night. They are internally divided and tied in knots.
The whole political spectrum is also committed to materialism, modernity, and progressivism–to the illusory aim of a world completely subject to prediction and control–a world without borders and wars because there will be no differences important enough to fight over.
We New Rightists know the truth about human nature, modern society, the Jewish menace, and the farcical cults of diversity and equality. Intellectually speaking, nothing exceeds our grasp.
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